We had a staff retreat today. Typically I dread these things, and i was certainly not looking forward to this meeting.
As we got into it though, I didn’t seem to mind it as much as I did past retreats. I think this is because it was the professional staff only.
It will sound elitist I’m sure, but it’s tough to bring the two groups together for one meeting. We have such different jobs that it is very difficult to get things done when the two groups are together.
Today, we had an agenda, stuck to it, and were able to get quite a bit accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. Everyone was involved with the conversation, and there was not a lot of excess opinion blabbering. Everyone was able to stay on task because they had a better understanding of what we were covering.
It was definitely a good meeting. I came out with the feeling that we had accomplished something. A rare feeling in higher education.