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The Innovating Together Podcast

Welcome to innovating together, a podcast produced by the University Innovation Alliance. This is a podcast for busy people in higher education who are looking for the “aha moments” that can propel their work forward. Innovating Together curates the best insights, research, and experts.

Weekly Wisdom 5/24/21 - Samuel Stanley

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance speaks with Samuel Stanley, President of Michigan State University. Dr. Stanley was selected to lead M.S.U. out of difficult circumstances, and his high-profile experience with infectious disease research made him the ideal leader in a pandemic year. He shares his wisdom about balancing safety and administrative concerns, restoring institutional trust, and the mindset of servant leadership. Topics include:

  • Recognizing the institution's broader concerns during a public health crisis
  • Setting an example through honorable engagement
  • Leadership style and the messages it sends
  • Impact and encouragement
  • It's all about the team

Weekly Wisdom 5/17/21 - Mark Becker

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Doug Lederman, Editor and Co-Founder of Inside Higher Ed, speak with Mark Becker, President of Georgia State University. As Dr. Becker prepares to retire from his long and celebrated tenure, he shares his wisdom about the best mindset for leadership, how elevating the entire institution is a measure of personal success, and the ongoing need for education at any stage in one's career. Topics include:

  • The advantage of studying other leaders before becoming a leader
  • Advice that he's received and given
  • The power of building a stellar team and enabling them to shine
  • The disconnect between many critics and the subject of their speculation
  • A continuing practice of professional development

Weekly Wisdom 5/3/21 - Michael Crow

Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance, and Jeff Selingo, higher education author and journalist, speak with Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University. President Crow was our first Weekly Wisdom guest last year, and he returns to share his wisdom about reimagining higher ed institutions, giving our institutional leaders new incentives, and recommending some books to focus and inspire us. Topics include:

  • Creating a more flexible, scalable model of higher ed to meet current needs
  • Freeing ed leaders from the limitations of administrative and academic bureaucracy
  • A few words of professional advice for presidents and chancellors
  • Further reading about leadership, educational mission, and future readiness
  • Driving transformation

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