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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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Summertime Gladness

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 11, 2021 1:03:11 PM

I got that summertime, summertime gladness 

Su-su-summertime, summertime gladness 


Got that summertime, summertime gladness 

Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

The summertime gladness of educators is extremely joyful this year, but also mixed with a curiosity about what's next. What questions will you pursue this summer to grow and achieve excellence? Start with these...

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership, School Board

Design a Beautiful Mission Experience

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 4, 2021 11:58:20 AM

Educators are the ultimate "knowledge workers," unique in their ability to solve complex problems and develop new ways to enable growth.

Yet they continue to languish in an industrial approach to school leadership and design where the physical spaces, time schedules, and human dynamics stifle creativity and inspiration.

There is a better way!

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Tags: School Design, Leadership, School Board, Strategic Plan

We Can't Rewind but We Can Reset

Posted by Scott Barron on May 29, 2021 11:54:44 AM
Life happens quickly in real-time. Sometimes we mess up and there's no way to rewind and say, “Hey, let's do that over. That's not what I meant to say or do.” 
Growing as a leader requires recognizing that rewind isn't available--you can't go back in time--but, reset is necessary and possible. Building and sustaining healthy relationships is only achieved through a high level of resiliency and disciplined communication.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture

Excellent Starts When Average Stops

Posted by Scott Barron on May 21, 2021 4:19:56 PM

Putting "Excellence" on the website or in the mission statement doesn't make it true. Excellence starts with a resolute commitment to stop doing average. 

Stop doing what average schools do.
Stop doing what average leaders do. 

Your calling as an educator is one to Excellence, not average!

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Tags: Leadership, Leadership Retreat, Growth Plan

Wisdom in Resolving Conflict

Posted by Scott Barron on May 14, 2021 9:03:09 AM

Conflict is an inevitable part of leadership, especially in education where we have a high level of emotional engagement among stakeholders. Wisdom becomes an even more critical asset for us to overcome the resulting tensions and dysfunctional behaviors. 

In our executive coaching resources for members of the School Growth Network, we include these guidelines to more wisely negotiate resolutions that support your mission and values.

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Tags: School Culture, Engagement

Leadership Happens in the Transitions

Posted by Scott Barron on May 7, 2021 9:33:16 AM

2020-21 was a big year for leadership growth among administrators and boards. The culture and brand of the school are most vulnerable during these high-stress periods.

We've seen so many institutions refocus on the human aspect of school leadership to rekindle their joy and work together on the factors that most contribute to excellence. 

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership, Leadership Resiliency

Failed Peacock Marketing

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 27, 2021 8:16:10 AM

Prince the Peacock was beautiful, with blue and green feathers that were a sight to behold. 

We met him over the weekend at the Warm Springs Inn (which we highly recommend, by the way) in Wenatchee, WA.

Despite all of his investments in marketing himself, Prince remained frustrated and unable to accomplish his goals. (perhaps a little like your school)

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Tags: Enrollment, Marketing, Growth Plan

Piedmont School Has a Compelling Mission

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 20, 2021 8:05:53 AM

I read lots of mission statements.
Perhaps that sounds a bit weird, but the mission statement can be an interesting view inside what's going on deep inside the organization.

The Piedmont School has a concise, clear, and compelling mission that really caught my attention during our Board and Leadership Retreat together over the weekend. 

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Tags: School Boards, Professional Development, Leadership Retreat, Board Retreat

FAQ: Who Should be a Parent Ambassador?

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 9, 2021 12:23:24 PM

Who should be recruited to serve as a Parent Ambassador? That is a frequently asked question as enrollment directors are implementing or improving their efforts to involve parents in the student recruiting process. 

Here are three criteria to help you build a productive team of parent ambassadors. Brennan Stark from PeerPal joined me and Tammy for a conversation about how to choose parent ambassadors that will most effectively contribute to your success. 

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Tags: Enrollment, Admissions

2021 is Off to a Great Start

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 26, 2021 12:11:34 PM

The first quarter of 2021 is almost complete, and it's been a great start to what we believe will be one of the most exciting years in school leadership. 

You've been walking through a hard journey while carrying a heavy load, making it hard to look beyond the challenges of each day. Getting through it was a little easier when you kept your head down and just tried to put one foot in front of the other. 

Left, right. Left, right. Keep going ...

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Tags: School Boards, Leadership Retreat, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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