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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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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

Effectively Communicating with Parent Ambassadors

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 5, 2021 10:35:37 AM

Parent Ambassadors are a core part of our enrollment growth strategy, but how do we maintain healthy relationships and maximize engagement with them? 

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Tags: Enrollment

Creating Authentic Dialogue to Restore and Renew

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 22, 2021 2:04:53 PM

When do we slow down enough to restore our people and relationships?  When will authentic dialogue take place to more effectively grow?

Our pace of life as education leaders is stressful and unhealthy, yet we also know how important it is to thoughtfully reflect on and renew our calling to this work.

This week we're facilitating two retreats that are designed to do just that: One is a Leadership Planning Retreat to kick off a Strategic Growth Plan, and the other is a Board Retreat for professional development and culture building. 

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Tags: Leadership Retreat, Board Retreat

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, Board Culture, Leadership

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