Articles

August 1, 2015

Strengthening Parent Associations

A recent client said that his School’s Parents’ Association operates as a separate nonprofit entity with its own charter and elects its officers and cabinet without […]
August 1, 2015

When Schools Go to War

Recently, a client sent this Consultant the following note. “Gentlemen: Over the last several days, we have learned that certain “concerned” members have organized a group […]
August 1, 2015

Who Fires The Head?

Recently, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors, led by the Chair (Rector), fired the President of the University. President Teresa Sullivan had been in office […]
August 1, 2015

The 20% Rule

This consultant has spoken on many occasions worldwide on the importance of the head/chair partnership. Close to 80% of all governance crises result from a rocky […]
August 1, 2015

Why Board Chairs Serve?

Everyone involved in the work of schools wants to know that a thoughtful, considerate, wise, energetic and caring chair (or rarely, co chairs) is at the […]
August 1, 2015

Drama in the School House and the Board Room

There is a recent case of a School where all the elements of the perfect storm came together to give us guidance about understanding and implementing […]
August 1, 2015

Elephants in the Board Room

All groups have secrets. Almost all boards have cliques or factions. Typical behavior in board rooms is that one or more topics or themes are not […]
August 1, 2015

The Bible Of Governance: The Five Key Rules

Over time most healthy schools and healthy boards have behaved consistently according to the “bible of five key rules” amidst the many suggested practices for good […]
August 1, 2015

Succession Planning: The Time Has Come

In the corporate world, succession planning is the norm. Boards expect the business leaders who are accountable to them to plan for the succession of the […]
August 1, 2015

Managing The Errant Trustee

When Committees on Trustees make mistakes in nominating and selecting new board members, the long term consequences are serious. The board, head and chair may be […]