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Compassion isn't weakness.

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Some leaders are admired. Some are not.
Become the leader people want to work for.


"Heavy bars!"

Chris Emdin, the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair at the University of Southern California,
founder of #HipHopEd, and NY Times best-selling author of Ratchedemic

"Desperately needed in education...
Otherful is nonstop takeaways, action plans, and fun"

Greg Rosenbaum, Senior Director of SXSWEDU

"I LOVE this book!"

Esther Wojcicki, teacher, journalist,
and author of NY Times best-seller How to Raise Successful People

"...AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK helping administrators... Kleba and O'Hara's book could sit comfortably on a business bookcase under leadership development."

review, Getting Smart

 A book of essays to read together

perfect for college admin classes and leadership PD

alone we can't win

Our blindspots hobble our ability to lead, forcing others to work around us. Instead, we need to ask others to teach us what we aren't seeing.

influence is stronger than control

Teachers don't work hard on something they aren't invested in. Neither do we. But when we share our power, we trade control for influence.


Like anyone, we make mistakes. When we fail out loud & humbly learn, our whole school grows more resilient & courageous.

we can
help our people

We can handle our teachers as prize stallions or pack mules. Guess which one gets better results, chief?


what does it mean to be 



 - to be a leader who spots greatness in other people

 - to have a school leadership style that sees

  •      teachers want to be helped, not "fixed"

  •      leaders can't do a darn thing alone

  •      how others understand things isn’t an obstacle; it's a resource

spot (v).

- to recognize, witness

- to support, like in weight

       lifting or a trust fall

Bring us in.

Proven professional development that elevates

communication, morale, and culture. 


Otherful reviews from teachers & administrators 

"the best school leadership book I've ever read"

"this book changed by my life- no joke"

"seriously, EVERY administrator & teacher in the country
should read this book"

"funny, raw, real, & actually usable"

"OTHERFUL could be the beginning of a movement"

The Book
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the teacher

mike kleba 

is a public high school English teacher & theatre director with more than 20 years in the classroom. An artist & entrepreneur, he has been invited to speak about leadership around the country and the globe. He holds degrees from Villanova University & Duquesne University.

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the administrator

Ryan O'Hara, Ed.d. 

is a middle school principal. Before moving into educational leadership, he taught high school and middle school English for 10 years. He holds degrees from St. John's University, Stony Brook University, Long Island University, & Hofstra University.

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