The Private School Leader Podcast

The Private School Leader Podcast

Hosted by: Mark Minkus

The Private School Leader Podcast exists to help you go from SURVIVING to THRIVING as you lead your school. Do you ever feel lonely and isolated in your role as a private school leader? Do you wish that you could get...

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Episode 71: Do You Treat Your Self Care Like Tylenol Or A One-A-Day Vitamin?

Your day starts before your alarm goes off. You wake up early because you are stressed out about a meeting that you have that afternoon. Your phone starts dinging with texts from two teachers calling off sick. The...
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Episode 70: Have Better Meetings With Upset Parents By Using The 4 S's

Sometimes I think that adults and children aren't all that different. Kids and adults both crave predictability and support, but we also like to have fun. Adults want people to listen to us when we talk. Kids do...
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Episode 69: The 8 Keys To Improving Your Relationship With Your Board President

Zelmyra and Herbert grew up as best friends in rural North Carolina. The fell in love and got married on May 13, 1924 86 years and 290 days later, Herbert passed away in 2011. Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher hold the...
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Episode 68: 6 Ways To Make Better Decisions In High Stress Situations

Have you ever made a decision that you looked back on and asked yourself, “What was I thinking?” I don’t know about you, but that has definitely happened to me and it is definitely not a good feeling. In the moment,...
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Episode 67: The Surprising Truth About What Really Motivates Your Teachers

Why do people do what they do?  What drives behavior?  Why do some people train for a marathon for a year and then run it? Why do some people go to jobs that they hate, year after year for 50 years? Why do some...
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Episode 66: 7 Important Things To Remember As You Lead Your School

As private school leaders we do a great job remembering certain things. We can remember the names of all of the kids in our school. We can remember a complicated bell schedule. We can even remember when the 3rd Grade...
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Episode 65: Business Made Simple For Non-financial School Leaders

I want to tell you something that not too many people know about me. When I first went to college, I earned an Associate’s Degree in Business administration. Freshman year was when I got my lowest grade in all of my...
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Episode 64: The Best Leaders Avoid These 12 Communication Mistakes

I want to preview today’s episode by sharing a quote and a definition. The quote: George Bernard Shaw once said: “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” The...
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Episode 63: The Top 10 Leadership Nuggets of 2023

I love year end top 10 lists! This doesn’t happen as much anymore, but magazines like People and Newsweek used to come out with a special edition in mid-December.  This special issue would feature the Top 10 in...
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Episode 62: How To Escape Your Echo Chamber

Do you believe that the Earth is flat? I can hear what you are saying: “Mark, I'm a college graduate. I am an educator. I have common sense. NO, I don't believe the Earth is flat!” Just to be clear,  I don’t believe...
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Episode 61: 5 Ways To Multiply Your Time

I’ve never really been a fan of crossword puzzles or Sudoku or riddles. Maybe that’s because I solve problems all day long and I would rather not do it recreationally. That said, I have a riddle for you: I can't be...
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Episode 60: When Your Parents Complain, The First Problem Is Sometimes Not The Real Problem

I want to tell you a secret about the parents at your school. Over the last 32 years, I have had thousands of meetings with parents. Many were in my office or on the phone, but some were on the bleachers in the Gym,...
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