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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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Two Barriers to High-Impact Governing Performance

February 8, 2019 0 Comments

This post is drawn from Chapter 3 of my forthcoming book, Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  13 Critical Questions You Need to Answer, which describes several formidable barriers to school boards doing really high-impact governing work and examines proven  …

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Board Committees That Work

August 6, 2018 0 Comments

A couple of years ago during the first of four coaching sessions, the superintendent of a mid-size suburban school district identified board “micromanaging” as one of his 10 most worrisome challenges as the district’s relatively new chief executive officer.

When …

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Turning Your Board Into a Cohesive Governing Team: Part 2

July 19, 2018 0 Comments

As I noted in last week’s post at this blog, turning school boards into really cohesive governing teams is no piece of cake, primarily because the great majority of school board members are elected.  In practice this means that many …

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Turning Your School Board Into a Cohesive Governing Team: Part 1

July 10, 2018 0 Comments

Teamwork in the abstract is neither here nor there for school boards. The only serious reason for developing your board’s teamwork is to help it function as a more effective governing body that gets its governing work done more effectively …

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Bake Your Board Cake First, Then Worry About the Icing

June 19, 2018 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 six weeks earlier.  She explained that it’d been put together to address …

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Involving Students in District Governance at Leyden High School District 212

March 3, 2018 0 Comments

Self-appointing nonprofit boards that fill their own seats (for example, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, private colleges, and social service providers) have over my quarter-century in the nonprofit/public leadership arena by design become steadily more diverse and representative. The …

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First the Cake, Only Then the Icing

June 21, 2016 0 Comments

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

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Superintendents Oliver Robinson and Aaron Spence On Building a Cohesive Board Governing Team

February 3, 2016 0 Comments

The January 27 article on this blog – “May the (Centrifugal) Force Not Be With You!” – talks about one of the most insidious enemies of a really cohesive board governing team: the centrifugal force caused by board members’ loyalty …

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