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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, Leadership, School Board

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, Leadership, School Board, Strategic Plan

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, Leadership Retreat, Growth Plan

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 Goals, Leadership, School Board

What's Your Leadership Report Card for 2020?

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 29, 2020 2:18:50 PM

What's your leadership report card for 2020 that will build confidence with your board, faculty, and families? 

Your communications about this year may say that you managed to survive--or you could demonstrate through the evidence of your data that you achieved your growth plan and are now ready to conquer 2021. 

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Tags: School Boards, Leadership

Stop Ignoring the Warning Signs

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 23, 2020 9:38:17 AM

A dangerous deficit has emerged in the leadership of schools, and it is a major limiting factor in the ability to successfully adapt to the realities of 2020-21. Stop ignoring the warning signs--if action isn't taken soon, the long-term damage will be severe. 

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Tags: Administration, Learning, Leadership

The Power of Progress

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 7, 2020 8:35:52 AM

What's next in your Growth Plan?

That's the question your board and stakeholders are asking even as the struggle against the pandemic and other challenges continues to consume your time and resources. They need to know that you're taking them somewhere they want to go. 

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Tags: Leadership

SIX Traits Thriving Schools Have in Common

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 16, 2020 10:27:40 AM

From their research of school growth and performance over the first half of 2020, The Fordham Institute shared, "Five things schools thriving during Covid-19 have in common."

These traits offer valuable insight, and we added one more that is critically important for those administrators who want to sustainably thrive. 

 

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership

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