Get Good at Committee Work: Committees are an integral part of the way the University gets things done and are deeply imbedded in the fabric of our very special University culture. Committee work is different from team work and there can be powerful unwritten rules related to the ways committees operate. Be sure to understand your committee’s reporting line, charge, scope, and what it should produce (and hopefully make “actionable”) as you expand your involvement in committees across campus.
Boost Your Powers of Persuasion: When was the last time you tested your ability to influence others? Effective leaders often have the exceptional ability to influence, persuade, develop alliances and “vision” for others. As you develop your leadership skills be sure to regularly try out your ability to advance your interests and initiatives and get others not only to see your point of view but support your requests and plans for the future.
Locus of Authority: The Evolution of Faculty Roles in the Governance of Higher Education by William G. Bowen and Eugene M. Tobin
“Do higher education institutions have what it takes to reform effectively from within? Locus of Authority argues that every issue facing today’s colleges and universities, from stagnant degree completion rates to worrisome cost increases, is exacerbated by a century-old system of governance that desperately requires change.”
“Avoid negative bonding…” and Eight Tips for Handling a Toxic Coworker
Is your disorganized workspace encouraging “originality and a search for novelty…” or is it just a mess?
What A Messy Desk Says About You
Start by being a “principled problem solver” by “negotiating on the merits as an alternative to positional bargaining”.
According to Fisher and Ury, “taking a position” and “arguing for it and making concessions to reach a compromise” (p. 3) is inefficient “as more attention is paid to positions, less is devoted to meeting the underlying concerns of the parties.” (p. 5)
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The Need to Take a More Entrepreneurial Approach to Career Development
Career success is more dependent on “entrepreneurial” thinking and action than ever before. What do I mean by “entrepreneurial” thinking and action? This is the ability to take more risk, actively and aggressively seek out new opportunities and connections, think creatively about career pathways, dedication to developing “crossover” career skills that transcend sector, and the ability (to gracefully) promote oneself and one’s abilities.
Why You Hate Work, The Jobs Americans Do, Divisions of Labor, Learning to Love our Robot Co-workers, The Future of Not Working
Start by identifying your stressors. Are they professional? Personal? Temporary? Permanent? How much control do you have over them? It will be easier to develop an action plan if you can identify the source of the problem. You may want to use “design thinking” to help generate solutions… Here are a few simple stress busters that may also help.
Understand “Outcomes” As They Relate to Your Position- Its important to understand that the purpose of the goal oriented performance evaluation is rooted in the idea that what you “produce” is as important as what you actually “do”. In other words the tasks that are the foundation of your job and the way you do them is no longer the single indicator of good performance. What is more important is the impact you have on people, resources and on the effectiveness of your unit. Start by thinking about not only about what you do, know and value but also about what you contribute to the organization.
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