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Innovation versus Selfishness

One of the blogs I follow is that of Seth Godin, a marketing ‘guru’. He’s a lot better as saying more in fewer words than I am. (Classic difference between a marketer and a teacher!) Today, his post is Jumping the line vs. opening the door, about the difference between inconveniencing others by jumping to the front of the line and jumping to create a new stream for traffic flow.

One is selfish and one is an act of service. In academia, we have no shortage of policy bottlenecks, and one’s effectiveness is often measured by how well they understand what rules to bend and how. Students in particular appreciate faculty who can cut through the red tape to accomplish logically simple tasks that procedures drag out. As committee members, we can re-evaluate where we really need policy and where we need competence in ourselves and staff.

What a ministry opportunity!


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