August 31, 2017

How Political Capital Affects Executive Decision Making and School Culture

Many heads, whether first-time, experienced, newly arrived or longer term, make the mistake of taking on an overly ambitious list of goals. Sometimes boards strongly encourage […]
May 13, 2017

The Search…The Transition… and then the Succession

Introduction  Too often boards (and heads) focus on the excitement and challenge of the search process, and very few boards pay much attention at all to […]
February 9, 2017

Becoming And Remaining A Healthy Board: The Rules Of Engagement

How do boards of independent and international schools and other nonprofits become and remain “healthy?” That means that these boards know how and are able to […]
August 31, 2016

What “Rogue” Board Members Can Accomplish

Several years ago our Firm worked with an international school with a parent-elected Board. This was an angry, divided and dysfunctional Board. The Annual General Meeting […]
August 31, 2016

Board Structures: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly

Most of our governance clients want to know about best practice and trends relating to board structures at independent and international schools. I. Basic School Board […]
March 21, 2016

Premature Dismissals: Overlooking Head Transition

In choosing a search firm, a board should hire one that puts an appropriate emphasis upon transition. If the firm does not provide transition services, bring […]
December 19, 2015

Every Board Has a “Personality”

If the board retains strong institutional memory, a clear and consistent “personality” emerges even if that board trips up occasionally. But if the board turns over […]
December 19, 2015

Why a Leadership Coach?*

In this edition of our Newsletter, we welcome as our Guest Contributor, Mark E. Ulfers, Head of School, American School of Paris. He is the author […]
September 21, 2015

The Governance Game III: The Importance of Transitions

(Part Three of a Four Part Letter on Governance) The Dangerous Times: The most dangerous time for a school is when it changes heads. The dangerous […]
September 14, 2015

Mission “Tugs”

Sometimes the core battles of the board room center around mission and mission clarity. As long as those conversations are rare or occur only just before […]