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The Glue that Cements the Board Chair-Superintendent Partnership

October 9, 2019 0 Comments

“What’s a fair price to pay for a healthy relationship with your board chair?”  My opening question kicking off the board-superintendent relationship building segment of the High-Impact Governing Work Session I presented for Southern Fairfield County (Connecticut) superintendents a couple …

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Southern Fairfield County, Connecticut Superintendents Discuss Enriching Board Composition

September 27, 2019 0 Comments

Earlier this week, I was privileged to facilitate a 1 1/2-day “High-Impact Governing  Work Session” involving 15-some Southern Fairfield County, Connecticut superintendents – a group that meets monthly under the leadership of the New Canaan superintendent, Bryan Luizzi.  We were

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A Compelling Case for Board Engagement In External Relations

August 22, 2019 0 Comments

In my workshops for school board members, superintendents, and superintendent-aspirants – including the ones I presented at the 2018 NSBA and AASA annual meetings, I make a point of discussing the creative, productive role that board members can play in …

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The Late Senator John McCain and True Humility

July 1, 2019 0 Comments

It seems appropriate, as we approach another Fourth of July celebration to re-post this article that originally appeared almost a year ago.  It’s about a true military hero, stalwart patriot, and man of sterling character, the late Senator John McCain,

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The Virginia Beach Public Schools and Naval Air Station Oceana: Partners in Innovation

June 28, 2019 0 Comments

This article and the accompanying podcast featuring Aaron Pence, Superintendent of the Virginia Beach Public Schools, and Captain Chad Vincelette, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Oceana, were originally published at this blog a year ago.  Since this is one

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3 Quick Fixes that Won’t Corral the Rogues on Your School Board

June 20, 2019 0 Comments

The April 4 post at this blog, “What About ‘Rogue’ Board Members?”, talked about tried and true approaches to reining in these trouble makers who march to their own governing tune at their own tempo, with little concern about the …

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Leaders, Teachers, Chief Executives: Birds of a Feather

May 2, 2019 0 Comments

In Chicago recently to present a program for nonprofit chief executives on board-CEO relations, I made a side trip to visit a well-regarded nonprofit corporation, Smith Crossing, a retirement community southwest of the city. During my brief visit, I had …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Use Ritual as a Board Team Building Tool

April 25, 2019 0 Comments

“The prescribed form or order of conducting a religious or solemn ceremony.” “A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.”

These are two of the definitions of “ritual” in the Second College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary. In …

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What About “Rogue” Board Members?

April 4, 2019 0 Comments

We were talking about building school board self-management capacity at the preconference workshop I presented at the NSBA National Conference a week ago – specifically, how a board can manage its own governing performance by setting performance targets and standards …

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Harnessing the Power of Ownership in the Highline Public Schools

March 18, 2019 0 Comments
Harnessing the Power of Ownership in the Highline Public Schools

Turning board members into satisfied owners of their governing work through meaningful engagement in planning and other governing functions is a major theme in my forthcoming book, “Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  11 Critical Questions You Need to Answer,” which

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