We’ve all seen it, that moment when you start talking to people about a topic and you know they have no idea what you are talking about or don’t understand half of the words coming out of your mouth.
You get that blank stare…
While sometimes it can be confused as being deep in thought you need to be sure. You need to know you have people engaged and involved in the conversation.
When talking about data, in particular data management within your institution this can often be tricky. While people count on using data every day and rely on the accuracy of it, they often don’t see it as their problem to solve or something to concern themselves with.
This is often where the problem starts, talking about data practices and understanding how to deal with the issue around data management. You need a plan to get people engaged, invested and involved in the conversations without getting that blank stare.
Here are five suggestions for starting your conversations around data management:
Get the key players to the table
What do I mean my key players? These are the decision makers, the departments leaders, the administrator in each of the respective areas/domains: admissions, academics, development, alumni, commutations, business office, auxiliary programs, etc. You want the leaders in these areas, not those doing the work, but those using the work to guide the institution and are making the decisions that have the greatest impact.
While input from those doing the daily work will be important, that input can be used once the wants, needs and problems can be articulate and goals from these management conversation can be made.