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The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 3 of 4
*Post was written during my prior employment with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and prior to accepting my position as CEO of MV Transportation. The opinions within the article are my own, and are not a reflection of McGraw-Hill in it’s current form.  The transformational leadership challenge (part THREE in a four part blog series):  Disrupt and transform an old economy print textbook business into a personalized learning, educational technology and services ...
The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 2 of 4
*Post was written during my prior employment with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and prior to accepting my position as CEO of MV Transportation. The opinions within the article are my own, and are not a reflection of McGraw-Hill in it’s current form.  THE CHALLENGE Re-invent an old economy print textbook publisher and build it into a high growth personalized learning, educational technology and services powerhouse. In the first part of this four part ...
The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 1 of 4
*Post was written during my prior employment with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and prior to accepting my position as CEO of MV Transportation. The opinions within the article are my own, and are not a reflection of McGraw-Hill in it’s current form.  THE CHALLENGE Re-invent an old economy print textbook publisher and build it into a high growth personalized learning, educational technology and services powerhouse.   CONTEXT Every business and industry in the world is ...
Leadership and Second Chances
The Great American Invention I remember the moment I stopped paying attention in Mr. Johnson’s fourth grade math class.  I liked reading, didn’t like math.  Shutting down therefore seemed sensible in the mind of a nine year old. I also recall what it felt like sitting on a bus heading to basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, as my buddies headed off to university.  I remember that moment, too A Uniquely ...
A Solution to The Greatest Challenge of Our Time?
The Saddle River School is an exclusive private school a town over from where I live.  It is a beautiful school that provides a wonderful learning environment (lush lawns, classic architecture), along with a seven to one student to teacher ratio.  Seven to one!  Think about how incredibly fortunate those students are to have that level of personalized learning facilitated by master teachers. It is a can’t-miss advantage for life. What ...
“Oh” – Ignore it at your own Risk
Two years ago, I had the occasion to have lunch with one of the world’s most celebrated CEO’s and his wife, a substantial executive, author, and marketer in her own right.  During the course of the conversation, she asked me about my strategy for using Twitter. “I plan to open an account next week.”  I said “Oh.”  She politely replied and then elegantly changed the subject. Oh. At the time I was the Senior ...
Leaders Change the Conversation – Let’s Do It!
Last Friday I received a call from my sister, Donna. She is a busy executive with three school-aged children and one of my best friends. When we get the chance to talk, it’s never about our jobs. Friday’s conversation was different. Donna read about the McGraw-Hill and Apple partnership that was announced on Thursday and called to talk about education.
The Lesson of a Lifetime
It seemed like a misprint. I tried hard to find the number one in front of it.  No, it was clearly just an 8. I knew that I had stopped paying attention during Math classes around the fourth grade, but an 8!?  I had scored an 8 on the ACT in Math. Welcome to the Army, Private Kibby! Soon after, I found myself on a slow and very long ride to ...
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