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New (Fiscal) Year, New Mindset

CEO Notebook | If we want to power forward with change and innovation, as we learned we could last year, we might try thinking more like a scientist. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I think we can all agree that last school year was one chock full of...


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Until We Meet Again

CEO Notebook | The next generation of business officers is making connections virtually this week. How will we be meeting and learning from each other next year? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO In an ideal world, I would be on an NBOA member school campus...


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Projections: The Key To Creating Your "Escape Velocity" is Wellness

Projections | Amidst an ongoing pandemic and constant business pressure, we must still pay attention to wellness for ourselves and our organizations. From the May/June2021 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO In a fall 2020 McKinsey...


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A Weight Has Been Lifted: A Case Study

Leadership | As Western Academy of Beijing has returned to mostly normal on-campus learning, everyone in the community has a renewed appreciation for both the core mission and special add-ons that make independent education exceptional. In February of this year, Western Academy of...


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2021 NBOA Annual Meeting: People-First Strategy: Cynt Marshall

Leadership | When closing keynote speaker Cynt Marshall became CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, she used her deep HR experience to lead a complete transformation of the culture. Interview by Cecily Garber Cynt Marshall is CEO of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. When hired in this...


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Whose Business Is Belonging?

Leadership | Yes, the business office can respond to outcries of racism on campus. Diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Jen Cort shares what she’s heard and possible interventions. Interview by Cecily Garber From the September/October 2020 Net Assets magazine Jen Cort...


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Mission & Motivation: On Speaking Terms

Leadership | In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, how can schools mitigate the risk of toxic exchanges and foster cultures that respect differences? Article by Tara Kosowski From the July/August 2020 Net Assets magazine Like many independent schools, Sacred Heart...


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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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Acts of Kindness and Community During the Pandemic

Leadership | From PPE donations to socially distant graduation ceremonies, independent schools have found creative ways to support their students and give back. Independent school leaders, communities and students have rapidly responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. While...


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Four Guideposts for Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Students

Risk Management | Behavioral standards regarding faculty roles, boundaries, power and accountability can catch missteps at an early stage, before rules are violated and damage is done. By David Wolowitz, McLane Middleton, and Tara Kosowski, NBOA A faculty member is coaching varsity...