Leadership Blog – How Fascinating

I’m Steve Watts and this is my first blog since joining the Castle Partnership Academy Trust as Director: Families & Community. To be honest, it is my first ever blog, so here we go…

One particularly exciting thing that has been happening this week has been the visit of the Cambridge Science Centre. Enthusiastic staff from the Centre transformed one of the rooms in the Business & Training Centre; bringing with them an array of interesting, practical experiments for children to try. Pupils from all of the schools in the Partnership, had a particular opportunity to engage with science in an especially fun and hands-on way.

During the week, I was giving a tour to a prospective pupil and their parents and it was quite a struggle to persuade them to leave the room the Cambridge Science Centre was in and continue the tour!
All of this science reminded me of one of my favourite quotations from Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. It is said that before he discovered a light bulb that worked, he constructed in the region of 10,000 prototypes that did not work. Apparently, rather than becoming discouraged, he said,

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Benjamin Zander, leader of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, says that when things don’t go as we expect, it is easy to descend into a downward spiral of negative thinking. He advises that rather than doing this, we should see “failure” as an opportunity to learn and great it with a cry of, “How fascinating!”

Have a fascinating week.


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