Tuesday, April 21, 2015

thoughts on chairing

I've always resisted the metaphor of herding cats.  Our cats are actually quite easy to herd - try closing a few doors and wriggling a cat toy at the end of a wand, and one's done it.  Colleagues, by contrast ... well, I've never tried slowly waving a bunch of feathers at the end of a long string in front of them, and maybe that's been a failure of imagination on my part.  I tend to think, though, that the trope of putting out fires works far better when it comes to designating a chair's role.  Walking past this collection in the middle of campus today, it looks as though the administration must be getting ready to issue the survival equipment for next year's new cadre of chairs ...

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