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University of Virginia Crisis Reflects Wider Leadership Conflicts

University of Virginia Crisis Reflects Wider Leadership Conflicts | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it
Conflict over governing the University of Virginia has become a proxy war in a much larger struggle over control of the nation’s public universities.


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“...these are very stressful times to be running a university,”
~ M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

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Around the country, waning state support, rising tuition and the competitive threat of online education have raised fears about the future of public universities.

Trustees and politicians in several states have increasingly flexed their muscles to influence university operations, leading to turf battles with presidents and chancellors who are largely used to having their way.


“In any sector that’s in the middle of stress and change, the relationships between C.E.O.’s and their boards gets more complicated, and these are very stressful times to be running a university,” said M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, who has held several high-level posts in business, government and academia, including president of Michigan State University and chairman of Dow Jones & Company.


He said board members who are executives in their own right are tempted, especially in challenging times, to shift from overseeing to hands-on managing.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This seems to be another sign of the deepening malaise in higher education~ the higher education bubble. Stress at the top may reflect stress all around in higher ed.


In my own circles, there is persistent unhappiness among many I know connected to the university system.  ~ D

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Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader

Mindfulness Helps You Become a Better Leader | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"To keep your equilibrium, practice meditation (or something like it) every day."


...mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it.   ...to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


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Medical studies have found evidence of meditation's benefits, including ...emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders ...under constant pressure.

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The practice of mindful leadership gives you tools to measure and manage your life as you're living it. It teaches you to pay attention to the present moment, recognizing your feelings and emotions and keeping them under control, especially when faced with highly stressful situations.


…you must be able to quiet your mind. That is tremendously difficult and takes a lifetime of practice.


In 2012, I had the privilege of presenting my ideas on authentic leadership to his Holiness the Dalai Lama. When I asked him what it took to become an authentic leader, he replied, "You must have practices that you engage in every day."


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The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening.

   

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…My most important introspective practice is meditation, something I try to do for twenty minutes twice a day.


In recent years, medical studies have found evidence of meditation's many benefits, including ...reducing stress, improving attention and sensory processing; and physically altering parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, emotional regulation, and perspective-taking — critical cognitive skills for leaders attempting to maintain their equilibrium under constant pressure.


it may not be for everyone. The important thing is to have a set time each day to pull back from the intense pressures of leadership to reflect on what is happening. ...I know leaders who take time for daily journaling, prayer, and reflecting while walking, hiking or jogging.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

From my perspective,  mindfulness and "space for a quiet mind" elements exist in useful change models.  


The human element in change features managing transition by using practices like mindfulness as well as authentic leadership.  


It's what current in being a agile learner in today's complex and ever changing environment.  ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 13, 2013 2:39 PM
"IF* one wants to meditate in the context of wanting to be Free - that answer will come in the smaller context of the beginners' and observer's mind. Thanks for your perspective, Mo. I'll be sharing this stream with my meditation teacher in my neck of the woods.
Mo Riddiford's comment, January 13, 2013 4:09 PM
If I understood your comment correctly, then No the answer will absolutely not come within the context of the beginner's and the observer's mind. There is simply the direct recognition, in which the more limited cutting-up of existence that we call the observer's mind, is utterly irrelevant. Oh and by the way I am in your neck of the woods! The internet neck of the woods. (We can Skype if you want....)
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, January 18, 2013 5:42 PM
I'm talking with my BCoach friend, Pat Milland, who knows you and highly recommends me talking with you. How about sometime in February when it is convenient for you. Pat and I have some amazing Synchronicity together. Perhaps there is something cool happening here too, including the amazing depth of understanding you have about mindfulness.
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The End of "Results Only" at Best Buy, Theory X Returns?

The End of "Results Only" at Best Buy, Theory X Returns? | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

"Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly axes flexible work. the original "Results-Only Work Environment" and why it is worse news than Yahoo's remote-worker roundup."  

That is, if this Theory X style change ends up being  judged as short-sighted leadership decision.


Excerpts via Professor Monique Valcour's post :


Best Buy's flexible work program is ...the groundbreaking Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), one of the most innovative and celebrated examples of a company redesigning work to focus on results and boost performance through motivation-enhancing trust and autonomy.

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"In a turnaround transformation, you need to feel disposable as opposed to indispensable."


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The ROWE method has since been implemented in more than 40 companies.


The culture of work-life support in a company is the most powerful predictor of employee work-life balance as well as a key element in job performance, organizational commitment, and intention to remain with the company.

But top management exerts the strongest influence on culture...



CEO Joly made a very revealing comment following an investors' meeting in November.


  • "In a turnaround transformation, you need to feel disposable as opposed to indispensable." 

  • He is far from the only "Theory X" leader who believes that stressing employees makes them perform better. 

  • This underlying belief persists despite enormous research evidence to the contrary ...

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  • This provocative piece on ending flex work arrangements provides YIN to the YANG of change leadership watch.  We can watch to see what happens next at Best Buy on how effective this is in turning things around or, perhaps putting an end to things.  ~  D
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, March 9, 2013 11:19 PM
Indeed, Robin. Science is not on their side, CEOs Joly & Mayer.