41: What Makes a Great CAO?

Academics represents the heart and soul of the mission of a great institution. And yet, even in service of that mission, the best chief academic officers understand the constraints defined by financial realities. This week on the show, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright discuss traits and characteristics of the best CAOs, and share insights on the spirit of academic collaboration that serves the mission in challenging times. 

40: What Makes a Great CBO?

The relationship between the CBO and the institution is a powerful one. But making the transition between the role of manger to leader becomes representative of the responsibility of the role to the institution beyond the business office. This week on the show, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright discuss the traits of good business officers, and look at how the great ones challenge assumptions and become leaders of strategy.


38: Movers of Rocks: Becoming a Leader of Change

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Becoming a leader of change is about far more than effective project management skill. It’s a unique and delicate art that must balance the processes that support complex organizational systems with the diplomacy to unite groups around big initiatives. This week on the show, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright share thoughts on becoming Leaders of Change as Howard prepares for his presentation on this subject at the National Business Officers Association Annual Meeting this March in Orlando.

37: Setting Standards & Managing Expectations

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The result of bringing together terrific individuals into a team can be a fantastic, productive foray into high calibre collaboration. Over time, we see formerly high capacity teams begin to fray at the edges, and defining clear standards and expectations both inside the team, and across teams and departments, can help to offset challenges. This week on Navigating Change, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright discuss the frustrations that come with accountability, standards, and managing clear expectations across teams. 


36: New Year, Old Woes?

It’s 2014 and we’re slowly coming back to work after a break. But what are we returning to? Today’s headlines on the Chronicle of Higher Ed report backlash against presidents making too much money and the way that information is reported to donors, tough odds on tenure-track jobs, and a New Year’s Eve piece at NPR excoriates online education — a tool for some institutions to revitalize excitement — and enrollment — in their programs. But the nature of change is challenge, and there is much to look forward to in the coming year. This week on the show, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright share thoughts on what’s to come, and how you can approach your challenges as an opportunity for change. 

34: The Three Flavors of Transformation

Transformation is a powerful word, one we're tempted to use across our catalog of projects designed to produce change in our teams or organizations. But precision of language counts in our change projects, especially when it comes to setting expectations for teams that are going to be impacted the most. This week on Navigating Change, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright talk transformation, and the developmental, transitional, and transformational change we seek.

33: Making Difficult Decisions for Senior Leadership

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Decision-making is a difficult skill for any team, but at the senior leadership or board level, making difficult decisions brings with it the weight of the institution. This week on the show Howard Teibel and Pete Wright discuss the perils of difficult decisions in an industry in great flux, and offer suggestions on how you can diagnose whether your team is tackling the right issues for your organization at the right time.

29: Getting Ready for EACUBO 2013!

EACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting is coming up October 6-9 in Baltimore, MD, and as usual, Teibel Education will be well represented. Howard Teibel will be delivering his latest thoughts on the finance role in strategy in his presentation, "Structuring the Finance Division for Success: Building a Strategic Organization to Support the Institution." In addition, he'll be facilitating an expert panel with Jeff Selingo and a panel of administrators and trustees discussing the changing landscape of higher education in the United States. This week on the show, listen to Howard Teibel and Pete Wright share thoughts on these presentations and more as they get ready for EACUBO 2013!


21: Strategic Planning and Leading from the Seat You're In — Howard Teibel at NCAA-NACUBO 2013

At this year's NACUBO Annual Workshop, Howard Teibel will join NCAA business officers for a rich discussion on the nature of leadership, communication, and broadening the contribution to the strategic planning process.

In the latest episode of the Navigating Change podcast, Teibel shares his objectives for the session, encouraging business offers to get ready to think bigger than their functional roles.

The surprise for business officers, according to Teibel, is that these individuals are often uniquely equipped to contribute to the strategic planning process because of their access to data across the organization.

Since the economic crisis, more and more people in those areas are discovering — and being asked by their vice presidents and presidents themselves — 'we need you to play a central role not just in getting us the data, but helping to figure out how to lead us through this.'"

The transition that is occurring in organizations moving toward strategic planning process maturity is that business officers and team members are learning that the data they cultivate, and their unique ability to interpret it, is a key strategic asset to the organization. Building a framework for turning that asset into a productive contribution to the organization — and to moving new initiatives forward — can be daunting.

In his time with NCAA business officers, Howard Teibel will help not only build that framework for approaching strategic planning, but give tools to business officers to help increase productive communication and demonstrate a new kind of leadership.

The NACUBO Annual Meeting is July 13-16, 2013. This special NCAA workshop will take place July 14-15. For more information, please visit nacuboannualmeeting.org, and check back here soon for more information on all of Teibel, Inc.'s events and presentations in Indianapolis. See you there!

12: How do you increase productivity without carrying a big stick?

It’s easy to say you want to cultivate an environment of collaboration and communication on a team. It’s another thing all together to actually achieve it. When you are faced with team behavior that’s in the dumps, how do you pull the right people together, inspire that spirit of innovation, and get people working together again without getting mired in politics and frustration? This week on the show, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright take on this issue and offer key strategies for bringing your teams together.

5: The New Leader in Town: Create Impact and Deliver Results as a New Leader to your Team


When you inherit a new team, you inherit all the baggage that comes with it. So how do you drive toward synergy and overcome communication and process roadblocks? This week on the show, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright take on the new team leader and give you strategies for building an cohesive environment you can count on.

4: Aligning Goals to Strategic Plans: Turning Direction into Work


Smart organizations run according to their strategic plan. But even the smartest managers can be challenged to take those plans and turn them into action. This is, in fact, the artistry that comes from being a good manager: being able to put into action that high-level strategic goals of the executive team. This week on the show, Howard Teibel and Pete Wright put perspective to turing strategy into action and give guidance on how you can better understand your primary charge as a leader.