Join Us for the 2015 SAIS Board/Head Retreat
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Posted by: Christina Mimms
By Christina Mimms, SAIS
Are you an INTJ or an ENFP? That’s not a pickup line – it’s a reference to the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or personality test. Believed to reveal how people perceive others and their decision-making style, the MBTI will play a role at this year’s SAIS Board/Head Retreat, led by Pat Bassett on October 17. Attendees are asked to submit their profile along with their registration. Prior to the retreat, Bassett, the president & senior consultant for Heads Up Education Consulting and former president of NAIS, will analyze the profiles to determine assets and deficits, insights and blind spots among the school leaders.
This year’s retreat will focus on strategic management of difficult conversations and making prudent, well-reasoned decisions both in the ordinary course of business and during crisis moments. In two planned workshops, participants will practice role-playing difficult conversations and have them critiqued by the group, as well as problem-solving with real independent school case studies in the NAIS library and others that the participants bring.
The first of two-hour sessions, Difficult Conversations, will put school leaders in potential real life situations to test their skills in uncomfortable moments: e.g., a head initiates a call with the board chair regarding possibly not renewing the term of a trustee who is a major donor and friend of the board chair, but also one who constantly steps over the boundaries or sometimes is inappropriately aggressive with staff members. Participants will work in small groups to respond to the scenarios and share their solutions with the larger group.
The second session, Z-Decison Making & the 4-Way Test, will include a brief presentation on how to make difficult decisions when the stakes are high and the constituencies are not aligned. For example, what do you do with a very successful teacher/coach who is fabulous as a coach and very popular with the kids he coaches and their parents, but who is mediocre at best as a teacher, with families threatening to leave if he is their kids' teacher? Participants will again work in small groups and report their solutions to the whole group.
At the end of the retreat, a 45-minute session of Ask the Experts – Any Question, Any Topic will be offered. “I, like the participants, look forward to the insights we'll glean from the collective experience and wisdom of the group,” Bassett said.
The 2015 SAIS Board/Head Retreat will be held prior to the Annual Conference on October 17 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. >>More information. >>Register here.