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Talking With Lisa Karmacharya About MASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy

September 17, 2018 0 Comments

The Aspiring Superintendents Academy of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators is off to a great start, as Lisa Karmacharya, MASA Executive director, explains in the podcast she recorded for this blog a couple of weeks ago.  You’ll find really …

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Naked in the Public Eye: Talking With Superintendent/Author Oliver Robinson

March 12, 2018 0 Comments

If you’d like to know how Superintendent Oliver Robinson came up with the intriguing title “Naked in the Public Eye” for his new book, listen to the podcast Oliver and I recorded last week for this blog.

Naked in the

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It’s Never Been Easier To Publish Your Own Book, So Go For It!

February 22, 2018 0 Comments

“Have you thought about publishing your own books?” No I hadn’t, and, to be honest, the question took me aback when I heard it a decade ago.  I was chatting with a long-time colleague, Tom Berger, about the new book …

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David Schuler and Helen Morris on AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy

January 11, 2018 0 Comments

In my experience, brand new superintendents often travel a pretty rocky – and often perilous – road during their first year or two in the top spot in their district, primarily because they haven’t acquired the knowledge and skills required …

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Don’t Let Fear Become an Insidious Foe of Board-Superintendent Collaboration

November 30, 2017 0 Comments

Several months ago I listened to a four-CD program by an American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.  Titled “Smile at Fear,” the program, which was recorded at one of her retreats, counsels, among other things, that the process of surmounting fear …

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Taking the Helm as CEO of Your District

May 10, 2017 0 Comments

We spent a lot of our time together last Saturday at the workshop I presented for AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy (“Hit the Ground Running With Your New Board”) talking about the very special nature of the chief executive officer position …

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Six Hats That Extraordinary Superintendents Wear

January 23, 2017 2 Comments

As part of my superintendent and nonprofit CEO coaching work over the past several years, I’ve developed six “hats” that – in my experience – really extraordinary superintendents and other chief executives wear.  These roles have proved to be a …

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The Extraordinary CEO as Energizer-in-Chief

August 4, 2016 0 Comments

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

This is British Prime Minister Winston …

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Demonstrating Your Board Savvy-ness in Board Interview Sessions

July 12, 2016 0 Comments

Doug PR Photo JPEGOne of the K-12 governance trends we discussed during the session I presented at MASA’s Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy on May 20 was the rapidly growing number of school boards that are paying serious attention to the “board savvy-ness” of candidates …

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Gary Amoroso and Mia Urick on MASA’s Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy

June 30, 2016 0 Comments

A quarter-century of work with public and nonprofit CEOs and their boards has taught me that the preeminent factor determining whether a CEO achieves her executive leadership objectives over the long run is a close, productive, and enduring board-CEO working …

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