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Creating Authentic Dialogue to Restore and Renew

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 22, 2021 2:04:53 PM

When do we slow down enough to restore our people and relationships?  When will authentic dialogue take place to more effectively grow?

Our pace of life as education leaders is stressful and unhealthy, yet we also know how important it is to thoughtfully reflect on and renew our calling to this work.

This week we're facilitating two retreats that are designed to do just that: One is a Leadership Planning Retreat to kick off a Strategic Growth Plan, and the other is a Board Retreat for professional development and culture building. 

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Tags: Leadership Retreat, Board Retreat

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

Piedmont School Has a Compelling Mission

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 20, 2021 8:05:53 AM

I read lots of mission statements.
Perhaps that sounds a bit weird, but the mission statement can be an interesting view inside what's going on deep inside the organization.

The Piedmont School has a concise, clear, and compelling mission that really caught my attention during our Board and Leadership Retreat together over the weekend. 

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Tags: Board Culture, Professional Development, Leadership Retreat, Board Retreat

2021 is Off to a Great Start

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 26, 2021 12:11:34 PM

The first quarter of 2021 is almost complete, and it's been a great start to what we believe will be one of the most exciting years in school leadership. 

You've been walking through a hard journey while carrying a heavy load, making it hard to look beyond the challenges of each day. Getting through it was a little easier when you kept your head down and just tried to put one foot in front of the other. 

Left, right. Left, right. Keep going ...

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Tags: Board Culture, Strategy, Leadership Retreat

She Grew From Overcome to Overcomer

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 5, 2021 7:55:31 AM

Her stress level was off the charts. Frustrated with what they felt was a lack of leadership and too many unfinished plans, some members of the board were boldly raising the stakes.

They wanted a clear plan to grow enrollment and restore confidence in the direction of the school. Or else...

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Tags: School Design, School Growth, Strategy, Leadership Retreat

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, Board Culture, 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, 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: Strategy, Leadership Retreat

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