Phnom Penh, Cambodia| April 26-27, 2019


Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to invite you next year Spring Heads' Institute/Retreat in Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. EARCOS is able to offer this opportunity each year to show our appreciation to the heads of our schools. EARCOS makes the institute complimentary to all who choose to attend, this includes conference registration and all of the EARCOS sponsored social events. It is our way of saying thank you for all you do to support our organization.

This promises to be a good-end-of-the-year program and one that will enable heads of our schools to come together in a supportive environment where camaraderie is of utmost importance. Heads who have attended this meeting give the event high marks.

CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR, make your air and hotel reservations early and meet us in Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh, Cambodia!

Date registration open: January 17, 2019


Dick Krajczar
EARCOS Executive Director

P.S. Please contact the EARCOS office to let us know that you will be attending.
For more information please contact Elaine Repatacodo at lrepatacodo@earcos.org


Leading Positive and Sustainable Change: Shifting from managing a hierarchy to fostering networks

"Culture eats strategy for lunch" says leadership author Peter Drucker and how often have we ourselves created the most superbly insightful and coherent strategic plan and yet wonder why this plan seems to fail to gain traction in genuine transformation across our organisation. Positive and sustainable change is notoriously hard to lead so it’s critical that we develop an approach that engages fully with the culture of our organisations and communities. In this workshop we will explore a road map for leading change in order to build our own approaches to leading not just positive (successful initially) but sustainable change (lasting impact).

Complex organisations grapple with many seemingly opposed and contradictory approaches known as polarities. These include competition vs collaboration, stability vs change, idealism vs pragmatism, centralized vs decentralised systems, top down vs bottom up decision making etc. We will develop a polarity mapping process suitable for governors and leaders to explore the possibility of leveraging the strengths of both extremes of these polarities. In particular we will focus on the polarity of networks and hierarchies – allowing the navigation of a flexible approach that adapts and adjusts to the emerging needs of our organisations.

In this interactive retreat we will explore our roles – positions that involve balancing a complex range of people, tasks and outcomes. This will involve exploring emerging approaches in leadership including shifting from power to influence, fostering networks instead of hierarchies and taking on the role of a catalyst. Specific techniques will be explored including facilitating collective values and vision, proactive mentoring of colleagues, taking on the role of a catalyst by fostering interaction and participation of staff, students and community, and building engagement through sharing power and decision making. We will analyse case studies of the use of these processes including international school strategic planning with boards, and senior and middle leadership teams.


Dr. Chris Jansen Chris is a senior consultant with Leadership Lab www.leadershiplab.co.nz where he works alongside organisations in the education, health, social services and community sectors in a range of projects. These include design and delivery of leadership development programmes, change management initiatives, organisational capability and strategic planning.

In particular Chris is involved with the Grow Waitaha programme where 150 schools across Greater Christchurch have partnered with Ministry of Education, Ngai Tahu, and 4 providers over the last 4 years to explore future focussed pedagogy including student agency, collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces, cultural narratives, authentic curriculum and diverse partnerships. www.growwaitaha.co.nz This process includes individual coaching and mentoring of school leaders, facilitation of collaboration between schools to share innovation, and the curation of successful case studies to benefit the wider public sector.

Chris is a Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, where he teaches and supervises leaders studying in the Masters of Business Management and Post Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership. Chris is also involved in executive coaching and regularly facilitates workshops and presentations at conferences and with a range of organisations around New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific and Asia. He is currently facilitating leadership programmes with international schools in Singapore, Bangkok and Taiwan. His qualifications include a PhD in Management and Master’s degree in Education (Counselling).