WestminsterExecutive Education E-Newsletter

  JANUARY 2013


Westminster Student’s New Social Enterprise Helps Educate Children in Ghana

Nov. 27, 2012 SALT LAKE CITY- “Buy a Purse. Fund a Future”- that’s the theme of a new social enterprise called Daakye. Created by Westminster business student Abby Speicher, Daakye was inspired by her travels to Africa where she saw the need for a business that could help send local children to school.
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Happy Holidays!

Warmest holiday wishes to all of our Westminster friends! This is the time of year that many of our professional pursuits take a back seat to family, friends and social activities - and I think we all look forward to the change of pace and renewing relationships. Leaders know the importance of cultivating relationships which in turn fosters collaboration, a key leadership ability. Kouzes and Posner (2007) pointed out, "To get extraordinary things done, people have to relay on each other. They need to have a sense of mutual dependence - a community of people in which each knows that they need the others to be successful." (p. 233). Whether you are spending time with loved ones, donating time to a charitable cause or enjoying a well-deserved vacation break, enjoy your community and reflect on your successes as a leader!

Kouzes, J. M.; Posner, B. Z. (2007). The Leadership Challenge. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass


Chicken or Egg Question: What Comes First - A Thriving Company or a Great Culture? (Forbes.com)
While many companies worry about hunting new talent, Louis Tetu, former owner of Taleo, never had to worry. Louis' secret: create a working culture where people want to work and enjoy it. Read and learn more about his secret.
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Building a Talent Machine (Gallup.com)
What is the similarity among the most successful companies in the world? The answer is their emphasis on talent. Every leading company needs a good strategy to recruit, develop, and maintain its wonderful people. Randall J. Beck, Managing Partner for Gallup, shares some of his experience investing on human resource.
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How did Palantir build such a strong brand? (Forbes.com)
“I don’t know much about brands, but I think they sometimes reflect the truth. When you have a company with a really strong sense of team and values that consistently impresses the people it interacts with, the brand might ultimately reflect that out in the real world too.”
Learn how Palantir's co-founder built such a strong brand for the company by focusing on their culture and core values.
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Join the Discovery Gateway and The Gateway in their 2013 January Business After Hours. This is a great event to start your new year, enjoying great food and networking.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
444 West 100 South Salt Lake City, Utah



Leadership and Training Statistics

  • 79 % of surveyed companies said a gap exists in their organization
  • 40% thought they did not have enough bench strength in their leadership ranks
  • 50% listed leadership/executive-level skills as the number one skill gap
  • The 2011’s Top 125 companies collectively dedicated an average 6.7% of their payroll to the training budget-and they have the business results to show for it
Source: American Society for Training and Development, Enterprise Learning and Talent Management 2011, Training Magazine.

Learn how the Mastering Leadership Certificate Program at Westminster College can help you and your company avoid these gaps.
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Jerry Van Os, MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Jerry Van Os is a faculty member and Associate Dean in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Professor Van Os teaches graduate accounting courses in the MBA Program including: Financial Reporting and Control, Financial Design and Analysis, Special Topics in Financial Accounting, and Not-for-Profit Accounting. He also teaches in the Project-based MBA program.

He has served as MBA Director and Director of Accounting and Finance at Westminster. He was instrumental in developing project curriculum for the Professional Bachelor of Business degree program for adult learners.

In addition to his academic and teaching responsibilities, Professor Van Os is active in the Utah Association of Public Accountants and the Salt Lake Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Dr. Jerry Van Os
Division of New Learning
Westminster College
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

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