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Empowering Bottom-Up Communications in a Top-Down Environment

by Joseph Master

A 2016 report conducted by Cornerstone OnDemand and Ellucian found that "69 percent of higher education institutions surveyed admitted to struggling to retain top staff." Master argues that "where there is friction, there is opportunity," and offers advice on creating collaborative work environments in which creativity is valued.

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How to Be Both a Professor and a Dean

by David D. Perlmutter

David D. Perlmutter, dean of the College of Media and Communications at Texas Tech University, shares his advice on balancing academic involvement and administrative duties as a dean. Perlmutter believes that bridging this gap can be beneficial to campus relations: "The cultural and caste divides on campuses concerning leadership, change, and governance are stark... As much engagement with 'the other' as you can muster is always beneficial, for ourselves and for higher education itself."

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Are You A Trusted Leader?

by John Kador

Teams led by trusted leaders are often more resilient, accountable, and faster at decision-making. However, trust is easier experienced than measured. Kador offers an assessment that will help you determine if you are experienced as a trusted leader in your organization.

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Building the Bonds of a High-Performing Team

by Mike Figliuolo

Figliuolo outlines three deliberate steps you can take to build a high-performing team: bringing in the right talent, strengthening bonds, and building trust. He argues that, by assessing personality types and fostering collaboration, your team can quickly build chemistry and improve work output.

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The 8 Principles of Rebel Leadership

by Carmen Nobel

In her new book Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life, Francesca Gino discusses the importance of encouraging respectful dissent and innovative thinking in the workplace. Carmen Nobel explores this argument with Gino, and examines the eight principles of leadership that can unleash creative solutions.

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