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Board-Superintendent Relationship

4 Board-Savvy Superintendents on Preparing Superintendent-Aspirants to Take the Helm

June 27, 2022 0 Comments

A few years ago a really bright and thoughtful superintendent almost 18 months into her first superintendency reached out to me for help.  In our first two-hour coaching session, I learned that, in her opinion, she was handling her first …

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Superintendent-Aspirants Should Know How to Use Board Spear Carriers

June 7, 2022 0 Comments

The September 21,2020  post at this blog (https://boardsavvysuperintendent.com/david-schuler-on-preparing-aspiring-superintendents-for-the-top-spot/)  features my video interview with Dave Schuler, Lead Teacher of AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy and former AASA Chair, who discusses the mission, goals, and accomplishments of the Academy.  Dave and …

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Even Superb Performance Won’t Save a Badly Eroded Board-Superintendent Relationship

May 5, 2022 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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How Superintendent-Aspirants Can Demonstrate Board-Savviness to Search Committees

December 8, 2021 0 Comments

A major ongoing theme of www.boardsavvysuperintendent.com has been preparing cabinet members who are what we call superintendent-aspirants to build productive, enduring partnerships with their new board.  As our readers well know, a shaky board-superintendent working relationship is virtually certain to …

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Your Board President:  a Primo Stakeholder You Neglect at Your Peril

May 19, 2021 0 Comments

The special board work session had been scheduled to consider a key recommendation coming out of the daylong board-superintendent-cabinet governance retreat three  weeks earlier: replacing the board’s dysfunctional silo committees (e.g.,  curriculum and instruction) with committees aligned with the board’s …

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The Right Mindset is a Must For Building a Solid Partnership With Your Board

May 11, 2021 0 Comments

A staple of my one-on-one governance coaching sessions with superintendents in recent years has been the critical role that what I call “Mindset” plays in building and maintaining a close, positive, productive and enduring board-superintendent partnership.  What am I talking …

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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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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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Board Spear Carriers:  Protecting the Superintendent’s Line of Credit

September 28, 2020 0 Comments

Last week’s post at this blog features my video interview with Dave Schuler, Lead Teacher of AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy and former AASA Chair, who discusses the mission, goals, and accomplishments of the Academy.  Dave and I are in complete …

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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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