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December 3, 2019

At Knuckleball Consulting, we believe that establishing strong relationships within the school community is the key to retention and to effective marketing.  If you're looking for a measure of how good your school is at this relationship work, take a close look at the...

November 26, 2019

In past years, I've offered a set of New Year's resolutions for independent school leaders.  This year I recommend something even more practical--a yearly governance check-up.  Heads, make a three hour appointment with your Board Chair over winter break, sometime after...

November 13, 2019

At most independent schools, the most important board meeting of the year is embedded in the winter holiday season.  In high-functioning boards, the finance committee and perhaps another committee (more on this later) have spent the fall assembling budget and benchmark...

November 1, 2019

In David Mamet's "Glengarry Glenross," brilliantly adapted to the screen in 1992 with an all-star cast, Alec Baldwin plays Blake, sent from the Premiere Properties corporate offices to motivate the Brooklyn real estate team.  Saturated in profanity, his vicious techniq...

October 15, 2019

As a very young teacher, I was convinced that job interviews were opportunities for each party to communicate its needs and assets, for each to find its interlocking "fit." Thankfully, an early mentor disabused me of this folly.  She said, when you interview for a job,...

October 5, 2019

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds," Emerson wrote in "Self-Reliance," perhaps the proto-battle-cry for today's disrupters.  Some consistencies, however, make a lot of sense.  For instance, when affordability is not an issue, independent schools al...

September 24, 2019

In her book, Dignity, Donna Hicks, Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, uses evolutionary and behavioral psychology and her own experiences in international conflict resolution to examine the elemental importance of human dignity.  Dr. H...

September 6, 2019

Like many fans of the cult classic movie Robo Cop, I'm convinced that the tale, set in a fictive (sort of), just-pre-apocalyptic Detroit, foretells just about every American cultural shift since it was released in 1987.  I saw it that year, my senior year at the Univer...

September 2, 2019

How can schools build marketing efforts that support and leverage the enthusiastic praise of current and past families, faculty/staff, alumni and friends? Knuckleball Consulting can recommend excellent marketing consultants who know a lot about search engine optimizati...

August 8, 2019

Each year on the first day of practice, my high school football coach would use the Fram oil filter slogan to signal the end of summer dissolution and to call us to the altar of football.  "You can pay me now, or you can pay me later," he'd intone, and after a little e...

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