One early, early lesson I learned was that most everyone, faculty or private sector, has to do service. Service is (very broadly) the stuff you do to help keep the institution going. Or the discipline going. Or the society going. It's writing grant reviews and paper reviews writ large. Nobody pays for it, yet it's necessary professional work.
My Famous, Very Important thesis advisor used to crow with delight that he avoided such things as they wasted his (incredibly important) time. Yet when you find people who knew him in his less famous youth, it wasn't always quite that way. Nice to know.
Part of this lesson, articulated best by my current (and very good) chair is that taking the bull by the horns, also known as being proactive, makes service more tolerable. Figure out what you want to do, and then say this to the person making the decsions about what you will do, and what you assignments will be. My chair's view is that someone doing something they choose, they want, is going to be more successful for the department, for the individual, for everyone concerned, than forced or assigned to something they don't like. I admire chairs that get it right. They have a delicate job of balancing tasks that need to be done with people who might be able to do them while supporting the ones that are good enough to do things outside that list. Bad ones don't give a hoot, and care only about how it looks outside (i.e. The former chair from hell).
So, one thing for which I have always volunteered, even as a senior person who could tell the chair exactly from whence he has emanated, is tenure/professional development for jr faculty. Since arriving at almost-MRU I've made changes, some of which I made at my former MRU place, observing the success of such changes. Most things involve meeting more often with jr faculty, giving them more feedback, and showing them successful versions of other people's CV's and tenure files. Some of these changes I get credit for. Others, well there's that familiar odor of credit going to the biggest dick on the committee. In this case, this committee, I am glad that there are no dicks, but the guys often still get the credit for the work. It's just a bad smell. (aside: I truly have reached the point in my life where I Just Don't Care. Or, as folks around here say: there are no more fucks to give. My reward is seeing people move through the system, good people who need help in figuring it out, and in the end are successful. It's nice being a BlueHair).
What I don't get, are the junior faculty who ignore our advice. It's very much "our" and "us", as I've worked towards the committee speaking with one voice. I've finished a set (of about 6) meetings, and during the course (this is the mid-year meeting, another innovation, twice a year, mid-year is the one NOT before annual reviews, much more informal) of these meetings things that happened to us, the committee:
1) jr faculty did not bother to update their CV and file, despite being told to multiple times.
2) faculty who in discussions, go off on tangents, taking time to trash other junior faculty as "destroying their science". Really?
3) Faculty who out and out lied to us about what they have done (do you think we don't know? really?).
In general, it boils down to how you, Mx. Jr. Faculty, take our advice. I love it when your argue back with us. I love it when you say: this is what I think for these reasons. We (the committee) have changed our minds as a result of such discussions and that goes into the letter we write that goes intro your folder.
But to sit there and nod, every six months for 4 years, saying of course, and then absolutely ignore our advice? Makes no sense to me. Let alone what will happen at tenure time.