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Reliable Predictions for 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 31, 2019 8:48:42 AM
It's the last day of 2019. What did you learn this year? What went as planned? What didn't? What do you expect for 2020? 
No one knows everything about the future, but I can tell you, without the aid of magic glasses, a few things that I guarantee you will encounter in the year ahead. 
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Tags: Leadership

Have You Completed Your Fall CheckUp?

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 30, 2019 9:15:26 AM

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, but not only because of the cooler air and changing colors. It's also when powerful learning can happen to support your Strategic Growth Plan.
What questions should you be asking now in order to grow? Below are the key areas in which your leadership team can assess relationships and performance in order to make needed improvements through a Fall CheckUp.

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan

It's Time to get R.A.D.

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 23, 2019 7:48:22 AM

"We're an innovative school where teachers and families love to connect. They constantly tell us how excited they are about our curriculum and commitment to excellence. but we just aren't growing. We need help!"

The call came in a few months ago while we were preparing to teach a Servant Leadership workshop at the SAIS Summer Institute. Frustrated by lackluster results, the administrators on the phone were eager to figure out the root causes and find a path forward.

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan, Relationships

Global Perspective on Enrollment Strategy

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 16, 2019 5:26:40 AM

 

This week Tammy and I had the privilege of leading workshops in Nice, France, for admissions professionals from international schools across Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.

We learned about the challenges that are limiting their growth and shared strategies for building stronger engagement with faculty and families.

You may be interested in learning what they identified as their challenges to grow this year. 

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Tags: Enrollment, School Growth, Leadership

Protect Your Culture from Poisonous People

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 5, 2019 9:51:55 AM

Effective School Leadership requires knowing how to navigate the challenges of dealing with people who poison the culture. These issues can’t be ignored because they don’t just go away and they negatively impact your relationships in a very competitive market.

In the current School Growth video course on Overcoming the Biggest Challenges to Grow, we share three imperatives for protecting your school from poisonous people.

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Tags: Leadership, Relationships

Relationships are Your School's Most Valuable Asset

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 30, 2019 7:06:48 AM

Trusted, engaged relationships are the key to sustaining and growing a school. Without them you fail. On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, in Asheville, NC, I will host a one-day workshop in partnership with MISBO to explore both the art and the science (heck, we'll make it a full STEAM experience) of relationships within the complex realities of a school.

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Tags: Leadership, Relationships

Healthy vs. Unhealthy School Culture

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 26, 2019 12:41:53 AM

Talented, Energized, Engaged Educators Change the World!

Last week in our professional development workshop at the SAIS Summer Institute for School Division Heads, we explored the difference between a healthy school culture that builds engagement and an unhealthy environment that limits growth.

This is a very valuable conversation for your school leadership team to work on together.

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership

The School System is Designed for Mediocrity

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 12, 2019 8:09:49 AM

Last week on a flight I sat next to a gentleman who is the head/principal of a high school in Ohio. On the middle seat between us (which thankfully was empty) he placed Carol Dweck's book, Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development

As an avid reader myself, right away I realized he is likely either an educator or taking a very interesting class.

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Tags: Leadership

"This has Changed my Life!"

Posted by Scott Barron on May 28, 2019 7:11:38 AM

C.D. is the head of a large organization that includes a school, a church, and other community service groups. He has experienced some difficult transitions over the last few years but he's actually grown through these challenges to become a stronger leader.

On a call last week C.D. shared, "What you've taught us about talent and culture has transformed our entire organization--not just the school. Actually, this has changed my life!"

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

The Complexities of Schools are REAL

Posted by Scott Barron on May 7, 2019 8:32:15 AM

PK-12 Schools are the most complex organizations in the U.S. economy.

Board members, administrators, parents, and policy makers must understand that the models of leadership and management that may be effective in other businesses and organizations have to be adapted to the extraordinary realities of educational institutions.

Schools are different!

 

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan

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