Tag: Strategic Planning

How Does Your Policy Garden Grow?

How Does Your Policy Garden Grow?

In anticipation of nicer weather, many people will be thinking about getting their flower beds and gardens cleaned up and ready for the season. For school trustees, it is also a good time to think about tending to your policy gardens – from the ground up. The garden metaphor risks making light of the critical role … Continue reading How Does Your Policy Garden Grow?

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

Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

The previous posts in this series outlined some of the challenges that make traditional performance reviews ineffective. One of the most significant problems is that they usually take place just once a year resulting in a report card-like review of the superintendent’s past performance. These retrospective snapshots do little to actually build performance and can … Continue reading Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

Part 3: Six Essential Principles in Superintendent Performance Review

Part 3: Six Essential Principles in Superintendent Performance Review

In Part 2 of this series I outlined the benefits of conducting performance reviews for school superintendents, provided they are done well.  Today’s post will discuss six essential principles that need to be embedded in the process if those benefits are to be realised. The Shared Responsibility for Student Achievement The most important partnership a … Continue reading Part 3: Six Essential Principles in Superintendent Performance Review

The Government’s View on Good Governance

The Government’s View on Good Governance

  Much has been written by provincial school trustee/board associations on what constitutes good governance. However, since Boards of Education (as they are called in British Columbia) serve at the pleasure of the provincial government, it would be informative to learn the government’s views on the matter. While the School Act is the legal authority … Continue reading The Government’s View on Good Governance

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

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

Painless Performance Review

Painless Performance Review

Let’s be honest, nobody likes performance reviews – neither the person being reviewed nor those conducting the review. Some have reported they would rather have a root canal than a performance review. The irony is that modern dentistry is now largely painless, but for many organizations little has changed in how performance reviews are conducted. … Continue reading Painless Performance Review