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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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Superintendent Leadership on the Governance Front:  An Emerging New Model

March 28, 2022 0 Comments

Over the course of my 35-plus years working with superintendents and their school boards, I’ve conducted hundreds of one-on-one interviews with superintendents, preparing for retreats and educational workshops.  One of my standard questions relates to processes superintendents have put in …

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Transforming Annual Budget Preparation Into a Higher-Impact Leadership Tool

February 7, 2022 0 Comments

I’ve never come across a superintendent who wasn’t pretty much an expert in the art of annual budget preparation by the time she first takes the helm of a district. This isn’t the least surprising when you think about it.  …

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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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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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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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