by Dinah Adkins
NBIA has always focused on members' professional development, particularly assisting incubator managers to improve skills in incubator operations and client services. The aim has been to elevate the level of industry performance; provide better services to clients; and, thus, improve the return on investment to communities; raise the prestige of incubators; and increase resources available to them.
Historically, NBIA has emphasized incubation fundamentals — how to develop client mentoring programs or ensure incubator financial sustainability, for example. That emphasis may have resulted in underrepresentation of other professional development issues, such as improving leadership and team-building capabilities, gaining personal fulfillment while engaging in career development and creating an environment that helps others (clients and staff) succeed.
Yet it's clear that some NBIA members have delved deeply into books, exercises and training that address the gamut of their professional development needs, through NBIA resources, training and certificate programs available from other organizations, and a slew of self-development and leadership books.
This article also is available as a PDF Quick Reference document through the NBIA Bookstore.
Keywords: professional development – general, staffing – incubator, networking, leadership development, management team building/compensation
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