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Strategic Planning vs Strategic Organization

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 16, 2021 8:44:28 AM

Education leadership is an unusually complex responsibility that requires intelligence, wisdom, and hard work. Perhaps what our schools need most isn't another strategic plan, but rather a strategic organization where unity and trust prevail. 

“One of the biggest accelerators to change is simplicity.”
--Dr. Henry Cloud

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Tags: School Growth, Leadership, Strategy

Design a Beautiful Mission Experience

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 4, 2021 11:58:20 AM

Educators are the ultimate "knowledge workers," unique in their ability to solve complex problems and develop new ways to enable growth.

Yet they continue to languish in an industrial approach to school leadership and design where the physical spaces, time schedules, and human dynamics stifle creativity and inspiration.

There is a better way!

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Tags: School Design, Board Culture, Leadership, Strategy

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

Failed Peacock Marketing

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 27, 2021 8:16:10 AM

Prince the Peacock was beautiful, with blue and green feathers that were a sight to behold. 

We met him over the weekend at the Warm Springs Inn (which we highly recommend, by the way) in Wenatchee, WA.

Despite all of his investments in marketing himself, Prince remained frustrated and unable to accomplish his goals. (perhaps a little like your school)

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Tags: Enrollment, Marketing, Strategy

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

Augusta Prep's Leadership has a Strategic Growth Plan

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 23, 2021 8:25:21 AM

Derrick Willard and his team are leading Augusta Preparatory Day School on a journey to Sustained Excellence.

Even through the enormous challenges of the last year, they have remained focused on the goals to elevate the culture and instill a tenacious commitment to the mission and core values. Below is a recent article he shared with his community regarding their Strategic Growth Plan.

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Tags: School Design, Strategy

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

JHU's Berner: Curriculum and Culture Are Still Core to Grow

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 11, 2020 11:14:30 AM

What are educational leaders learning during 2020 that will produce positive, long-lasting impact on schools? School Leaders are making substantial changes to their strategic plans based on their experiences so far this year.

Dr. Ashley Berner shares valuable insights about what they've learned at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, including why curriculum and culture remain the foundations to achieve sustainable school growth.

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Tags: School Culture, Strategy

The Competitive Advantage of Proximity

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 6, 2020 11:53:45 AM

While some experts have advocated for a three-pronged approach to school competitive strategy around Price, Product, and Process, even greater market advantage is gained through the development of Proximity.
Families are far more attracted by your school's ability to form deep, emotional relationships with them than any other factor.

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Tags: Administration, Marketing, Strategy

News that Matters to Educators June 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 15, 2020 9:05:36 AM
News that Matters to Educators:

1. Heads Conference reveals confidence in getting back to normal

2. Leaders of a small business in KY just paid $150,000 as a ransom to regain access to their computers and data

3. The U.S. is officially in a recession, and it's expected to be worse than the last one
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Tags: Marketing, Leadership, Strategy

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