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Riding High from the 2019 NBOA Annual Meeting: 3 Takeaways

CEO Notebook | In San Diego, we learned that bringing creativity, passion and play into a routine of discipline and focus pays off. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I’m still coasting on the energy from the 2019 NBOA Annual Meeting last week in San Diego. Many...


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A Case Against Overworking

(from the New York Times) Production-line metrics aren’t useful for work that requires only your mind, argues Carl Richards, a certified financial planner and New York Times columnist. "Knowledge work is much more about the quality of the thinking than the quantity of the output," he said....

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A CFO Network Supports CFO Success

(from the Wall Street Journal) Chief financial officers shouldn't be afraid to ask for help, regardless of the size of their organization or their years of exprience. “I think the best education and learning process is to learn from others," said Lloyd Howell, who became CFO of consulting giant...

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1400+ Expected at 2019 NBOA Annual Meeting

Leadership | K-12 independent school leaders head to San Diego to “ride the waves of change.” Feature image: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, location of the 2019 NBOA Annual Meeting Former congresswoman Gabby Giffords and retired astronaut Mark Kelly will kick off the 2019 NBOA...

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After School: Equestrian Magic

Leadership | From the archives: A chief financial officer unwinds by taking leisurely trail rides and tackling technical cross-country courses. Article by Julie Hoover, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School This article originally appeared in the November/December 2015 Net Assets. ...


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5 Minutes with Howard Teibel: Reading the Room

Leadership | Leading positive change requires a willingness to both ensure clarity in expectations and an ability to recognize and address the moods around you. ­ Interview by Leah Thayer From the January/February 2019 Net Assets magazine Howard Teibel is the founder and...


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Big Freeze Inspires School Leaders' Song

(from the Washington Post) Many s chool officials in snowed-in states are announcing closures through song. In Michigan, for example, Swartz Creek Community Schools Superintendent Ben Mainka and high school Principal Jim Kitchen launched into a modified rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ...


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Mission & Motivation: Little Victories, Big Impact

Human Resources | Moving from corporate HR to an independent school requires a different pace and close attention to a school’s culture — as well as its many calendars. Article by Kristen Riley, Open Window School From the January/February 2019 Net Assets magazine In 2011, I left...


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Announcing the 2019 NBOA Awards Recipients

CEO Notebook | This year’s recipients, Dallas Joseph and Debra Wilson, exemplify service and support to the national independent school business officer community. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Every year, I have the unique privilege of helping identify...


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Challenges for New Chief Executives

(from Harvard Business Review) Close to 50 percent of new chief executives say that the role was “not what I expected beforehand," according to recent research of 20 large companies. Three key issues emerged in interviews: Energy: Developing a strong senior leadership team and thinking of...