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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

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

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

Augusta Prep's Leadership has a Strategic Growth Plan

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 23, 2021 8:25:21 AM

Derrick Willard and his team are leading Augusta Preparatory Day School on a journey to Sustained Excellence.

Even through the enormous challenges of the last year, they have remained focused on the goals to elevate the culture and instill a tenacious commitment to the mission and core values. Below is a recent article he shared with his community regarding their Strategic Growth Plan.

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Tags: School Design, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

She Grew From Overcome to Overcomer

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 5, 2021 7:55:31 AM

Her stress level was off the charts. Frustrated with what they felt was a lack of leadership and too many unfinished plans, some members of the board were boldly raising the stakes.

They wanted a clear plan to grow enrollment and restore confidence in the direction of the school. Or else...

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

News that Matters to Educators June 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 15, 2020 9:05:36 AM
News that Matters to Educators:

1. Heads Conference reveals confidence in getting back to normal

2. Leaders of a small business in KY just paid $150,000 as a ransom to regain access to their computers and data

3. The U.S. is officially in a recession, and it's expected to be worse than the last one
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Tags: Marketing, Leadership, Growth Plan

What Will You Accomplish by June 30?

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 16, 2020 11:43:53 AM

What will you accomplish by June 30 that would advance the quality and sustainability of your school? That's the question your leadership and board should be prepared to answer ASAP!

 
Free Webinar on how to create a 90-Day Crisis Response Plan

 

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Tags: Leadership, Leadership Resiliency, Growth Plan

Data Strategies to Grow at NBOA 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 23, 2020 2:05:34 PM

The most valuable assets of a school aren’t on the financial balance sheet. So how do you measure and leverage them to grow?

We're sharing a deep-dive course on, "Data Strategies to Grow," at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2020 Annual Conference in Orlando this week to answer that question and provide guidance on how to create an integrated approach for more effective strategic planning.

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Tags: Data Analytics, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

Celebrating Courageous School Leaders in 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 27, 2020 8:34:28 AM

It kind of sounds like a joke--school leaders from Catholic schools, Christian schools, and independent nonreligious schools walked into a bar.... Actually it was a training room at Woodward Academy in Atlanta where we were Getting R.A.D. (Radically Against Dysfunction)

That's the real joy of our work, supporting the growth goals of educators who have the courage to make hard decisions and develop the disciplines of effective school leadership. 

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Tags: Professional Development, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

What is a Strategic Growth Plan?

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 5, 2019 7:16:33 AM

The words "Strategic Plan" often strike fear in the heart of a head of school, principal, or superintendent because they've suffered through the nightmare of a planning approach that miserably fails to recognize and strengthen the complex relationships that comprise a school. 

Some management consultants think that a long weekend visit is all that's required to learn about your school and print a plan, but your work is more valuable than that. Your people deserve better!

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Tags: School Board, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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