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CBO Leadership Lessons Beyond Finance with University of Hawai'i CC's Mike Unebasami

Mike Unebasami has been with the University of Hawai'i system in some way or another since 1968. Today, he serves as associate vice president for administrative affairs for University of Hawai'i community colleges, but his long tenure in the system has given him a view of change unlike most in our industry and his insights as a result are that much more transformative.

As many have reported in this series, the challenges of the job are rich in communication and human relations far beyond the rigors of finance. In this conversation however, Unebasami shares specifically who to know to make your job as a CBO easier! Join us this week for a powerful through the history of the role of CBO, the importance of diversity of experience and thought in creating a creative leadership culture, and the importance of being a strong representative for a strong team!

On My Desk Right Now

Supplemental budget request documents, Capital Investment Program allotment requests, financial status reports, Business Officer magazine, and Managing with Aloha by Rosa Say.

What I do when I'm not at Work

Golfing or enjoying the grandchildren.

My Media Mix

I'm very much a visual person and find much relaxation watching television. Favorite shows include: Castle, NCIS, Scorpion, Scandal, Madam Secretary, etc. I also keep up with current events by reading the newspaper and watching national news programs.

If I weren't a CBO, I'd be

An airline pilot.

Favorite Quote

"Disappointments are caused by expectations."


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