CollabTalk Podcast | Episode 23

For Episode 23 of the CollabTalk Podcast, we discussed the evolution of collaboration within the education sector — both the technology and the ways in which students, teachers, and leadership engage. We also share some ideas on governance and the art of people management, with mentions of some shared experts, including W. Edwards Deming, Eliyahu Goldratt, and Marcus Buckingham. You can listen to the podcast above and follow me using your favorite app, such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or the iHeartRadio app. Be sure to subscribe!

Joining me on this podcast:

  • Art Close, a recently retired Director of Logistics Education for Western Guilford High School and Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina, and an award-winning educator at the undergraduate and graduate level in operations management, mathematics, and strategic planning. [LinkedIn]

A bit more detail on the topics covered in this episode:

  • Discussed the state of collaboration within the education sector [3:51]
  • Also talk about digital literacy, and the difficulties for educators to keep up with the pace of innovation. [12:57]
  • What is governance, and how does “managing the gaps” come into play within the EDU sector? [19:38]
  • It’s not “disruptive change” that makes it difficult for teachers to keep up with the pace of technology change, but the constant pace of “incremental change.” [32:32]
  • The way we teach needs to be reimagined and updated to better align and leverage the technology [44:37]
  • Some thoughts on what makes a good teacher and a good manager, the hype around high-priced degrees, and some of our favorite management gurus [55:45]

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Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.