What Did You Read This Summer?

September 7, 2018

I love to read! For as long as I can remember, I have had a summer reading assignment. In the beginning of my educational journey, there were required summer reading books that would prepare me for the upcoming school year. Somewhere around high school we had some required books to read and a list of books from which we could choose. I read them all!

When my kids started school and had their own summer reading assignments, I read their summer reading with them — we read everything from Call of the Wild and the Harry Potter series to The Bridge to Teribithia and the Twilight series. I also read The Good Earth (again) and Cold Mountain — both of which my daughter and I struggled to get through. We are a family of readers!

This summer, my daughter, who teaches at one of our PAISBOA schools, was the only one with required reading — The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. So, I read The Energy Bus too!

In The Energy Bus, we meet George, a “corporate zombie” who encounters Joy, a unique bus driver and the “cast of characters,” who over the course of two weeks impart ten rules for the ride of his life. This two-week trip changes George’s life while saving his job and his family in the process.

It was a quick read for Meaghan and me, and made us think about the life we want to lead and the choices we make — Do we want to be an “energy vampire” or live a life of positive energy filled with optimism, trust, enthusiasm, love, purpose, joy, passion, spirit to live and work, and perform at a higher level; to build and lead successful teams; to overcome adversity; to share contagious energy; to bring out the best in others and yourself; and to overcome all the negative people and situations that threaten to sabotage your health, family, team and success?”

Here are Jon Gordon’s “10 Rules for the Ride of Your Life”

1. You’re the Driver of Your Bus. If you don’t take responsibility for your life, and control of your bus, you are at the whim of everyone else’s travel plans.
2. Desire, Vision, and Focus Move Your Bus in the Right Direction. Stop thinking about what you don’t want and focus your energy on your vision and what you do want.
3. Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy. We can’t control the events in our lives, but we can control how we perceive them; our perception and response determines our outcome.
4. Invite People on Your Bus and Share Your Vision for the Road Ahead. If you don’t clearly communicate your vision of the road ahead, no one will want to travel with you.
5. Don’t Waste Your Energy on Those Who Don’t Get on Your Bus. You can’t drive anyone else’s bus; you can only drive your own bus.
6. No Energy Vampires Allowed on the Bus. We need a positive, supportive team, and if you are not going to be productive and contribute to the vision then you’re off the bus.
7. Enthusiasm Attracts More Passengers and Energizes Them During the Ride. Chief Energy Officers tap the power of their heart by getting excited about being alive, filling up with positive energy, and by being optimistic about life and work. They don’t let fear stop them.
8. Love Your Passengers. Share love generously with care and concern about their future and welfare.

a. Make time for your passengers
b. Listen to them
c. Recognize them
d. Serve them
e. Bring out the best in them

9. Drive with Purpose. Purpose is the ultimate fuel. Purpose keeps it fresh.
10. Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride. Live and work like you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

As we begin this new school year, I hope you are thinking about your bus and your passengers – I know I am. In addition to Ron Hill, our Operations Manager, we have added two new passengers to the PAISBOA Bus this summer.

Sara Evans is our new Project Manager. Sara has worked in independent, boarding and day schools in New England for many years before moving to the area, and worked with me at PAIS as the accreditation assistant where she supported the accreditation efforts of schools all over PA and DE. Sara has been working with Ron and me on various projects this summer including a database that will help us track all our consortia transactions and will ultimately enable member schools and vendors to get information in real time. You can reach Sara at [email protected].

Rachel Tilney will be joining us in October as the Consortia Manager. Rachel has been in independent schools and non-profits for her entire career — mostly in advancement and enrollment management. She has worked in both day and boarding schools in New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions. Rachel was a colleague from Episcopal Academy, and she served with Lisa Carbone Warren at Moorestown Friends. She served with Carolyn Hapeman on a couple of PAIS accreditation committees, and attended the PAISBOA HBT meeting in August to meet with Mark Gibbons and some of the other business officers in attendance. Rachel has years of successful relationship-building experience which will serve us well as she takes the helm of the PAISBOA Consortia. You can reach Rachel at [email protected].

Now that we have all our passengers on the PAISBOA bus, we will be heading out on our listening tour. Our first stop will be with Rose Neubert at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in New Jersey. We are inviting local Business Officers and their teams to join us for lunch and conversation in October/November. In addition, we’ll be making other stops on our listening tour as we schedule stops in a town near you. If you would like to host a lunch at your school, please contact Sara Evans at [email protected] to confirm a date.

I hope your opening week was smooth and all your summer projects came together before the students arrived — Cheers to a terrific 2018-2019 academic year!

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