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Author Archive: Doug Eadie

President & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, Inc., Doug Eadie assists superintendents in building rock-solid partnerships with their school boards.

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Energizer-in-Chief Redux:  Stakeholder Relationship Management

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

“Incredible.  We must be talking about 40 or more stakeholders.”  This was one of the responses to the question I asked in the daylong governance work session I was facilitating, after the  breakout group dealing with stakeholder relations had completed …

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Crises Demand Energizers-in-Chief at All Levels

March 31, 2020 0 Comments

“The fog of despair hung over the land.  One out of every four American workers lacked a job.  Factories that had once darkened the skies with smoke stood ghostly and silent, like extinct volcanoes.  In October the New York City …

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Top-Flight Performance Won’t Always Keep the Relationship With Your School Board Healthy

March 20, 2020 0 Comments

When I walked in Rich’s office for our weekly project review meeting, I found him slumped at his desk looking distraught.  When I asked him what’d happened, he just said “take a look,” handing me a form.  It was the

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Making Superintendent Evaluation a Relationship Adhesive

March 9, 2020 0 Comments

 

As always, I learned as much as I taught from the superintendents participating in the preconference workshop I presented on February 12 at AASA’s National Conference on Education in San Diego – “Cementing the Board-Superintendent Governing Partnership.”  The diverse, high-level …

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Bake Your Board Cake First, Then Worry About the Icing

February 5, 2020 0 Comments

A sorely disappointed superintendent and I were talking a couple of months ago.  She, her school board, and her senior administrators had gone through an intensive weekend retreat a six weeks earlier.  She explained that it’d been put together to …

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Implementing is a Far Cry From Authorizing in the K-12 Governance Business

January 21, 2020 0 Comments

One of the more egregious errors I made early in my career as a K-12 governance consultant and coach was allowing myself to be pressured into facilitating a daylong board capacity building work session involving all board members and the …

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Kick Off 2020 By Updating Your Superintendent Governance Strategy

December 2, 2019 0 Comments

Preparing for a recent superintendent coaching session, I fine-tuned the process that I’d  developed several years ago for updating the Superintendent Governance Strategy.  All really board-savvy superintendents know that governance (encompassing the work of the board and the board- superintendent …

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Innovators-in-Chief in Action:  Disney’s Robert Iger and Iowa City Schools’ Steve Murley

November 11, 2019 0 Comments

“What can I do to get my board meaningfully engaged in leading innovation and change in my district?”  I hear variations of this very important question quite often from superintendents in my one-on-one governance coaching sessions and educational workshops.   There’s …

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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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