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October 10, 2015

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Could Hsieh’s style work for schools?

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Education in our great state of Nevada has been provided the opportunity of a lifetime. The resignations of James Guthrie and Dwight Jones have opened the door for changes in the educational leadership style that they both displayed.

Please let our elected officials look to the successful leadership style of Tony Hsieh as they replace these two superintendents.

Hsieh knows that a successful business is built upon a management style that values employees. A work setting where employees are embraced and valued establishes the very foundation for success. I implore those involved in selecting Guthrie’s and Jones’ replacements to look to what the future of a successful employee-valued business plan will provide for our children.

It is time to throw away the educational model currently in place that pits administrative leadership against educational employees.

During my 30 years with the Clark County School District, I had the opportunity to work with principals Fenton Tobler, Ron Fagan and David Harcourt. These men, in their administrative roles, valued their employees. They, like Hsieh, knew that by doing so, they built an environment for success.

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