Is it my imagination, or is March actually the busiest month of the year? What other month offers budget requests, mid-term exams, spring break, theater and ballet subscription renewals, preparation of income taxes, and even “March Madness” in addition to all other routine tasks and strategic priorities that we work at?
It is tempting, with all these to-dos on an ever-growing list, to just go with the flow and take care of tasks as they pass by. Unfortunately, that approach, while practical, expeditious, and less stressful, also reduces the return on investment of our leadership role, administrative decisions, and work productivity.
Instead of working on the surface level of moment-by-moment news, daily listerv postings, weekly meeting agendas, monthly report-outs, or annual data gathering, we must put our strategic priorities first. Those other duties provide us with useful content, yield foundational decisions, and assure that our units are responsible organizational citizens, all good outcomes to achieve. But they don’t always help us to collaborate, integrate, and innovate, each of which is essential to the future viability of our organizations.