Lessons From A Month Of Guest Bloggers

The blog has been pretty silent lately, especially in comparison to all of the amazing posts that were published in January. That’s because you all tired me out! Well, sort of. After posting 31 posts in January, 28 of which came from guest bloggers, I’ve had some time to rest, reflect, and think about my Resolve […]

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Get More Work Done

Many have heard the idiom “perfection is the enemy of good.” I like to modify that a little bit and say, “perfection is the enemy of done.” Think of the things on your to-do list that are not complete. How long will it realistically take to complete those items? As I glance down at my […]

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Maximize Vendor Relationships

No (wo)man is an island, and I don’t know a single higher education professional that doesn’t work with vendors in some capacity. But working with a vendor is so much more than participating in a business transaction. Read on for five ways to maximize vendor relationships. Spoiler alert: I now work for a vendor. Know What You Want […]

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Unwritten Rules of Student Affairs

“Though leadership is universally accepted as a cure for all organizational ills, it is also widely misunderstood. Many views of leadership fail to recognize its relational and contextual nature and its distinction from power and position. Shallow ideas about leadership mislead managers. A multiframe view provides a more comprehensive map of a complex and varied […]

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Share Your Work

In the world of work, there’s work—what you were hired to do and what you tell curious relatives and people at cocktail parties, and then there is work—what you do every day. To you, this might seem boring. To me, well, let’s just say that my job didn’t exist five years ago and it’s changing […]

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Professional Development Without Conferences

If you’ve been following this series of blog posts, you read some important words from Ma’ayan Plaut earlier this month who spoke about investing in your professional development. But what if your investment account (read: “travel budget”) is a little lighter than others? Does that mean you shouldn’t put as much effort into your professional […]

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Question the Unquestionable

Are you sure you know the story of David and Goliath? I don’t mean if you know moral of the story, or that David was small, and Goliath big. I mean—are you sure you truly understand the story given the information at hand? In his book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of […]

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Choose Online Professional Development

Most of us will participate in professional development during the coming year. For many, this professional development will take place online. Online training has many benefits, including o lengthy travel and a flexible schedule. But will you get the maximum benefit from your online professional development? Here’s how. Get past the myths & setting expectations […]

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Know Your University

Building and maintaining relationships in higher education is essential to a successful career. This is not easy to do considering the people in key positions often change. A university is a dynamic organization, new students and faculty arrive each year, and priorities and big ideas are constantly evolving. Regardless of your area of focus, as […]

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Skills For Successful Student Affairs Staffing

Not long ago I was interviewed by a graduate student in Higher Education. One of the questions he asked was “what do you do best?” Now, that could have been a very loaded question, but the answer came easily. Years ago I might have opined about strategic planning, but in the last few years I […]

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