Jeffrey Shields' Blog

CEO Notebook | Grace Lee will serve as NBOA legal counsel, one of many available resources to help school leaders manage employment practices. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Risk management and human resources practices ...
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Projections | Every school can use data in its strategic decision-making if it’s presented to leaders at the appropriate level. From the September/October 2019 NetAssets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ...
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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. ...
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CEO Notebook | Intentionally lowering school enrollment may allow your school to budget soundly and spend more time preparing for the future. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Last month I had the pleasure of speaking ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Projections | Numerous factors are pushing independent school leaders to rethink our traditional business model, particularly tuition pricing and financial aid. Change is in the air. From the July/August 2019 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey ...
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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 ...
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It’s Time to Commit

Projections | From the archives: How can online learning simultaneously mitigate the financial pressures facing our schools and reinforce our ability to personalize the learning experience? This article originally appeared in the September/October ...
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CEO Notebook | A few tools can help school leaders and the board understand long-term school finances more clearly, talk more productively and act more proactively. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Like many of you, ...
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CEO Notebook | Opportunities await to give back to your colleagues and the profession while growing leadership skills and gaining a national perspective. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Independent school leaders ...
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Projections | Building plans? Don’t wait until groundbreaking to engage with the neighbors. From the May/June 2019  Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO With summer just ahead, independent schools ...
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CEO Notebook | Deep knowledge of many fields can help you handle an ever-expanding portfolio, but it can also limit your openness to new ways of thinking. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Business officers are experts. ...
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CEO Notebook | Just enough transparency from the business office helps engage key stakeholders in important discussions, but too much can stifle participation and understanding. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO I’m ...
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CEO Notebook | Conversations around school mergers have shifted from reactive to proactive. It’s not about failure, but rather preparing for the future. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO This year’s spring fever has ...
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CEO Notebook | Between the whirlwind activities of March and May, take some time to think strategically in April.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO For this issue of CEO Notebook, I’ve asked James Palmieri, NBOA’s ...
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Projections | The threats are real. So are the resources, tools, knowledge and expertise that will help you address them. From the March/April 2019 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Earlier ...
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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 ...
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CEO Notebook | Data show independent school finances improved last year, in terms of net tuition revenue, expendable financial resources and annual giving.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO As I prepare to “ride the ...
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CEO Notebook | From relying on resumes to ineffective interviews, these common mistakes can be avoided. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Hiring season is upon us. During a recent meeting with independent school leaders, ...
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