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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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Superintendent Gillian Chapman: Off To a Great Start in Teton County School District #1

November 19, 2015 0 Comments

Both seasoned and new superintendents, along with K-12 executives who are CEO-aspirants, have a lot to learn from my podcast interview with Gillian Chapman, the new superintendent of Teton County School District #1 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Early in my …

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Sensible Failure

September 21, 2015 0 Comments

I wish I’d had a copy of a new book I’m going to tell you about when, years ago, I was engaged in an agonizing personal struggle. Then a community college vice president, I’d become keenly aware that I did …

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The Importance of Smiling at Fear

January 8, 2015 0 Comments
The Importance of Smiling at Fear

 

Last weekend 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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