Lead By Letting Go
Create a Mosaic of Education
Prof. Terri L. Griffith
Chair, Management Department
Leavey School of Busi...
Framing Question
“What needs to happen in order
for educational institutions to
become centers for
innovation?”
Lead Like a Pro
How Great Executives,
Team Leads, Equestrians,
Golfers, Dancers, and You
Do More With a
Lighter Touch
Loosen Our Grip On:
Traditional Degrees
Our Students
Our Campus Walls
Our Faculty
Our Assessments
We Have Too Much “White Space”
Duplicating Effort
Not Meeting Student or Organizational Needs
Loosen Our Grip on “Our” Stu...
Current Situation (Traditional Degrees)
It’s as if students “flatlined” after their “terminal” degree.
Loosen Our Grip on Traditional Degrees
Focus on Lifelong Learning Moments
Where Courses Are Taken When Needed
Serve the people that
fit in this building
Or serve the world?
By Being Here,
We’ve Already Loosened Our Grip on
Our University Walls
Loosen Our Grip On the Idea
of
One Course, One Faculty
How Can My Single
Perspective on Each of the
Required Topics Be the...
Each of Us
Teaching Our Best Topics
Loosening Our Grip on “Our”
Faculty
Assessment by Faculty
or
Assessment by Organizations?
High Fidelity Simulations,
Organizational Projects
versus
Academic T...
KNOD/IBM
Project Learning Experience
Malaysia
Kenya
UK
Computer Science
Engineering
Journalism
2.5 Years – 100% Employment...
Framing Question
“What needs to happen in order
for educational institutions to
become centers for
innovation?”
Less “White Space”
More Opportunity for Focused Electives
Greater Service to
Student and Organizational Needs
Mosaics of
The Best Course Modules
Taught By The Best on the Topic
Open to the World
In Forms that Fit Real World
Learning...
Loosen Our Grip On:
Traditional Degrees – Lifelong Learning
Our Students – Efficiencies
Our Campus Walls – Reach
Our Facul...
Additional Framing Question
If we innovate away from
traditional degrees,
how do we co-create value with
hiring organizati...
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“Technology and the Future(s) of Education: U.S. and Mexican Perspectives.” I believe we need a mosaic of education: A situation where our best material is available when the student and their organization needs it.

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  • Introduction: Thank you. Chair of the Management Department as we struggle with the idea of a management major. Wrote a book (The Plugged-In Management) looking at how to combine human, technical, and organizational aspects performance. I have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and other educators to talk about the future of work and the role that education can play. Some of what I’ll be talking about comes from a conference earlier this week at IBM Almaden Research Center.
  • I took this opening question
  • And thought about it in the context of my current research and book project and in light of what I’m seeing in industry. It’s not that we’re letting go, it’s more that we may use a lighter touch – as is true in many different fields. Pros rarely take a “death grip” – instead, they lightly control. And the data supports this – especially as we integrate technologies into how we do our work.
  • Loosening your grip on...boundaries around limited traditional degrees, and instead build systems that focus on lifelong learning moments....walls will let us engage with the world rather than a bounded geographical area...ideas around "our" faculty will let us engage our students with the best faculty for the topic, and let our faculty present their best topics to more students...traditional degrees enables us to take a mosaic view of education, rather than a lumpy view (I wish I could remember who said that we should treat education the way we treat fitness -- no one would ever think it was a good idea to spend two/four years getting fit, and then think they were finished). Where we often talk about “educating the whole person,” I’d like to adjust that to be “educating the whole person their whole life.”
  • It’s as if we thought students “flatlined” after their “terminal” degree.
  • I think the students have figured this out. This looser model fits what we can see from thisGoogle Trend chart looking at searches for the terms MBA and Coursera (leading on-line education platform founded by two Stanford University Faculty – This week Coursera hired the past president of Yale University as it’s new CEO.
  • I believe we need a mosaic of education: A situation where our best material is available when the student and their organizations need it. Not in lumpy degrees, not restricted to the students in our locale, not just inside our walls, and not separately from our organizational partners.
  • Less white space, and more matching of needs to timing of the topic.
  • Loosen your grip on… traditional degrees, and instead build systems that focus on lifelong learning moments.…students to create efficiencies around courses and faculty…walls to engage with the world rather than a bounded geographical area......ideas around "our" faculty to build courses with the best faculty for the topic, and let our faculty present their best topics to more students..assessments to co-create real world valueWhere we often talk about “educating the whole person,” I’d like to adjust that to be “educating the whole person their whole life.”
  • I don’t know the answer, but I do know it will be a combination of human, technical, and organizational dimensions… and it will come from events like the one we are having here.
  • Lead by Letting Go: Creating a Mosaic of Education

    1. 1. Lead By Letting Go Create a Mosaic of Education Prof. Terri L. Griffith Chair, Management Department Leavey School of Business Santa Clara University
    2. 2. Framing Question “What needs to happen in order for educational institutions to become centers for innovation?”
    3. 3. Lead Like a Pro How Great Executives, Team Leads, Equestrians, Golfers, Dancers, and You Do More With a Lighter Touch
    4. 4. Loosen Our Grip On: Traditional Degrees Our Students Our Campus Walls Our Faculty Our Assessments
    5. 5. We Have Too Much “White Space” Duplicating Effort Not Meeting Student or Organizational Needs Loosen Our Grip on “Our” Students
    6. 6. Current Situation (Traditional Degrees) It’s as if students “flatlined” after their “terminal” degree.
    7. 7. Loosen Our Grip on Traditional Degrees Focus on Lifelong Learning Moments Where Courses Are Taken When Needed
    8. 8. Serve the people that fit in this building Or serve the world?
    9. 9. By Being Here, We’ve Already Loosened Our Grip on Our University Walls
    10. 10. Loosen Our Grip On the Idea of One Course, One Faculty How Can My Single Perspective on Each of the Required Topics Be the Best?
    11. 11. Each of Us Teaching Our Best Topics Loosening Our Grip on “Our” Faculty
    12. 12. Assessment by Faculty or Assessment by Organizations? High Fidelity Simulations, Organizational Projects versus Academic Tests?
    13. 13. KNOD/IBM Project Learning Experience Malaysia Kenya UK Computer Science Engineering Journalism 2.5 Years – 100% Employment – USD $10K
    14. 14. Framing Question “What needs to happen in order for educational institutions to become centers for innovation?”
    15. 15. Less “White Space” More Opportunity for Focused Electives Greater Service to Student and Organizational Needs
    16. 16. Mosaics of The Best Course Modules Taught By The Best on the Topic Open to the World In Forms that Fit Real World Learning Moments & Job Needs
    17. 17. Loosen Our Grip On: Traditional Degrees – Lifelong Learning Our Students – Efficiencies Our Campus Walls – Reach Our Faculty – Best Faculty/Topic Our Assessments – Value
    18. 18. Additional Framing Question If we innovate away from traditional degrees, how do we co-create value with hiring organizations?
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