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When Purpose Aligns with Passion

CEO Notebook | What inspires you to tackle challenges — and gives you the energy to follow through — at your school? Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I’ve often wondered what it takes to be a successful actor on Broadway. I don’t have to wonder anymore, however,...


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After School: Finding Quiet

Leadership | Relocating to a bayside home has helped this business officer escape work’s incessant demands and find time for reflection. Article by Rachel Rosner, St. Paul's School From the July/August NetAssets magazine Feature image: a view of the land behind Rosner's bayside...


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12 Ideas for Summer Inspiration

CEO Notebook | A simple idea share among colleagues can bolster collaboration and provide ideas for stretching your mind – and budget. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Earlier this month the NBOA staff gathered in Annapolis, Maryland, for our summer off-site...


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Announcing the 2019 NBOA Will J. Hancock Unsung Heroes

Leadership | The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to independent school business officers who have made an extraordinary contribution to their schools, as nominated by their colleagues. Congratulations to the 2019 recipients! Stay tuned to NetAssets.org for short profiles of...


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Leadership Traits for a Diverse Workforce

(From Chief Learning Officer) Research shows that women in top business positions possess leadership traits different from successful men – inclusiveness, empathy and a willingness to share power among team members. Business leaders who display these traits are better equipped to lead a highly...


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Rocking in Cleveland

CEO Notebook | As new business officers prepare to hit the ground running, they learn how school leaders at every stage of their career can drive change. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Last week the Cleveland metro area was rattled by a 4.0 earthquake that struck...


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Students Reject College Competition

(From Inside Higher Ed) In many communities, the competitive nature of the college application process leaves many students feeling inadequate because their college goals don't include attending the most prestigious of institutions. Highly competitive Palo Alto High School took a stand by...


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Play Is Serious Business When Aiming for Organizational Change

Leadership | Research on play shows that it’s vital to creative thinking. Business catalyst Kevin Carroll explained how productive play at work can inspire business officers to innovate. “What happens when we actually celebrate play, instead of pushing it to the weekends?” asked Kevin...


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Colleges Pressured To Change Business Model

(From Christensen Institute) Even elite colleges and universities are facing a shortfall in enrollment this year because of demographic declines and a business model that is no longer working, according to Alana Dunagan, a higher education thought-leader. This has been happening for years, and...


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Public Preschools on the Rise

(From The Hechinger Report) Local residents are footing the bill for better preschool programs in several cities across the country, drastically bringing down the costs. For example, the average cost of center-based care is $14,208 in Washington State. But one public, subsidized program charges...