The metaphors of jungle gyms and ladders can inform how we imagine career development. The authors suggest that the best time to work on professional development is now.
Eric Behrens was appointed Chief Information Officer at Widener University in November 2016. His role has since expanded to include integration of the library and institutional research into the division of Library and Information Services. Previously he was Associate Chief Information Technology Officer at Swarthmore College. His areas of expertise include change leadership, intercollegiate consortial collaborations, and IT/library partnerships. He currently serves as faculty for the EDUCAUSE Institute for New IT Managers and the Learning Lab for Digital Transformation. He previously served on the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Advisory Board.
Starting a difficult conversation in the workplace can be stressful but is rarely as bad as letting interpersonal tension fester. The authors offer insights into how to initiate candid, productive discussions.