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Message from the Executive Director MASBO Organizational Culture - "How we do things around here!" Roy Seidler, MASBO Executive Director E very organization or professional association has its own unique personality, just like people do. The unique personality of an organization is referred to as its culture. In groups of people who work together, organizational culture cannot be physically seen, but is a powerful force nonetheless that influences the behaviour of the members of that group. Organizational culture is a system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which governs how people behave in organizations. These shared values have a strong influence on the people in the organization. One of the best definitions of organizational culture that I've heard is that it's "the way we do things around here." If there is one often-repeated mantra I have heard from MASBO members, it is, "We are the people working behind the scenes to get things done. Show us what we have to work with and we will get at it!" While MASBO members serve on numerous provincial committees and regularly offer our advice and opinions on everything from funding formulae to the preparation of bus purchase tenders, they do not see themselves as lobbyists, which is the role of the Manitoba School Boards Association. So, what are the attributes that define the MASBO culture? Two of the main attributes of a positive organizational culture are an emphasis on people and teamwork (collaboration). Over the past eight years serving as the Executive Director for MASBO, I have observed that MASBO members demonstrate these two qualities at a very high level. Emphasis on People "Just walk beside me and be my friend." Last year, MASBO sponsored a peer-assisted leadership development program for four of our members. At the end of the program, one of those participants, Kathy Siatecki, shared this comment: "I am so glad that I participated in this program. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional growth this year. I made a beautiful friend and for as long as I am in MASBO, there will always be a special connection between her and me, which in turn makes our MASBO organization so special and much stronger for it." Kathy's comments are representative of the majority of our members who regard each other not only as professional colleagues but as trusted friends. Team Work/Collaboration When we work with trusted colleagues, we also tend to be more collaborative in our approaches to problem solving. Evidence of this emphasis on collaboration was affirmed with our AGM and Conference survey of members. Survey respondents were asked to rate 11 different components of our conference program. The two top components identified were, "Social Networking with Colleagues," and "Round Table Discussion Groups." There is a strong message here about the culture of our organization and our support for each other. One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Camus: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." I can think of no better way to define our MASBO culture: "Just walk beside me and be my friend." ■ 7 * MASBO NEWS 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2016

MASBO 2015–2016 Executive
2015–2016 Committees
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
Pre-Conference Workshop
MASBO’s 3 “Cs”: Collaboration – Culture – Climate
Establishing Cultures of Trust
MASBO Welcomes New Executive Members
Tom’s Next Chapter
Farewell, Roy!
“We Are Canadians” The Evolution of the Canadian School Business Officials’ Leadership Group
MASBO “PAL” Program – Supporting a Positive Organizational Culture
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba New Rate Model
School Divisions Form Co-operative to Share CIMS Software and Hardware
Fundamentals of Investigation
Facilities Management
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers

MASBO News - 2016