Rudy Crew - Changing the Impossible

By Jeffrey Pfeffer
Case No. OB56V-04
Rudy Crew, former chancellor of New York public schools and current Miami-Dade County school superintendent, speaks about his experience as NYC chancellor. Crew discusses viewing NYC as made of many small pieces in order to make the change, breaking inertia by creating a “shock effect,” and the importance of proving that he could bring change that nobody believed was possible. He talks about the relationship he had with mayor Rudolph Giuliani and how that relationship was important to his job. Crew coped with the visibility of the job by not reading everything that was written about him in the newspapers. According to Crew, the way to make a change is to make deals and negotiate one change after the other. icon-Video Preview This video can be used with the written article “The Stealth Chancellor,” New York Times Magazine, August 31, 1997 and is part of Jeffery Pfeffer’s Paths to Power series. Also see OB56V-05 Rudy Crew - What Guides a Leader.