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 (No. 36) (Willow Jacobson)

Willow Jacobson attended the last round of Faculty Lunches with the Dean and she talked about her work with the LGFCU Fellows Program.  Each class includes local government department heads, supervisors, heads of special projects, fairly new managers of small jurisdictions, and assistant managers of larger jurisdictions.  It is an intensive two-week program designed to

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 35) (Frayda Bluestein)

Frayda Bluestein participated in the last session of Faculty Lunches with the Dean, and she shared several things that she has been working on.

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 34) (Adam Lovelady)

We had yet another round of Faculty Lunches with the Dean about a week ago, and it included Adam Lovelady, Frayda Bluestein, and Willow Jacobson.  As with past lunches, it demonstrated the remarkable diversity of programs and activities at the School.  Adam focused on using technology in the classroom, and the experiences he shared are

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 33) (Kara Millonzi)

Kara Millonzi participated in the last round of Faculty Lunches with the Dean, and she talked about the evolution of an important project called NC Finance Connect.  Kara received a grant from the School’s Innovation Fund to support development of the site, and she has received first-rate support from folks in our IT Division. NC

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 32) (Jamie Markham)

This is the next installment of posts from the last round of Faculty Lunches with the Dean.  The idea for these lunches with faculty grew out of the strategic foresight process. One of the recommendations was to “[e]ncourage more communication and collaboration among faculty in order to help them be successful.”  According to the implementation

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 31) (Kim Nelson)

Public corruption takes a toll on the citizens in affected communities. It also undermines overall confidence in government institutions, and that makes it harder for all public officials to govern effectively. Citizens and government leaders need to understand the impact of the form of local government on public corruption as they consider the most appropriate choice for their communities. It is exciting that Kim and Whitney are breaking new ground in this important area of research.

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 30) (Dave Owens)

The most recent Faculty Lunches with the Dean was a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been slow in posting this first summary.  These lunches are one of several helpful innovations that emerged from our strategic foresight process a couple of years ago.  The lunch group included Dave Owens, Kim Nelson, Jamie Markham, and Kara

You Won an Award!

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners concluded their annual conference on Saturday night with the President’s Banquet at the Durham Convention Center.  It is an important occasion for NCACC.  The outgoing president, Fred McClure (Davidson County), presided and the dinner was attended by many current commissioners and a number of retired commissioners who had

A Partnership Between Faculty and Professional Staff

I’ve written a lot about the faculty lunches because I wanted everyone to learn about the range of great work that is happening at the School.  The only downside is that those posts have occupied nearly all of my blogging.  There are lots of other things worth highlighting, and one of those is the excellent

Faculty Lunches with the Dean (No. 29) (Aimee Wall)

I am incredibly proud of the commitment by Aimee and others to the School’s traditional values around non-partisanship and non-advocacy on policy issues. Legislators continue to rely on us because our faculty are knowledgeable and practical—and because they know that we will help them in advancing their policy interests rather than our own. They trust us. I hope that our conversations earlier this year on political neutrality will reinforce those values and make it possible for us to continue making important contributions at the General Assembly.