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Weekly Wisdom 004 - Michael Drake

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Jeff Selingo, author, columnist, and special advisor at Arizona State University, are inviting insight and experiences from presidents and chancellors of universities navigating the challenge in real-time. The fourth guest is Michael Drake, President of The Ohio State University and former Chancellor of the University of California, Irvine. He is a popular and well-loved personality who continues to inspire colleagues, students, and followers.

As A Leader, Does He Have A Framework That He Follows?

According to Michael, he remembers a quote told by a good friend and colleague who said: "the happiest and most fulfilled people do something greater and more profound than their own self-interest." He used this quote to inspire the graduates as well and used it as a guide when deciding. As the President, Drake ensures that he and his team can support the students, staff, etc. amid the pandemic.

Has He Made Changes In The School That He Thinks Will Last Long Term?

Among the profound changes they’ve made, Michael notes that Telemedicine would last long term because he sees it as a platform to enhance the relationship and being in touch with people even after the pandemic. It’s a convenient way to establish connections and conversations without the need to be present in person.

What Advice Can He Give To Those Who Are Struggling To Focus In Trying Times?

Drake shares his experience as an Ophthalmologist in the operating room wherein you can’t afford to lose focus or feel unhappy. Being in the medical field means that there’s no room for uncertainty or indecisiveness. Drake also adds that you have to put your mind into it and remind yourself that this task needs to be done.

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