GOVERNING FOR
GREATNESS
NORTH CAROLINA CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE
JIM GOENNER, PH.D.
JASON SARSFIELD
JULY 31, 2014
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National Charter Schools Institute
• The Institute is a values-driven, nonprofit organization
fou...
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Goals for Today
Share a Framework for
Greatness
Discuss Principles for
Governing
Inspire Hearts &...
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RELATIONSHIPS
“People don’t care how
much you know until they
know how much you care.”
The Road to Greatness
Good, Not Great
Inflection
Point
Good, Not Great
Matched-Pair
Selection
Comparison
Cases
Good-to-Gre...
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“Good is the enemy
of great.”
Jim Collins
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Superior Performance
Distinctive Impact
Lasting Endurance
What Is Greatness?
Collins’ Good-to-Great Framework
OUTPUT RESULTS
STAGE 1: DISCIPLINED PEOPLE
INPUT PRINCIPLES
Level 5 Leadership
First Who,...
Sharpening Your Focus
Sharpening Your Focus
Building for
Breakthrough
“Greatness...is largely a
matter of conscious
choice and discipline.”
Jim Collins
Purpose of Governance
“To ensure, usually on behalf of
others, that an organization achieves
what it should achieve while
...
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Purpose of a Charter School
Governing Board
“To ensure, on behalf of the public, that
students ar...
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Common Board Challenges
Dysfunctional Group Dynamics
Disengaged Board Members
Uncertainty About R...
Some People Observe That…
“ Trustees are often little more
than high-powered,
well-intentioned people
engaged in low-level...
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A Simple Way to Frame Roles
Governing Board
=
To Ensure
Management
=
To Execute
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Would a Great
Leader Want to
Serve on or Work
for Your Board?
The First Thing the
Board Governs I...
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How Boards Earn Credibility
• “They practice what they preach.”
• “They walk the talk.”
• “Their ...
Leadership
Pyramid
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What Level of Leader Do You Want?
Level 5 Leader
• Ambitious first and
foremost for the cause,
th...
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Level 5 Leaders Want to Work for a Board That…
• Knows its purpose and why it exists
• Understand...
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Level 5 Leaders Want to Work for a Board That…
• Uses its authority to empower, not strangle
• En...
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Model the Way
Inspire a Shared Vision
Challenge the Process
Enable Others to Act
1
2
3
4
Encou...
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“ Wisdom is the beneficial use
of knowledge; wisdom is
information and knowledge
impregnated with...
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“We believe boards that
govern for greatness ask
wise questions and measure
things that really ma...
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Wise Questions
HOW WELL IS OUR SCHOOL…
Preparing Students for College, Work and Life
Leveraging R...
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Is the academic program a success?
Is the school financially viable?
Is the school equitable & or...
Where Does
Your Board
Spend Its
Time?
First Things First
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12 Responsibilities of a Charter School Board
4
1
2
3
ENSURE all students are being prepared for ...
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5
ENSURE the organization continuously improves
and stays viable.
ENSURE the organization is true...
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9
ENSURE the board and its members are positive
ambassadors for the charter idea!
ENSURE the boar...
Four Disciplines
of a Healthy
Organization
“Set the standards higher
for yourself than others
would set them for you.”
John Maxwell
THANK YOU!
NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS INSTITUTE | 711 WEST PICKARD STREET | MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48858
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  1. 1. GOVERNING FOR GREATNESS NORTH CAROLINA CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE JIM GOENNER, PH.D. JASON SARSFIELD JULY 31, 2014
  2. 2. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG
  3. 3. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG National Charter Schools Institute • The Institute is a values-driven, nonprofit organization founded in 1995. • Our mission is to strengthen the performance and productivity of the charter schools sector. • We coach and consult with boards, schools, authorizers, support organizations and policymakers. • Our team is composed of passionate professionals. • We seek to understand, honor and support our clients. • We believe in and strive to uphold the Golden Rule.
  4. 4. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Goals for Today Share a Framework for Greatness Discuss Principles for Governing Inspire Hearts & Minds Answer Questions Have Fun! 1 2 3 4 5
  5. 5. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG THIS SLIDE DECK IS ACCESSIBLE AT
  6. 6. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG RELATIONSHIPS “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
  7. 7. The Road to Greatness Good, Not Great Inflection Point Good, Not Great Matched-Pair Selection Comparison Cases Good-to-Great Cases GAP
  8. 8. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG “Good is the enemy of great.” Jim Collins
  9. 9. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Superior Performance Distinctive Impact Lasting Endurance What Is Greatness?
