The best way to defend yourself against the unscrupulous is to understand academe’s version of the "Simple Sabotage Field Manual."
By all means, trumpet the successes of your strategic plan but don’t cover up the warts.
Don’t be afraid to give up on a goal that has proved overly ambitious, and other advice for administrators on strategic planning.
Some strategic plans fail because they are perceived as top-down mandates. Others collapse under the weight of too much input from too many committees. Here’s how to navigate the middle ground.
A new academic year means lots and lots of meetings. Here’s how to make them more productive and less contentious.
One of the biggest logjams in strategic planning occurs when the process begins without any agreement on how decisions will be made.
When you become an administrator, you have to force yourself to think of time — everybody’s, not just your own — with a hint of urgency.
Academics are used to doing lots of talking, but administration requires learning how to listen well.
It’s all too easy for a senior administrator’s incidental remark to be misinterpreted as a new demand.
A good portion of what ails academic meetings stems from factors within our control.