Last week was a full week.
Today, as I try desperately to catch up, I feel like I am a bit underwater. Rest assured, though, I know there are many of you out there who are feeling exactly the same way I am.
I know that some of you are balancing new projects with old commitments; others are in new positions; too many of you are cleaning up messes that shouldn’t be; some are struggling with something personal that is getting in the way of the excellence expected; and, I’ll bet some are waiting for clearer direction on something.
You know who you are, and, I do, too.
But, rather than feeling sorry for you or me; let’s lean on each other and help each other cross things off of lists, get caught up, clearly bake ideas, and, generally, get stuff done (or, if you prefer, insert my PG-13 expression for this action to make it a little more colorful and expressive).
Let’s inspire each other to get things done, rather than dwell on what we have in front of us.
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A thought I can’t get out of my mind
My reading took a backseat last week, but as I was reviewing some notes from my progress on Sinek’s book, “Leaders eat last,” I came across a phrase that had I underlined. That line is “We are achievement machines.” I was prompted me to go back to the book for some context. Why did I underline it and what was the context?
The context for this wonderful phrase is our need, as evolved humans, to collaborate and learn from another to get things done. The author makes a good case that no single individual can accomplish much on his or her own. He argues greatness and achievement comes about through collaboration, cooperation and sharing.
I love the phrase, “we are achievement machines” and am going to think of the teams I am a part of as achievement machines from this point forward. In fact, I might even consider updating my LinkedIn profile to include something like “member of several amazing achievement machines!”
What are the things you and I can do to make sure we are achievement machines?
Two things I think are worth reading (if you haven’t already done so)
Five things to think about as you hit the road this fall—This excellent piece by RHB is written for admissions professionals, focuses on the recruitment process and offers some suggestions for refreshing the approach this year. But, man, there is a ton of good stuff in this piece for all of us. In fact, the implications for advancement officers for prospect cultivation are quite intriguing, in my view. In particular, getting to no early, choosing the right place to meet and utilizing LinkedIn are worth considering.
What do you think about the recommendations? How might you adjust your approach, based on this thought piece?
The new minority on campus—I’ve been holding onto this article from Hechinger Report for some time because I’ve been a bit reluctant to share this too broadly. Let’s be honest, it’s hard to think of men as a minority or a population that needs more attention. But, a review of our own persistence data suggests that not only do men begin as “a minority” on campuses like ours, they also persist at rates lower than women. It’s hard to say that there is a man problem in higher education, but the evidence is there (and here). The implications are significant.
How can we begin a discussion? How can we make a difference? How do we reconcile that men are not doing well in the college-going and college game?
Somethings for you (and me) to think about
I attended a terrific meeting that included a session about social media on Wednesday of last week while at NACAC. While I know that many of us are trying to figure this whole social thing out, below are some take-aways that are worth pondering.
- Social media “is always on, and always there.” Nothing else we do is.
- Teens use Facebook as a information network, like Google, rather than a social network.
- Social media has two roles: 1. Provide information, which means we better have our stuff together and ensure accuracy and search-ability for things we want people to know about us; and, 2. Demonstrate the experiential, which refers to a user’s ability to verify/authenticate the experience.
- Social works best and is more effective when it provides third-party “social proof” of a claim that is searchable.
- Facebook will serve up 3 trillion ads in the coming year… yes, that’s a T!
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