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  FEBRUARY 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Westminster Student Fights Hunger with Child Artist Designed Pajamas

Local company, "Sugar Doodle Kids", to benefit the Utah Food Bank.
SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster MBA student Nick Whatcott believes no child should ever go to bed hungry. To help fight hunger in Utah, Whatcott came up with a business plan to benefit the Utah Food Bank and other organizations fighting children's hunger, while giving young artists a venue for their work. It's called Sugar Doodle Kids.
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR, ROSE DEFA















Leading effective teams is recognized as an important leadership skill. "Research demonstrates that effective team leaders ensure a collaborative climate by making communication safe, demanding and rewarding collaborative behavior, guiding the team's problem-solving efforts, and managing their own control needs." (Northouse, 2007, p. 220) Leaders know that collaboration and teamwork are inextricably linked and both depend on an environment of trust. But as you will see in our collection of articles, there are fresh thoughts on getting extraordinary things done through collaboration and teamwork in today's fast-paced, global world.

Northouse, P. (2007). Leadership: Theory and practice.

LEADERSHIP STORIES: TEAM WORK AND COLLABORATION

FOUNDATION

A Team’s Foundation is Built Upon Structure and Focus
To begin our topic of this month, let's take a look at this article which discusses the basic foundation of team work. Learn how strong stucture and focus can help eliminate many problems associated with a team's performance.
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Why Leaders Need to Rethink Teamwork
We are all aware of the power of team work and collaboration but a team structure can create challenges. This article from Forbes.com discusses a more dynamic process called "teaming."
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CULTURES

Collaborating Across Cultures
As globalization is taking over, your working environment is becoming more diverse, particularly more multicultural. How does this affect collaboration? Michael Blanding from the Harvard Business School shows us how collaboration is different from culture to culture. Read to learn how to build strong collaboration within a multicultural environment.
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COLLABORATION TOOLS

How Collaboration Tools Can Improve Knowledge Work (HBR)
“As we automate more and more routine work, generating ever greater volumes of digital data, managers are focusing ever more on supporting knowledge workers - which these days is just about everybody. Online collaboration tools can help; they can give workers quick answers to questions, speed decision-making, and improve communications from the top to bottom of an organization. But most companies find it a cultural challenge to adopt these tools.”
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Getting Employees To Actually Use Social Collaboration Tools (Forbes.com)
Collaboration is the key to success at work. With the help of techonology, office workers can now use many social tools to collaborate with each other. The question is, as a leader, how can you encourage your team members to utilize these social tools?
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MASTERING LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

We Wait Too Long to Train Our Leaders (Bloomberg.com)


Recent statistics shows that most companies wait too long to train their employees on leaderships, which may be one of the reasons that their leadership development programs don't work as well as they expect. Don't wait! Let Westminster College Executive Education help you today by visiting out website or calling 801-832-3422 for free consultation.
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MEET OUR FACULTY



CHARLA A. BROWN, MS, Ph.D.

Mentoring, Change Management, and Organizational Culture Professional

With 15 years in human resources across a variety of industries, Charla’s Fortune 500 experience includes Continental Airlines, Devon Energy, and Enron. The head of human resources at Backcountry.com, Charla carefully cultivated the culture through continued alignment with the industry, the product, technology, and premier customer service during the company’s period of hyper-growth.

Charla received a PhD in Applied Social Psychology from Brigham Young University and a MS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Lamar University. As the Faculty Coach for the Markets and Marketing sequence in the project-based MBA program, she coaches students on business topics, communication skills, and executive presence.

CHARLA A. BROWN, MS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management, Gore School of Business
Email: cbrown@westminstercollege.edu
Phone: (801) 832.2637


LEADERSHIP EVENT

Join the Women's Business Center with their Morning Jump Start. This is a great event to come if you want to start your own business or just to improve your current business.
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
8:30 a.m -10 a.m.

Salt Lake Chamber
175 E. University Blvd. (400 S.), Ste. 600
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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