Happy New Year! For most of our colleagues in higher education, January means the start of spring semester. Students are back on campus and classes are in full swing.
With the start of a new year, Dee Anne, Todd and I have been thinking about how to better support our leaders through this blog. We are keenly aware that each of us throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities will be faced with both the challenges and opportunities that change presents. The next few years will put our leadership abilities to the test as we begin to implement the recommendations in Charting the Future. The recommendations will require us to forge deeper collaborations among our colleges and universities to maximize our collective strengths, resources, and the talents of our faculty and staff in order to serve students better and fulfill our core commitments:
- Ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans
- Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs
- Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value/most affordable option
That said, we will be focusing most of our blog posts on leading change throughout this year.
We invite you to not only follow our blog, but to join in the conversation. Let’s create a true dialogue about the challenges you encounter and the successes you achieve along the way as you lead change efforts. This is a truly exciting opportunity to share wisdom and experience with other leaders.
Feel free to share: What change are you currently experiencing? What are you doing to lead others through that change? What is working well? What is not? What advice would you like from others?
At RCTC, as elsewhere, we are changing on several fronts at once. I was reminded today to bear in mind that broad-based change affecting many individuals takes time … and there are quite often important “foundation building” elements that should occur to ‘prepare’ people to embrace new possibilities. It is indeed an iterative process, seldom characterized by synchronized movement. JRG; 1/17/14
Thanks for your comment, Jim! Yes, I agree that large-scale change IS an iterative process which takes time. I wish you success in your change efforts at RCTC and look forward to hearing more about them.