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The enchanting yes; the essential no

July 31, 2014

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Just over a year ago, I was riding a conference high. You know the kind; that afterglow that comes following a terrific professional development opportunity. In this instance, I had just returned from the 2013 CASE Summit with a head full of ideas and a spirit lifted by thought-provoking sessions and inspiring keynote speeches. One particularly […]

What is the ‘media’ of social media?

March 5, 2014

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Sometimes we become so immersed in a thing that we can’t distance ourselves from it enough to think critically about it. Like air. It’s all around us, and unless something happens to disrupt its usual quality, we rarely give it much thought. And then sometimes we can’t think critically about a thing because we bring […]

Book review: ‘Scaling Up Excellence’ (plus #highered takeaways)

February 1, 2014

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Full disclosure: I am a huge Bob Sutton fan. I’ve been a fan since I was first introduced to his work by way of his book The No Asshole Rule, which was recommended by a speaker at some long-ago conference. In that book, Sutton pointed out some of the jerk-like tendencies I’d noticed in others (and, […]

Friday Five: Best posts of 2013

December 27, 2013

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It’s the final Friday of 2013, which means it’s time to do a backwards glance at the contents of this blog over the past 12 months. And time for a bit of introspection. At a time when the experts are saying (again) that blogging is dead (again) — or at least dead for anyone except […]

Boring old brand-building

July 31, 2013

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Brand building is boring work. What works best is absolute consistency over an extended period of time. Al Ries and Laura Ries, The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding The Rieses are right. Building a brand can be tedious work. And who likes tedious? Certainly not creative people like us, right? We want variety. We want […]

The course of human events: Thoughts on John Adams

July 3, 2013

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Heading into the Independence Day holiday here in the U.S., I’ve been reading David McCullough’s biography John Adams. (I know; very late to the party, as usual. It’s been languishing on my bookshelf for a couple of years, right next to 1776, which I’ve now read twice. Why it’s taken me so long to read John […]

‘College (Un)bound’ and the frog in the kettle

June 19, 2013

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You don’t have to read too far into Jeff Selingo‘s new book, College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, to learn that Selingo takes a jaundiced view on the way many colleges and universities try to brand themselves. And who can blame him? As an editor of a major […]

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