Institutions, Don't Waste Your Time
Friday, January 15, 2010 at 10:06AM
Andrea Jarrell in colleges, higher ed, independent schools, institutional culture, productivity

Tomorrow I will attend a friend's funeral. She was 40 years old and leaves behind three little girls under five. It's heartbreaking to all who knew her. At the same time I am working with a college readying itself for a major event in its institutional life. Dozens of members of this community have been drawn together to craft a great occasion. Yet during the last several months I've seen time and talent wasted in campus intrigues.

We tell ourselves campus politics go with the territory but they don't have to. When I think about the energy my friend's community generated to sustain her life, to encourage and nurture her children and to comfort and inspire one another over the last year and a half, I am in awe of the power of our collective energy.

Schools, colleges and universities are brilliant energy sources. Let's not waste our time on the insignificant.

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