Managing teams under pressure

Right now the pressure is on. I’m sparing you the details of my to-do list. At times that pressure helps to focus, but at other moments it feels overwhelming. My trick for focusing is to turn off all notifications: Email, slack, twitter, Instagram. I let my boss know that I’m offline and give him one … Read moreManaging teams under pressure

What is the mission of universities?

Some time ago, I had a chat with a co-worker. His lecture contract ends this year. The department is happy with his performance. He is happy teaching, even though he has a very high teaching load. His performance is great, he is satisfied with his job. Only one factor, unrelated to productivity, is the cause … Read moreWhat is the mission of universities?

Teams create knowledge like workers build houses

Archimedes Eureka moment, finding out how to measure the volume of irregular objects, is well-known for two reasons: (1) He apparently ran naked through the streets and (2) he connected a personal experience (seeing the water swap over the edges) to the problem of how to assess the purity of the irregular gold crown of … Read moreTeams create knowledge like workers build houses

The Wicked Problem in Higher Education: The Stakeholder Perspective

Post 2 on the series The Wicked Problem in Higher Education. Post 1 sets the outline. Post 2 deals with the stakeholders. Post 3 describes the solution pool. A couple of groups have a key stake in universities. These are the students, companies, faculty (Note to Europeans, the US meaning of ‘faculty’ is used, aka university … Read moreThe Wicked Problem in Higher Education: The Stakeholder Perspective