Calm in the Chaos with Danny Bauer and Glenn Robbins — Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Successful School Leadership

Today we present a great conversation with returning guest Danny Bauer of Better Leaders Better Schools and Glenn Robbins, superintendent of Brigantine Public Schools in New Jersey. Danny and Glenn have co-authored the new book Calm in the Chaos, applying ancient Stoic wisdom to the demands of school leaders. 

Our conversation covers:
  • Summary of ancient Stoic wisdom and philosophy
  • The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday
  • Why the authors applied this philosophy to school leadership
  • Modern chaos in schools
  • School leaders’ stress levels are high. What is stillness in the chaos?
  • Four virtues: Wisdom, Temperance, Courage, and Justice
  • Equanimity is the outcome — calmness of mind and soul
Find the book on Amazon.

About today’s guests
Daniel Bauer is host of the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast, ranked in the TOP 0.5% of 3 million global podcasts, and author of books including Mastermind: Unlocking Talent Within Every School Leader, co-published by Corwin and the National School Superintendents Association (AASA). Subscribe to Better Leaders, Better Schools on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Glenn Robbins is the proud Superintendent of the Brigantine Public School District in Brigantine, New Jersey. He has been awarded numerous administrative national and state recognitions including the National Exemplar of Education Award, Northeast Innovative Superintendent Award, NJ Visionary Superintendent Award, Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools Member, NASSP Digital Principal of the Year, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Winner, and SETDA Student Voice Award Winner. Glenn is passionate about helping school leaders create schools where every student and educator can have the opportunity to succeed to their utmost potential in a VUCA world.

About the host
Ross Romano is a co-founder of the Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies, a coaching and consulting firm that helps organizations and high-performing leaders in the K-12 education industry communicate their vision and make strategic decisions that lead to long-term success. Connect on Twitter @RossBRomano or 

I also host Sideline Sessions, a podcast for coaches and parents of student-athletes. The show features conversations with coaches and performance experts in the NFL, NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and more. Listen here: 

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Creators and Guests

Ross Romano
Ross Romano
Co-founder of Be Podcast Network and CEO of September Strategies. Strategist, consultant, and performance coach.
Danny Bauer
Danny Bauer
I talk about how Ruckus Makers can Do School Different 🏴‍☠️ Friend to School Leaders ❤️ 3x Best Selling Author 📚 TOP 0.5% Podcast Host🎙️🌍👀
Glenn Robbins
Glenn Robbins
Award Winning Superintendent @ Brigantine Board Of Education | National Superintendent Certification | Best Selling Author | Speaker | Mentor |
Calm in the Chaos with Danny Bauer and Glenn Robbins — Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Successful School Leadership