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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

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

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, Board Culture, Leadership, Strategy

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, Strategy, Leadership Retreat

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

Educators are Negotiators (and More)

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 2, 2021 9:44:42 AM


Undeveloped negotiation skills contribute to the downfall of too many educators, but these are skills that can be easily learned and mastered. You can be a problem solver who creates win-win conversations and agreements rather than competitive situations that force 
winners and losers.

Learn more about negotiating skills, exciting new technology solutions, and support for the self-managed head search.

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Tags: Board Culture, Leadership

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