Tag: Marin Country Day School

Dumb Practices: Should You Sign Things You Can’t Read?

Dumb and Dumber

There are few things worse at work than doing something you regret and knew better beforehand. Things that were dumb at first blush and seem dumber every time you revisit them. Things like accepting a job having no idea what you’re going to be paid, transferring to a role and not knowing whether the role […]

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[Life Back West] April 2013 – Boat Rockers Wanted: Are You One of Them?

Branch Rickey in 1914

There are boats to rock, and boat rockers needed to rock them. Are you one of them? Avoiding questioning existing conditions in a dynamic, changing world is a recipe for mediocrity if not disaster, but who has the moxy to ask the obvious? Pay, fame or thanks, if any, varies, and while you’ll be respected by […]

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LGBT or LGBTQ? Words Matter. So Do Letters.

Eight-striped rainbow flag. Drawn by Fibonacci.

An Open Letter June 19, 2012   Patrick Bassett President, National Association of Independent Schools 1129 20th Street NW, Suite 800 Washington DC 22036   Dear Mr. Bassett, My son’s K-8 independent school in the San Francisco Bay area recently participated in the NAIS supported AIM (Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) survey earlier this January. While […]

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The Problem with Inclusion

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

There’s a problem or two with diversity and inclusion efforts. It’s just not the one(s) you probably think. Similar to the efforts to increase employee engagement – if you can just win the hearts and minds of employees they’ll be more productive, have less turnover, and engender greater customer satisfaction  – inclusion and diversity efforts in […]

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Welcome to Paradise (Drive)

New welcome mat from my parents

The annual “welcome coffee” for parents the first morning of this fall term for my son’s grade school should be a no-brainer for others to emulate yet hunch is it isn’t. Turns out, as I asked around, that most places don’t do anything like it. Why not? Why does it seem so hard to do […]

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