One STATE—One TEAM
Doc's BULLDOG Resolutions
- It's easier to be positive than to be negative.
- We'll all be happier and more productive when we employ a positive approach that leads to mutual respect.
- Let's think about "us," "we," and "ours" more than about "I," "me," or "mine."
- Our advantage will mature when "One State—One Team" is more than a motto.
- We should judge teammates by their contributions to the team.
- Considerations of race, gender, age, religion, or economic circumstances undermine our dignity and respect for each other.
- To be the most respected in your field, you have to work harder.
- The work ethic of the Bulldog family will make us the most respected land-grant university in the South.
- Disagreement and debate can be positive and productive.
- When we disagree, let's do so with respect for each other's differences and then pull together when a decision is made.
- A problem facing any part of the Great Bulldog Nation is everyone's problem.
- We're all on the team and every teammate plays a role in meeting our challenges.
- We're not a one-mistake organization (unless the mistake is a crime).
- We're all likely to err, and we need to tolerate honest mistakes.
- You can't lead from behind a computer.
- Leading is more than directing—it's also listening and advising. Let's talk to each other regularly.
- This should be fun.
- All of us—faculty, staff, and students—are blessed to be part of a great learning community. Enjoy the moment!
I hope that all of us can subscribe to these precepts for working together. Thanks for being part of the Great Bulldog Nation.
—Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong, January 3, 2007