Articles

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 […]
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 […]