Sunday, August 3, 2014
Scott Scarborough, the new president of the University of Akron, is requiring senior administrators to follow his set of principles. Among other things, he includes a list of “Mistakes/Problems":
• Failing to work hard.
• Failing to serve others with an attitude of humility.
• Failing to pick up trash.
• Having a personal agenda incongruent with the organization’s agenda.
• A breach of confidentiality.
• A breach of honesty or trust.
• Losing one’s cool.
• Having a persistently negative attitude.
• Taking issues personally.
• Being territorial.
• Putting the needs of a unit ahead of the needs of the institution.
• Failing to support or help a team member.
• Failing to acknowledge one’s own weaknesses and the compensating strengths of
diverse team members.
• Failing to maintain an orderly and clean work environment.
• Acceptance of mediocrity within one’s area of responsibility.
• Wasting money or other resources.
• Being late to meetings.
• Missing agreed-upon deadlines.
• Failing to hire people who are smarter than you.
• The inability to keep things simple.
• Overspending one’s budget.
• An unwillingness to try new things.
• The inability to answer a question directly and succinctly.
• Not doing what you say you will do.
• Using external stakeholders or students to leverage positions of self-interest.
• Lacking courage to tell people what they need to hear—not what they want to
• Using personal relationship(s) with board member(s) to pursue a personal agenda.
• Failing to put students first.
You cn read the rest of President Scarborough’s principles here.