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Westminster Alum Aims to Decrease DUIs with Company’s New Breathalyzer Kiosk.

Nov. 26, 2012 SALT LAKE CITY - When lights and sirens flash in your rear view mirror, it’s rarely a welcome sight-especially if you’ve been drinking. In an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents in the local community, Westminster alum Jason Knott has created a product that will allow patrons of alcohol serving venues to check their blood alcohol content (B.A.C.) prior to driving.
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What is your leadership style??

If you, like most business professionals, have been the subject of a “leadership assessment” you were neatly boxed into a “style.” Leadership categories serve a purpose. It is helpful to understand how we behave generally as leaders to aspire to be better leaders.

Kouzes and Posner, in The Leadership Challenge (2007), described exemplary leadership where leaders, who have found their voice, can articulate their values and forge a unity of purpose to get extraordinary things done in organizations. Steve Denning, in Leadership: Style Vs Substance, made a valid point that in this shaky economy, it is less important to be preoccupied with leadership style and more focused on inspiring a vision and selecting and grooming workers with the skills to create the future of the organization. ManagementStudyGuide.com summarized it nicely in Leadership Styles - Important Leadership Styles, “A perfect/standard leadership style is one which assists a leader in getting the best out of the people who follow him.” Reflect on what you know about your “style” as you read the following articles.


The ABCs of Leadership (Bednarz)
What are the differences between Managing and Leading? Read to see how Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., author of “Great! What Makes Leaders Great: What They Did, How They Did It and What You Can Learn From It ”, distinguishes the two.

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Don't Innovate! (Create a Culture of Innovation.)(Forbes.com)
“While many organizations focus on addressing problems, the most successful focus on raising the bar. One of the ways they do this is by creating a culture where innovation thrives. When this organizational strength is magnified, it can become a source of competitive advantage.”

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Executive coaching - another set of clothes for the Emperor? (Forbes)
Executive coaching is more than just a growing business; it is the future of any company that wants to grow better and stronger. Many corporations realize this and have been investing on training and educating their people to become better leaders. What about your company?
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Join the Salt Lake Chamber in their Small Business HR Seminar Series - SEMINAR: Wellness in the Workplace on December 12, 2012 at 175 E. University Blvd. (400 S.), Ste. 600 Salt Lake City, UT 84111 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
This seminar will show you how to develop and keep the best people in your company. The event is free for Salt Lake Chamber members. Register>>



“Here at Westminster I felt like I have acquired some skills that will help me be a good leader and help me recognize what I am lacking, what I need to work on, to be that leader that can help myself and the company succeed.”
Raquel Vargas, Controller–Daw Construction Group

“As we experience lifelong learning, we find there are new processes and concepts we haven’t been exposed to or participated in. And that’s what I was looking for - the latest, freshest business minds and educators to share new trends and best practices with me. And I’ve been able to do that with the New Learning programs at Westminster College.”

Mark Woolley
President–BuildTec Solutions, LLC

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Ken Meland is the director of the Project-based programs at Westminster College. He holds a faculty position in the Gore School of Business, has served as Management Department Chair and on the Faculty Senate and the President’s Advisory Committee.

In his work as the director of the Project-based programs at Westminster, he has taken a lead in the international expansion of the program and led numerous MBA international travel programs to China, Belgium, South Africa, and Italy. He teaches and coaches the MBA project sequence residencies at Donghua University in Shanghai.

Ken received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Utah, Master of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, and B.S., Business Administration, from University of North Dakota. He specializes in strategic planning, organizational behavior, change management and creative decision making.

Dr. Ken Meland
Division of New Learning
Westminster College
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

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