Alfred Kahn, head of the Economics Department when I was a student at Cornell University (and later Jimmy Carter's inflation fighter and a leader in deregulation of industry) first helped me to understand the economic impacts of business and public policy.
Kenneth Andrews, who taught the business policy course when I was at the Harvard Business School, helped me to understand strategy and organization, and has since encouraged me to carry on in a public management direction.
Jim Allen, a founder of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, helped me move into public management. While serving as his assistant, I helped plan the School of Management at Northwestern University. John Barr and Ralph Westfall, dean and associate dean at what was Northwestern's Business School and is now the Graduate School of Management, also helped.
Peter Warner gave me the opportunity to practice in a smaller setting, essential to the work I have done with schools. And he provided encouragement without which I would not have gotten this far.
Al Klingenberg, superintendent in Lake Forest, Illinois, School District 67 (and coauthor with me of Effective Schools Through Effective Management), helped to conceive and apply the school management model described in this book.
Jerry Glaub and Hal Seamon of the Illinois Association of School Boards encouraged me and published my first book, Effective Schools. National associations -- school boards, administrators, and PTA -- have also been helpful.