First to Boil? Strategies to Manage Conflict

Some days I have to remind myself to be a big pot instead of a small pot. In fact, in a perfect world I’d be the pot you make gumbo in, but truthfully I’m still working on myself. You see, when I am face to face with conflict I remind myself that it is the…

Passion to Purpose: January 2019

When I started this blog in 2015 I intended to use it as an outlet to share some of my views on issues related to professional and personal development. As with any hobby, it has transformed with time and now as a student of blogging I find that I am constantly looking for opportunities to…

The Voice: A 5 Minute Challenge

Do you ever have those moments where the voice inside your head is so clear and opinionated that you’d think it is a separate person? One of the things I treasure most is my intuition and I believe that this voice is representative of that. Sometimes the voice encourages me to remain steadfast and sometimes…

The First 90 Days: Strategies that Work

A little over 90 days ago I transitioned from the Division of Student Affairs into my new role as Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Even though I remained at the same institution, I have learned a lot about myself through this process, including a new appreciation for coffee. Although there are many resources that…

Honoring First-Generation College Students

Last year the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), in partnership with NASPA’s Center for First-generation Student Success and the American Association of Colleges & Universities, celebrated the inaugural First-generation College Celebration, which invites institutions to celebrate the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff. The date, November 8th, was selected to honor the anniversary of…

Beware of Workplace Sirens

In Greek mythology, sirens are known to be dangerous creatures who lure sailors with enchanting songs to shipwreck on rocky coasts. Similar to Greek mythology, sirens exists in our daily lives, especially the workplace. We live in a world where personal brands can be developed and manipulated by both hard work and improper use of…

Strategies to Fill Your Courage Tank

Have courage they say. Courage to stand alone, courage to speak up, courage to take chances, yet they never say how to have courage. Like fear, you know courage when you see it, but more often than not, you’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg. You don’t see the rituals each person has put…

Real Strategies for Managing Up

Every time I attend a professional development conference or training there is a session dedicated to the power of managing up. The presenters will often define this concept and share the benefits of utilizing this skill to become better employees. In some instances they will share industry examples, but these never account for variation related…

Resumes, CVs, Oh My!

Do you have a resume and curriculum vitae (CV)? I’ve always believed that practitioners should have both. While working on my doctorate I remember completing an assignment that required that I create a CV that was at least 10 pages long. As a fairly new professor, this was incredibly intimidating, but I ended up being…

A Message to Vacation Hour Hoarders

Every year around this time I receive a email providing me details about how many excess vacation hours I have that will automatically roll over to sick leave. I immediately start panicking about where I’m going to fit this time in and, ultimately, the hours roll over into sick leave. In the midst of this…