Managing people in Higher Ed

Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission. ~ Colin Powell I encountered a piece recently entitled 103 pieces of advice I wish I’d known, it was really quite wonderful and the advice is great. Embedded in this list was some excellent advice forContinue reading “Managing people in Higher Ed”

Be wary of campus power words

People may hear your words, but they’ll feel your attitude. ~ John C Maxwell Every campus has a unique culture and as someone who has worked on seven college campuses it’s something you learn to figure out in a hurry. Of course like anything these days, even culture can be weaponized. So you learn quicklyContinue reading “Be wary of campus power words”

Beware of Normalcy Theater

Tonight I want to talk about something I’m calling normalcy theater, it’s me co-opting the term security theater so let’s start by defining what that term means. Security theater, as explained by Bruce Schneier on CNN, is both a feeling and a reality. The propensity for security theater comes from the interplay between the publicContinue reading “Beware of Normalcy Theater”

What the hell does a Dean do?

So I started working in higher education in 1986 when I taught my first college class. I’ve been working in the California Community College system since 2002 and took my first dean’s position in 2005. I’ve been working as a dean ever since. When people ask me what I do for a living and IContinue reading “What the hell does a Dean do?”

The Hardest Semester of Your Career Fall 2021

Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. ~ Sumner Redstone Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester, one I’m sure will almost certainly be the most challenging semester of your career. I know, you’re shaking your head for one of two reasons. Either youContinue reading “The Hardest Semester of Your Career Fall 2021”

Are administrators to blame for campus COVID outbreaks?

Are administrators to blame for campus COVID outbreaks? Originally posted September 1, 2020 Here we are on September 1st and there are already over 8,000 positive COVID cases on college campuses.  Some colleges haven’t even started yet and most are within the first couple of weeks of classes. One of the things that I haveContinue reading “Are administrators to blame for campus COVID outbreaks?”