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How High Will You Climb?

Recently Geoff and I had the opportunity to travel to Big Sky, Montana to teach principles of effective school governance and leadership at the annual TeamCFA Conference. During a hike to the top of Lone Mountain (elevation just under 12,000 ft), I saw a sign that...

Are you asking me a question to learn or questioning me?

I have come to understand that asking questions is the most powerful tool in leadership. In John Maxwell’s Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, he notes: Questions unlock and open doors that otherwise remain closed.   Questions are the most effective means of connecting...

Why is golf so long dad?

This weekend I was watching the PGA championship and was explaining to my daughter that each tournament is four consecutive days that consists of 72 holes. She asked, why is it so long? It is to reward the most consistent player I said. To acknowledge the one player...

Hope is NOT a Strategy

Did the school you lead meet its 2016-2017 goals? By goals I mean the goals that were in writing, approved by the Board and shared with staff. If so, congratulations. How are you going to build on that growth next year? If not, what are you going to do differently...

I am NOT a Man

Men are to be the provider, the protector, a leader and a teacher for their family. After this past 4th of July, I question my manhood. I have always had an issue with two critical sources of life, electricity and fire, specifically hot electric wires and fireworks....

It’s the Most Wonderful (Data) Time of the Year – BLOG

I want to share some interesting data that we recently discovered about charter schools in North Carolina. -Over 40% of schools that have opened since the 100 charter school cap was lifted in 2012, have turned over their founding principal. -44% of the schools that...

You *must* exercise the gaskets George

One of my favorite television shows ever was Seinfeld. One of the best episodes ever, was The Wizard from 1998. Most may remember this episode for its introduction to the “tip calculator” Jerry got his #1 Dad. However, I remember it for its leadership lesson on...

Ever Play the Game Operation?

It was the game where you, the doctor, were responsible for removing health issues like the charlie horse, spare ribs and the butterflies. The most fun was removing the anklebone from the knee bone. You all remember getting buzzed before you could remove the...

Gaining Traction in Your School

In the physical world, an object must overcome inertia and have friction in order to move.  In the education world, what do we do as leaders to create friction in our school to make traction and move our schools forward?   Before we discuss our schools, I want to tell...

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Covering the most critical areas in public charter school leadership (culture, building teams, strategy, leading yourself, and execution); certified executive coaches and former public charter school principals Dr. Thomas Miller and Geoff Gorski aim for these calls to be a strategic resource for you to make a difference in the lives of others.

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