Random Selection is Bad for Boards

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 5, 2018 4:45:48 PM

Random selection is effective for statistical research and it's very INeffective for school board leadership. Great boards are produced from a disciplined process of selection, onboarding, training, accountability, and evaluation. Your faculty and students are far too valuable to gamble on the board.

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Tags: School Board

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

Your Strategic Plan May Be Killing Your School

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 20, 2018 12:25:27 AM

What if your strategic plan has actually caused more harm than good? 
Perhaps the board and administration got together for a few days or even spent some months hammering out a long-term plan.

But is it really making a difference? Did the process used to create the plan strengthen relationships, build leadership capacity, and improve the culture?

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Tags: Leadership, School Board, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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

My Pain, Your Gain: A Painful  Experience that Illustrates how Planning for Schools is Different

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 19, 2018 9:30:09 PM

One of the worst experiences I had as a school administrator was enduring the agony of a strategic planning process led by business consultants who didn't understand the complexities of schools--especially the relationships involved.

In the end they did more damage than good, leaving me with the challenge of restoring trust and trying to maximize the benefits that could be gained anyway. 

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Tags: Innovation Planning, Strategy, School Board

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

The Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt of Leadership Changes

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 5, 2018 1:21:52 PM

"The head administrator is leaving"

That's the kind of difficult news that every school has to share at some point. The culture of the school is inevitably impacted by such an announcement--enrollment may suffer as a result and faculty confidence will likely be shaken.

What's the best way to communicate such a message? Fall back into damage control mode or use this as an opportunity to build engagement?

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Tags: Communication, Leadership, School Board

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