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Solo Doesn’t Mean Alone

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

After the excitement of the big announcement last week,  here I am  trying to figure out how I am going to add to what Tonya and Ron have started.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t say enough awesome things about what they’ve done getting this whole Higher Ed Solo thing off the ground  and giving it life. And wait, now that I am thinking, why exactly did I agree to this?  I spend my days running like mad, bouncing between meetings, working on projects, trying to set strategy, putting out fires…  What was I thinking agreeing to commit to one more thing?

Suddenly, the light dawned – that is the essence of a being an army of one in higher education today. We jump in with both feet.  We take the ball and run with it. We trust our gut to do the right thing.  The best thing.  Because we have to.  It has been my experience that we don’t have an option if we are going to succeed on our campuses.  We don’t typically have an “us” that’s going to help us out and get the job done.

But what makes this whole Higher Ed Solo gig so great is that it reminded me that, while I might be an army of one, I am not alone.  You are there too. WE are here.

So yeah, I am incredibly blessed and excited to have this chance.

You tell me what is going to help you and what you want to hear about.  Work/life balance for solos, project management, mad juggling tips…  And let me know if you want to write a post or chat with me online. There are so many voices out there with stories to tell.  Mine is just one.

We can do this. Solo never has to mean alone.


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A call for hosts

Happy 2014 Armies of One!

Tonya and Ron in fitting fashion have in 2014 both started new jobs. (Within a month of each other, no less.)

In both cases, they’ve gone from being Armies of One to leading teams themselves. With that change, it seems fitting that we pass on the mantle of Higher Ed Solo to some other intrepid souls out there who are looking for a platform to showcase their success, challenges and more of being Armies of One. We envision several people doing this, rather than just one person having to inherit it, but we’d like to think there’s a good foundation for continuing to elevate the conversation of solos and small teams to a wider world.

We still have lots to say on the topic, too. We just think it’s time to hear from some new voices, as we take on other challenges.

If you’re interested in being part of a blogger team at Higher Ed Solo — including possibly hosting recorded video interviews and chats – drop us an email and we’ll get back to you about the details. Writing doesn’t bind you to anything, but we’ve always been big advocates of identifying talented people who have something to say. So here’s a chance to inherit a platform that’s already existing.

We hope to hear from you!