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I would love to be able to take the credit for finding this video and the discussion that followed, but I can't. A Grade 9 group followed one of our MetaMorph masterclass workshops with further leadership discussion in the classroom.

The video they used to start the discussion was 'Duct Tape Surfing' below (thank you Sheriden for sharing what your students had done). One of the simple yet powerful questions they asked was 'Who is the leader in this situation?' and from the discussions flowed others, such 'What are the everyday things that we can do to demonstrate leadership?'

We loved this so much that we had to share it with you. Once students understand beyond the words of leadership - and they begin to understand the behaviours and actions they can do to demonstrate leadership - they can truly do some amazing things, both for themselves, their School and the students around them.

 

If this is a theme you would like to extend with your students, consider also the ted.com video 'Lollipop Leadership moments' - we have found that it draws a similar discussion on grass roots leadership.

 

if you would like further information, examples, or activities to develop the leadership and teamwork abilities of your students, give us a call on (03) 9282 6683 or 0409 627 270. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 01:06

Mortlake College

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We travelled out to Mortlake College at the end of 2012 to work with a fantastic group of Grade 6,7 and 8 students. I have to admit to being a little surprised - these kids put us through our paces! The teamwork displayed by these students was really something to see - a testiment to the values and teaching that has been taking place at the School. 

 

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Kerry Bowden, Mortlake College Welfare Officer, had the following to say about the MetaMorph course:

What was the most useful activity of the course? Why?

Marble run as it demonstrated some of the key teamwork and leadership skills. It also required persistence and resilience of all involved.

How successful was the facilitator’s delivery? Why?

The students responded really well to Michael. He outlined the requirements of the group but got the young people to contribute to it. He treated them respectfully which reciprocated.

What would you tell other teachers / Schools about the MetaMorph program?

The Metamorph program is a great opportunity for staff to see students in a different light. It facilitates peer connections beyond the program especially when the students reflected on the challenges. It has given then great insight into what makes effective leadership and team work. I would highly recommend this program to other schools both for student and staff sessions.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013 00:50

The Knox School

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We had the opportunity to work with a fantastic group of Year 11 students and teachers at the end of 2012 and the start of 2013. What set this activity apart was not only the number of students, but the fact that the teachers got just as involved in the leadership activities as the students (and just a little competitive as well!)

 

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 The main themes for the day were communication, problem-solving, motivation, coping strategies when faced with challenges, perseverance and teamwork. A really good bunch of students to work with, and a great group of teachers that really set the example for their students.

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We get the opportunity to work with some great teachers and Schools when we deliver the MetaMorph workshop at Primary and High Schools. Rather than us tell you the benefits, we asked some of the teachers from Christchurch Grammar, Keilor Downs College, Mortlage College and Wesley College what they thought about the workshop.

 

1.What was the most useful activity of the course? Why?

 

Sarino – Magic Boots. The kids had a lot of fun and got them to really think about how to fulfil the activities objective.

Julie – Both activities presented. Both were excellent activities, including the Marble Run. The magic boots activity was excellent – the puzzle meant all students were involved at all times.

Meaghan – Walk The Plank. All students were involved at the one time which emphasized encouragement among students. All activities encouraged teamwork but Walk The Plank really emphasised this as the children were all doing something throughout the task eg. Passing the plank, moving along plank etc

Ross – Magic Boots. I believe the most beneficial activity was the Magic boots.  It incorporated many aspects of teamwork which was discussed the session prior as well as clearly outlined those who are potential leaders.

Sheridan – The discussions. The discussions which took place after each activity were most beneficial as students had time to reflect and debrief from each activity.

Penny – Optimal Mast. I was present for the building blocks, which I think is Optimal Mast. Activity was successful due to the clarity used to explain the task, providing the students time to explore the task and then giving them time to complete it. Afterwards the feedback and discussion that was generated allowed students to feel successful and a certain amount of pride in achieving their nominated outcome. The students worked so well that they completed the task to a higher standard then was anticipated.

Kerry – Marble Run. Marble run as it demonstrated some of the key teamwork and leadership skills. It also required persistence and resilience of all involved.

 

2.  How successful was the facilitator’s delivery? Why?

 

Sarino – He was able to maintain students’ attention and communicate very well what students had to achieve and do.

Julie – Excellent. Students listened to feedback and altered their approach accordingly. Students had lots of fun.

Meaghan – Excellent. Fun to listen to, the kids responded well. The children were engaged and interested throughout the instructions and during activities.

