College and university leaders should only look to hire outside talent after conducting a thorough internal search, Christopher Gearin, president of Hickey College in Missouri, and Rodney Gee, interim director of human resources for Harris-Stowe State University, assert in this commentary. Leaders also should develop programs to foster the advancement of in-house talent, they recommend.
The monthly volume of people quitting their jobs suggests that too many employees go unrecognized for their hard work, says S. Chris Edmonds in this blog post and video. Remember that employees need regular praise and encouragement to continue doing their best.
As Auburn University President Jay Gogue prepares to retire next month, he's being praised for his work increasing shared governance, boosting the graduation rate and making tough choices to save money. Gogue, who has served since 2007, says it's "the little stuff" that matters, such as listening to concerns of students, staff and faculty before implementing plans.
In many cases, employees feel more stress than their managers do, research suggests. Leaders can help employees deal with stress in several ways, such as by providing clarity, being fair and showing appreciation for good work, writes Karen Firestone, CEO of Aureus Asset Management.
Wichita State University saw enrollment in online classes double in 2013 after developing a successful digital-marketing plan for the courses. Online Executive Director Mark Porcaro says three key components made the plan work, including understanding workforce trends and aligning degrees to industry demand.
Michael Daniel, president of the Cyber Threat Alliance, writes that cybersecurity is a challenge for organizations for three reasons: it's more than just a technical problem; laws, policies and best practices are underdeveloped; and the rules of cyberspace aren't aligned with the rules of the physical world. Developing solutions to address these problems can lead to progress, Daniel writes in this commentary.
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