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top10 mistakes deans make


Top10 Mistakes Deans Make…

And live to talk about

An Innovative Educator Webinar

Dr. Geri J. Anderson


Ideas: Making Changes

  • Semester/Quarter De-Briefs
  • Conduct “Stay” Interviews:
    • What is the favorite part of your job?
    • What excites you about coming to work?
    • What is one thing we could change to make your job just a little better?
  • The 100 Great Ideas Conference
  • College Scavenger Hunt
  • Brownbag Share Session

Alice in Wonderland!


Red Queen

White Queen

The Cheshire Cat

TweedleDee & TweedleDum

Mad Hatter

The White Rabbit



Learn More Dean Online Survey…

  • What Do You Need To Know?
  • What Do Others Expect You to Know?
  • Data Set:
    • Enrollment by Section
    • Retention
    • Grade Distribution
    • Student Evaluations

A – Always do the right thing even if its not the easiest thing

B – Be one person’s role model

C – Conserve & recycle: Earth is worth saving

D – Don’t lie—it can kill you

E – Eat healthy – you only get one body and if it wears out before you do it’s a bummer

F – Focusing on the small stuff may mean you loss track of the real goal

G – Give – not always big but with a big heart

H – Hold hands and look both ways before crossing the street—all the things you learned in kindergarten are good for a lifetime

I – Imagine a great dream in the middle of the night and then put an implementation plan in place to achieve it in the morning

J – Jealously, hate and anger are a huge waste of time & energy; please make Joy your “J” word

K – Knowledge is power---keep learning

L – 1 word..LAUGH!

M – Mean people suck so don’t be mean

O – Open your mind to new and diverse ideas

N – Never harm a student

P – ‘nough said…think about it.

Q – Quiet time is an important part of life; even migrating birds stop to rest

R – Rhapsody in the key of you! Don’t forget your creative and wild side

S – Stop smell the roses, daisies or flower of your choice unless you have allergies then run like crazy to avoid coughing, itchy eyes and nasal drip!


U – Under every rain cloud there is a silver lining –but its ok to cry when you are under the cloud

V – vote, always! No matter what they say…it matters

W – Work Hard first and then play hard

X – X-man; X-ray Accept Uniqueness

Y – You are a VIP – Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

And finally, the Z’s

Get plenty of ZZZ because it’s hard to conquer the world if you are tired!


Professional Development Plan

  • Evaluate Your Needs
  • My Dean Leadership Profile
  • Successful Completer
  • The Learning Process
  • The Teaching Process
  • Diverse Perspectives
  • Institutional Goals
  • Institutional Culture
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Institutional Improvement
  • Professional Development
  • Integration of Staff Evaluation, Prof. Dev., & Institutional Improvement Organization, Resources, and College Procedures
  • Community Partnerships
  • Innovative Educator Webinars
  • ACE Leadership Series
  • Journal

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.

It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed.

Every morning a lion wakes up.


It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle.

When the sun comes up, you better start running.

-African Proverb


Transformation Exercise

  • Which of the ten mistakes have you made?
  • Which of the ten do you make most frequently? Why?
  • What two or three things can you begin doing now in order to avoid making some of the mistakes your listed in number 2 above?
  • Choose to focus on the positive. Finish 3 of the sentences below:
    • To be a better dean I need to:
    • Practice LBSA over MBWA by….
    • Hire slow and fire fast by….
    • Invest in my personal leadership development by….
    • Focus on results over tasks by….
    • Be a leader/manager by….
    • Create and lead with ideas by….
    • Be a great cheerleader by….
    • Manage the data by….
    • Be original by….
    • Do things differently (or refuse to be ordinary) by….