It’s certainly important to know what the faculty would like to see happen. I think a faculty forum to address this issue is critical. However, I cannot agree with Len’s notion that the Senate should not pursue morale surveys. Such surveys provide important feedback on whether MD Anderson is considered a healthy work environment. Designed appropriately, the surveys should also provide insight into what the faculty would like to see happen. Whether senior administration responds is a different issue. If they chose to ignore morale surveys then they need to explain why to UT System and the Board of Regents. There is another important reason for conducting morale surveys and that is to guide the faculty on appropriate action if morale continues to decline. Let’s suppose, for the sake of discussion, that morale continues its downward plunge at the Cancer Center. Were I in the role of Senate Chair, I would lobby vigorously for a vote of no confidence in MD Anderson leadership. Were this to prevail, it would prompt banner front page headlines in several influential local and national media outlets, as well as the scientific press; this, in turn, would have a profound influence on UT System leadership, the Board of Regents and the Texas legislature. Expressed another way, to ignore such a vote would be irresponsible insofar that it would risk serious and lasting damage to the reputation of the world’s most famous Cancer Center, the crown jewel of the UT System. No, that would not be tolerated.
5. Stop considering the administration your friends. You are in a political struggle and you are the loyal opposition. That does not mean that you and the administration cannot work toward common goals. It does mean that you should never assume that your goals and those of the administration overlap.
6. Stop negotiating with yourselves. Forget about what’s wrong. There’s plenty. What would RIGHT look like?
No, I would not forget what’s wrong. If you don’t know what’s wrong, you can’t fix it. Of course, it’s also important to know what’s right.