Archives for May 2014

The Tyranny of the “OR” vs the Genius of the “AND”

 “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald Several people have asked how our strategic planning that goes through an iterative process will work when decisions must be made almost daily. How […]

Who are UVA’s leaders, anyway?

Everyone should be able to name the President and the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UVA. Their roles are very important in charting the direction of the institution. But where are the leaders that move the organization along the correct path? First, let’s look at what leadership is not. Leadership is not a […]

Culture eats Strategy for Lunch!

I have been very impressed with how the strategic planning groups are tackling difficult issues and having discussions where people can express contrary views. Why is this important? It is important because it reinforces a culture where respect prevails. When people feel safe to express their views, real communication can occur and real problems can […]