January 16, 2023


Most independent and international schools have parent associations/auxiliaries, and the vast majority of these do not have separate legal status from the host school. In the […]
January 16, 2023


It is fairly easy, and yet not so easy. One School recently was experiencing head turnover because after several years of strong leadership, the Head was […]
September 4, 2022

Some Key Indicators of Strong or Weak Board Governance Behaviors

One can tell a healthy board from an unhealthy one by several tried and true assessment measures: Too many board meetings, i.e., for day schools more […]
August 18, 2022

Faculty Anxiety and Disgruntlement Can Be Turned Around

A Head recently wrote: “Our enrollment is up, and the Board is happy with the School’s financial picture and with my performance. However, I am learning […]
June 2, 2022

To Boards of Trustees: Is It Time for a Head’s Sabbatical?

My story was unique at the time but no longer the case.  I had a yearlong sabbatical after eight years as head of my school. I […]
April 12, 2022

How Can We Turn the Corner Towards Better Governance Practices?

A Board Chair of an international school Client recently wrote:  “I reread my notes from Thursday’s summary call and yesterday’s workshop and have identified a number […]
April 3, 2022

Executive Coaching is not Small Potatoes

Most great heads knew that they needed some coaching right before they became a head of school, or shortly thereafter but many did not ask for […]
April 3, 2022

Following a Long Term Head

There may not be many long term heads these days, although there should be. Following one can be a challenge for the successor unless the successor […]
March 3, 2022

What Did We Forget and Why?  The Consequences of Rapid Board Turnover

Most nonprofit independent and international school boards suffer from the loss of institutional memory due to the turnover of board members. Board turnover usually results from […]
January 25, 2022

The Vaccination Wars Continue: How Do our Schools Respond? 

Heads and board leaders continue to find themselves in troubled waters on the topic of vaccination and masking protocols. When you include the continuing cultural wars […]