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The power of story-telling in school leadership

How can school leaders bring their values to life for all stakeholders. John Smith discusses telling the story of our schools through our day-to-day work
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Let’s begin this article on story-telling with a story. The Ship of Theseus is a classical thought experiment that goes something like this:

After returning from epic battle, the Ship of Theseus is battered and its crew is bedraggled and battle-worn. Back in port, the ship has parts replaced, repairs completed, and new crew members join the team for the next campaign. As this process continues over time, not one of the original parts of the ship remains; similarly, none of the original crew members are on board. The question to ponder: Is it the same ship? Can we still call this the Ship of Theseus?

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