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Information Hoarding Is As Bad As Stuff Hoarding

Dean Dad over at Inside Higher Ed offered up a provocative title: “Making Yourself Dispensable.” At first, I thought it would be a guide on what not to do to get tenure. Instead, he offered a compelling argument against keeping information to yourself in order to boost your security in the workplace:

“I’ve seen administrators try to make themselves indispensable by hoarding information or by constructing elaborate networks of side deals in which they fancy themselves key nodes. It never ends well.”

When it comes to your publications, it’s one thing to take center stage and carve your own niche, but Dean Dad is right about the day-to-day workings of a department or any other workplace. Acting like a cast member of Survivor will only get you voted off the island.

Transfer Your Skills: Keep Meetings Short and Sweet

Posted in Transfer Your Skills by Caroline Roberts on May 1, 2010
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Image Source,Photobucket Uploader Firefox ExtensionOne of the things you hated most about grad school and academia will remain one of the things you hate most about the hamster world—the meeting that goes on forever.

Recently, Rob Weir at Inside Higher Ed offered a list of commandments for faculty members who choose the administrative track. His first rule, however, applies to all management types, period:

Commandment One: Thou shalt not waste faculty time. Most administrator-led meetings are at least twice as long as they need to be. There are a few people who love meetings; most professors don’t. The entire faculty does not need to hear about your personal life, your recent travels, how hard you’ve labored, or details of administrative war stories. These will be not humanize you, and formal schmoozing is a contradiction in terms. Cut to the chase. Impose a time limit for the agenda and stick to it.

But how do you control time if you are in charge of a meeting? And what can you suggest to survive future meetings?

Tips on meeting survival after the jump! Photo by Emiichann, Wikimedia Commons, public domain. (more…)