As senior administrators, we have to say ‘no’ a lot. But sometimes we are the ones who must learn how to take ‘no’ for an answer.
The economic fallout of Covid-19 means administrators will be killing more ideas than they approve. But you can lessen the odds that your no will be taken as a personal or political affront.
The Covid-19 crisis is forcing academic administrators to pivot from their usual reliance on face-to-face engagement with donors.
As an academic leader, your style of asking for things must fit what works — politically, culturally — at your institution.
You won’t be the one deciding to close down the campus, but you do have a key role to play as leader of your department, program, or college.