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Sign Up for Stakeholder Centered Coaching for Educational Leaders. Not for the faint of heart

Ernest Shackleton ran this ad when looking for members for an Antarctic expedition in 1914.

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.”  For a summary of Shackleton’s Way, see

How about this ad for leaders of schools and districts?

Men and women wanted for a hazardous journey of leading schools and districts.  Long hours of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.  Job security uncertain and full of surprises.  Honor and recognition possible for a job well done in the event of success.

You know how so many principals, central office administrators, and teacher leaders are struggling today dealing with many challenges?  Among them COVID, staff morale, physical and emotional safety, changes in technology, etc.  New leaders can get overwhelmed by multiple demands. Experienced educators are under stress because they are finding what worked previously is not sufficient to solve current issues.

I’ve been there as a principal and executive director of teaching and learning. It is becoming harder and harder to find the time for supervision and to have meaningful conversations about learning, leading, and leveraging knowledge and skills.  Models that were once adequate, are not getting the same results.  Too often a quick meeting with your direct reports and a ‘sign here’ is becoming the norm because of limited time.  I help good leaders get better using Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching (SCC) model.  Goldsmith has been rated the number one business coach ten years in a row.  SCC for educators is adapted to get the same 95% success rate Goldsmith receives when coaching business leaders at all levels.  In fact, the organization benefits from leadership that saves time while expanding their repertoire of solutions.

Leaders must possess the courage to face hard issues and data, the humility required to increase problem-solving, and the discipline to follow through with commitments.  Feel free to access ‘New Rules’ for educators as well as ‘What We’re Reading’ at which contains book summaries of pertinent literature relative to leadership and organizational development.  If you have courage, humility, and discipline with a desire to elevate your leadership knowledge, skills, and applications, contact me at: to arrange Stakeholder Centered Coaching for yourself or others.  Simply put SCC in the subject line.


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