When two higher ed. leaders have difficulty communicating and working together, it almost always stems from the same pattern…
A natural human reaction to a less-than-perfect workplace is to focus on the self. Our attention goes to what we are not getting. Can you relate?
One of the things I love about higher education is the shared belief in logic and reason. Leaders intend to look at facts, as objectively as possible, to make logical and reasonable choices.
There are six human needs that we all share, but at different levels. Once you understand which needs drive someone’s behavior, you can start speaking their language and advocating for ideas using arguments that will move them to take action.
Many achievers work hard because of how they were raised. Their parents taught them the value of hard work. They were praised for working hard and their identity is defined (at least in part) by how hard they work and how much they achieve. Their value system is built on this foundation. Their self-worth depends on it.
Over the years, you have developed valuable expertise and skills. You love giving advice but people don't follow it. Discover why and what to do instead to help others problem-solve without being told what to do.