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From Building Principal to Superintendent of the Bloomfield Hills Schools: Patrick Watson Meets the Change Challenge

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview I recently recorded with Patrick Watson, Superintendent of Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills Schools, Pat has achieved quite a feat: making the challenging transition from building principal to highly effective chief executive officer of one …

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President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon: the Columbus City Schools’ Dynamic Leadership Duo

April 27, 2021 0 Comments

 

 

The Columbus City School District is fortunate  to have a dynamic, cohesive leadership team at the helm in the person of Board President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon.  Among the several reasons why this partnership at the …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle:  the How

April 14, 2021 0 Comments

Our readers  might recall that the March 25 post at this blog dealt with two pieces of the board development puzzle:  WHAT does board development mean?  WHY is it critical that the superintendent spearhead board development, wearing the Board Developer-in-Chief …

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MASA:    Mastering Strategic Innovation/Change Leadership

April 6, 2021 0 Comments

Last week’s post at this blog features my video interview with Board Chair Andrew Brodie and Executive Director Dr. Tina Kerr of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, who describe a major strategic change initiative, Launch Michigan.  Our interview …

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Launch Michigan:  MASA Leads Statewide Out of the Box K-12 Innovation and Change

April 2, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview I recently recorded with Board President Andrew Brodie and Executive Director Tina Kerr of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Launch Michigan is truly what is known as an “out of the …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle: the What and the Why

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The half-day Zoom governance workshop I presented a couple of weeks ago for 25-some superintendents of a  diverse array of districts included a segment on board development.  Early in my career I would  have been a trifle worried that the …

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CABE: An Altruistic Connector Extraordinaire During Covid-19

March 15, 2021 0 Comments

Fearsome crises like Covid-19 can all too easily paralyze an organization.  I’ve seen more than one public/nonprofit organization over the years respond to a threatening situation by hunkering down, circling the wagons, reducing expenditures, and generally going on the defensive.  …

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King Richard III:  A Case For Aggressive Image Building

March 9, 2021 0 Comments

And therefore since I cannot prove a lover to entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days.  Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous….

Ah, King Richard III:   how …

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CEO-Centric Leadership Targets Are Key to a Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

Around fifteen years ago I was retained to facilitate  a half-day work session involving a school board and its superintendent.  In our initial call to discuss the work session objectives, the board president and  superintendent agreed that there was one …

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Testing a Unique Approach to Board Standing Committees:  the Rockford Public Schools Story

February 15, 2021 0 Comments

As Board president Ken Scrivano, vice president Tim Rollins, and superintendent Ehren Jarrett explain in the video interview we recorded last week, one of the key outcomes of the Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools’ High-Impact Governing Initiative was to put an …

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