Searching for Success: A Reflection on #SAFailsForward

What fascinates me most about failure is the apparent duality of the term. In order to know failure, one must be able to define success. In order to avoid mistakes, one must know the ‘right’, ‘best’ or ‘correct’ way of doing things. To know failure, we must know success, and know it often. To know success, […]

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Closing the Skills Gap – An SA Feature Article Review

I excitedly accepted a request from Matt Bloomingdale to review articles from The Student Affairs Feature, a fantastic new addition to my regular professional reading library.  In “A Smarter Way to Address the ‘Skills Gap’”, my friend and former colleague Joe Henry discusses an emerging and broadening debate in Canadian higher education – are our graduates adequately […]

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“Just” A Conference Attendee – Reflections from #NODAC2013

I’m sitting in the San Antonio airport, alternating between trying to figure out how to pack this sunshine and warm weather to take back to Toronto while also desperately scanning the running (read: Olympic level racing) thoughts and reflections from the 2013 NODA Annual Conference. This was a less than typical conference experience for me, and […]

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Turning The Clock Faster

I was an invited guest on a careers panel two weeks ago as part of our Graduate Student Council’s annual conference. While the audience was different (graduate students instead of the undergraduate students I more often work with) the questions were the same. “All of the jobs I apply for require more years of experience […]

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One Is Not Enough

Coming back to earth (literally and figuratively) from a whirlwind couple of weeks that included launching our first Student Leadership Summit and another fantastic conference experience at NASPA Orlando, I’ve been reflecting on the number of times I’ve said two small words that are simply better together. Thank You Rather than muse about gratitude and the […]

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#BUConfab Reflection 2.0 – Dangerous Idea(l)s

I blinked and a year passed. While last year I got to high five and hug some great friends out in Boston, this year I had to content myself with keeping an eye on the #BUConfab stream from the office. A Confab: Dangerous Ideas in Higher Education launched last year under the passion and foresight […]

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Snowflakes, Paths & Pedestals

Allow me to be Captain Obvious for a minute … It’s snowing. A lot. Whether gazing out the window or ankle deep in shovelling, I continue to marvel at the collective impact of each little snowflake. Squinting into the blizzard, I see tiny, individual drops of snow. Minuscule flakes that seem unthreatening and almost serene on their own. These […]

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Is loudness leadership?

Is my extrovert showing? Or is your introvert hiding? In response to a comment on a recent episode of Student Affairs Live (thank you to Ed Cabellon and Tony Doody for sparking some great conversation), I tweeted the following: After seeing this tweet get re-tweeted 12 times, I thought I might be onto something. (Take some […]

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Learners, Learners Everywhere, But No One Left To Teach?

I’ve spent a lot of time in my professional life working with peer programs. From mentorship to communities of practice to unconferences, the notion of peer learning has fast become an attractive and dynamic way to share knowledge and ideas in our professional community. Assessment data and anecdotal evidence shows strong support from my colleagues […]

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Structuring the Unstructured – My First #satechBOS Reflection

I had the pleasure last week of attending the #satech Boston unconference in Boston, MA. Shifting from a more traditional conference format, #satechBOS challenged participants to not just learn, but to teach and to not only discuss but to create. The participant-driven focus of the conference demanded many of us being comfortable with what can make […]

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