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Scott Barron

Scott Barron
Scott E. Barron is the founder of Yabwi. As entrepreneur, author, and educator, his passion is helping people and organizations achieve greater purpose and joy.
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What I Learned from Alan Metcalfe about Culture and Design

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 21, 2022 10:47:50 AM
We are constantly searching for new strategies to grow schools and elevate the culture for educators. Every now and then we learn about a concept or an idea that we believe is going to have a big impact.
That's what happened when we met Alan Metcalfe at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) conference a few years ago and learned about Interpretive Master Planning. 
If you're looking for a better way to distinguish your school, then you will definitely want to explore this powerful growth method.
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Tags: School Design, School Culture, Strategy

Ed Leadership Insights from George Washington Carver

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 14, 2022 7:00:00 AM
Why are you an educator?

Is it because you experienced the joy of learning in your formative years and want to pass that on to the next generation?
Is it just a job that pays the bills?
Does it give you the opportunity to achieve a greater purpose?
 
For George Washington Carver, education leadership was a pathway that allowed him to do what he loved and inspired many generations after him.

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Tags: Leadership

Leadership Insights from Josh McDaniels

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 5, 2022 10:34:00 AM

Josh McDaniels has grown in wisdom. Through the school of life, he’s learned that people and culture are the crucial foundation for the success of a leader.

During the introductory press conference, he shared some insights that are are worth noting.

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Tags: Leadership

School Growth Bibliography for Courageous Educators

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 16, 2022 4:40:49 PM

We share your passion for learning as a leader of educators. Through our research and professional development, we've developed a bibliography that is required reading for all members of our team. 

These books offer insight into the best practices from education, business, entrepreneurship, human resources, sociology, and communication to create an integrated approach to designing and growing schools.

Here is the latest School Growth Bibliography.

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Tags: Leadership

What's an Educator Without Wisdom?

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 6, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Never before has so much been expected of educators. All the strategic planning and school expertise in the world failed to anticipate the overwhelming and disruptive impact of COVID on our people and systems. But that's not all.

Many are finding it difficult to reinvent themselves and their organizations enough to successfully implement new technologies, manage societal shifts in expectations, and adjust to rapidly emerging education trends. Wise Intelligence is one of the Key Intelligences of Highly Effective Educators, and it is in these moments that wisdom is revealed and leaders emerge. 

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Tags: Talent

Understand Your Target Donors to Grow Fundraising

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 16, 2021 5:47:09 PM

Did you know that charitable donations to education continued to be strong in 2021. That's great news for your donor development plans!

Knowing who gives the most and how they like to give is important intelligence. Check out this webinar with guidance from some experts on how to understand your target donors to grow fundraising.

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Tags: Fundraising

ADCD: A Plague to School Leadership

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 17, 2021 9:40:00 AM

The pain is real. ADCD is a plague to school leadership. One crisis gets resolved and then another pops up, so our plan for the day gets wrecked and we end up playing "Whack-a-Mole" trying to stay slightly ahead of the game. 

But that's no way to lead educators.

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Tags: Administration, Leadership

Strategic Planning vs Strategic Organization

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 16, 2021 8:44:28 AM

Education leadership is an unusually complex responsibility that requires intelligence, wisdom, and hard work. Perhaps what our schools need most isn't another strategic plan, but rather a strategic organization where unity and trust prevail. 

“One of the biggest accelerators to change is simplicity.”
--Dr. Henry Cloud

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Tags: School Growth, Leadership, Strategy

Growth Begins With a Culture of Listening

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 8, 2021 8:42:37 AM

The enrollment season for next year has begun, and a healthy school culture is the foundation on which a Growth Plan is rooted.

The best culture is created by design, with a unified team that has mastered the art and science of listening. Consider these questions to assess the listening skills and habits of your team.

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Tags: Leadership

Authenticity Starts with Unity

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 4, 2021 12:31:20 PM

In our August workshops to launch the new school year for schools throughout the U.S., educators are focused on three questions to make this year even more successful:

1. Are we on the pathway to Authentic, Sustainable Excellence?
2. What could degrade our unity in pursuit of our mission this year?
3. How will we measure progress each quarter?

 

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Tags: Leadership, Relationships

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