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Strategic “No’s” Are Essential for Leadership

CEO Notebook | Difficult decisions can be opportunities to demonstrate your care for the campus community. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO “How you say no as a campus leader can be as important as the decision itself.” This sound advice comes from a recent...


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You Be the Judge

CEO Notebook | Business officers’ strong judgment will play an important role in the new year — and decade — ahead, which promise changes for independent schools. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Good judgment. It’s one of the characteristics that heads of...


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Energizing the Boardroom in the New School Year

CEO Notebook | Three tips for helping your board remain future-looking, mission-centric and resource-aware. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Earlier this month I had the pleasure of joining other independent school association leaders from across the country and...


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Dialing Back Donor Dollar Expectations

CEO Notebook | Charitable giving by individuals declined last year and may continue to do so into the future. What does the trend mean for independent schools? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO This past fiscal year, NBOA staff content experts have focused on...


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Use the Calm To Weather the Storm

Risk Management | How well a school handles a crisis may depend on six factors, including board relations, dedicated committees and defined roles. Crises at independent schools occur without warning, but you can plan for how the school will work through them. “There’s a before, during and...


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More Inclusive Town-Gown Relationships

(from The Chronicle of Higher Education) Will members of the broader community play a growing role in your school's decision-making process? A new report from the University of Virginia's Thriving Cities Lab aims to strengthen relationships between higher-education institutions and their...


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Report Shows Risks of Homogeneous Boards

(from Financial Executives) Last month, the Alliance for Board Diversity and Deloitte released the " Missing Pieces Report ," a multiyear study that reviews diversity on Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 boards. Numerous data sources show the positive impact diverse boards have on a company’s...


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Top Transitions Opportunity for More Gender Parity

(from McKinsey & Company) A CEO’s likelihood of performing above average depends heavily on the mix of strategic and organizational decisions made during his or her first two years on the job, according to research by McKinsey . Research also shows that management reshuffles are a critical...


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Unsung Hero: Janet Koller, Chaminade College Preparatory

Leadership | Koller has been instrumental in transforming her school and bolstering its future viability, while lending a hand to many others. The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who have made extraordinary contributions to their schools and exemplify...


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Mission & Motivation: Dual Leadership that Works

Leadership | To combat high turnover in leadership, this school’s board installed the CFO and CAO as equal co-leaders. Eight years in, finances have stabilized, enrollment is up and the campus is expanding. Article by Marlys Schoenwetter, New Covenant Academy From the July...