Recently, we partnered with the Texas Association of School Administrators to host a virtual conversation on leadership with retired General George W. Casey and three superintendents from Holdsworth partner districts.
According to leaders who tuned in live, the event was “chock-full of inspiration and wisdom” and “a shot in the arm” – one superintendent even said it was the best hour she’s had all year.
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Born in 1948, Casey is a retired four-star general who served as the 36th Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 2007 to 2011. Casey served as Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq, from 2004 to 2007. Casey teaches at Cornell University’s business school, where he focuses on developing students’ abilities to lead in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world. He is considered an authority on strategic leadership and led the U.S. Army – with 1.1 million global personnel and a $200 billion budget – through one of its greatest periods of transformation.
As the commanding general of multi-national forces in Iraq, when Casey made decisions, lives were at stake. On his desk sat a calendar with quotes from the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu, given to him by his deputy. He tore out and kept the page with his favorite quote. – “Enlightened leaders make decisions with a clear mind and a pure heart.”
Casey was joined in the conversation by Dr. LaTonya Goffney, Superintendent of Aldine ISD; Dr. Jenny McGown, Superintendent of Klein ISD; and Dr. Art Cavazos, Superintendent of Harlingen CISD.