Building Your Culture from the Bottom Up — The Operations Review

How do you engage your community to make change? For many, the idea of embarking on a change project is akin to an attack on tradition, an affront to the way things are done properly. 

You know what? These people might be right.

But we’ll never know unless we develop the skill that comes with engaging our community to see change as progress and ultimately explore ideas together. 

This week on the show, Howard Teibel leads us through a conversation about building this new muscle. You’ll have a better understanding of what it means to engage your community, what it means to work through problems collaboratively, and how to send the message throughout the enterprise that you truly care about what they believe are the most important issues you face together. 

This week’s show presents a practical approach to the institutional operations review that allows leaders to empower teams to make practical change from the bottom up, and inside out.

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Grant Lichtman on ‘Moving the Rock’ and Schools' Struggle with Identity

This week, we bring you part two of our conversation with Grant Lichtman, author of Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education. In today’s show, Howard and Grant explore a few important questions for our K-12 and higher education leaders: 

  • What kinds of skills are needed by students beyond knowledge acquisition?
  • What does it mean to develop the skills of a life-long learner in this age of accelerating change? 
  • How do we prepare students to have a resiliency in their capacity to remain open to learning and what happens to the institutions that don't make this shift? 

In the context of higher education, the struggle for change is happening on two fronts; how do institutions position themselves to attract students and families that celebrates their uniqueness in the market, and how do educators transition the classroom experience to one of deep learning, preparing graduates for complexity beyond the classroom? Together, Grant and Howard offer insights from their work that provides parallels between the effort to adapt that impacts K-12 and higher ed alike.

About Grant Lichtman

Grant Lichtman is an internationally-recognized thought leader on the transformation of K-12 education. His work with leadership and teams focuses on developing a comfort and capacity for innovation in a rapidly changing world. For almost 15 years, Grant was a trustee and senior administrator at one of the largest independent schools in the United States. Since 2012, Grant has visited more than 125 schools and districts, published three books, written numerous articles, and worked with thousands of school and community stakeholders to develop unique and powerful visions and strategies for transforming education away from the Industrial Age and towards future-focused models of deeper learning.

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Facing Our Future from the Inside Out: WACUBO Leadership Symposium

As emerging leaders, we are challenged by the question of where to focus our time and energy that makes a difference. What does it mean to be an orchestrator of change and lead others through these historical times in education? Orchestrating change demands a mindset and cultivation of mood that opens possibilities for us and those around us. Now more than ever, we need to build bridges between our administrative functions, the academy and countless constituents we serve. On Thursday, January 18th, Howard Teibel will be delivering the opening keynote address at WACUBO’s Leadership Symposium, exploring the type of personal skills and sensibilities that build a resilient and adaptable culture and keep us focused on the larger mission of our institutions.

Today on the show, we’re thrilled to welcome Lisa Frace, Associate Vice President, Budget and Planning and Chief Budgeting Officer for Arizona State University. Lisa serves on the WACUBO board as chair for the Annual Leadership Program. She’s joining us to share WACUBO’s efforts to further guide our field through research into how it is evolving, and how we can better prepare tomorrow’s finance leaders today. 

About Lisa Frace

Lisa Frace is the Associate Vice President, Budget and Planning and Chief Budgeting Officer for Arizona State University. In that capacity, Lisa oversees the analytical, forecasting and planning efforts for the university’s operating budgets, policy studies related to budget planning and the development of forecasting tools. But she’s here today because she’s very active in the Western Association of College and University Business Officers, where she serves on the Board. She is the Chair for the Annual Leadership Program, co-chairs the Professional Development Workshop Committee, and serves as an instructor for the budgeting professional development workshop.

Pete Wright
Reimagining Budget & Planning — EACUBO 2017 Annual Meeting

Once again this year, EACUBO and its members outdid themselves in building and hosting the 2017 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. As a part of the event, Howard Teibel was asked to facilitate a panel of three esteemed panelists for a conversation on reimagining budget and planning. But that title hardly captures where the discussion ultimately went.

The challenges facing finance leaders are many, but above and beyond the day-to-day shuffle of administration, how do leaders across the institution stay present in the vision and the mission of the institution? How do you find inspiration in a vision of future success, and how do you muster the courage to get there? This panel — and engaged audience — focuses on positive change for moving institutions forward. 

Panelists J.J. Davis, SVP for Administration and Finance for George Mason University; Mike Gower, EVP Finance, Administration, and Treasurer for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Robert Goldberg, Chief Operating Officer for Barnard College share their insights and deeply personal experiences in leading their institutions in operations and planning. 

Special thanks to EACUBO and its members for planning and holding the 2017 Annual Meeting, including this session, and for making this recording available to our audience to share.

Pete Wright
Grant Lichtman on ‘Moving the Rock’ and Schools' Struggle with Identity
Grant Lichtman

Grant Lichtman

Our guest today returns to share the story of his research toward his latest book and his work understanding the nature of change in education today. In Grant Lichtman’s latest book, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education, he outlines the three fundamental questions facing education today: Why should we change, what is the change going to look like, and how do we get there? 

In the context of higher education, the struggle for change is happening on two fronts; how do institutions position themselves to attract students and families which celebrates uniqueness in the market, and how do educators transition the classroom experience to one of deep learning, preparing graduates for complexity beyond the classroom? Together, Grant and Howard offer insights from their work that provides parallels between the effort to adapt that impacts K-12 and higher ed alike.

About Grant Lichtman

Grant Lichtman is an internationally-recognized thought leader on the transformation of K-12 education. His work with leadership and teams focuses on developing a comfort and capacity for innovation in a rapidly changing world. For almost 15 years, Grant was a trustee and senior administrator at one of the largest independent schools in the United States. Since 2012, Grant has visited more than 125 schools and districts, published three books, written numerous articles, and worked with thousands of school and community stakeholders to develop unique and powerful visions and strategies for transforming education away from the Industrial Age and towards future-focused models of deeper learning.

Pete Wright
Finding Your Calling — Part 2

In our last episode, we shared the first half of our conversation on finding your calling, recorded on a shady porch at The Chautauqua Institution in New York. This week, we’re picking up where we left off with a few quick but important observations. What is the role of unconditional commitment to a cause in determining your calling? How well are we living that commitment as a responsibility to change the world of our students for the better? What skills are we teaching and demonstrating that equip our students to expertly navigate uncertainty?

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