The first day back started with a lull. The early arrivals were reviewing readings and syllibi, nodding hello, making quite conversation. As more and more students shuffled into the atrium, the lull grew to a hum and became almost a roar.
We were back. Chatting animatedly. Laughing. Hugging and sharing vacation stories as well as hopes [...]
With the holiday season behind us and the New Year underway, it is a perfect time to take stock in our gifts. Not the gifts we gave or received, but the skills and talents we can share with our coworkers, friends, family and community.
Through the MSC Program, I’ve learned to view my skills and talents [...]
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a little about my experience in the MSC program and how thankful I am for it. Fall quarter has been very exciting, challenging, and rewarding. This program is certainly a highlight of my year. The classes and time spent with my cohort have far exceeded any [...]
Are you a “prisoner of your own perfection?” In other words, do you find yourself gravitating towards the things you know you can do well?
In our Leadership and Decision Making course, Professor Arntson warns about this trap, pointing out that the only way to truly improve your competency is to allow yourself the “freedom to fail” by [...]
This past week in our Leadership and Decision Making class, we did a really wonderful activity that explored our values. To give a little bit of background, all quarter, we’ve been working on teams of about five people evaluating case studies. The team meetings we have are videotaped, and we watch them afterward. While watching [...]
With the recent political debates, there has been a lot of discussion about leadership communication style. It is often presumed that whoever is the better debater is clearly the stronger leader, but is this true and how does this influence business leadership? A recent blog from Harvard Business Review by Ron Ashkenas, The Best Debater [...]
Since entering the MSC Program, I have become very aware of references to communication and words. Everywhere I go, I seem to notice situations or articles that can relate back to communication. Recently, my church did a service about the power of words. Words can stay with us forever. They can either build us up [...]
Marshmallows and skewers. No, we’re not making s’mores in our Leadership and Decision Making class, we are building a structure, as tall a structure as we’re able, with a team of classmates. The exercise is frenetic and fast-paced- a plan comes together quickly; make a solid base, add some support beams and build up! Fifteen [...]
I just finished reading a Leadership Series blog asking “What Inspires You?” It stresses the difference between talking and doing – taking action instead of sitting back and watching things happen around you. Or instead of constantly complaining about what’s not right about your job, government, or the world – getting out there and doing [...]
Last week, I attended an IABC/Chicago luncheon entitled “When Market Forces Demand Change: Evolving the **AlphaGraphics Business Model and Brand” at Maggiano’s fabulous Banquet room on Clark street. It was a two hour networking and presentation event that roughly encased an outline of my MSC studies to date. Presented by industry giant, Liz Brohan, CEO [...]