Daniel Bauer

Aug 26, 2021

4 min read

Fran learned to let go of what doesn’t matter in school and focused on what does …

Me and Fran McGreevy

Let me introduce you to Fran McGreevy, one of the top Ruckus Makers I have the privilege to serve in the mastermind.

Recently I got to meet Fran at his home in western NY.

This was a special moment for me because Fran has been working with me since the beginning …

We’ve known each other (virtually) since 2015 and have become friends over the years.

Now that I live in New York myself, I visited him the other weekend and we enjoyed a Sunday brunch together.

It was an incredible day for me. I got to learn from one of the best in the business.

In reality, Fran should be the leader of the mastermind.

He served faithfully as a principal for 40 years and is now retired.

Fran came to the mastermind near the end of his service as a principal.

I asked him why he joined and he told me:

Like I said, Fran should be the leader of the mastermind.

He has much more knowledge, experience, and wisdom than I have.

Each week in the ‘Free Spirits’ cohort, all of our members (including me), get treated to Fran’s EPIC stories.

His stories draw us in. They are filled with emotion and vulnerability.

They lead to MAJOR epiphanies and BREAKTHROUGHS in our members’ leadership journeys.

When Fran speaks. We listen.

At brunch a week ago, I asked Fran the secret to his success.

Here is what he said:

Fran is an AMAZING Ruckus Maker — A special kind of leader who has so much wisdom to share.

Even as a retired principal he still comes to the mastermind meetings!

Fran sticks around because it helps him stay in touch with what’s happening in education.

Fran sticks around because he is a life-long learner!

Fran sticks around because he values the relationships he has built for years in the mastermind.

We feel his commitment to relationships and that is why we LOVE Fran!

One of the best lessons Fran has taught us:

If you really want to LEVEL UP your school this year, maybe you should consider going all in on the quality of relationships that exist in your building.

That means letting go of a lot of TRADITIONAL ‘best practices’ we are told drive student success.

Relationships are less talked about.

They can be messy.

But if you are willing to go there and commit to upgrading the quality of relationships that exist in your school …

I PROMISE you will create something not only that you will be proud of …

But you will also have created something that taps into the L-word.


Thank you Fran for your service!

And thank you for making me and all your mastermind colleagues a better leader.

After all, that’s what being a Ruckus Maker is all about.

Ready to Level Up?

I’ve designed a five-day challenge called the “Culture Boot Camp” and it’s absolutely free to join.

Learn how to create a world-class culture, just like Fran.

I will teach you how to improve your culture and take your school from WORST to FIRST or from GOOD to GREAT.

Join the challenge today!