University Culture

Tensions at Work

Tensions at Work

In almost any industry, there are tensions between groups of people. Creative people often call financial people “bean counters,” and they aren’t being complimentary. Ask nurses what they think about doctors, and you’ll hear stories of arrogance and self-importance. Go to any technology company, and you’ll hear about the sales force — people who will promise(…)

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Relationships and Teaming

Relationships and Teaming

There are many factors involved in achieving success at work and in life, but there are two variables that can make or break any endeavor. They are the ability to build and maintain relationships, and teaming. When people are able to build and maintain positive relationships with one another, they’re more likely to form teams that(…)

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Inspiring Admins

Inspiring Admins

This article on how administrative professionals value the qualities of their leaders really resonated with me. Sometimes people do not understand why we administrative personnel remain happily employed despite the low-ish salaries. If our leaders are good communicators, inspiring, and give clear direction, we can be quite satisfied. We admins have amazing opportunities at JHU(…)

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Innovation and Problem Solving

Innovation and Problem Solving

There’s an old adage that goes, “don’t re-invent the wheel” when it comes to creating new concepts, programs, or projects. Instead, try making something better through innovation! A simple way to define innovation is to think of it as problem solving. Contrary to what many people may think, innovation is different from invention, in that when you(…)

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An Equitable Environment

An Equitable Environment

Equity is about more than just equality. It’s about ensuring that everyone has the right and the opportunity to be successful. It’s about building an environment where administrators, faculty, students, and staff are able to participate fully and thrive. Equity must exist on three levels: within the organization, within teams, and among individuals. Organization –(…)

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The Influence of Others

The Influence of Others

At the office, we’re often expected to work with groups of people. This is generally a good thing! We can benefit from other people’s skills, strengths, and experience. And working with other people can often help us to get the work done more quickly. But keep in mind that our behavior is affected by the(…)

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