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.”
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)
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.
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.
Take Care of Community! Nothing makes life and work more wonderful than generous and supportive colleagues. These individuals can work miracles for your morale, sense of self-worth, and even your future career opportunities. Our university community is made stronger through your efforts to recognize and include others.
- for your community
- for your future
- spotlight back to school
- career development
- michelle bautista
- leader as storyteller
- terrie moore
- kathleen valerio
- career story
- tom holub
- owning your career
- doing your job
- professional development
- take 5
- elizabeth wilcox