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Don’t Let Fear Become an Insidious Foe of Board-Superintendent Collaboration

November 30, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

Several months ago I listened to a four-CD program by an American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.  Titled “Smile at Fear,” the program, which was recorded at one of her retreats, counsels, among other things, that the process of …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Know That Owners Make For Reliable Partners

October 6, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

A light bulb went off while I was sitting in on a board-superintendent-executive team work session early in my consulting career.  The superintendent, assisted by her associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction and the district’s chief financial officer, …

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Two Preeminent Board Development Change Champions

September 8, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

The last post at this blog talked about the all-too-common resistance among board members to change on the governance front, often the result of fear – of  losing influence, experiencing discomfort, failing at doing something new, and the …

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Don’t Over-rely on Human Relations in Building Your Partnership With the Board

April 27, 2017 0 Comments

    Doug Eadie

The superintendent was a consummate people-person who had from the get-go paid close attention to the human dimension of her working relationship with the board during her three years at the helm of this Midwestern district.  As I …

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Superintendent Dallas Dance On Making Stakeholder Relations a Top CEO Priority

March 7, 2017 0 Comments

Dr. Dallas Dance

Public education is under assault these days.  And unfortunately the social media offer the enemies of public education a powerful platform for questioning the effectiveness of our public schools and for aggressively promoting alternatives such as charter …

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Six Hats That Extraordinary Superintendents Wear

January 23, 2017 2 Comments

      Doug Eadie

As part of my superintendent and nonprofit CEO coaching work over the past several years, I’ve developed six “hats” that – in my experience – really extraordinary superintendents and other chief executives wear.  These roles have proved to …

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Kick Off 2017 By Updating Your Superintendent Governance Strategy

January 3, 2017 2 Comments

Doug Eadie

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 …

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Don’t Get Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

July 23, 2016 0 Comments
Doug Eadie

Doug Eadie

“I’m caught between a rock and a hard spot, and it doesn’t feel good – in fact, kind of dangerous.”  This is how the superintendent opened our one-on-one coaching session several months ago.  She went on to explain …

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Don’t Let an Insidious Foe Damage the Partnership With Your Board

April 14, 2016 0 Comments

ethereal octopus from the depth (Octopus vulgari)Preparing for the “Board-Savvy Superintendent” workshop I’ll be presenting later this month for the Midlands Superintendents’ Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, I was reminded of a sad true story that isn’t all that uncommon in my experience.  …

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Superintendents Jose Espinoza and Nick Polyak on Building a Strong Partnership With the Board

March 3, 2016 0 Comments

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