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Please email your questions to duke@kellerforkaty.com and I'll respond to you personally, as quickly as I can.

 

Answers to other frequently asked questions:

Q: In a video from 2017, Sean Dolan said the following:

"If you want to get people to break out of their inertia, to stop doing what they’ve been doing, to start something new, to change their minds […] you want these people to like you. You have to hit them where it counts: in the feels. And you know what? It doesn’t even have to be a good emotion. You can make them laugh, piss them off, make them curious, make them scared, make them sad, make them sorry."

Pursuant to that topic, I have a two-part question.

Thank you in advance for your time. Blessings to you and yours.

Q. Do you agree with the idea that in order to motivate people to do something new, you have to make them feel something (regardless of whether or not it's a positive feeling)?

A: As to your first question, no I do not believe that you have to do something new or make a person “feel” something in order to motivate them. And I certainly don’t think negative motivation works in the long run. I have continually been in leadership positions in the Army, professionally, and my community for 35 years. My view is not based on theory, but on experience and practice. There are many methods to motivating someone. I have found that being open and honest with people, and being fair and consistent with them, motivates people to respect you and believe in what you are doing. If they respect you and understand the reasoning behind what you are doing, and see that you are fair, consistent and open with them, they will understand why you are doing what you do even if they don’t agree with it.

Q: If not, what are some specific ways in which you believe you can motivate people toward positive change in KISD and promote unity? 

A: As to your second question, I believe that a vast majority of Katy ISD families and teachers are happy with the district. Are there issues to address? Of course. No organization is perfect. Also, there are some who don’t want unity. They never will, no matter what you do. But to bring back unity (which I really view as having confidence in the district), I think the practice I explained in my answer to your first question is the key. That is what real leadership is. Show people that you are fair, honest, and consistent. Show them that you are transparent in what you do and that it is about serving the best interests of the students, teachers, and district, and not about you. Listen more than you talk. I think those practices and qualities earn trust and confidence in what you do. That is why so many support me. They have watched how I do things and how I deal with people for 40 years, or they know someone who will vouch for that. Everything flows from character and integrity.


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