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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

Insights from a Teacher Turned Flight Attendant

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 26, 2018 8:47:48 PM

On a recent flight I sat next to a woman who had a very intriguing story. She was once a teacher, and apparently a pretty good one. But she opted to change careers in her early-40’s because she couldn’t take it anymore. Instead she became a flight attendant.

What was the problem? Was teaching really that bad?!

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Tags: Leadership, Culture

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

Wisdom from Experienced Teachers: Communication is Critical

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 7, 2018 8:06:05 AM

We learned some valuable insight from some very wise and experienced educators over the last few weeks, and we were pleasantly surprised that one key point was emphasized by all of them. 

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Tags: Communication, Leadership

Are You Planning for Success or Just Hoping for it?

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 31, 2018 8:40:21 AM

Today we're hosting a Leadership Retreat at Spartanburg Day School (SC). They have a very talented team of administrators that is determined to achieve at an even higher level. That starts, of course, with an accurate planning process that has one important practice that increases the probability of success.

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Tags: School Innovation, Administration, Leadership, leadership retreat

Sacred Heart is Growing

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 17, 2018 11:03:56 PM

Dear Scott & Tammy:
School leaders face an increasingly complex and challenging competitive landscape these days. By working with the School Growth team, Sacred Heart Cathedral School has become stronger and healthier, and I wanted to share some successes with you.

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Tags: School Growth, Leadership

"When you're always surviving, you can't dream"

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 13, 2018 8:50:41 AM

Michael Ketterer was a featured contestant on America's Got Talent last week and he was awarded a "Golden Buzzer" for his performance. Michael and his wife have adopted multiple children, including one with cerebral palsy. As you might imagine, their story is quite compelling!

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Tags: School Growth, Leadership, leadership retreat

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