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ERIC Number: EJ861809
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2946
The Seven Habits of Highly Deflective Colleagues
Maher, Michelle; Chaddock, Katherine
Academe, v95 n5 p28-29 Sep-Oct 2009
The authors define deflection as a strategy to bounce action or responsibility away from oneself and toward another person, time, or place. Although they contend that deflection occurs in all areas of personal and professional life, the authors limit their focus to the deflective colleague ("collega deflectivus") in academe. In this article, the authors share seven natural habits of deflective colleagues based on their extensive qualitative fieldwork across their own campus, conducted over several years. The authors first present a few basic facts about deflection and, then, discuss the seven habits of deflective colleagues: (1) Circumspect deflect; (2) Classic deflect; (3) Cog-in-the-Wheel deflect; (4) Sycophant deflect; (5) Pirouette deflect; (6) Introspect deflect; and (7) Paralysis-by-Analysis deflect. A few points to consider to master these habits are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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