Traditional university leadership involves the administration of routine functions that have undergone significant refinement in an environment of stablility & certainty. Leading a transformative change initiative requires starting a new initiative, with uncertain funding and personnel resources, under unclear and changing objectives, in an environment of considerable uncertainty, against a backdrop of indifference or significant cultural hostility. Key exemplars. Coaching at Purdue, UIUC, NUS & elsewhere.
Academic careers go through a variety of stages & phases, and sometimes the nature of academic life delays ordinary human development by prolonging the early stage of development sometimes called expert (see here). Although executive and leadership coaching is most often applied to the C-suite in corporate life, increasingly academics, both faculty and administrators, are turning to coaches for support in transition and career development (see post here).
Coaching is not a form of expert advice giving, and instead it is a form of curious inquiry, challenge, and support for the client that oftentimes results in surprising and effective career moves and increased peace and satisfaction. ThreeJoy maintains relationships with a network of trained coaches experienced with academic clients. Key exemplars. See testimonial page.
“Dave is a thoughtful, knowledgeable and brave coach, with a good sense of humour. Through our time together I have been able to reconnect with the values that have underpinned my career choices, but that sometimes get lost in the fog of ambition for external recognition and the mess of organisational politics. He helped me to clarify my unique strengths and to let go of some long held mythologies that have been standing in the way of career fulfillment and success. He uses well established tools, the occasional dose of philosophy, and common sense that comes from his own rich career experience.”