Jeffrey Shields' Blog

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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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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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 ...
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Projections | To truly innovate and map out a mission-centered, financially sustainable future, we must harness our best thinking. This calls for greater diversity of thought, experiences and perspectives. From the January/February 2019   Net ...
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CEO Notebook | Heads of schools, boards of trustees and other school leaders are expecting more from the business office.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO A new year is upon us. I always see the fall as a sprint ...
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CEO Notebook | This year's high points include enhanced data sharing and a new compliance guidebook.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO ‘Tis the season of many things, including making lists that reflect on the year ...
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CEO Notebook | You have questions. You have strengths. You have challenges. You are motivated. What we heard on our listening journey.  Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO More than 60 of your peers gathered in Las Vegas ...
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CEO Notebook | As we enter the holiday season of gratitude, thankfulness, family and friends, look for what is going right at your school. Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Last week, the NBOA senior staff discussed ...
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Projections | How can schools employ mission-fit financial aid awards without harming their financial health? From the November/December 2018 Net Assets magazine Jeffrey Shields, FASAE, CAE NBOA President and CEO Picture a group of ...
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