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Midlife as a Consultant

Midlife as a Consultant

Midlife as a consultant
Philip H.Mirvis

I ended my professorial career in much the way I started it: fired with enthusiasm.1 The president and provost at Boston University did not favor my work, politics, or manner; nor did it help matters when I called the head of the university's committee a “pinhead” when I was asked to dot i's and cross t's in my tenure dossier. Looking back, I'm glad to be out of the place (and they rid of me!), but it was angering and deflating at the time (7 years ago).

If truth be told, I would not have given me tenure either. Oh, my scholarship was fine, teaching innovative, and service, discounting churlishness, a step above acceptable. The problem was that, ...

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