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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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The School System is Designed for Mediocrity

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 12, 2019 8:09:49 AM

Last week on a flight I sat next to a gentleman who is the head/principal of a high school in Ohio. On the middle seat between us (which thankfully was empty) he placed Carol Dweck's book, Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development

As an avid reader myself, right away I realized he is likely either an educator or taking a very interesting class.

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Tags: Leadership

"This has Changed my Life!"

Posted by Scott Barron on May 28, 2019 7:11:38 AM

C.D. is the head of a large organization that includes a school, a church, and other community service groups. He has experienced some difficult transitions over the last few years but he's actually grown through these challenges to become a stronger leader.

On a call last week C.D. shared, "What you've taught us about talent and culture has transformed our entire organization--not just the school. Actually, this has changed my life!"

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

What You Don't Know about Enrollment Can Hurt You

Posted by Scott Barron on May 14, 2019 8:43:17 AM

Enrollment leadership and management provides the primary source of revenue for most schools, and yet it's too often the most misunderstood role.

Admissions is influenced by a multitude of key factors, yet so often board members and administrators oversimplify the issues when facing enrollment challenges. Blaming the enrollment office seldom produces real gains because most of the contributing causes can be found elsewhere in the school.

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Tags: Enrollment

The Complexities of Schools are REAL

Posted by Scott Barron on May 7, 2019 8:32:15 AM

PK-12 Schools are the most complex organizations in the U.S. economy.

Board members, administrators, parents, and policy makers must understand that the models of leadership and management that may be effective in other businesses and organizations have to be adapted to the extraordinary realities of educational institutions.

Schools are different!

 

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan

Summer Decisions that Destroy a School

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 26, 2019 7:08:45 AM

Certain decisions made during the summer can destroy a school's culture and potential for growth. Of course they are made with the best of intentions, but the damage can last for years.

How can you protect yourself from these disastrous risks? Let's explore a few of these decisions and some steps you can take to wisely grow over the summer.

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Tags: Enrollment, Human Resources, Video - Enrollment

The Sad Life of the Overloaded School Leader

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 22, 2019 8:43:00 AM

Have you spent any time with a school administrator? It's a stressful pace, especially in April and May!

Too often he or she hurries from place to place, talking to lots of people but deeply connecting with few. Living in a constant state of overload and chaos, the goal is more survival than strategic growth and relationship building.

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Tags: Leadership, Leadership Resiliency, leadership retreat

What Business Executives Can Learn from School Leaders

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 15, 2019 10:31:59 AM

The relationship between educators and business leaders will grow even stronger when there is mutual respect for the expertise that each brings to the table.

Advice from business executives to school leaders is pervasive, driven by the assumption that schools wouldn't be so "abysmal" if only administrators would learn to apply the habits and techniques that are so common in the "real world."

The comments from board members, parents, or others usually sound like this :

  • "Get back to the basics!"
  • "Innovate more effectively!"
  • "Hire better!"
  • "Make decisions faster!"
  • "Don't take so many days off!"  (see Ashton Kutcher at ASCD Empower19)

This isn't a one way street, however! What can business leaders learn from school leaders? Quite a bit, actually!

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Tags: Leadership, Growth Plan

Daniel Breen's School Growth Journey

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 21, 2019 11:04:04 AM

Using the School Growth system for growing schools, Daniel Breen has successfully led Sacred Heart Cathedral School (Knoxville, TN) through a season of transformation. Under his guidance they achieved 94% re-enrollment, exceeded their new enrollment goal with a waiting pool, surpassed their fundraising targets, and student academic results were the highest in years.

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Tags: Leadership, Growth Plan

Is Your School Effective at Teaching AND Learning

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 6, 2019 11:19:48 AM

Is Your School Effective at Teaching AND Learning?

A teaching organization and a learning organization are quite distinct. When the leadership of a school advances as a learning organization, they achieve a sustainable competitive advantage to grow.

 

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Tags: Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

Your Most Valuable Assets aren't on the School Balance Sheet

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 25, 2019 9:56:19 AM

The most valuable assets of your school aren't on the financial balance sheet. 

Off-balance sheet items are obviously an important concern for the Board and CFO when assessing the school's financial health, but they’re difficult to identify and track. Even more importantly, certain off-balance sheet items have the potential to become hidden liabilities.

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Tags: leadership retreat, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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