Mastering the Art of Juggling

Last month, we noted that all of us are in a real conundrum and full of uncertainty about what we should do now to plan for tomorrow. As we all have recently learned either directly or indirectly, what some individuals or organizations originally chose to do was immediately impacted by more changes and revisions. And those circumstances facilitated more anxiety, consternation, and concern. Life really has become a juggling act as we all strive to stabilize and enhance the multiple variables that are impacting us and others—personally and professionally.

Tom Fishburne, who has been a very popular presenter at our Summer Seminar conference, recently posted a Marketoon titled, “The Pace of Change.” The character in the illustration is engaged in an online conversation and asks, “Can we please stop calling this pace of change the new normal?” As he always does, Tom shares additional insights that remind us that now “is a good time to focus on our organizations for the long-term.”

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The pandemic and ensuing economic crisis have definitely been a catalyst for individuals and organizations to be constantly juggling. And in many cases, today’s circumstances have prompted regression, disorder, and “dropping some potential opportunities.” Life is a journey that often necessitates inconvenient juggling, but if we are proactive about mastering the art of juggling difficult situations and embracing the spirit of edupreneurism, then we can increase the opportunity to recover. No question, now is an ideal time for colleges and universities to “juggle” new ideas and new opportunities.

 

Reinventing Admissions

Colleges are scrambling to figure out what else they might consider in making admission decisions. (Source: NPR)

Optimism Prevails

61% of college families believe COVID-19 will not have a long-term impact on their student’s education. (Source: Sallie Mae)

College Towns’ Dilemma

College towns fear the virus risk if students come back and the economic devastation if they don’t. (Source: Bloomberg)