Changing the World: Steve Jobs

I hardly gave Steve Jobs a thought while he was alive, but like many people I’m fascinated by trying to understand his significance now that he’s gone.  I encourage you to read any of the following pieces if you want to know more about Jobs. [...Read full article » ]

The Value of Coaching

The current issue of The New Yorker has another interesting article by Atul Gawande, a surgeon and a faculty member with the Harvard Medical School. One theme of his writing has been the use of different strategies for improving professional performance. The Checklist [...Read full article » ]

Dave Owens Receives Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award

The Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award is a new award that will be conferred for the first time on this upcoming University Day, October 12. Our own Dave Owens will be the first recipient. [...Read full article » ]

You Are Never Found Wanting

Whenever I spend time with public officials, it is inevitable that someone will say how valuable they find your work.  It happens a lot.  For example, it happened last Friday in Concord at the NC Association of County Commissioners Conference.  A county commissioner from Guilford [...Read full article » ]

Tina Fey’s Advice on Communication and Innovation

Tina Fey’s new book, Bossypants, is smart and funny, which is not surprising. In the unlikely event she wants to pursue a different career, she has great potential as a management consultant. [...Read full article » ]

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (Dona Lewandowski)(#15)

Last week we had another round of Faculty Lunches with the Dean, and like all of the others it was interesting and enjoyable.  The group included Mark Botts, Greg Allison, Dona Lewandowski, and Trey Allen.  Greg emailed later to say that it “was one of the most enjoyable and informative low-key chill times I have

Partnerships and Collaboration

I want to mention a trend that I am seeing with some of the School’s most important partners. Let me start with a little background.  Three of our leading institutional partners are the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), the NC League of Municipalities (NCLM), and the NC Association of County Commissioners (NCACC). Courts.  North

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (Leisha DeHart-Davis)(#14)

This is the final post from my most recent faculty lunch.  The others have focused on the work of Shea Denning, Jessie Smith, and Jill Moore.  This one summarizes an important initiative that Leisha DeHart-Davis is doing in partnership with Margaret Henderson and Kim Nelson.  In fact, they just received the School’s new Diversity Impact

A Good Week

I’m not sure that one of our publications has ever been cited in a United States Supreme Court opinion. That changed last week. On another topic. Ed is right to compare Kara with those and other great faculty members. She is terrific. I’m also confident that he would have felt the same way if he had seen a presentation by our other colleagues.

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (Shea Denning)(#12)

This is another installment in the ever-popular series of posts about Faculty Lunches with the Dean.  I’ve already blogged about the information that Jill Moore and Jessie Smith shared about their work at the last lunch on February 14.  This post describes something interesting that Shea Denning shared with the group—a seminar on the US

The Envelope Please

There has been a lot written about the mix-up with the Best Picture envelope at the end of the Oscars ceremony.  I actually didn’t think that La La Land deserved to win anyway, but that’s not the point.  I thought Hidden Figures was the best picture, but that’s not the point either.  I liked a

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 11)

Jessie talked about her work for the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice appointed by Chief Justice Mark Martin. She has done lots of work for the Commission over a nearly two-year period, and she focused her lunch discussion on the Juvenile Reinvestment report. This has been a major effort. The report is an evidence-based proposal to increase North Carolina’s juvenile age. We are one of only two states that send 16- and 17-year olds to adult criminal court rather than to juvenile court.

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 10)

Last week I had the latest round of Faculty Lunches with the Dean.  The group included Shea Denning, Jessie Smith, Leisha DeHart-Davis, and Jill Moore.  I continue to think that this idea from our strategic foresight process is incredibly worthwhile, and I hope that these blog posts help provide useful information about the work of

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 9)

I recently blogged about what Bob Joyce and Carl Stenberg shared during the most recent session of Faculty Lunches with the Dean.  This post summarizes the information that was shared at that lunch by Ann Anderson. Ann Anderson.  Like Carl Stenberg, Ann talked about work she plans to do during her Faculty Development Assignment.  Ann

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 8)

I think it is great that we are taking a thoughtful look at the impact of strategic planning on local governments in North Carolina. It also is an opportunity to contribute to knowledge in the field about strategic planning.