I’ve been thinking a lot about constraints lately. Money, resources, time. We never really have all we want of any of them. If your institution is like mine, we are learning to live in a new reality of shrinking enrollment and compressed revenue. We have awesome faculty and staff who want to do great things, but they need support and time to focus on something other than the mundane.
“Spending all day innovating around the candle does not get us to the light bulb.” I stumbled on this quote from Daniel Rasmus’ 2010 Gilbane Conference Opening Keynote a few months ago, and it has resonated with me since. It’s something that fits well in a tweet and still manages to say something. It encompasses all the messiness of innovation in 15 words.