Articles

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 […]
August 1, 2015

Board Governance: Where Is The Baby Elephant?

In two articles published recently by Independent School Magazine came two apparently contradictory messages. One was a well written, informative article by a prominent attorney about […]
August 1, 2015

“Extreme” Board Behavior But Sometimes The Norm

Most boards, even relatively healthy ones, experience stressful times and have members who operate in ways detrimental to the health of the board and the school. […]
August 1, 2015

Problem Trustees ( And How to Help Them): Part II

Ideally, the “Principles of Good Practice” should line board room walls, or least the most powerful eight of those twenty nine principles. They form the gospel […]
August 1, 2015

Dealing with Problem Trustees (Or Their Problem Spouses)

The vast majority of independent and international school board members are conscientious parents, alumni, past parents or friends who volunteer their time and resources to advance […]
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 […]