Several months ago, my university invited Dr. Tim Elmore to come to campus and speak to a group of campus leaders. It was an encouragement session - not so much of an academic session - and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised and appreciative of his time and presentation.
One of his more potent anecdotes included this story. I have cut and pasted an article here. His applied it to a call for colleges and universities to remember that they need to be about the mission and not the method - and that the two are not mutually exclusive. I'm still wrestling with its tangible applicability - but I do feel that there is some truth to take away here. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Below is an excerpt:
A drill company hired a new president to lead them. They were excited about the future and wanted the president to see how much market share they owned in their industry. On his first day, department managers gave speeches on their company’s control over the bit market. Selling 60 percent of all drill bits purchased in America, they couldn’t help but be proud of their status and optimistic about their prospects.