Welcome to August in Minnesota. This is my view each morning when I am at my cabin in the summer. My coffee cup reminds me to pause and soak in the beauty that surrounds me before I dive into the projects and challenges that a 60 year old building and a 50 year old boat may pose that day.
Our blog, Higher EDge, is also taking a pause during the month of August. Before the academic year starts in a few weeks and students flood onto your campuses we hope that you can reflect and look for opportunities to apply something you have discovered while reading our blog. We have shared ideas and resources on vexing challenges all leaders face, including:
- Balancing work and home life
- Building effective teams
- Focusing on the common good
- Leading authentically
- Leading and educating a highly diverse population
- Driving high performance
- Leading while managing tightening resources and increasing demands
Reflection provides the time for you to ask questions, challenge your assumptions, and determine what actions you want to take to apply what you have been learning. It is a necessary, but often overlooked, step in active learning.
We also know that all leaders in higher education need a moment to recharge before the day to day demands of the new academic year begin.
Higher EDge will also be back in September, energized and ready to tackle the challenges leaders face.
Pause, reflect and yes – Life is Good!
See you in a month.