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 approinted Chief Information Officer at Widener University in November 2016. His role expanded to include library oversight in 2018. 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 previously served as a faculty member for the EDUCAUSE Institute for New IT Managers and 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.