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A Good Word from GISA Workshop

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 29, 2016 5:26:04 PM
Scott Barron

Inspiration arrives different ways for me - most often unexpectedly. Sometimes in a state of sleep, or in the shower, or even while driving. And occassionally when teaching...

Last week at the Consultative Business Officer workshop we were hosting for the Georgia Independent Schools Association (GISA), I asked the participants:


Some responses were expected: 

  1. Financial planning and support
  2. Accounting and accountability
  3. Management of operations and decision making

One answer to this question stood out to me, though, and has continued to echo in my mind. She said, "cohesiveness." That's one I hadn't heard from the numerous previous editions of this workshop. I love this definition of the word:

Cohesiveness is a measure of the attraction of the group to its members (and the resistance to leaving it), the sense of team spirit, and the willingness of its members to coordinate their efforts. (Oxford Center for Learning and Staff Development)

Of course - every business office leader wants to increase attraction and engagement because that's a critical part of improving productivity and student growth.

Team spirit contributes to engagement because it reflects the feelings of connection among the leadership, increasing their willingness to collaborate and cooperate.

Cohesiveness. That's a good word to describe the essence of the Consultative Business Officer.

What is your answer to the question: Why does your business office exist?

CBO infographic

Topics: Consultative Business Officer

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