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March 01, 2016

Modeling Perceived Value: When Small Private Education’s Relevance is No Longer Inherent

According to a study from higher education researchers at Vanderbilt University, in the ten years leading up to 2013, five nonprofit colleges and universities closed per year on average. However you rationalize these numbers, the social conditions surrounding the industry of higher education are changing. Will small private colleges keep up? Small private higher education… Read more »

December 21, 2015

What it Means to be a Chief Officer at Unity College

Leadership Approach Unity College leaders need access to information and personnel need access to decision-makers.  A flatter administrative structure allows day-to-day realities to better influence strategic decisions.  One-on-one relationships between students, faculty, and staff are central to the Unity College value proposition.  A more horizontal organization helps establish students at the heart of the community… Read more »

December 21, 2015

How to Work… In Abundance

Functional leadership in abundance isn’t always intuitive for everyone–especially for those of us who came of age in a largely dysfunctional industry like higher education.  The faculty, staff, and students of Unity College are eager to share responsibility and work within a first among equals environment, but we don’t always know how to operationalize the… Read more »

October 26, 2015

“Not a Right Fit?” – Should a Strong Organizational Culture Prevail at the Expense of long-term Financial Sustainability?

A very close friend of mine just resigned from what seemed “to me” a dream job. After an hour on the phone, parochialism seemed to be at the core of his reasoning. As he was ok with his decision to move on, I took it at an opportunity to digress and discuss the fact that… Read more »

October 19, 2015

Be Innovative! … BUT DON’T… Upset The Apple Cart! … HUH?

I often spend time fielding questions from colleagues about the contradiction between being asked to innovate, yet not rock the boat. Most of us work in the not-for-profit higher education field, an industry that has its challenges, but this could apply to many mature organizations. Questions for such contradictions included: Do we encourage or discourage… Read more »

August 02, 2015

Leadership: “To Go” rather than not to go… Is The Literal Definition

The word “leadership” comes from the Old English word lithan (one of the rare English words that has an English origin), which literally means, “to go”; and also means “to guide” if you have researched Old Dutch. This use of the word “leadership” is associated with the idea of going somewhere together with others. Another… Read more »

October 15, 2014

What Happens When Social Capital Trumps Hierarchy in an Organization?

I ask this question only because I was recently speaking to an ex-colleague from another institution that works at an “exceptionally relational campus” (his words). After some deliberation, the core of the discussion became about the relationships and social capital for getting things done that the traditional hierarchy could not; therefore, making the Social Capital… Read more »

October 08, 2014

Does Conflict in Change Management influence Innovation?

Ok folks, this is my first attempt at my own post on LinkedIn. So forgive me if I do not get the approach just right 🙂 I have worked in higher education for a while now, specifically in colleges that have been through transition and change. One constant that I have observed is how a… Read more »