This post is a reaction to the article Why we should close more chapters by L. Martin Cobb and Michael McRee. You may view the original document which includes the authors’ contact information at the end of the post.
This article begins with a reality check about hope. Simply put—hope cannot be a strategy. If that is what an organization chooses to rely on, then they cannot expect to have a proper vision. Another way to think of this is that if you are mediocre, then you will never be able to attain better than that and perhaps possibly be even worst. Forever, you will remain average, and therefore your organization will remain average. People have become lazy and the culture has grown to accept that a few good members will get an organization by.
Our superiors give organizations the benefit of the doubt, but quite frankly, making excuses for problems is not a solution. There are several examples that are provided by the article. It begins with one thought from an advisor of why headquarters hasn’t closed a disastrous chapter. Advisors are one of the most important links between an organization, the university, and headquarters. They are responsible for taking action. It is not about being the bad guy or being the one to sellout. They have an obligation to do the right thing. This does not mean defending a bad chapter—it means taking care of issues before they become a threat. For example, if there is hazing that appears in a chapter and an advisor looked away instead of handling a situation and a member of that chapter died as a result—consider the devastating consequences. Now this doesn’t mean that an advisor should immediately resort to gathering appropriate documents to close a chapter but they should do whatever they feel is right to tame and correct the bad behavior, whether it is through sanctions or levying fines. Essentially, take care of a situation before it explodes like a wildfire. [Read more…] about Reaction post: Why we should close more chapters