(L-R): Ms. Carol Barlow, International Educational Consultant; Mr. Olakunle Soriyan, Founder, The Olakunle Soriyan Company; and Mrs. Kehinde Nwani, CEO/Founder, Meadow Hall Group at the Meadow Hall Management Retreat 2018 held recently in Lekki, Lagos.
The Middle and Senior level managers of Meadow Hall Group recently held their annual management retreat to review performance over the last year and strategise on elevating the standard in the new 2018/2019 academic session.
The 2018 edition of the management retreat held from Saturday 15th to Sunday 16th September 2018 at Meadow Hall, Lekki Lagos.
The retreat took off with the CEO/Founder, Mrs. Kehinde Nwani, charging the middle and senior level managers to always think about values in everything they do, as great things cannot be achieved without set values.
The theme for the 2017/2018 academic session was “Exceeding Expectations” and it is clear that the Group achieved great feats. Meadow Hall became a COBIS Patron’s Accredited Member; Lagos State Office of Education Quality Assurance rated the School as “Outstanding”; Meadow Hall College achieved 100% success rate (A*-C) in the 2017/2018 IGCSE examination results; Meadow Hall Group was rated as one of the Best 100 Companies to Work for in Nigeria 2018 by Jobberman; and Meadow Hall Consult partnered with the Lagos State Ministry of Education to train over 200 teachers in the ReadySetWork initiative. Meadow Hall is known for keeping to its brand promise.
There were many engaging sessions during the retreat. Mrs. Kehinde Nwani, CEO/Founder of Meadow Hall Group spoke on using Assessment for Learning(AFL) to get feedback from both the learner and the teacher, and using such feedback to improve performance as this is what makes the difference between a qualified person and a professional. Mrs. Olayinka Obafisoye, Assistant Head of School, Meadow Hall, spoke on the subject of excellence and explained that excellence cannot be discretional or subjective; rather, leaders must learn to give their absolute best and help their subordinates catch the fire.
Mr. Akin Ayoola, Managing Partner, Jasper Beryl Consulting, spoke on identifying one’s style of leadership – Laissez Faire, Democratic, Autocratic, Charismatic, Coaching, Transformational, Visionary, Transactional; and that leaders may need to switch or combine styles based on the situation at hand. Ms. Carol Barlow, International Educational Consultant, shared her thoughts on the importance of communication in an organisation – sharing the vision and cascading it down through leaders to every part of the organisation. Mrs. Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, CEO Zapphaire Events, spoke on the importance of customer service. “Know your customers and make them happy. Give them a great experience; always under promise and over deliver. Protect your staff from disrespect and abuse”.
Mr. Olakunle Soriyan, Founder, The Olakunle Soriyan Company, said that teaching is a calling, much like pastoring. He further explained that the impact that teachers have on the lives of children cannot be quantified and no one can adequately pay them for it. He implored participants to work on themselves, emphasising that “what you are made of is what shows when you are under pressure. Response to stimulus is not determined outside-in, but inside-out”.
A major highlight of the retreat was a surprise session where every participant got a gift ranging from free lunch, weekend getaways, photo shoots, spa treats to an all-expense paid trip to Zanzibar!
By the end of the retreat, all participants were motivated and ready to elevate the standard in the new academic year!
Meadow Hall Group is committed to excellence and is passionate about the holistic development of children. At Meadow Hall, their shared vision is to raise excellent, Godly and well-rounded children who will attain their highest potentials in life and become lifelong learners. Meadow Hall Group is an educational group with six subsidiaries; Meadow Hall Education, Meadow Hall Consult, Spring Meadow Edutainment, Meadow Hall Branchise, Meadow Hall Resources and Meadow Hall Foundation.