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From the ED 9.1.16

Dear Colleagues,

For over a year you have been hearing about the rebranding effort for MISBO. A significant piece of that work was the revised mission below, developed by MISBO board and staff over a period of time with significant thought and effort:

MISBO connects independent school professionals and
delivers exceptional value to enrich learning.

During the spring, culminating with the MISBO board meeting in April, we took this to the next level and developed a new vision for MISBO. I think this may have taken even more thoughtfulness, energy and discussion. Visions should be aspirational, but they should also have a time frame. The MISBO vision, developed by board and staff, and approved by our board is:

By 2021, MISBO will be among the top five go-to resources connecting and serving member school professionals in operational leadership.

You might imagine (correctly) that there was considerable discussion about nearly every word in this vision statement. The conversation was quickly followed by the question: How will we know? In the coming weeks you will be receiving a message with a very short survey asking about the resources, specifically the associations, which provide the most value to you in your role at your school. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. It is important for us to know where we stand and the work we have to do.

You have heard me talk about the book Creative Confidence by Tom and David Kelly from IDEO. You may recall that empathy and customer experience are a significant piece of the value of this book. In an effort to be responsive to MISBO’s customers (members) and enhance the experience, we have added a new “chat feature” to our website. You will notice an icon in the bottom right corner on each page. Just click on this and you can chat with MISBO during hours when staff is available. If no one is available, you can just leave us a message. You may even see a staff member’s face pop up (most likely Susan’s) and greet you if you have been browsing a number of pages. Our goal is to help you find what you need and answer your questions as quickly as possible. Please be sure to let us know about your chat experience and if you find it helpful.

I would like to thank my friend Brett Jacobsen, Head of School, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School for recommending that I read Essentialism by Greg McKeown. On a delayed and long flight home from FL on Saturday I was able to read a significant portion of this book and was able to give great thought to better ways to meet the challenges of a very full life – family, friends, work, myself – where a distinct priority does not always seem clear. In fact, one subject that McKeown addresses is the concept of priority. He tells us on page 16 that the word priority came into the English language in the 1400s but was singular until a plural version came into our language in the 1900s. “Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality.” I find this an intriguing concept worth some thought. Perhaps we need to reconsider our thinking and go back to “priority” as opposed to trying to juggle “priorities” as we all do, nearly on a daily basis. There is much more in this book that I am finding thought-provoking and useful and hopefully will lead to some changes for myself.

Nearly all of your schools have opened and everyone is busy and getting acclimated to the new school year, new schedules, etc. Please take a minute and think about yourself now that you have helped everyone else get settled. Professional development, networking, getting away from your office are critical components to doing your work well – and taking care of yourself. We believe we have an amazing program designed for the 2016 MISBO Fall Conference – Designing Intelligent Schools – to be held at the Sonesta Resort, Hilton Head Island, October 5-7, 2016. For those of you that are relatively new to the business officer role, or those aspiring business officers, our Pre-Conference Workshop is for you. You can find the schedule here. Please remember that the early bird registration discount ends on September 15th. Also, we know that our room block at the Sonesta will fill (since we’ve extended it once already) and the discounted room rate of $149/night also expires on September 15th. Hope to see you there!


Marc Levinson
Executive Director, MISBO

We power independent schools.™

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