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Deny, Denounce and Deflect

Deny, Denounce and Deflect Leading people and organizations is a tough job.  Arguably, it is getting harder every day with the break neck speed by which change is necessary.   Even the best intentions and most aptly equipped leaders are subject to human frailty.  Leaders are hard wired to be in charge and willing to accept the challenge that comes along with the job yet need to be always...
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Leadership Doctrine

Leadership Doctrine As a leader you may be asking yourself- “I signed up for this?”  The answer is yes and many are glad you did.  As a superintendent or building principal you have the talent, desire and disposition to lead others.  You accepted this challenge and responsibility as a servant leader and your task will not be for the faint of heart.  You will need...
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Public Schools Must Follow the Jobs

Public Schools Must Follow the Jobs For hundreds of years the American public school system had many roles and responsibilities.  Schools prepare students to be informed and engaged citizens, how to appropriately interact with others, communication skills, critical thinking all of which is to prepare students for a career or occupation.  For the vast majority of public school history they system tilted towards college preparation...
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Linking High School Students with Businesses

Linking High School Students with Businesses Most public high schools in America have a disconnect between curriculum rigor and the relevancy of how traditional leaning practices transfer to 21st Century workforce demands.  Linking high school students with business must become a mandate for all graduating high school students.  In fact, structured relevant activities must occur well before high school.  The need for this transformative shift in...
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Curious Leaders

Curious Leaders Curiosity may be negative for the proverbial cat but it is a fundamental component of transformational leadership DNA.  Andy Hargreaves and Dean Fink define this approach as “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”  Curious leaders approach complex issues with a mindset that is not driven by existing constraints or predetermined pathways rather, they search...
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Deconstruct School Boards

Deconstruct School Boards Are we at a point where we truly need to examine the need to deconstruct school boards, as they currently function, with a new oversight-stakeholder engagement governance system?  In light of national movements, coinciding with growth of special interest political groups, public schools all across the county have seen a surmounting special interest influence in our board of education chambers.  This strategic hostile take over of the board chambers...
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