We started something new in 2012 in our department. Each month we had a brown bag lunch to watch a TED Talk together. I assigned a month to each staff member, who would pick the video and lead the conversation afterward. Coming together around a TED Talk isn't an original idea, but I have found the collective experience to be very worthwhile.
It is fascinating to see what videos people select and why. Sometimes the videos are directly related to our work; other times they are simply a reflection of someone's passion and interests. The videos spark discussions that sometimes go in unexpected directions. We are working to implement a few ideas - a more formalized orientation for new professional staff and a "wolf wave" (our mascot is the Red Wolf) as a fun way to recognize exceptional customer service - that came from these discussions.
Most importantly, it's a great way to get everyone around the same table in an informal yet meaningful way. In 2013, I plan to extend an open invite to faculty and staff outside of our department to join us.
Here are the TED Talks we watched together in 2012, selected by staff:
Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, Indiana University East
State of the District Report
Tina Kauffman, Past Chair
CASE District III
As I complete my two years as chair of the CASE III Board of Directors, let me tell you how fortunate I have been to lead this board and how grateful I am to you-the membership-for your support. Let me share with you some of the milestones and progress made by your board.
Thanks to each of you and the hundreds of volunteers from all institution types who make CASE III one of the most vibrant districts! I have been humbled and honored to serve as your chair and excited for CASE III to have Anita Walton as chair now. Our district is in great hands with her leadership.
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Make Waves in February 2014
If you hadn't heard, the Annual Conference will be held in Orlando, FL from February 16 to February 19. Make plans to be there! And if you would like to present at the conference, now is the time to put forward your ideas. You have until April 8 to get your proposal in. Go to the Annual Conference page for more information.
A Good Read
You should try your best, work well with others, and produce excellent work. Right? From author, researcher and consultant Jake Breeden, a former CASE III member by the way, comes an interesting book that just might help you become a better manager. He strings together a series of nuggets of advice, that in practice, have a dark side that can lead to career-limiting unintended consequences. Breeden reveals how to overcome the dangerous behaviors that masquerade as virtues at work, and how to lead with fewer self-imposed limitations and greater results. It's a guide for curious, courageous people at work. The book: Tipping Sacred Cows: Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues has great relevancy for those of us who manage a staff and think we are on top of our game.