Where Leadership and Strategy Come Together

Leading from the Inside Out A Report from Leadership Lab: Cohort II

by : Stephanie Rogen

In July of 2016, GLP launched its Leadership Lab for new heads of school with the belief that a small, intimate and personalized approach to leadership preparation was needed for independent school heads. The program provides time to retreat and look inward, to build deep relationships with other leaders, and to prepare for the real work of headship. We prototyped our vision with cohort I---and this July cohort II continued this work – but with a modified design to incorporate suggestions. So together, we gathered four new Heads in bucolic Connecticut to reflect, prepa  ...read more

Slow Innovation: What Really Drives Value in Schools

by : Stephanie Rogen

GLP is happy to welcome Kirk Greer as a member of the GLP team and guest blogger this summer. Kirk is currently the upper school history chair at the Latin School of Chicago and previously served as its Director of Studies and Professional Development. He is also a new board member at Baker, a progressive JK-8 independent school on Chicago's North Shore. Earlier this week, I had the chance to share a beer (or two) with a colleague who reflected on changes he had made to his communication style with students. Having read research that detailed how vital the teacher-st  ...read more

GLP Summer 2017 Reading List

by : Stephanie Rogen

Just in time for the extended summer holiday weekend, we’re excited to share with you our summer must reads! We’re focused on two themes this summer: 1) understanding the rapidly changing macro-context that independent schools face and 2) how schools should prepare themselves to thrive in the face of these uncertain times and re-envision teaching and learning in response to those macro-conditions. These are also the themes of our soon-to-be-released white paper on how schools should respond strategically to leadership concerns about financial sustainability and parent conc  ...read more

What Independent Schools Should Learn from Whole Foods

by : Stephanie Rogen

GLP is happy to welcome Kirk Greer as a member of the GLP team and guest blogger this summer. Kirk is currently the upper school history chair at the Latin School of Chicago and previously served as its Director of Studies and Professional Development. Earlier this month, Amazon’s $14 billion dollar purchase of Whole Foods sent shock waves through the markets and inspired a number of reflections on Amazon’s emerging strategy. In the Harvard Business Review, Bill Taylor also explored how Whole Foods’s apparent inability to anticipate competitor imitation enabled their takeover. (https:  ...read more

School Leadership in the Time of Trump

by : Chan Hardwick

...In Leadership BS, a book published last year, Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, identifies five virtues that are almost universally praised by popular leadership writers—modesty, authenticity, truthfulness, trustworthiness, and selflessness--and argues that real-world leaders ignore (or don't have) these virtues. (If anything, real world leaders tend to be narcissistic, back-stabbing, self-promoting shape-shifters.)... Josh Rothman, The New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/29/our-dangerous-leadership-obsession), 2/  ...read more

Notes from The Head Search Frontier

by : Chan Hardwick

At GLP, we are always interested what transitions are taking place in the independent school world, particularly as we are continuing our New Heads Leadership Lab program. With that slight introduction, I want to report on a recent conversation Greenwich Leadership Partners had with Jim Wickenden, the veteran president of Wickenden Associates and a seasoned expert on the leadership search environment for independent schools. Throughout the independent school world, Jim is held in high regard for the firm’s successful work and his reputation for experience and understanding of the e  ...read more

New Year’s Resolution: Change Up Your Meetings

by : Stephanie Rogen

When do you actually look forward to going to a meeting? One of the biggest complaints we hear from educators is that they are asked to attend too many meetings that waste their time. As facilitators of meetings, we are constantly asking ourselves: what kind of experience do we want people to have; what makes a meeting valuable, productive and enjoyable? It occurs to me that most meetings in organizations and schools originate from a logical purpose. Most of the time, they are a forum for advancing a work project, disseminating information, discussing an issue or making decisions. So w  ...read more

Powerful Leadership Learning: Five Lessons from The New Heads Leadership Lab

by : Chan Hardwick

With Monie Hardwick and Stephanie Rogen As GLP enters a new year and the start of the 2017 edition of our Leadership Lab, it is a good time to report on the conclusion of our pilot Lab. In the 2016 cohort we worked intensely with first time heads as they prepared to enter headship and begin their work at school. Each new head worked individually with a GLP coach throughout last spring and summer, coming together as a group in July for an intense and productive three-day learning retreat. After returning to their schools for the opening months, supported by executive coaching, these ne  ...read more

Takeaways from The Leadership Lab Workshop

by : Chan Hardwick

This July GLP held its first Leadership Lab workshop, part of a comprehensive transition program to help new boarding school heads prepare for their first year of leadership. We conceived the Leadership Lab as a highly interactive, but deeply personalized entry into headship. Sensing the need for a higher level of new head preparation, we conducted qualitative research and confirmed that a bold, fresh approach---one with small cohorts, beginning preparation months before the new heads start their tenure, and continuing with one-on-one executive coaching and feedback well into their first y  ...read more

The Leadership Lab for New HOS: A Transition to a Different Philosophy

by : Chan Hardwick

Start this way. Consider that a new school leader is perceived as a bundle of experience, talent, and values who needs the right content added to prepare for the work ahead. The traditional approach would be to bring new heads together, expose them to a curriculum that is full of headship content (that is, full of what the ramp-up designers feel that new school heads should know) and get as much of that infused into the new school leaders as they start their new position. External realities, internal management, board relations, admissions, advancement, and so on creates the “exposure pack  ...read more