Season 3. We back. The time has come to share your stories. I'm gathering a new set of dispatches for The Defectors, my now annual series about the interesting and fulfilling ways that I and others are using their higher education experience in new fields. Former faculty, staff, and administrators in higher education are encouraged … Continue reading Call for Submissions: The Defectors, Season 3
I want to talk about Logan Paul for a minute. Actually, I don't. I don't want to talk about Logan Paul, but the events of the past few months surrounding the callous video content he's posted on his YouTube channel, his apparent contrition for offense or trauma that was caused, and subsequent missteps which show … Continue reading What Does Creativity Without Heart Look Like?
A few weeks ago at the Academy Awards, Best Actress in a Motion Picture winner Frances McDormand set Google afire with the phrase "inclusion rider." The idea was not hers; rather, it was the brainchild of USC Annenberg School of Communication professor Stacy L. Smith. First proposed in 2014, it is a contract clause that … Continue reading Inclusion Riders for the Rest of Us
I know the feeling well. Your head buzzes the whole flight home, perhaps punctuated with quick jots in the margins of conference programs or inside padfolios. The last several days have been educational, entertaining, and energizing. But what do we do with that energy once we get home? This year, I want it to really … Continue reading Presenting: 2018 Post Conference “Coffee Chats”!
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of getting to talk to Paul Millerd of Boundless for The Boundless Podcast. Paul is doing some really smart and interesting work on the future of work, how we can prepare people for it, and what traits it will take to embrace and thrive in this new … Continue reading [PODCAST] Boundless Podcast, Episode 8
I spend a lot of time thinking about creativity. How to encourage people to find their own, how to expand the definition of it, how to make the case for its utility in organizations. But what I also spend a lot of time on, is pondering what environments need to help people be creative. A lot … Continue reading 9 Ways Senior Leaders Can Promote Creativity
At some point, creativity got conflated with a few different adjacent concepts. One which I speak about often, is artistry. I promise: you can be creative even if you can't "draw a straight line" or "even make a stick figure." Do you cook to feed yourself? Put together outfits each day? Write emails that people … Continue reading 4 App-Free Tools to Supercharge Your Creativity
Becoming a Student Affairs Creator: Digital Makerspace Workshop #ACPA18 Join the Student Affairs creator revolution. We’re moving from lurking to participation! Less consumption, more contribution! Professional learning and engagement is not sitting back to absorb information. Let’s lead by example by changing how we process knowledge, share innovative ideas, and apply design thinking in higher … Continue reading See Me Talk Creativity and Makerspaces at #ACPA18
It was a pleasure to get to appear on my friend and fellow Defector Dustin Ramsdell's podcast, Higher Ed Geek. If you include his stint as cohost of the Student Affairs Spectacular podcast, it'll mark the third time we've shared the airwaves! In this third edition, we get a little more personal and talk about … Continue reading [PODCAST] Higher Ed Geek, Episode 12
Whether you're hiring someone in a new professional role, seeking to motivate a team of volunteers, or leading a student organization, the fact remains: not everyone is in it for the same reasons. I don't mean it in a catty Bachelor contestant kind of way ("I just don't think Haley is here for the right reason"), but … Continue reading Utilizing The Many Motivations to “Make”