Barnard and Radcliffe were the women's colleges most closely aligned with Columbia and Harvard respectively. When they were founded there were no good educational opportunities available to women. Today there are. In light of that, Radcliffe has merged with Harvard and effectively ceased to exist. On the other hand, Barnard has stayed separate with a strong working alliance with Columbia. What Barnard did, and we all should do, is appreciate the past, look outwardly and focus forward.
- Appreciate the past. Understand what got you here and why. It is the context for all you do and how your values were formed.
- Look outwardly. Look outside the organization to understand how the world is changing – and what new problems need solving.
- Focus forward. Leverage your existing strengths to solve new problems while building new strengths for the next step.