“Everybody wins when a leader gets better. Everybody wins when YOU get better.”
I help school leaders fight isolation and frustration via a leadership community in order to gain clarity and find solutions to their greatest challenges. If you’re ready to take ownership of your leadership development your tribe is waiting for you here.
Better Leaders Better Schools is designed to connect world-class leaders in education and promote their development. I develop leaders to their fullest potential – there is nothing greater than this – and I accomplish my mission through a category-defining podcast, practical blog posts, a private online community (Go! Community), online courses, 1:1 coaching, and the mastermind: an elite group coaching leadership development tribe.
I can help you eliminate your upper level barriers and maximize your impact.
The “Ah-Ha” Moments
It was time to leap into the scary unknown … and leap I did!
It took months to find a job, but when I did, I landed on my feet and experienced my first “Ah-Ha” Moment.
In Chicago Public Schools I helped 18 schools implement AVID methodologies (144 teachers and administrators in total). This experience gave me a unique perspective to the differing level of leadership quality found across the district.
I’ve read that the #1 most important factor to student success is the classroom teacher. The #2 factor is the building principal.
And this experience taught me not only did I have what it takes to lead a great school, but to me … nothing is more energizing than helping school leaders develop.
In Chicago, I set a goal to host regular dinner parties with local school leaders. My dream was to consistently break bread and discuss school leadership in an authentic way.
I was able to host two dinners over a year and I found myself still hungry …
I was hungry for more depth, authenticity, and consistency.
Recognizing that I needed to connect more often, I searched for a different path. Enter the year 2015, when I was listening to as many podcasts on leadership and entrepreneurship that I could find.
I came across one podcast that interviewed entrepreneurs daily. I learned so much in such a short amount of time, I had my second “Ah-Ha” Moment. I thought to myself …
Why can’t I do this?
And the podcast was born. My goal was to connect with as many expert leaders as I could. Even if no one listened at least I would become a better leader.
(Side note … “Why can’t I …” or “Why can’t we …” are two of the most powerful questions a leader can ask).
Half a million downloads later, I think people are resonating with the message.
Fun fact … 3 of those 7 founding members became Principals of the Year in their respective district and/or state in 2017.
My third “Ah-Ha” Moment is that many leaders are like me. They are experiencing the WHAT-HOW gap.
The what … they want to get better.
The how … where does one even start?
I fill that gap with the blog, podcast, masterminds, and other development resources.
Leadership can be extremely lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.
This final “Ah-Ha” was so powerful that it has become my life’s mission. I want to connect as many great leaders as possible to exponentially expand their impact and influence while dramatically changing the face of education across the world.
And I want to work with you!
This has been some of the most creative work I have been engaged in recently and I hope it excites you as much as it does me. I look at my Vivid Vision on a daily basis so I know exactly what my priorities are and where I am going.
What Makes Danny Unique?
I am a connector. I throw amazing parties each week operating under the assumption that —
Great Things Happen When Great People Connect
That’s what I do. I connect great people.
The parties I throw are called masterminds where influencers get together in a hybrid group coaching and leadership development community.
In the mastermind we read challenging leadership books, set goals, and solve problems. We also explore questions that will help you level up…
- What qualities make the best leaders great?
- How do leaders act everyday?
- What actions do leaders take to grow individually?
- How do leaders influence others?
- How do leaders create great places to work for both students and educators?
- How do leaders build emotionally healthy organizations?
- How do leaders honor their staff?
- (and most importantly) What is the purpose of school?
What I’m Doing Right Now
Unlike an “About page,” which is a look backward, this “Now” page is rooted in the present. Shout out to Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur, who created the idea of a “Now” page.
What I’m Reading
We’re reading this in the Iron Sharpens Iron mastermind I’ve been a part of since 2016. The secret to great marketing is empathy, seeing people for who they are, and telling better stories.
“We sell feelings, status, and connection, not tasks or stuff.”
Letters from a Stoic by Seneca.
I’m interested in Stoicism as a philosophy for life.
“Part of my joy in learning is that it puts me in a position to teach; nothing, however outstanding and however helpful, will ever give me any pleasure if the knowledge is to be for my benefit alone.”
The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker (not to be confused with Peter Parker).
I’ll be hosting my first live event in the summer of 2020. This is helping me prep for it.
“When we do gather, we too often use a template for gathering to substitute for our thinking. The art of gathering begins with purpose. When should we gather? And why?
Stop Talking, Start Influencing by Jared Cooney Hovarth
I have the pleasure of interviewing Jared on an upcoming podcast episode. He is a brain researcher and wants to help leaders and educators create “sticky” messages.
On how our brains make sense of stories:
“Here’s the best bit: whenever you hear a story about a person performing this same action (throwing a ball) your brain will fire off in almost the same pattern …”
The Compelling Communicator by Tim Pollard
I am speaking in Forsyth County, GA to a group of 100 school leaders on June 4, 2019.
This is my roadmap of delivering an incredible experience.
“Powerfully land a number of small ideas.”
What I’m Creating
In addition to my two category defining podcasts …
I’m working on the Go! Community — a private online community that is by invite only and a paid yearly membership. Not every leader is ready for my elite group: the mastermind. But most leaders have a desire to work with me and to level up with other world-class educators. The Go! Community will be packed with value (coaching modules, online courses, the world’s best virtual reading club, and discussion threads). The content won’t disappear into the ether (like Twitter) and there will be no ads, spammers, or self-promoters.
I’m also working on an online course on authenticity and finding your leadership voice.
My Three Goals This Quarter
Launch the Go! Community and fill it by word-of-mouth personal invitations.
Focus on cleaning and tidying up more at home.