A Leadership Journey
I learned something new recently. Psychologists have many categories to explain why people do what people do. Two of these categories are satisficer (pronounced satisfiser) and maximiser. Am I a satisficer or a maximiser? It is a question that we may ask ourselves — obviously, once we know what these terms mean.
The short definition is that a satisficer basically works on the ‘near enough is good enough’ principle. Given the choice between a wide menu of basic food — for example the extensive fare offered by McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks or KFC — and a narrow menu of excellent food — somewhat like a cooking show experience of ‘big plate, small but exquisite food’ offered by the likes of Manu, Jamie or Heston — a satisficer would be happily satisfied with the easiest option, lots to choose from and reasonable quality. A maximiser on the other hand would need things to be the best, not just okay, not just reasonable, things need to be the best they can be. Realistically, to work well in a complicated world, we may need to be a little of both, occasionally satisficer, occasionally maximiser as the situation requires.
This dual classification was mentioned on Tuesday to our Year 11 cohort before they left to attend their second leadership day at the Ipswich Showgrounds. I often feel that leadership can be expressed as a combination of skills. We develop these to enhance leadership. The ability to problem-solve, to think critically, creatively, ethically; to work in a team, build not only our young men’s capabilities as members of society but also as servant leaders in our community. The challenge for them in leadership, and in fact for all of us, is to be a maximiser not a satisficer. Each of our Eddies men, in being the best they can be, in not just settling for good enough, by collaborating their best, contributing their best and participating their best, create the best for our Eddies Team.
Indeed, sitting for a few moments with our Year 11 men at the showgrounds confirmed a trend toward maximiser. Whether sitting in groups discussing the characteristics of a good leader, or rating statements regarding how leaders work best, or group activities where cooperation is crucial for a successful outcome, our young men engaged fully and wholeheartedly and, I believe, gave their all. This bodes well for their leadership of the College next year. I wish all our Year 11s the best for the leadership journey they are taking. From these initial preparation days to selection processes; from Term 4 inductions to servant leadership in 2021. I genuinely look forward to witnessing the fine legacy that they will leave the College, the difference they will make, as a result of the many simple acts they commit to as College leaders for 2021.
New Deputy Principal
This week it was announced that Mr Peter Cook has been appointed the College Deputy Principal for 2021 and beyond. Peter comes to us from St Laurence’s College (SLC). He is an experienced educator and has taught both Physics and Mathematics in a wide variety of settings. As the current SLC Dean of Studies he has extensive experience in leadership having also been a Head of Department and Deputy Principal in Education Queensland schools as well as the Dean of Staff and Dean of Administration respectively at SLC.
In announcing this appointment, I would like to sincerely thank Mr Shannon Lee for fulfilling the role in 2020. We look forward to welcoming Peter to our community next year.
Write a Book in a Day
I never cease to be inspired by the talents of our young Eddies Men. On Monday nine dedicated future authors assembled in the College library, their aim: to write a book. In the time it takes to slow-cook a casserole these young men authored and illustrated a children’s book that was then sent to a child in hospital. As someone who takes three days to complete just a newsletter article, I applaud our Write a Book in a Day crew for their 8:00am to 8:00pm creative odyssey and the production of their book “The Circus Comes To Nowhere”. Well done gentlemen.
Ray Celegato, Principal