Informing the Year Ahead
matter how well you plan over the summer, you never quite know how things will go once you add the students and staff. This year was no different. In reflecting on the week, I noticed a few points that I feel are going to inform my year and help me to be a better administrator.
and call it a day. But the faculty kept plugging along and the more I communicated with them, the easier it got. By Friday, most of the challenges had been smoothed out. We still have some big issues to tackle in the coming weeks in order to get everything up to full speed but I was very pleased with the progress and the patience exhibited by all.
2. Lesson two: untether! I spent more time out and about this first week than I did in entire months
last year. No Office Days this year are a goal but I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to just get out. Despite the numerous bits that had to be addressed, I found I was more effective "on the road" so to speak with just my phone, than I was in my office. And bonus: faculty saw me and could get questions answered or have an ear to listen to their challenges with no effort on their part. That definitely helped put them at ease and, I think, helped to diffuse some potential bombs.
So here's to week one in the books. And here is to some lessons that I can move forward with this year. I hope that you had a great first week and would love to hear what your take-aways are that will inform your year ahead.