Articles

August 1, 2015

Intelligent Governance In Challenging Economic Times

In times of extreme financial volatility and uncertainty, the balance sheets AND the leadership stability of all independent schools and nonprofits are vulnerable to varying degrees. […]
August 1, 2015

The View From 50,000 Feet: The Perspectives Of Executive Directors Of Independent And International Associations Of Schools

Since Executive Directors of independent and international school associations hear of the problems and successes of all their member schools they have a unique and wide-ranging […]
August 1, 2015

Developing Healthy Board Governance: What to Do about the Parent Driven Board

A new board member recently told me the reason that he will make time for the trustee role despite his busy schedule is to be with […]
August 1, 2015

The Value Of Age Induced Wisdom

A well-known consultant wrote an article on the topic of head turnover about twenty years ago. He suggested that twelve years was a good limit for […]
August 1, 2015

The Boards You Should Not Emulate

We frequently look at and learn from a range of governance patterns and behaviors that characterize certain independent school boards. Let us give these behaviors a […]
August 1, 2015

The “Ji Huey” Moment: Turning A Crisis Into An Opportunity

In Mandarin, “Ji-huey” means BOTH Crisis and Opportunity. That is a good “handle” to think about board governance issues in independent and international schools One Board […]
August 1, 2015

Transitions, Strategic Planning and.. Failure: How to Avoid the Trap

Schools which attempt major change or a new strategic plan at the same time as a head transition often run into difficulties. The effort is made […]
August 1, 2015

Board Governance: Where Is The Baby Elephant?

In two articles published recently by Independent School Magazine came two apparently contradictory messages. One was a well written, informative article by a prominent attorney about […]
August 1, 2015

“Extreme” Board Behavior But Sometimes The Norm

Most boards, even relatively healthy ones, experience stressful times and have members who operate in ways detrimental to the health of the board and the school. […]
August 1, 2015

Problem Trustees ( And How to Help Them): Part II

Ideally, the “Principles of Good Practice” should line board room walls, or least the most powerful eight of those twenty nine principles. They form the gospel […]