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Shoot the Pirates: And Three Other Strategies for Safeguarding Your School’s Mission (Part 1)

Safeguarding against Mission Drift In the Middle Ages, kind-hearted Franciscan monks developed a charity model to make sure the poor could buy food and wisely manage their money. This model, called Montes Pietatius, was also intended to help protect the poor from people who would take advantage of them (e.g., loan sharks). The Montes Pietatius […]

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Educational Vouchers: A Strategic Opportunity for Christian Colleges

“As your President, I will be the nation’s biggest cheerleader for school choice.”  – Donald Trump Were these just words? Not anymore. Our 45th president nominated Betsy DeVos to head the U.S. Department of Education. The daughter-in-Law of billionaire Richard DeVos Sr., who co-founded Amway, she and her husband Richard DeVos Jr. have stewarded the […]

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The planning process is more important than the plan itself.  Plan with Objectivity, Vision and Flexibility

It’s the Leadership Process, Not the Plan

On October 17, 1777, English General, Gentlemen Johnny Burgoyne, surrendered an entire British Army to Horatio Gates, commander of the American forces at Saratoga, New York. If the battle of Lexington produced the “shot heard round the world” then Burgoyne’s surrender at Saratoga produced the “shock heard round the world.” At Saratoga the unthinkable happened. […]

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The role of a Chief Business Officer  involves more than numbers.

Character vs. Conscience: Understanding the Role of a Chief Business Officer and a President

College presidents represent the character and imagination of the schools they serve. They set the tone; they cast the vision. Chief Business Officers (CBOs) also have a distinct role. They represent the conscience of the school; their voice is essential. Without it, we have character without conscience, which will diminish the effectiveness of the president […]

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