Who Wants a Ticket to Abilene? (Hint: You Don’t)—Part II

Jack H. (Nick) McCall* Attorney, Tennessee Valley Authority Knoxville, Tennessee In the last installment, I wrote about a theory, propounded in the 1970s by management expert Jerry Harvey, which he called “The Abilene Paradox.” The premise of Dr. Harvey’s theory–set up by him via a folksy sort of fable involving a Texas family that takesContinue reading “Who Wants a Ticket to Abilene? (Hint: You Don’t)—Part II”

Leading Without a Title

Joan MacLeod Heminway Rick Rose Distinguished Professor of Law University of Tennessee College of Law What’s in a title? When it comes to leadership the answer is “it depends.” A title—President, Chair, Chief Executive, or (for those of us in academia) Chancellor, Provost, Dean, or Head—signifies meeting the criteria for appointment to that post. ThoseContinue reading “Leading Without a Title”

Doing Nothing Is Everything

By: Captain Christopher Davis, USMC* As the Confederate Army limped its way back towards sanctuary in the aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg, military accounts of the failed Union pursuit suggest the Civil War was prolonged and thousands of American lives lost as a result of the delay.  Inaction in the military has been unforgivableContinue reading “Doing Nothing Is Everything”

Of Gravity Issues and Hawkeye Pierce

Jack H. (Nick) McCall* Attorney, Tennessee Valley Authority Knoxville, Tennessee As part of corporate culture, shared values and team-building program required of all new employees, a large enterprise once gave the term “gravity issue” an important role in its shared corporate language. The meaning of this phrase is not exactly the same as that knownContinue reading “Of Gravity Issues and Hawkeye Pierce”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a Path to Effective Leadership: A Multi-Part Series, Part 1

Brad Morgan Director, Bettye B. Lewis Career Center University of Tennessee College of Law “What could a children’s book have to say about leadership?” you may be thinking, “much less professional leadership?” Well, to that question I defer to one of the book’s primary antagonists, the Duchess, and her simple, reassuring words: “Tut, tut, child!”Continue reading “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and a Path to Effective Leadership: A Multi-Part Series, Part 1”