Articles

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

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 […]