Mr. Tony DiMarco Episode #48

By Andrew Marotta

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Sunday, June 10, 2018.
#48 Education Leadership & Beyond: with OC Legend Tony DiMarco.
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Blog #48: Go with your gut!
So Mr. DiMarco asks me, “If I called your supervisor, what would he or she say?” I was honest with Tony and said that she and I did not see eye to eye on things and probably would not speak too highly of me. It was a tough answer but the honest one.

This was during my interview for Assistant Principal with Tony DiMarco, the Principal of Port Jervis HS at the time. I was hoping that my answer did not seal a negative fate for me. What happened next was astonishing. A few days later, Tony called me and offered me the position and off we went. He shared later, that my former supervisor did indeed give me a negative review. So negative in fact, that Mr. DiMarco finally said to her sternly, do you have anything positive to say about him because I’m going to hire him? She told him that I come to work on time!!!!

The point of the story and of this blog is that sometimes you have to trust your gut…Most times I would say because it is usually correct. Tony trusted his instincts in that moment did not go with what the lady was saying about me. He believed in me, he believed in his judgement, and went with it. I am so grateful to Tony that he had the fortitude to trust his gut and make the decision that has shaped my life the past 14 years!
As a leader we have to make decisions often, sometimes very quickly. Use your gut. Trust your instincts. Take input from others, ask around, listen, ask questions–but at the end of the day, when it is decision time, go with your gut! You will be right most times!

Quote: The dog may bark but the caravan moves on.
Hubie Brown.
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