Posts Tagged 'educause'

Connections

It’s late, and I have to be up early. But before I head off to sleep, I wanted to share a few thoughts from my day.

I spent the day at EDUCAUSE’s annual conference. Technically, the conference starts tomorrow, but today was filled with pre-conference workshops and other events. EDUCAUSE is a great place for someone like me. And a terrible one.

A couple of years ago I took the StrengthFinders assessment, and one of my strengths is characterized by finding connections in ideas, people, and things. My brain — and occasionally my Twitter feed — was exploding today, exploring the intersections of (sometimes) seemingly dichotomous things.

It started with a conversation last night about two areas I’m actively involved in on my campus: risk management and innovation. A concern over one often precludes the other, and yet, the types of risks our institutions face may only be able to be solved through innovation.

Today, the intersections between and/or convergence of ideas filled my thoughts. I considered how tweets from a workshop on unconscious bias influenced my thinking in the one I was attending on the (completely unrelated) topic of building futures capacity. The construct of work-life balance and the blurring of our private and professional lives. And the interesting distinctions we draw between the physical and the virtual, and how we define place, space, and community in an increasingly connected world.

For tomorrow, I’ve been asked to reflect on more intersections and connections, between leadership, power, marginality, and resistance. But for now….I should sleep.

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More Time for My Job

So…a mea culpa. I know it’s been about a billion years — or at least a few months — since I’ve last posted. And I know because one of my colleagues and friends tells me at least once a week that I need to post again. (Thanks, David, for being such a faithful reader!) I haven’t posted because I don’t have anything to say, but more because I don’t have enough time to think through what I *do* want to say, and post it.

It seems I haven’t had enough time for a lot of things, lately. Being here at the EDUCAUSE national conference has reminded me of that. I’ve run into colleagues who have asked if I’m tweeting at this conference as voraciously as I have at others. I’m not, and haven’t tweeted at all in months (sigh). Others have noted my relative lack of silence on one listserv or another. I’ve had discussions about the speaking proposals I’ve submitted to conferences lately. Um, none? And learned what others are reading to develop their leadership skills and stay on top of the latest in technology and professional trends. Do I get any credit for the year’s worth of unread magazines on my desk and stack of leadership books on my nightstand that I’ve been meaning to get to? Probably not.

I come to EDUCAUSE because it’s the most relevant conference in my profession and an enjoyable part of my job. It’s fun to be here to talk to vendors, listen to presenters, and learn from colleagues at institutions across the country — and around the world– in ad-hoc conversations that crop up in the hallways, over drinks or dinner, and at conference events. But making time for these activities a couple of times per year at a conference is simply not enough. Being here has helped me remember that this is not a *part* of my job that I need to make more time for — it *is* my job.

Reading…tweeting…working on speaking proposals…attending conferences…talking to and collaborating with colleagues…looking at and thinking about future IT trends. Not just allocating *more* time to these activities but actually *focusing* on them…is…my…job. And yet doing this sometimes makes me feel more than a little bit guilty. But that’s a topic for another post.


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