Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers — What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

What would you do if you walked into the doctor’s office for what you thought was possibly kidney stones and instead the doctor looked at you in the eyes and said you have cancer. What would be your next step?

In today’s episode, our guest Aubrey Patterson is one of our ruckus makers who will share his with you. He’s a cancer survivor and wanted to do something in education and set up an example.

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points

  •     Introduction to Aubrey
  •     The story of Aubrey
  •     How to face challenges in life
  •     Simplify, Amplify and Clarify
  •     About Management
  •     Things that build you up
  •     Top three priorities
  •     Advice to make a difference

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[03:55] Introduction to Aubrey Patterson

[05:34] Aubrey’s Story

[12:44] Concrete idea to face challenges in life

[13:56] The message

[19:28] Example to understand the message

[21:52] What things build you up

[27:16] Top three priorities

[28:58] Advice from Aubrey to Ruckus makers


Key Quotes

  1. “If you don’t change direction, you might just end up where you’re headed.”
  2. “I always want students to feel significant.  I want the families, parents and teachers-every adult in the building to feel significant.  Not just today, but always”
  3. “The best way to become a stronger leader is to try to build leadership in others.”
  4. “Amazing teachers grow our leaders”.
  5. “To make a difference trust your gut.”


About Our Guest

Aubrey has been a teacher, principal, and superintendent in a high performing school district in Western Canada.  

Aubrey co-created Nohea Leadership to help EDUleaders use of technology to capture great ideas, recapture time and build exceptionally open and positive learning cultures. Nohea’s easily adaptable systems use three distinct stages that fall in succession like dominoes: simplifi, clarifi and amplifi.



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