Voices: Larry Kamener, BCG
Our teaching institutions, our schools, our TAFE colleges, our universities...need to adapt so that they are providing the learning experiences and they're providing the joy that we all need to be good learners.
Larry Kamener, Global Public Sector Leader at BCG (Boston Consulting Group)
"I work as a management consultant at BCG. I focus on helping government organisations to improve their effectiveness and improve their outcomes. So I think when people look at BCG and say what is it that makes us really tick as an organisation, they think the way that we manage our people, the way that we motivate our people, the way we give feedback to our people is core to what we do. At BCG we work in many interesting contexts. I've worked in factories, in mines. But the joy of actually visiting schools, I think for me, one of the most exciting workplaces to visit.
"So one of the things that I've always been intrigued with is how absent regular feedback is in the school sector, even regular data about your own performance. In most other walks of life, whether it's a firm like BCG or in the outside world such as in the sporting area, people are constantly getting feedback. To me that is a cornerstone of how people develop. It's almost absent in many parts of the school sector, but it needn't be.
"There are enormous potential sources of feedback for teachers and how they do their work. Because our teaching institutions, our schools, our TAFE colleges, our universities, they need to adapt so that they are providing the learning experiences and they're providing the joy that we all need to be good learners."