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Building a Strong Foundation for Budget Decisions and Communications

Making good budget decisions is essential – and so is being able to build understanding and communication around those decision. Using a solid process can lay the groundwork for both.  Not only will it result in better decisions, but it also will give you a framework for clear communication.  To turn a well-known phrase – Read the full article…

Tips for Tackling Triple Squeeze Budget Challenges

The triple squeeze on this year’s budget will make cuts difficult enough – having a good solid process can help you avoid making it feel even worse. According to the research article, The Cost of Covid, district budgets are caught in a triple squeeze caused by:   New COVID-Response Costs – The costs incurred by both Read the full article…

Achieve Lasting Results for Students by Thinking Upstream

How often do we become so lost in rescuing and firefighting that we fail to think upstream- to what’s causing a problem and ways to prevent it or lessen its impact? Imagine two friends picnicking by a river when suddenly they start seeing children floating down the river in need of rescue.  They both dive Read the full article…

6 Benefits of Shared Decision Making in Turbulent Times

Back in the good old days of 2019, in November and December we were in the thick of it – getting settled into the true rhythm of the typical school year.  There were plenty of decisions to be made, problems to be solved, plans to implement, programs to assess. These days things are a bit Read the full article…

Common Tools are the Secret Sauce of Agile Leadership

Education leaders have certainly had their hands full developing emergency plans to protect students, employees and the community while ensuring education continuity. Most school districts have cleared the first few hurdles of returning to school, but they still face unchartered territory.    Leading successfully through all the ripples, (which sometimes felt like tsunamis) caused by today’s Read the full article…

4 Steps to Prepare for Departing Leadership

Anyone familiar with theater recognizes the concept of the understudy – the person who learns another’s role to be able to step in on short notice and play the part.  Preparing for sudden departures, turnovers, and the Silver Tsunami in education, means building the leadership capacity.  Planning for vacancies is an essential investment to avoid the costs Read the full article…

Safeguard your District’s Plans by “Thinking Things Through”

It has been said, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” – using a good process to vet those plans before implementation can help you to avoid problems by just “thinking things through.” Your plans for re-opening schools and beyond are emotionally charged, high stakes and, if done right so far, – Read the full article…

Teams Need the Right Tools to SOAR!

Now – maybe even more than ever- critical work of schools and districts is being done in teams.  Give those teams the right tools to soar! Collaboration almost always improves output quality, but the current environment has created some new team challenges and exacerbated some old ones.  Some challenges we are currently seeing include: Technology Read the full article…

Road Map for Successfully Reopening Schools

Have you ever wondered how Dorothy managed all the issues and concerns she encountered with the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz movie and actually made it to the Emerald City?  She and her cohort of the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tinman essentially had a yellow brick “road map” Read the full article…

A Simple Strategy for Cultivating the Silver Lining

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.  An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”  Winston Churchill National Geographic recently reported that air pollution makes Covid-19 more lethal, “but the pandemic has—temporarily—cleaned the skies.  How can this silver lining – the experience of cleaner air -offer lessons for the kind of world we want Read the full article…