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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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Solving the Board Development Puzzle:  the How

April 14, 2021 0 Comments

Our readers  might recall that the March 25 post at this blog dealt with two pieces of the board development puzzle:  WHAT does board development mean?  WHY is it critical that the superintendent spearhead board development, wearing the Board Developer-in-Chief …

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The Retreat as a Board Capacity Building Vehicle

June 8, 2020 0 Comments

Experience has taught me that a retreat involving your school board and senior administrators can be a powerful tool for building your board’s governing capacity and strengthening the board-superintendent partnership.  But – and it’s a really big caveat – you’ve …

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Virtual Board Standing Committees:  More Than Just a Half-Way House

April 14, 2020 0 Comments

“Could our five-person school board be realistically divided into two, much less three, standing committees?  Wouldn’t a committee with only two board members lack credibility?”  I expected the question, which came right after I’d presented my slides on board standing …

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

June 20, 2019 0 Comments

The April 4 post at this blog, “What About ‘Rogue’ Board Members?”, talked about tried and true approaches to reining in these trouble makers who march to their own governing tune at their own tempo, with little concern about the …

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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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May the (Centrifugal) Force Not Be With You!

January 27, 2016 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606LargeA few months ago at a team building retreat I was facilitating, involving the board, superintendent and her top administrators of a large suburban district, I sat in on a breakout group that was really struggling. Its charge was to …

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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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