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The Flow of New Ideas
I did not make up yesterday’s post about the College’s Neanderthal system for gathering payroll data. The information was provided to me by a concerned administrator, someone who has worked in the private sector and was appalled upon arriving here to find such inefficiencies at the College.
Why bring the information to Dartblog? Well, I think that the great bulk of the College’s employees are still reticent to voice ideas for change to their supervisors. This is not a reflection on the Kim Presidency; rather, it is an attitude that has held over from the previous administration, and a commentary on the previous President, who had a well deserved local reputation for taking suggestions for improvement as criticism — or even disloyalty — and exacting a price for them.
In a smoothly functioning business, more ideas flow up from the rank and file than flow down from management. Of course, this makes good sense: people doing their jobs each day have a far greater opportunity to observe and understand the needs of customers and colleagues than senior managers. And new employees coming from other organizations will see opportunities in their new place of work simply by comparing it to the efficiencies of their old employer.
I sincerely hope that the Kim administration will generate the trust necessary to re-start a flow of ideas up from the ranks. I believe that this is President Kim’s intention. But in the meantime, if you are reluctant in any way to suggest improvements in your area of the College’s operations, please don’t hesitate to forward your thoughts to Dartblog. We’ll investigate in confidence, verify as best we can, and then let your constructive suggestions see the light of day.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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