Ross - Michael delivered his program with a great deal of enthusiasm and clarity.  Each activity was instructed clearly, feedback was given throughout and even a chance to debrief and have constructive conversation over the positives and negatives of each activity.

Sheridan - Michael’s delivery was spot on.  He delivered messages in a down to earth way and pitched his messages appropriately for the age group.

Penny - Very successful due to the clarity of instructions, simplicity of task initially and the ability to modify tasks for each group. Michael also has an engaging approach to students, therefore they want to impress and gain praise. Providing constant feedback to students also enables them to work more co-operatively and students are easily able to think about their leadership styles for the tasks they are to complete during the year.

Kerry - The students responded really well to Michael. He outlined the requirements of the group but got the young people to contribute to it. He treated them respectfully which reciprocated.

 

3.  What would you tell other teachers / Schools about the MetaMorph program?

 

Sarino – Worthwhile, different, innovative and fun.

Julie – Great team building activities. Works well with a large group and needs very little equipment. Definitely recommend the activities

Meaghan – fantastic program. A great way to see children’s natural team / leadership abilities. A great way to see where children need encouragement and activities were fun. The children loved it.

Ross - The Metamorph program should be an integral part to every teacher’s program.  It gives you the opportunity to stand back and examine the reportable traits that each student has.  It could also become a great ice breaking day at the beginning of the year.  We loved it.

Sheridan – I have already told others about the program

Penny - MetaMorph program engages a wide variety of student learning styles which allows students to gain more self-confidence and the ability to see themselves as a valued leader. The program can be delivered to a wide variety of age groups and is engaging.

Kerry - The Metamorph program is a great opportunity for staff to see students in a different light. It facilitates peer connections beyond the program especially when the students reflected on the challenges. It has given then great insight into what makes effective leadership and team work. I would highly recommend this program to other schools both for student and staff sessions.

 

Our thanks go to the following teachers for their feedback:

 

Sarino Prinzi, Keilor Downs College, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Clifton, Keilor Downs College, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meaghan Ward, Christchurch Grammar School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ross Webber, Christchurch Grammar School, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sheridan Vella, Wesley College – Glen Waverley Campus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Penny Mudge, Wesley College – Glen Waverley Campus

Kerry Boyden, Mortlake College, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 12 October 2012 00:26

Ormond Primary School

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We were fortunate to work with the Year 5 student group from Ormond Primary School on 11 Oct 2012. We had worked with the Year 6 students at the start of this year, and this MetaMorph workshop is now part of a fuller teamwork and leadership development initiative. Ormond Primary asks Kameleons to come and work with their Year 5 students at the end of the year, focussing on teamwork and providing the teachers with greater observation of students as they make decisions on School and House captains. In Year 6 we work with the students in Week 2 of the first Term, with the aim of focussing on leadership skills as they begin to fulfil their roles as leaders within the School. We have also provided the Year 6 teachers with an additional activity that the students complete in class time, utilising the skills they have learnt in both sessions and addressing the multiple intelligences of the students to complete the task.

This time, we were lucky to avoid some ugly Melbourne weather! The Year 5 students completed Walk the Plank, Magic Boots, Invisible Maze and Optinal Mast activities.

Felicity Hall-Shulman, Year 5 and Leadership development Cooridnator had this to say about the MetaMorph workshop:

'Today at Ormond Primary School as part of our leadership program our Year 5 students participated in the MetaMorph workshop with Michael. In such a short amount of time the students displayed team building, initiative, resilience and leadership skills. It was fantastic watching our students rise to the occasion and enjoy themselves. The workshop was fun, educational and very beneficial for both students and teachers - a great day for all. We look forward to Michael visiting Ormond Primary School annually'.

Monday, 07 May 2012 06:18

Leading with a 'little l'

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lead learn puzzle tilesLeadership is a very popular topic at the moment. Politicians don’t show enough of it (or the right type), mining CEO’s are vocal about it and football teams have so much of it they have leadership groups and sub-groups. Everyone has an opinion on what is good leadership, and (according to the media) it seems that all of the identifiable leaders in Australia seem to lack it in some substantial way.

Friday, 04 May 2012 04:04

Annunciation Primary School

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Kameleons completed the MetaMorph workshop with the Year 5/6 students from Annunciation Primary School on 27 February 2012. Due to the small number of students and inclement weather, activities were adapted to suit the indoor environment.


When asked 'What does good leadership and teamwork mean at Annunciation Primary School?', students came up with the following responses throughout the workshop (initial responses from students were built upon during debriefs after each activity).

