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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

Critical Decisions to Start Your Growth Plan for 2019-20

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 16, 2019 10:26:10 PM

Will 2019 be the start of a new season of growth for you and your school? Are you so committed to making this year remarkably successful, that you're resolutely determined to start NOW by making some courageous decisions?

Effective school leadership in a highly competitive market requires a new set of tools and disciplines to sustainably grow. 

Below are five critical decisions you can make immediately to Start Your Growth Plan for 2019-20.

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Tags: Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

2018 Was a Remarkable Year for Growing Schools

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 29, 2018 6:24:05 PM

2018 was a remarkable year for School Growth as we delivered growth services to schools across the U.S.

🔹 We've seen courageous school administrators re-kindle their joy for learning and leadership.

🔹 Organizational healing has taken place, as board and school leaders resolved past issues and committed to building stronger relationships.

🔹 Greater results have been achieved through more effective leadership disciplines and planning.

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Tags: School Growth, Growth Plan

Your School is Unique so Plan Accordingly

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 19, 2018 9:08:22 AM

Data-driven strategic planning is critical in order to uncover and leverage the powerful genius of your school and leadership. Save the “Best Guesses” and “Gut Feelings” for decisions when the stakes aren’t so high.

The future of the school and your career is at stake here.

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Tags: Leadership, Strategy, school improvement, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

Your Strategic Plan May Be Killing Your School

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 20, 2018 12:25:27 AM

What if your strategic plan has actually caused more harm than good? 
Perhaps the board and administration got together for a few days or even spent some months hammering out a long-term plan.

But is it really making a difference? Did the process used to create the plan strengthen relationships, build leadership capacity, and improve the culture?

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

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