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Archive for July, 2015

Keeping the Board Chair-Superintendent Relationship Healthy: Tips From 6 Really Board-Savvy Superintendents

July 27, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)Our July 1 article at this blog, “Don’t Forget Your Board Chair’s Paycheck,” talks about board-savvy superintendents’ use of nonmonetary compensation to strengthen the working relationship with their board chairs.  For example, the superintendent can make sure that her board …

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We Could Use Some Pillow Talk About Board-Superintendent Partnership Building

July 20, 2015 0 Comments

Nicholas Kristof’s thought-provoking column in the July 19 New York Times, “Bill and Melinda’s Pillow Talk,” is mainly about the tremendous progress the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made in transforming health and nutrition for the world’s poor …

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Don’t Be Seduced By the Siren Song of “Policy Governance”

July 8, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large“We’re in a state of shock and can’t figure out what’s going on.”  These were the first words I recall coming out of the board president’s mouth in the conference call she and her superintendent had scheduled with me.  They …

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Don’t Forget Your Board Chair’s Paycheck

July 1, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606LargeWhen I walked into a boardroom recently, I found the board chair – a highly influential attorney – fuming.  When I asked what was wrong, he handed me a clipping from the community affairs section of the local paper, saying …

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