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        Set the example         Guidance         Listening
        Speak / act appropriate               Treat as be treated                  Encourage 
        Think through         Communication         Share ideas            

 

Here are some of the things that the teachers and staff have had to say about the workshop.

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Students

'On the 27th February, a man named Michael from Kameleons came to work with the 5/6 children. We were split into 3 groups and he taught us some different activities that developed leadership skills. We did a plank game, building a tower, magic boots and the maze. Some of our favourite games were the magic boots, plank game and the maze. We think that these activities boosted our team work skills and got us thinking.'

'Our group thought that the invisible maze was the most enjoyable and challenging game to play. We especially learnt about communication with our team mates and how to show leadership. We learnt what qualities help to make a good leader. It was really fun and a great couple of hours!'

'There were many things our group enjoyed doing with Kameleons. We learnt how to be a good leaders and what things help to build communication. We learnt that to working together helps to build team spirit and good communication helps everyone to work well in teams. We really enjoyed the games we played and the things we learnt.'

 

Friday, 04 May 2012 02:27

Christchurch Grammar School

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Kameleons has worked with the Year 6 class at Christchurch Grammar School in Term 1 for the last 5 years. Activities completed have been designed to ensure that the group focusses on teamwork and leadership skills as they undertake the various roles in leading the School. Here are some of the things that the teachers and staff have had to say about the workshop.

Students - 2010 & 2011

img 2937“I enjoyed the activities a lot. I found them fun but they weren’t as easy as they first seemed. You couldn’t work independently, you had to work as a team if you wanted to be successful. Some words that come to mind when demonstrating good team work are communication, listening, encouragement and planning.”

“Last Monday we spent the morning working with Michael Peiniger. We did some activities based on group learning, teambuilding and also individual learning. All the challenges tested your group working skills and your patience. I learnt a great deal and I really enjoyed it."

"I really enjoyed Mr Peiniger’s activities, especially the wood plank walk and the minesweeper game. We really enjoyed working on our leadership and teamwork and the games helped us bond with each other better. First we were split in into four groups and started the group games. The games involved 4 Skills; Strength, Smarts, Leadership and teamwork. I would recommend it to everyone and anyone. Five stars! *****"

img 2943"I thought it was great having Mr Peiniger come and give both year 6 classes a session about teamwork at the beginning of the year. Mr Peiniger had us take part in some activities exercising our leadership skills. My team didn’t go so well, but we all learnt how to effectively support each other and it really enhanced our teamwork skills."

'I thought it was great having Mr Peiniger come and give both year 6 classes a session about teamwork at the beginning of the year. Mr Peiniger had us take part in some activities exercising our leadership skills. My team didn’t go so well, but we all learnt how to effectively support each other and it really enhanced our teamwork skills.'

Students - 2012

'Year 6 did some Leadership activities with Michael Peiniger. We learnt about teamwork in some of the activities. We had to know our goals to succeed in the activities. We found people's strengths in the tasks and we used them but we remembered you are only as fast as the slowest team member. The good people also the less strong in the activities. The best activity was the 'gum boot' game.'

'Michael Peiniger, a specialist in teamwork and leadership, came to talk to Year 6 about leadership and we played some great games which involved all types of leadership. He talked about some of the key things that leadership needs such as finding strengths, controlling emotions, communication and working with others. My favourite game was making a tower as high as possible from spaghetti. Just using spaghetti and tape a marshmallow must sit on the highest space of the tower. I learnt a lot of skills that will help my leadership in the years to come and I also learnt that there is no I in team!'

 

Staff

"Michael came and worked with our two Year Six classes at the beginning of 2010. His team building workshop was a great way to begin a year where pupils are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and work together in leadership teams. The activities Michael had devised were engaging, interesting and relevant to the year level. The pupils were highly motivated throughout the workshop and were especially keen on the physical nature of the tasks. The combination between physical and mental activities meant it catered for all needs. It was fantastic to see the pupils working cooperatively and supporting each other to achieve a common goal. I would highly recommend Michael to work with Upper Primary and Lower Secondary pupils."

