Tiara is BAAAAACK! It's great to be back in my own skin as myself for a change. Been lying low cos I had to keep mum about the next big thing and it wasn't easy. Anyway everyone, it's out in the open now so I can breathe out.
I had a great start on my first day at the Academy. Met the faculty for the first time, met the kids, and I kicked off with a Keynote presentation off the vision and mission statement I had in mind. I decided that the best way to start this journey together would be to make sure we had a definite PLAN first and foremost, with a definite target and goal, and that we are always on the same page.
I watched their faces for reactions as i presented my case. I got several gaping mouths at first, a few blank stares too, probably because AF never used lingo like MISSION STATEMENT or VISION in their teaching text before, but by the end of the third slide, i knew they had got it and when i asked them "ARE YOU WITH ME?" I got the most enthusiastic "YES!!!!" I ever heard in the history of AF!
At the end of the session, energy was high, I could see fire in everyone's eyes and in their voices, students and faculty alike, and i could sense that the transformation had already begun.
For the record, I thought I'd share on my blog, a few of the main slides i shared with the students yesterday, so you have an idea WHAT THE TRANSFORMATION WILL BE ABOUT.
I look forward to this new project with more enthusiasm than ever. It's gonna be a huge challenge because it's the first time I've entered a project where the framework has been set, people are in place and I don't have my usual team on board. I take this as the ultimate test for me, to see if I can successfully translate my thoughts and way of working to a new team. Hopefully i will be able to "infect" them and we will be able to take AF7 to heights never scaled before - wish me luck!