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The Case of the Board Member Whose Child Applies Out

A persistent question posed by some independent school governing boards is whether members should be required to keep their children in the school. The issue arises when a parent board member in, say, a K-12 school applies to another school … READ MORE

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Leadership Lesson: Mashed-together, made-up organizations rarely work.

In the last post, I wrote that one leadership lesson emerging from the ongoing events in the Arab world is that mashed-together, made-up countries (and organizations) rarely work (Libya and Iraq are often portrayed as amalgams of diverse and quarreling … READ MORE

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One Perspective on a Week in the Middle East

Another visit to this most complicated of regions ends for me tonight with a flight back to the United States. This time, work with schools in Gaza and a quick visit to see friends in the West Bank occurred against … READ MORE

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What the Steve Jobs case teaches us about value-added by CEO’s (and heads)..

A proposal by Institutional Shareholder Services, a firm that advises large investors on strategy, is calling for the Apple, Inc., Board of Directors to release a written succession plan for the post-Steve Jobs era. Not a bad idea, in my … READ MORE

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Critical Events in School Governance: Chair Succession

After a couple of days in Bretton Woods, NH, with ISANNE heads and board chairs talking about governance, I am reminded of how critically important board chair succession is for schools. At almost every turn, it seemed as if the … READ MORE

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Leading by Stopping the Overblowing Cycle

Tokyo–As I write this in an airline club at Narita Airport, the CNN feed on a TV monitor provides a soundtrack to the persistent pop-ups on my iPad screen announcing one or another call in various House, Senate and Governorship … READ MORE

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