CEO Notebook |
Earlier this month the NBOA staff gathered in Annapolis, Maryland, for our summer off-site meeting. These few days away from the office provided uninterrupted time to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous fiscal year and develop plans for the year ahead. Because the NBOA staff is distributed – some work from the DC headquarters and others from home offices across the country – the off-site also provided an opportunity for us to learn more about each other and foster our work as a collaborative and cohesive team.
Indian Creek School in Crownsville, Maryland, was our outstanding host for the off-site, and special thanks go to Rachel Horak, director of business and finance, the entire school staff and SAGE Dining Services. We also gleaned much from a presentation on “A Day in the Life of a Boarding School Business Officer” delivered by Alex Heiberger, chief financial officer at Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, and NBOA Board Member.
One of my favorite aspects of this rare time together is an “idea share.” The rules are simple: bring one idea to share with your colleagues. It can be a book you’re reading, an app you like, or some other idea or tool that you have enjoyed for whatever reason. I thought this year’s idea share was exceptional in how well it reflected the NBOA staff who work on your behalf every day. Breaking from my usual business-oriented blogs, I wanted to pass along some of the ideas with the hope that they may be of value to you too. You might even consider hosting your own idea share with your team.
Here are some highlights for your consideration:
As you can see, NBOA staff members have a wide range of interests, and I think this list gives you a glimpse into what makes them tick. I know it did for me, and reminded me why I feel fortunate to work with them.
Whether your summer inspiration comes from an item on this list, an idea share with your own staff or some other source, I hope you find ways to keep creative energy flowing throughout the hot days of summer!
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