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Adult and Graduate Education at Roberts Wesleyan College

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Joel Hoomans, Strategic Leadership

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Sep 16, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Innovator in Leadership and Development of People

During his 10 years in Human Resources for Wegmans Food Markets, Joel Hoomans became the company’s first Manager of Leadership Development. His success came from approaching the company’s employees as renewable assets to be invested in and treated with respect, rather than thought of as expendable resources. Yet, in his role as hiring manager, he quickly noticed than many of the top-tier MBA graduates he interviewed did not possess critical customer service and leadership abilities. These highly skilled candidates lacked the dedication to the growth and development of people that were fundamental to the success of the organization. This motivated Joel to enter higher education on a mission to create the next generation business degree focused on developing emerging leaders and enhancing the abilities of established leaders.

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Topics: Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Graduate Business, time-shortened education, Servant Leader

Competent Leadership: A Spiritual Perspective by Dr. Laura Falco

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jul 14, 2014 8:41:00 AM

Introduction

Can strong leaders be trained and developed over time or must a person be born with inherent leadership traits in order to truly be a “successful” or “effective” leader?  Most leaders could probably make a case for both sides of this age old debate, but the purpose of this article is to focus in on the trainable aspects of leadership; competencies that can be improved over time.  It is generally accepted that all human beings consist of several different elements including our physical body (measured by behavior), our mind (measured by intelligent thoughts or beliefs), and our soul (measured by emotions, will, and desires).  As seen in the following literature review, each of these components has been positively linked to leadership outcomes.  A more controversial component, however, and one that is just now coming to the surface in leadership research, is that of the human spirit.  Are all humans spiritual beings?  Should spirituality play a role in the workplace?  Is spiritual competency more important than other human abilities as they relate to leadership effectiveness?  Can higher levels of spiritual competency be developed through training and application?  These are a few of the questions explored in this article.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, Graduate Business, leadership

The High Cost of Low Morale by Nicole Fink

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jul 3, 2014 1:37:00 PM

How to Address Low Morale in the Workplace through Servant Leadership

Today more than ever, the healthcare sector faces growing pressures that will further tax its capabilities and inhibit its ability to meet growing consumer demands.  Significant challenges of healthcare organizations include: financial pressures, increasing competition, staffing shortages, employee and patient safety concerns, and a significant increase in the consumption of healthcare related services (Kovner & Neuhauser, 2004).  Overcoming these challenges will require that leaders of healthcare organizations seek creative strategies to improve and maintain high performance of employees.  With that being said, it becomes obvious that improving and maintaining high employee morale is a key factor to consider in the pursuit of organizational success.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, business, morale

Lessons in Leadership: Rest or Fail by Dr. Joel Hoomans

Posted by Michael Blankenship on Jun 23, 2014 4:08:00 PM

Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.   Jane E. Brody

An Opening Analogy

Several years ago I recall hearing a manager tell an emotional employee to leave her “personal problems at home” – as if she could actually divorce the trauma of her personal experience from her work persona. I recall thinking how insensitive and ridiculous that request was. Of course it is impossible to segregate our emotions, conscience, thoughts, etc., simply by the locale of our physical being. These things stay with us no matter where we go. As human beings, we are a complex composite of physical capacities, perspectives, interests, talents, experiences, wounds, weaknesses, willfulness, values, and ethics which accompany us across our destinations and shape the way we act and interact.

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Topics: Roberts Wesleyan College, Leading Edge Journal, Next Generation Business Degree, Strategic Leadership, Lesson in Leadership, business, Master's degree, Graduate Business, leadership