Larry Levine, who serves University of Colorado as associate vice chancellor and CIO, joins us today to tell a story that will help drive our conversation on building exceptional teams.
Succession planning — the way most of us do it — doesn’t work. Face it: the last thing that today’s leaders want to do is plan their exit while they’re still 100% invested in doing today’s work. And that’s why this topic is so important: it is precisely because it is unpalatable that we hide from it, dodge it, look the other way.
This week, we’re talking plainly about a subject that most leaders typically bury in metaphor. You might be organizing seats on your bus, or trying to put the right tools in your shed. Whatever the creative euphemism, you’re talking about your people.
The Public-Private Partnership is proving to be one of the more compelling solutions to complex financing challenges on campus, and if you’re not up to speed, you should start asking questions. This week on the show, Marcus Grimm joins us from Benchmark Construction to help us do just that, and tell us the story of Millersville University and their pledge to build robust new residential facilities without impacting their debt capacity.
Professor Brad Allenby maps the changes in higher education to grand revolutions of European history, that of the Glorious British Revolution of 1688 or the French Revolution leading to the Reign of Terror. As a faculty member at Arizona State University, Dr. Allenby has seen first hand the pressure building in the classroom and beyond it. Schools are facing challenges to their economic models, just as faculty are facing pedagogical challenges in the classroom. This week on Navigating Change, Dr. Allenby joins us for a conversation on change, how we market education, and what it means for all of us to remain relevant over the next twenty years.
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Many of us, whether we recognize it or not, are doing an ineffective job at communicating strategically. If part of your day-to-day role is to move people and projects forward through influence, this week's conversation is for you. It starts with a deceivingly simple premise: your teams care less about what you want to do, than why you want to do it.
In part one of a three-part conversation we dive into what it means to be a strategic communicator. Do you have a clear understanding of your own engagement to your projects? When asked, can you answer why the work is important to you? Do you understand how your message connects with your constituent audiences as a leader of your institution? This week on the show, learn key insights that will not only allow you to present the work of the campus clearly, but also engage and inspire your teams at the same time.
Dr. Lori Bergen is founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information at University of Colorado. A veteran journalist turned academic, she’s president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and serves on the national advisory board of the Poynter Institute. Prior to CU, she served as dean of the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.
Dr. Bergen joins us this week to share the story of University of Colorado’s new college, one of program change, discontinuation, merger, and the challenges that come of progress at a time of concern in our field. CU’s CMCI is truly a story of innovation and growth in higher education and serves as a terrific role model.
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Boomers. Gen-Xers. Millennials. With three generations in the workforce, institutional leaders are standing in the middle of an ideological stew. Members of each bring with them their own belief systems, their own value of work and change, their own appreciation of mission. Sometimes, these belief systems come into conflict with one another. But when smart leaders authentically invest in understanding the nature of their workforce, when they are able to approach younger staff in a way that challenges and inspires them, their institutions have the potential to change the world.
This week on the show, Howard reviews his recent presentation aligning the Teibel Decision Making Model to generational differences in the workplace. In the process, we discuss a key resource, the generational value table.
Great leaders know the importance of using visuals to move groups to action. This week on the show we’d like to introduce you to an expert in the art and technique of telling a story quickly, powerfully, and artistically.
Karyn Knight Detering is a visual communicator and founder of Ideas Take Shape, a graphic facilitation company dedicated to helping her clients find creative ways to communicate their ideas and concepts. Her expertise is two-fold: she’s an artist, but also an improviser, able to listen for key concepts and ideas in order to craft a story that cements understanding for businesses looking to drive change. She’s done some fantastic work for Howard and we’re thrilled to be able to share her ideas with you today.
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Scott Carlson is an award winning senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he has been contributing to our field since 1999 across a range of issues: college management and finance, the cost and value of higher ed, planning, sustainability and so much more.
Today, Scott joins us to talk about his feature, “Should Everyone Go to College,” published in the Chronicle of Higher Education May 1 which has sparked some valuable discussion challenging deeply held cultural beliefs around the value of the four-year degree, vocational education, and access to educational resources for all.
Scott shares some of the surprising reactions to the piece from educators and administrators that might just pave the way for a change in how we think about education for the next generation.
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Most new engagements begin with an idea. Leadership presents an objective and the team gets to work. Whether it’s a strategy retreat or a new team-building program, the most common march is one of people moving, celebrating activity, without a pause to ask the question: will this approach achieve the results we’re looking to achieve?
This week on the show, Howard Teibel shares a few common missteps in project management that can derail initiatives and offers three steps toward meeting collective buy-in and establishing momentum on your next project undertaking!
Our guest today is passionate about education. That, of course, could be said of any of us working in institutions across the country. Amy Laitinen doesn’t exercise her passion for education in the classroom, however. She fights for quality and transparency in Washington as director for Higher Education at New America.
Today on the show, Amy joins us to share her perspective on policy in higher ed, and the role of policy in fostering innovation and quality. There’s a gap, to be sure, and today we’ll discuss the complex competing factors that impact our ability to close it in our administrative conversations.
About Amy Laitinen
Amy Laitinen serves as director for higher education at New America. She’s served as a policy advisor on higher education at both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House. She was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one top ten innovators of 2013 for her work on federal policy and competency-based education. Today, her efforts are focused on crafting federal policies to increase quality and transparency in higher education.
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How do we transform our institutions and learning models to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students? What does “student success” mean to the academic mission of tomorrow’s institutions? How do we better adapt the college experience to address complexity and transparency? José Bowen currently serves as the 11th president of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and he joins us on the show today to help map the winding road toward student success. Along the way we learn a deceivingly valuable lesson of music: count on modulation and improvisation as a versatile leadership mentality.
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In part two of our conversation with Ithaca College CBO Gerald Hector, we take on the power of storytelling in moving the institutional mission forward. From using metaphor to explain complex financial subjects, to Hector's "Dollars & $ence" meetings, now central to his mission around campus financial leadership, his input provides valuable perspective far beyond his role as a technical finance leader.
Today, we’re talking about the CBO-CIO relationship, and the fundamental changes ahead in how we impact our most important constituency: our students.
This week we have the second of our live podcasts coming to you from the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference in San Francisco. Howard Teibel is joined by the incoming WACUBO presidents in which they share their hopes and insights around the power of a diverse and inclusive association, along with living up to the pressure of the legacy of leaders that has come before.
Thanks to all our guests for taking part in this wide-ranging conversation at the live event at the WACUBO Annual Conference in San Francisco.
This week we have the first in our live podcasts coming to you from the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Conference in San Francisco. Howard Teibel is joined by the current regional association presidents in which they share their valuable insights in innovation, change, service, and the state of education in their regions.
The President's Roundtable Guests
Thanks to all our guests for taking part in this wide-ranging conversation at the live event, and the WACUBO Annual Conference in San Francisco.
Photo courtesy Helen Norris, Chapman University