The word 'organization' shares the same root with 'organism' and is no less a living thing. So in order to maintain flexibility, resiliency and top performance, your organization needs 'exercise,' too. Organizations need to stay "fit."
Given the enormous changes, challenges and opportunities facing the entire educational industry and every individual college, a critical foundation of effective organizational stewardship that will foster the imperatives of change is harmony.
I became the CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA at a pivotal moment in its history; my first year happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouting, and as we celebrated that amazing milestone, we realized we also had a unique opportunity to take stock.
All too often companies' efforts to improve their social and environmental sustainability have suffered the same fate as other programs. They produce initial gains that soon dissipate. But this does not have to happen.