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Leadership for Academic Units: A Performance Improvement Model for Department Chairs, Deans, and Academic Vice Presidents (and those who aspire to be) by William Swart

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Consensus Building and Endorsement

From ongoing research and analysis of the value of ideas, concepts for improvements will emerge. While broad numbers of concepts come directly from the planning side of the institution, some good ideas have been known to come from faculty, staff, and students. Those concepts that come from a suggestion box or cocktail-party discussion will certainly require some high-level endorsement in order to have any possibility of serious consideration. With high-level interest, any concept can be a candidate for further consideration through a process of consensus building.

The critical work of getting ideas properly vetted and to the marketplace is captured in Figure 5-1 within the inner circles noted by the E, C, and ...

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