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August, 2011  // Posts published in August, 2011

Global Priorities

Global Priorities

Mason’s global agenda continues to flourish in many ways with the establishment of the Global Office — a major step forward in coordination and facilitation. I should note that this blog itself was partly written by the Global VP, Anne Schiller. An interesting challenge to global operations involves regional prioritization. Mason is recurrently criticized for […]

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Sidelight on Academic Leadership

Sidelight on Academic Leadership

Training in leadership is much in vogue now. Mason is running the first of several “leadership legacy” programs, assembling people, mostly already in managerial roles in part, for further discussion. I greeted the group last week and was impressed simply by the caliber of those involved, from both academic and staff backgrounds. They’ll learn a […]

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The New Semester Is Upon Us

The New Semester Is Upon Us

A few musings as we gear up for the next round: These last weeks before term actually begins are fairly filled with planning exercises of varying degrees of interest, which clearly mark the end of summer for us administrators. Even before this, of course, we and many others have been involved in the relatively new […]

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Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize

Summer’s over for us administrative types, with planning exercises looming over the next couple of weeks. It seemed timely to remind myself, and maybe others, of issues we are facing. There will be lots of upcoming issues. We’ll have the confusing noises from the state as budgets are figured out and the new Higher Ed […]

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Civility, the Workplace, and Effectiveness

Civility, the Workplace, and Effectiveness

This little comment is occasioned by no specific incident or individual. But I think the topic is interesting as we think about organizational effectiveness at Mason and elsewhere. Most of us know of occasions where behaviors by colleagues exceed reasonable bounds and must be reacted to. “Bullying” is one of the current designations. Happily, I […]

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