Working with Constraints

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.

At some point we’ve just got to make the best we can with what we have.  That thought reminded me of a cappella musicians (if you aren’t familiar with a cappella, here’s a primer).  Using only their voices, these folks make some stunning music.  Here’s a piece from one of my favorite a cappella groups, Pentatonix.

Five people with only their voices making the best they can with what they have.  Beautiful music.  Like Pentatonix, our institutions all have constraints, but we can still make something beautiful together.  We just have to remember to try.


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