  10. 10. Collins’ Good-to-Great Framework OUTPUT RESULTS STAGE 1: DISCIPLINED PEOPLE INPUT PRINCIPLES Level 5 Leadership First Who, Then What STAGE 2: DISCIPLINED THOUGHT Confront the Brutal Facts The Hedgehog Concept STAGE 3: DISCIPLINED ACTION Culture of Discipline The Flywheel STAGE 4: BUILDING GREATNESS TO LAST Clock Building, Not Time Telling Preserve Core, Stimulate Progress DELIVERS SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE MAKES A DISTINCTIVE IMPACT ACHIEVES LASTING ENDURANCE Beyond Any Leader, Idea or Setback On the Communities It Touches Relative to Its Mission
  11. 11. Sharpening Your Focus
  12. 12. Sharpening Your Focus
  13. 13. Building for Breakthrough
  14. 14. “Greatness...is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.” Jim Collins
  15. 15. Purpose of Governance “To ensure, usually on behalf of others, that an organization achieves what it should achieve while avoiding those behaviors and situations that should be avoided.” Dr. John Carver Boards That Make a Difference
  16. 16. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Purpose of a Charter School Governing Board “To ensure, on behalf of the public, that students are learning, money and resources are well stewarded, and the organization passionately pursues greatness, while modeling the highest legal and ethical principles.” Dr. James Goenner National Charter Schools Institute
  17. 17. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Common Board Challenges Dysfunctional Group Dynamics Disengaged Board Members Uncertainty About Roles and Responsibilities Source: Problem Boards or Board Problems? The Nonprofit Quarterly 1 2 3
  18. 18. Some People Observe That… “ Trustees are often little more than high-powered, well-intentioned people engaged in low-level activities.” Chait, Holland and Taylor
  19. 19. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG A Simple Way to Frame Roles Governing Board = To Ensure Management = To Execute
  20. 20. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Would a Great Leader Want to Serve on or Work for Your Board? The First Thing the Board Governs Is Itself “Know Thyself”
  21. 21. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG How Boards Earn Credibility • “They practice what they preach.” • “They walk the talk.” • “Their actions are consistent with their words.” • “They put their money where their mouth is.” • “They follow through on their promises.” • “They do what they say they will do.” The Leadership Challenge
  22. 22. Leadership Pyramid
  23. 23. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG What Level of Leader Do You Want? Level 5 Leader • Ambitious first and foremost for the cause, the organization, the work — not themselves. • Displays a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. Level 3 Leader • Organizes people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives.
  24. 24. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Level 5 Leaders Want to Work for a Board That… • Knows its purpose and why it exists • Understands it is the highest authority in the organization • Knows it represents the public • Is disciplined in its role and behaviors and those of its individual members • Is trustworthy and predictable.
  25. 25. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Level 5 Leaders Want to Work for a Board That… • Uses its authority to empower, not strangle • Ensures the organization is effective and efficient • Has high expectations and measures performance • Is unafraid to judge, but does so fairly • Continuously earns credibility.
  26. 26. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG 26 Model the Way Inspire a Shared Vision Challenge the Process Enable Others to Act 1 2 3 4 Encourage the Heart5 Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders Kouzes and Posner
  27. 27. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG “ Wisdom is the beneficial use of knowledge; wisdom is information and knowledge impregnated with higher purposes and principles.” Governing Wisely Dr. Stephen Covey The 8th Habit
  28. 28. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG “We believe boards that govern for greatness ask wise questions and measure things that really matter.” Dr. James Goenner National Charter Schools Institute
  29. 29. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Wise Questions HOW WELL IS OUR SCHOOL… Preparing Students for College, Work and Life Leveraging Resources Fulfilling Its Commitments?
  30. 30. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG Is the academic program a success? Is the school financially viable? Is the school equitable & organizationally sound? Key Renewal Questions
  31. 31. Where Does Your Board Spend Its Time? First Things First
  32. 32. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG 12 Responsibilities of a Charter School Board 4 1 2 3 ENSURE all students are being prepared for success in college, work and life. ENSURE the public’s money and resources are well stewarded. ENSURE the organization is run by a great leader and infused with a positive culture and learning environment. ENSURE the terms of the charter contract are fulfilled and the organization is prepared for renewal.
  33. 33. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG 5 ENSURE the organization continuously improves and stays viable. ENSURE the organization is true to its vision, mission and values. 6 7 8 ENSURE the organization operates legally and ethically. 12 Responsibilities of a Charter School Board ENSURE goals are clear and people and programs are wisely empowered, supported, evaluated and held accountable.
  34. 34. WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG 9 ENSURE the board and its members are positive ambassadors for the charter idea! ENSURE the board recruits, orients and develops its members and its capacity to govern. 10 11 12 ENSURE the board adopts and properly maintains its governing policies. ENSURE the board speaks with one voice. 12 Responsibilities of a Charter School Board
  35. 35. Four Disciplines of a Healthy Organization
  36. 36. “Set the standards higher for yourself than others would set them for you.” John Maxwell
  37. 37. THANK YOU! NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS INSTITUTE | 711 WEST PICKARD STREET | MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN 48858 VIEW THIS SLIDE DECK ONLINE AT WWW.CHARTERINSTITUTE.ORG

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