Archive for August 2021
Storytelling as a Leadership Skill
What stories are you telling these days? What stories are your campus leaders telling? When I entered the phrase “storytelling as leadership” into the Google search bar, it told me there were more than 71 million pages to review. In other words, the idea that leaders need to be able to tell a compelling story is…Read More
Time to Breathe
I’ve talked to so many people over the last week who are simply overwhelmed. The school year is just beginning and everyone is already tired. Going back to work on campus or sending your children to school both feel more fraught this year than usual. The decisions to be made are more complex and they…Read More
It’s almost too much to take in right now, isn’t it? The amount of change and disruption we’re facing at home, in our organizations, and in the broader world is overwhelming. And for many of us one way to cope is to focus on the immediate, on what’s right in front of us. We ask…Read More
Trust, Rules, or Guardrails, Oh My!
Many years ago, one of my colleagues who served our campus as the Equal Employment Opportunity officer and who had spent her career in the world of Human Resources, told me, “I used to think there were only two things we didn’t have to tell people about their jobs – you don’t sleep on the…Read More
How Did You Learn to Take Risks?
Last week in Inside Higher Education, Matt Reed, who writes a column called “Confessions of a Community College Dean” wrote a column about risk and reward that raises an important question for which I have no answer.* It’s still one worth grappling with. A former student came to him for help asking to change some…Read More