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Thriving Scorecard: Understanding Strategy Maps

Many strategic plans are thick documents with many sections of text-filled pages. In too many cases these documents are by very few people. The result can be a lack of strategic clarity across campus stakeholder groups including faculty, staff, board, etc. A strategy map provides a one-page visual that can provide a simple strategic roadmap that helps everyone to understand: (more…)

Developing Vision: The Story

by Rick Mann, Ph.D.

“The vision statement is fuel for the journey! It is what drives us. It is the inspiration that brings the mission to life on our campuses, and it is memorable. It brings clarity to our aspirational future when we are desperately in need of clarity and significance.” – (Soliday & Mann, 2013) (more…)

Vision and Values: Providing Direction, Fuel, and Story

by Rick Mann, Ph.D.

In this month of March, we are highlighting the topic of vision. This is the second element of the Thriving Framework as put forth in the book, “Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Colleges and Universities.” While accreditation agencies generally require a mission statement for institutions, vision and values statements can often do the heavy lifting required to move our institutions forward. (more…)

Leadership Conversation: Michael Lindsay, President, Gordon College

This February, we are going deeper in the Courageous and Collaborative Leadership chapter in the book Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Colleges and Universities. This posting includes a 12-minute audio interview with Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College, located on the North Shore in the Greater Boston area. Michael is a nationally acclaimed researcher on leadership and for several years has led the Platinum Study. This study is the largest leadership study of its kind and includes interviews with US presidents, senators, CEO of the world’s largest corporations as well as other national leaders. (more…)

Leadership Conversation: Mark Lombardi, President, Maryville University

by Rick Mann, Ph.D.

This February, we are going deeper in the Courageous and Collaborative Leadership chapter in the book Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Colleges and Universities. This posting includes a 13-minute audio interview with Mark Lombardi, President at Maryville University. Maryville, located in St Louis, is well-recognized as a thriving private university rated two years in a row by US News and World Report as the #1 Over-performing University. Discussion focuses on insights for working with cabinets and boards as well as in addressing the most pressing issues presidents face. (more…)

Congratulations to Dr. Bryant Hutson, NCCPA’s 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award Recipient

Credo would like to congratulate our Director of Research, Dr. Bryant Hutson and his wife, Dr. Ye He as they will be honored today by the North Carolina College Personnel Association (NCCPA) as the 2014 recipients of the Distinguished Scholars Award. The focus of this year’s research symposium for this organization is academic advising and Bryant and Jane are being recognized for their contribution to scholarly work related to Appreciative Advising and assessment of Appreciative Advising.  They will present at today’s symposium and receive the award.

Surviving to Thriving: An Overview

by Rick Mann, Ph.D.

With the publication of Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Guide for Leaders of Colleges and Universities, Credo has made its Thriving Framework available to leaders and planners at private institutions. This Framework, based on years of research and engagements with more than 200 private colleges and universities, focuses on nine key areas of demonstrated effectiveness found at thriving institutions. Below is an overview of the book, its chapters and resources. You can buy your own copy of the Surviving to Thriving book at Credo’s Thriving website or at Amazon. (more…)

Surviving to Thriving: An Invitation

by Rick Mann, Ph.D.

Welcome to 2014 and a blog series that takes an in-depth look at Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Guide for Leaders of Colleges and Universities. With the book’s coauthor Rick Mann at the helm, this blog series serves as a companion to the book and will help readers maximize their understanding of Credo’s Thriving Framework. Each month, beginning in February of 2014, we will unpack one of nine elements with additional research, discussion, and interviews. Learn more about the authors and buy your own copy of the Surviving to Thriving book at Credo’s Thriving website. (more…)

Strategy, Strategic Planning, and Thriving Scorecard Postings Index

(revised Dec. 30, 2013)

by Rick Mann, Ph.D.

The following postings provide insight on applications of a balanced scorecard (BSC) within the context of higher education. Postings are typically 2-3 pages in length and can be read in 10-15 minutes. NOTE: Thriving Scorecard, developed by Rick Mann, PhD and Credo, is a theme-based balanced scorecard adapted primarily for colleges and universities and secondarily for other nonprofits. (more…)