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August 1, 2015

Making (Or Breaking) The Chair/Head Partnership:

SOME KEY INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS Chemistry in the head/chair partnership, or the lack of it, can have powerful consequences for the health of a board and […]
August 1, 2015

The Longevity Of Heads And The Effectiveness Of Schools

What the Latest Research Tells Us Too frequent turnover of trustees and heads are causing serious problems in the structure of our boards and our schools. […]
August 1, 2015

The Role of the Chair: The Promise and the Price

The Role of the Chair: The Promise and the Price Three vignettes prove interesting in the analysis of the role of the board chair. We describe […]
August 1, 2015

The Risks And Stress Of Transition

I received the call two years ago. A Head beginning her second year felt that her relationship with her Chair was strained and on shaky ground. […]
August 1, 2015

Strong And Stable Boards: Wise, Committed And Loyal!

“Board Development” is a catchy word today for the goal of creating a board of trustees that is stronger, more generous, more connected, more visible and […]
August 1, 2015

Fortress Head, Fortress School: Attacks from Within and Attacks from Without

Independent schools may have healthy boards operating within healthy governance parameters, or so the leaders of schools think. The head may have had an outstanding tenure, […]
August 1, 2015

Leadership Transitions: Strategies To Support A New Head And Maintain School Stability

A Board of Trustees begins the search for a new head of school under of variety of circumstances ranging from the departure of a beloved, long-term […]
August 1, 2015

Head Evaluation: The Risk Of Not Doing It Or Doing It Poorly

A veteran sixteen-year Head noticed that many of his peers were being evaluated by their Boards. He suggested to his own Board that perhaps it was […]
August 1, 2015

Evaluation Of Boards: Self-Reflection In A Healthy School

More than 70% of boards evaluate the head. On the other hand, fewer than 20% of boards undertake any serious or consistent examination of their OWN […]
August 1, 2015

Board Structure: The Plight of the International School

There are many board structures among the 1500 international schools where English is the main or one of the primary languages of instruction around the world. […]