Category: Relationships

Slides from my Manitoba School Boards Association Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

Slides from my Manitoba School Boards Association Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

On March 16 I was honoured to present the opening Keynote to the 2017 MSBA Annual Conference on the topic of "Linking Effective Governnce to Student Success". I also presented a concurrent session on "Building a Strong Relationship Between the Board and Superintendent through Performance Planning and Review". For those participants who requested a copy of … Continue reading Slides from my Manitoba School Boards Association Keynote and Concurrent Presentations

When a Board Gets Fired – What can be learned?

When a Board Gets Fired – What can be learned?

The recent dismissal of Vancouver’s board of education (VSB) by BC’s Minister of Education has created a significant amount of anger, angst and ink. Although the firing of a board is a fairly rare occurrence, it does raise important questions about democracy, the political aspects of trusteeship, and the relationship between boards and professional staff. … Continue reading When a Board Gets Fired – What can be learned?

When All Else Fails – Part Ten of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

When All Else Fails – Part Ten of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The focus of the previous posts in this series has largely been on prevention – practices and procedures that boards can employ to reduce the likelihood of board disharmony. Unfortunately, despite the best of efforts, sometimes board members just can’t get along. This final post in the series explores what to do when all else … Continue reading When All Else Fails – Part Ten of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Board Self-Review – Part Nine of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Board Self-Review – Part Nine of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The old saying, “Too soon old. Too late smart”, is as applicable to boards as it is to life in general. We get busy. We focus on the multitude of tasks and responsibilities that life throws at us. The days go by with little time to check on how we are doing, to learn and … Continue reading Board Self-Review – Part Nine of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Psychology 101 – Part Eight of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Psychology 101 – Part Eight of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Board work is a group endeavour, reliant on individuals reaching agreement on the important matters before them. The challenge is that people see the world through their own unique lenses based on their experiences, motivations and personalities. Even people who may fundamentally agree on a matter will likely be unique in the way they reach … Continue reading Psychology 101 – Part Eight of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The theme of this series of blog posts is intra-board relationships and why some trustees don’t get along with each other. While the causes of board disharmony outlined in my earlier posts are perhaps more common, politics – or at least our common misconception of the term – can also be a factor that causes … Continue reading Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Who Does What – Part Six of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations 

Who Does What – Part Six of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations 

One of the more frequent causes of boardroom trouble is a lack of clarity on the difference in the roles of the board, the chairperson, senior staff, and individual trustees. Each of these entities has a specific set of responsibilities, defined by the School Act and other legislation, the board’s own bylaws and policies, and … Continue reading Who Does What – Part Six of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations 

Goal Clarity – Part Five of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Goal Clarity – Part Five of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The two previous posts focused on the value of establishing a code of conduct and a set of meeting procedures early in the board’s term. Achieving clarity on the board’s goals for the coming term is also an important component to decrease the likelihood of board disharmony. Most boards go through a strategic planning exercise … Continue reading Goal Clarity – Part Five of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Good Processes Build Better Boards – Part Four of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Good Processes Build Better Boards – Part Four of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

There is an old saying that we get what we deserve - or perhaps what we allow. As discussed in Part 2, you have little control over who gets elected, but a board can have control over how members conduct themselves. Sometimes there is a tendency, particularly with boards from smaller communities or those that … Continue reading Good Processes Build Better Boards – Part Four of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

A Living Code of Conduct – Part Three of Can’t We All Just Get Along – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

A Living Code of Conduct – Part Three of Can’t We All Just Get Along – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

As the saying goes - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and a living code of conduct is one of the best things a board can have to ensure positive intra-board relations. There is nothing new or revolutionary about developing a code of conduct.  Governance experts have been recommending it forever, … Continue reading A Living Code of Conduct – Part Three of Can’t We All Just Get Along – Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations