Communication has Broken Down--You Aren't Listening

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 2, 2020 9:45:18 AM

“Just like a bad relationship, our communication has broken down. You aren’t listening,” said Shawnee Mission School District teacher Amanda Coffman back in February 2020. 

Teachers across the U.S. have been saying the same thing to administrators and school boards for many years, and the volume is even louder now after the disruptions of the 2020 pandemic. 

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Tags: School Culture, School Board, Leadership Retreat

Are We Supposed to be Thoughtful or Busy?

Posted by Scott Barron on May 28, 2020 8:27:25 AM

"Are we supposed to be thoughtful or busy?"
That important question was asked by a board member at a recent Leadership Retreat we facilitated. Balancing activity with mindfulness will always be a challenge for school leaders, especially in times of such overwhelming change and fierce competition. 

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Tags: Administration, Board Culture, School Board, Leadership Retreat

Your Culture is Reflected in Your Pattern of Communication

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 27, 2020 8:54:45 AM

As an avid reader of the School Growth blog for many years, I thought that having Scott Barron speak at our annual board retreat would be an excellent way to inspire and challenge our board. We had no idea how fortuitous that training would be, especially what we learned about the Laws of the Grapevine, with the devastating events that unfolded over the next couple of days. 

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Tags: Communication, Leadership, Laws of the Grapevine, Leadership Retreat

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

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

Coming to a City Near You 4Q 2018

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 29, 2018 12:53:24 PM

We grow schools and the people who have the courage to lead them. That mission requires a travel schedule that is sometimes rough on the body but it’s worth it because of the privilege we have to guide administrators, board leaders, and faculty to a joyful path forward.

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Tags: School Growth, School Board, Leadership Retreat

How to Improve Communication in One Easy Step

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 4, 2018 8:36:36 AM

At a recent Leader Retreat for a school board, one of the longest-serving board members raised a major issue. He was grey-headed and, based on the body language and deference of the others in the room, he was highly respected for his experience and wisdom.


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Tags: Communication, School Board, Leadership Retreat

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

Teacher Arrested! Now What?!?

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 24, 2018 6:34:00 AM

One Saturday we facilitated a Leadership Retreat for their school board. We assessed organizational health and included a brief introduction on how to properly Sequence messages in order to build trust and engagement.

All went as planned--and then it didn't.

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Tags: Communication, School Board, Leadership Retreat

"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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