Success is in partnerships

Going it alone is a recipe for failure

A university is filled with people doing incredible things. I’ve work in and around higher education professionals for 15 years. I’m constantly amazed by their ingenuity and willingness to share their lessons learned.

Enrollment Growth Hero game play

Ideas are just ideas without the support of others

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Enrollment Growth Hero game play

Taking the time to shop an idea around before it is presented is required for success. Getting not only feedback from the primary audience but also anyone who will be living with its implementation.

At a college or university, enrollment initiatives can take years before results start rolling in. Because of this campuses are notoriously skeptical of ideas without legs.

Relying on outside experts can give ideas a boost. Organizations like Helix Education are in a unique spot, they interact with numerous institutions with similar goals and have been able to test and prove strategies.

Playing the game

Helix Education knows the key to success is partnerships. They know higher education so well, they created a game that speaks volumes.

They took their playbook and the struggles they’ve seen across institutions and brought it to life in a digital world you can play.

The game is really well done and even includes a secret if you’re enough of an explorer.

This is a must play for any higher education professional or anyone working at an institution that requires partnerships for an idea to be successful.

Enrollment Growth Hero

Do you have what it takes to level up your partnerships?

 

Play the Enrollment Growth Hero game and see if you have what it takes!

With this knowledge, your ideas can grow legs and allow you to run with them. Here’s to building support for your next idea!

HigherEdLive – Creative Team Leadership – March 14, 2013

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 7pm EST I’ll be hosting HigherEdLive. I’ll be joined by some amazing guests to talk about Creative Team Leadership. It’s one thing to bring creative ideas to life as an individual, it’s another to lead a team of creatives to produce the highest quality work and always push the envelope. I’ve asked some of the best creative leaders to join me to talk about what makes a team successful and what skills/environment is necessary to sustain it long term.

My guests, in no particular order, are Ben Callahan, Bob Crisler, and Nick Johnson. They are not only accomplished in their own right, but also lead successful creative teams inside and outside higher education.

Mark your calendars, it will be an information packed show with plenty to take away as a director or member of a creative team.

Ben Callahan

Ben Callahan President of Sparkbox and founder of the Build Responsively workshop series, Ben shares his ideas about the web on the Sparkbox Foundry and other industry blogs. His leadership at Sparkbox has driven the team to be a pioneer in responsive web design techniques, and he continues to push for great user experiences outside the context of specific devices.

 

Nick Johnson

Nick JohsonNick Johnson is the Managing Director of Marketing Communication at the University of Notre Dame. His web team handles design, development and content strategy for most of the university’s web properties, working within a cost recovery model.

With an entrepreneurial background in marketing, design and management, Nick’s greatest professional joy is creative problem solving and the hunt for the correct strategic path.

Nick and his wife, Anna, recently welcomed their first child, Zoey Marie, in to the world.

Bob Crisler

Bob CrislerBob leads the overall web development effort of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as Director of Internet and Interactive Media. IIM is organized as a partnership of University Communications and Information Services at UNL. Bob also leads the UNL Web Developer Network, a 300+ -member group formed to support UNL’s unique single-codebase web development path. A 1986 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications, Bob has been with UNL since 1992, working first in print design, and stepping out to lead UNL’s web effort as the university’s first staff member fully dedicated to the medium (in 2000).

UNL occupies a unique position in higher education web development. At UNL, a single codebase underlies all sites that are part of the university organization. The UNLedu Web Framework is continually strengthened through the efforts of IIM staff and the contributions of partners through the WDN organization. See wdn.unl.edu for more information.

Thinking about going to Web Design World? #highered discount available!

Web Design World is coming soon (very soon) – October 18-20 in Las Vegas – and if you’ve never been before (or even if you have and want to attend this year), they have a great deal to pass along to you! I know it’s late in the game for #highered but I thought I would pass this along just in case.

First of all, Web Design World has a great line-up of rock stars in design, UX, content management and more. There will even be a session entitled “Education vs. Other Markets: How Does Design Differ?” with Patrick Haney and Dan Rubin. You can check out the full conference agenda at http://bit.ly/WDWAgenda.

The organizers of Web Design World are extending a special discount for the 3-day Web Design World Passport package – just for higher education web designers and webmasters! To save $400 off the Passport package rate, simply register at http://bit.ly/WDWReg and enter the promo code EDU10.* That’s it!

* Please note: $400 discount is applicable to new registrations only. No refunds will be given on prior registrations.

I just wanted to clarify that I am not attending Web Design World nor is this a paid endorsement. Just a friendly post about a discount that pertains to my favorite group, higher education web rock stars! 🙂