Every Level of Decision Making Needs Client Input

Every parochial school exists to serve the community. They provide their service through their graduates and alumni. The great attributes the graduates develop strengthen the community. […]

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Do You Encourage Micromanagement?

Rarely do you find someone who wants to be micromanaged. However, sometimes our actions encourage others to micromanage us. […]

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Simplify the Complexity of Running a Parochial School

Successfully leading a parochial school is a complex and difficult job. One way to make it easier and simpler is to share leadership. […]

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Live the Mission Statement

It is the executive’s job to make the mission real regardless of how the mission statement phrases it. […]

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A Leader is Never Helpless

After a number of setbacks, it is easy to develop a feeling of helplessness. A sad example is the northern gulf coast. There were the major hurricanes of a few years ago, the recent economic downturn and the accompanying unemployment, and the BP oil spill all created a pile of problems. The next season of hurricanes is upon us. It is easy to understand why many of the residents are beginning to feel helpless. Some residents expect someone to bail them out. Some feel like it is impossible to help themselves. The world and fate are against them. They feel like victims. […]

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Confusing the Board

Now is a time when boards must think clearly. The economy is down. For most schools enrollment is down. For many school fundraising is down. It is planning time. Important decisions must be made. […]

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It is the economy

A commonly held view is that the economy is causing the decline in Christian school and parochial school enrollment. It is a convenient explanation. Is it a reasonable explanation? […]

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Prove it

An emotionally gripping story like the one in this article plus compelling, quantified evidence will increase enrollment, donations, and referrals as well as staff commitment, board engagement, and long-term sustainability. […]

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Strategic Thinking

Leaders must think strategically. However, we seldom train them to do what we demand. Many who serve on a nonprofit board are serving on a board for the first time. Their employment requires operational thinking. As a result, they think about details first, the big picture second, and strategy is a problem solving tool rather than a planning tool. […]

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What is the board talking about?

If the board is talking about the wrong subjects, the organization will go in the wrong direction or no direction at all. […]

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