Articles

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 […]
August 1, 2015

The Risks And Stress Of Transition

I received the call two years ago. A Head beginning her second year felt that her relationship with her Chair was strained and on shaky ground. […]
August 1, 2015

Strong And Stable Boards: Wise, Committed And Loyal!

“Board Development” is a catchy word today for the goal of creating a board of trustees that is stronger, more generous, more connected, more visible and […]
August 1, 2015

Fortress Head, Fortress School: Attacks from Within and Attacks from Without

Independent schools may have healthy boards operating within healthy governance parameters, or so the leaders of schools think. The head may have had an outstanding tenure, […]