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Leaving Administrators Out of the Governance Improvement Loop a Costly Mistake

February 1, 2022 0 Comments

Mea Culpa! 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 …

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The Chief Staff Liaison:  Lynchpin of a High-Performing Board Committee Structure

January 25, 2022 0 Comments

While preparing for a four-hour Zoom work session recently with the superintendent and cabinet of a large Midwestern school district, focusing on preparation for the launch of a new board committee structure, I reflected on a seminal learning experience early …

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What Are You Paying Your Board President?

January 14, 2022 0 Comments

A few years ago, I was chatting over lunch with a superintendent about her brand new board president.  She was feeling pretty apprehensive since her relationship with the last president had been really rocky.  He’d resisted her overtures to work …

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3 Superintendents on Meeting the Community Relations Challenge in Turbulent Times

December 30, 2021 0 Comments

In the best of times fostering a positive district image in the eyes of community members and building close, productive relationships with key stakeholders are daunting challenges.  If the parents of our students were our districts’ only “paying customers,” external/stakeholder …

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Shared Leadership Traits of Successful Superintendents and Master Teachers

December 21, 2021 0 Comments

In Chicago recently to present a program for nonprofit chief executives on board-CEO relations, I made a side trip to visit a well-regarded nonprofit corporation, Smith Crossing, a retirement community southwest of the city.  During my brief visit, I had …

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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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Boosting the Governing IQ of the Superintendent-Aspirants in Your Cabinet

November 5, 2021 0 Comments

Last August, sitting in on a Cabinet governance work session that Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent of the Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools, was facilitating, I observed a consummate board-savvy chief executive in action.  Over the course of four hours, Ehren and his …

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Deb Henton:  An Award Winning Superintendent’s Successful Transition to Association CEO

October 25, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview that Deb Henton and I recorded recently, she brought in-depth, wide-ranging K-12 leadership experience to her new role as Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators when she took the helm …

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3 Quick Fixes That Won’t Corral the Rogues on Your Board

June 30, 2021 0 Comments

I’ve met more than a few “rogue” board members over the course of my 35 years as a governance advisor.  I define these board members as trouble makers who march to their own governing tune at their own tempo, with …

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Governing Is Truly a Team Sport

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

A little over six years ago I was guilty of an error of judgment that taught me a couple of valuable lessons.  I’d been retained by a mid-size Midwestern school district to assist in planning, facilitating, and following up on …

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