What Type Of Social Media Personality Are YOU?

  One thing I have come to appreciate through my research is the varied ways in which people use social media.  Each person integrates and makes meaning of their social media presences in their own way.  However, there also seem to be some trends in ways people interact.  The following infographic struck me as surfacing some important ways in which we choose to interact online. In particular, the following infographic from first direct (a British bank) reminded me of the classic 1% rule (also known as the 90-9-1 rule).  This “rule” highlights the idea… Read More

All Of Social Media… In One Beautiful Infographic

The Conversation Prism is a beautifully designed infographic, now in its fourth iteration, that provides an overview of social media sites and presents them as a taxonomy.  Different sites are categorized according to their main purpose and/or use.  Not only is the prism beautifully designed, but it also offers a great resource for individuals hoping to better understand and leverage the social media landscape.  You will certainly see the “usual cast of characters” in here… Facebook… LinkedIn… but there are also a number of sites with which you may not be familiar…. Read More

Switching Your Digital Student Marketing to Digital Student Engagement

David Armano put together this great graphic that sums up one of the main messages I give to college departments trying to ramp up their social media presences.  Social media don’t have to be just a replacement for the flier.  It can be such more.  (And should be.)  Rather than thinking of social media as another broadcast network, it’s better to conceive of it as an engagement platform.  At left, we have our traditional methods of student advertising… where the engagement typically occurs at an offline event and the marketing serves to get them… Read More

Are People With Higher Emotional IQs Drawn to Student Affairs Work? Can It Be Taught?

After coming across this infographic below (from UMD’s online MBA program), it got me thinking about the above questions.  Although I do not believe that all student affairs professionals have high levels of emotional intelligence, I do think it’s highly probable that people who are naturally skilled in this area are likely drawn to it and that the successful ones are more likely to persist.  I also believe it can be taught.  Many of the hallmarks of high emotional intelligence relate closely with issues addressed in our preparation programs.  Given the highly reflective… Read More

Fear in Higher Ed… Fear in the workplace…

I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept of fear in the workplace.  What causes it?  What are the signs and  symptoms?  How do you reduce it?  A big part of positive organizational culture change involves “getting the fear out.”  But what is the nature of fear?  Specifically in higher education? Fear is multi-dimensional, cultural, and individualized.  Because of this, it’s hard to discuss fear as a monolithic concept or something that has a single prescribed fix.  In general, however, there are some ways of understanding fear as a broad concept.