Last July I wrote a post titled “No staff need to find ways to say yes“. In the post I argued that
“finding a way to have success and help departments accomplish their goals (finding a way to say yes) you gain lots of respect and have a positive impact on your campus”
Today I want to take a different spin on this idea and argue that Higher Education needs to learn how to say no. Especially at a small liberal arts college too often we say yes to everything. What does this accomplish but water down any strategic goals and projects that we have. Higher education needs to learn how to create a strategy and how to create and execute tactical plans aimed at accomplishing that strategy.
If there are 4 important areas on the web that need attention this year than that is where our focus should be. We should not spend time on “pet projects” but rather on supporting the strategic goals for the year. It does n0t mean that we don’t find ways to collaborate and create good partnerships on campus but we just do that with those top level goals in mind.