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June 11, 2013

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The Uppity Negro

I think this is a problem that many HBCUs face: the inability to face hard facts early enough and also how to look far enough into the future to have a plan in place. What helps churches last and other venerable institutions is a long range plan. But all self help books and books on leadership and change in general all talk about having those big, hairy, audacious goals: that moment you take the brakes off, what do you see. Rather than planning just for next years budget, what's the goal for the institution in the next 20 years. Throw everything out there on the board, write it down and then start going for the low hanging fruit, what do you think can be accomplished in 15 years, 10 years, 5 years, etc.

The inability to do that will force the institution into mediocrity. And mediocrity usually leads to a slow painful and pitiful death. I hope this is NOT the fate of the ITC; forfeiting the future while settling for mediocrity.

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