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Row, row, row your boat…to leadership

In the last few weeks, I’ve heard some long-time friends speak enthusiastically about the lessons they learned from rowing when they were in college.  I’ve learned a lot, and I look forward to learning a great deal more. These friends … Continue reading

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36 decisions a day

At a recent meeting of women leaders in higher education, a colleague president observed that she is asked to make about 36 decisions every day.  (You could see everyone else in the room trying to calculate their own tally.)  But, … Continue reading

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Leadership lessons from…roller derby?

In November 2013, I visited the State University of New York at Oneonta, and I had the opportunity to talk with a number of faculty and students.  Most of them were from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, the … Continue reading

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Sometimes, the jump rope breaks.

People in leadership positions sometimes feel like they are ringmasters in a circus.  Many things are happening at the same time.  Some of the animals are dangerous or, at best, unpredictable.  The star performers need to have their egos stroked.  … Continue reading

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A leadership lesson from Gettysburg

Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.  Because I grew up in a historic part of Virginia and I lived 30 miles from Gettysburg for a number of years, I have always known the presence of … Continue reading

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Recommended summer reading for 2013

As you plan your summer reading list, I hope you are including some of the great books about leadership that have been published recently.  Here are two that I have just finished.  I recommend them both, and I see some … Continue reading

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Mentors, role models, and the Queen Bee Syndrome

I spent some of last week at the American Council on Education (ACE) annual meeting in D.C., which was preceded by meetings of ACE’s Women’s Network Executive Council (which I currently chair) and of the state coordinators for the Women’s … Continue reading

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