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7 Questions with Andrew Barnum

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7 Questions with Andrew Barnum

Name: Andrew Barnum

Current title: Designer Educator Songwriter

Current organisation: Barnum Group P/L

Andrew Barnum is an experienced Designer, Educator-Academic and Songwriter. He lectures in Design at JMC Academy and Macleay College. He is the former Head of School of Billy Blue College of Design. Currently a PhD candidate at UTS exploring 'Conditions for Australian Songwriters.'

7 Questions with Andrew Barnum

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

The status of Arts & Culture within Australia

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Music, news, breakfast, work - online interactions, designing, teaching, songwriting, farm chores, rest.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Hard-won College culture is not immune to commercial ambition.

4. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Start with Why by Simon Sinek. In a classroom, the coalface of education validation, this framework creates a simple process to achieve value, and make something worth doing.

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

Candid, down-to-earth conversations with trusted colleagues.

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

Honesty and sincere motivation.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

When it became clear to me that to retain my integrity as a professional Educator and Designer, I would have to resign from my dream job.

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