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December 6, 2018

Rev. Ann Rosendale, an alumna of the program and Campus Pastor at Augustana University Sioux Falls, just sent the staff a note about some of her current work.   She is engaged in a project on the topic of vocation across the human life span.  The book they are basing t...

September 9, 2018

During each Fellows cohort Dr. Bernard Bull (his web site http://etale.org/main/ and book titled "Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation”) leads our discussions on innovation. He covers the design of an innovative organization and how...

July 20, 2018

Meetings are an incredibly important way to convey information, develop plans, and monitor important processes.  Meetings can also be one of the most painful things we do.  Over the last few weeks I found several articles that are really helpful in leading an effective...

April 9, 2018

The strategic challenge facing our institutions is based on understanding our vision and purpose. 

Dr. Travis Bradberry says it this way: "Whereas vision is a clear idea of where you’re going, a sense of purpose refers to an understanding of why you’re going there. Peop...

February 13, 2018

You may have heard a quote like "culture trumps strategy" or "culture eats strategy for lunch".   Institutional culture is critical to understanding the context within which we lead as well how we lead.  The January -February 2018 issue of the Harvard Business Review (...

August 8, 2017

One of our LECNA presidents forwarded an article to me published by "Academic Impressions"  ( http://www.academicimpressions.com/home) on the skills needed to lead in the complex environment facing higher education today.  The authors begin with an overview of Heifetz'...

April 9, 2017

A wonderful friend of mine, whose Dad was also a president of Concordia University Texas, 

sent out this quote on adaptability:

“I had a philosophy teacher in 11th grade who said something that always stuck with me.  He said, 'There are all these definitions and types of...

February 3, 2017

Fascinating quote on power I found this week.

"Power doesn't always corrupt.  Power can cleanse.  What I believe is always true about power is that it always reveals."

Robert Caro, as quoted in the Guardian, 9 Jun 12.

January 31, 2017

I read a great article on strategic planning today in Inside Higher Ed.  Here is the url:  https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2017/01/31/how-colleges-should-rethink-their-strategic-planning-processes-essay.  The title says it all--"Hope and Denial Are Not Strate...

September 20, 2016

Sorry that it has been a while since I posted a note.  I ran across the following article in The Chronicle for Higher Education--here is the url:  http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Colleges-Prepare-or/237368.  The author looks at presidential searches and the d...

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