Farewell to Dr. Ed Haring

Dr. Haring and I at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on campus in 2009

As tomorrow nears, the college I work for prepares to lose a great leader and I prepare to lose a great boss and mentor. There’s no denying it anymore; Dr. G. Edward Haring, President of Kellogg Community College, is retiring. You can see it in his step, his relaxed manner, and his new style of dress.  And, although I like our new Interim President a lot, I will miss Dr. Haring.

I have learned so much from him in the three years we’ve worked together. So, today, I’d like to dedicate this post to the words of wisdom that he has given his employees at the college over the years. Some of the below he said, but all of the below he demonstrated through his leadership.

Words of wisdom from Dr. Haring:

  • It’s completely normal, when you begin a new job, to feel that you are in over your head. However, it’s not ok to let these feelings bring down your self-confidence or your performance.
  • One of the greatest accomplishments that you can achieve in your career is to hire good people.
  • Once you hire those good people, get out of their way and let them do what you’ve hired them to do.
  • Learn the Elaboration Likelihood Model and use it to determine the best course of action with employees.
  • Being honest means telling the truth, including situations where you know what someone is really asking for (instead of what they actually asked).
  • If you are about to say something you shouldn’t, find a way to walk away.
  • Smile, say hi, and take time to get to know people personally.
  • Be humble.
  • And, above all, be civil to one another.

Dr. Haring, you will be missed but your influence on all of us will continue for the rest of our careers. Happy retirement.

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