Sunday, August 13, 2017

Faculty Who "Reply-All"

A despised element of faculty culture is the addiction to using "Reply-All" after receiving informational emails. I could post examples of many received in the past year - but I won't. That might be the ultimate "Reply-All" putting these inane examples out on the interwebs for all to see.

There are, I'm sure, several psycho-pathological reasons why many (thankfully, a minority) faculty members feel obligated to use "Reply-All" to air their disagreements, concerns, commentaries to the entire email list. I suggest replying directly and only to the email author. Thus sparing the rest of us from the email spam-storms, large and small, created - and preserving the value and intent of the original message.

Good article here in the Guardian: http://bit.ly/2hWEONx

Dr_D

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Looking Ahead

I am, once again, in the ranks of the freelance corps. My time at Blind Squirrel Games came to an end this week. I thoroughly enjoyed my work with the art team there. Great, wonderful artists, truly inspiring me to be a better leader in service to others.

I've been taught the ways of the servant leader by those who have led and mentored me in my own journey. It's interesting to be in a position to give back what I have so generously been given.

Looking ahead to 2017 I will carefully consider teaching - how, when and where. I did take on a Motion Graphics course at MSJC last Fall, teaching on a Friday evening. But found myself exhausted at the end of a week of long hours and daily commutes to Santa Ana. I didn't feel like I was at the top of my form in that class.

Recently, a mentor of mine advised me to "simplify and intensify" my life and work. As I look to 2017 and my current job situation, I will follow his advice and look for ways to simplify my life by being very careful to make sure I can fully and energetically perform any teaching assignment I take on.

With the recent events in mind, I also have in mind to write "How to be laid off - the Art and Science of Surviving and Thriving in a Reduction in Force!"

2017 is shaping up to be quite awesome indeed.

Dr_D