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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

What Will You Accomplish by June 30?

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 16, 2020 11:43:53 AM

What will you accomplish by June 30 that would advance the quality and sustainability of your school? That's the question your leadership and board should be prepared to answer ASAP!

 
Free Webinar on how to create a 90-Day Crisis Response Plan

 

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Tags: Leadership, Leadership Resiliency, Strategy

Leadership through the Fear and Chaos of Pandemic

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 30, 2020 8:10:20 AM

Congratulations! You have the unique privilege of leading your school(s) through an unprecedented time in the history of the world.

Each day brings new data and information that heightens the level of concern. Meanwhile, you have to maintain engagement with your board, faculty, parents, students, donors, and community in order to sustain some level of mindshare and momentum. 

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Tags: Enrollment, Human Resources, Strategy

Data Strategies to Grow at NBOA 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 23, 2020 2:05:34 PM

The most valuable assets of a school aren’t on the financial balance sheet. So how do you measure and leverage them to grow?

We're sharing a deep-dive course on, "Data Strategies to Grow," at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2020 Annual Conference in Orlando this week to answer that question and provide guidance on how to create an integrated approach for more effective strategic planning.

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Tags: Strategy, Data Analytics

Celebrating Courageous School Leaders in 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 27, 2020 8:34:28 AM

It kind of sounds like a joke--school leaders from Catholic schools, Christian schools, and independent nonreligious schools walked into a bar.... Actually it was a training room at Woodward Academy in Atlanta where we were Getting R.A.D. (Radically Against Dysfunction)

That's the real joy of our work, supporting the growth goals of educators who have the courage to make hard decisions and develop the disciplines of effective school leadership. 

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Tags: Professional Development, Strategy

What is a Strategic Growth Plan?

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 5, 2019 7:16:33 AM

The words "Strategic Plan" often strike fear in the heart of a head of school, principal, or superintendent because they've suffered through the nightmare of a planning approach that miserably fails to recognize and strengthen the complex relationships that comprise a school. 

Some management consultants think that a long weekend visit is all that's required to learn about your school and print a plan, but your work is more valuable than that. Your people deserve better!

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Tags: Board Culture, Strategy

How to Grow through Uncertain Times of Leadership Change

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 12, 2019 6:05:00 AM

Surviving and even thriving through a time of leadership change is one of the biggest challenges for school administrators and boards. Maintaining a healthy school culture is hard enough without the dysfunction that creeps into the organization during such transitions. 

We posted a new video in our webinar series on, "The Biggest Challenges to Grow," that is focused on how to sustain momentum during the leadership search process. In our R.A.D. Campaign (Radically Against Dysfunction), we've created some practical guidance to help you grow even when the tension and stress are high.  

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Tags: Leadership, Strategy

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, Strategy

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, Strategy, Relationships

Biggest Challenge No. 2: Improving Faculty Morale

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 12, 2019 12:27:47 PM

In our research on the biggest challenges that are limiting school growth, administrators expressed a growing concern about improving faculty morale, including how to deal with negative attitudes.

Advancing the culture is part of the role for every school leader, and it requires understanding how to set clear expectations, defining and enforcing culture-building habits, and improving hiring/re-hiring practices to ensure alignment with the mission, values, and goals. 

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Tags: School Growth, Strategy

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