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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!