Angela Hawkins, Year 6 Coordinator, CCGS


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Tuesday, 24 April 2012 01:11

Newport Gardens Primary School

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On 19 Apr 2012 we had the opportunity to work with Ian Murdoch and the wonderful senior leadership group from Newport Gardens Primary school. To begin this MetaMorph program, we asked the students to reflect on one simple question:'What qualities / actions do you need to demonstrate to be a good leader and team member at Newport Gardens Primary?' (Note: See the featured article in SchoolDays Magazine here)

After some initial responses, the students undertook some of the MetaMorph experiential activities, each designed to elicit certain actions and behaviours relating to teamwork and leadership. Upon the completion of each activity, we returned to the student responses to debrief and further develop our knowledge regarding team behaviour. What always surprises me is just how perceptive Primary age students are when it comes to being a good member of a team and leading a team successfully.

 

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Here are the answers that the group came up with before, during and after the MetaMorph activities:

'What qualities / actions do you need to demonstrate to be a good leader and team member at Newport Gardens?'

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  • Listening
  • Encouragement
  • Do what is best for the School, not for yourself
  • Improvisation
  • Fairness
  • Happiness
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Decision Making
  • Organisation
  • Helping
  • Share ideas for the best idea

 

Fantastic insights - and this from a group of students from Grades 4 to 6! The bolded terms are those that the students chose when asked 'What is the most important area that you need to keep doing to be a good leader?' The responses were from a group consensus from the three groups of students we were working with.

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At the completion of the workshop, here is what Ian Murdoch, Grade 3-6 Mini School Leader at Newport Gardens Primary, wrote about the workshop:

"Michael Peiniger from Metamorph Leadership came to Newport Gardens to help gel our Junior Leadership team together and encourage them to realise what a leader does at Newport Garden Primary School. We had a range of student from years 4 to 6 in our Leadership team who were School Captains, House Captains and SRC members. The children brainstormed a list of values and skills a leader needs to possess at Newport Gardens Primary School.

Michael made them feel important and quickly had them engaged in a range of fantastic team building activities that required communication, working together, improvising, and going back to the drawing board when a strategy wasn’t working.

After completing an activity Michael would ask the children what skills they had used in their team to achieve the goal. Any new skills were added to the list on the whiteboard. In a short time the children were surprised at the list they had built up.

The children loved working with Michael and he was able to build a great rapport with them in such a short time. The activities were fantastic and left the children wanting more. I would thoroughly recommend Michael for any Primary School looking to build their Junior Leadership teams skills and knowledge."

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0902-014 n1 cweb4x6Could your student leaders come up with the same kind of list when asked about leadership and team skills within your School? Do you need help in developing these skills in a practical way? Michael Peiniger is a leadership and team development specialist who helps Principals, Student Coordinators and students develop their leadership and teamwork capabilities. To discuss how we can help your School develop leadership and teamwork skills through the MetaMorph program, why not call Michael on 0409 627 270, email

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Sunday, 18 March 2012 23:24

Michael Peiniger (MM)

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Michael Peiniger

Principal, Kameleons - Developing Leaders
MBA (HR & Leadership), BSc (Physics), Cert. IV TAA, AIPFM

 

Michael Peiniger is the founder of Kameleons, a boutique leadership & team building consultancy committed to providing businesses and individuals with the expertise and solutions that they need to succeed in today’s ever changing work environment. Michael is passionate about leadership and the need for businesses to harness individuals’ natural skills in order to fulfil their full potential.


Michael has a broad professional background that includes leadership and team facilitation, leadership course design, management consulting, change management and senior manager coaching and development. Michael’s key skill is his ability to weave complex leadership theories and the strategic ‘big picture’ into simple and practical leadership solutions through his honest, direct and results oriented style.

Michael’s career began with Royal Australian Air Force where he succeeded in a wide variety of challenging roles, including an exchange with the Royal Air Force in Scotland. During his defence career, Michael won the prestigious Air Force Association leadership sword in 1998 and progressed to the rank of Squadron Leader ahead of his peers. As the senior instructor at the Air Force Officers’ Training School, Michael trained more than 1500 junior officers to meet the demanding requirements of leadership and adaptation to change that is required of a leader in the dynamic military environment.

Since leaving the Air Force, Michael has used his extensive leadership and management experience to provide tailored leadership consultancy services and dynamic facilitation for a wide variety of organisations. These include: APIA, Australian Unity, Cambridge Integrated Services, Fosters Group, Jetstar, The Laminex Group, Lonely Planet Publications, Sensis, Shannons Insurance, realestate.com and the Victorian Workcover Authority.

Michael holds a Master of Business Administration (HR / Leadership) and a Bachelor of Physics. He is a qualified facilitator (Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Facilitators) and holds a Diploma in Assessment & Training Systems as well as the Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

 

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