Charleston School of Business Faculty & Staff Updates

Challenging Landscape

We’ve talked a lot about the changes in the higher education landscape and the challenges ahead. Two articles this week clearly articulated some of these for me. The first one, from the Wall Street Journal, gives us a bit of history (we’ve lived it) and how we have ended up where we are. It’s no…

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More And Less

Now that the chaos called the start of a new year/semester is behind us, I have a question for you: What do you want to do more of, and what do you want to do less of this year? To make OUR School the best it can be, there’s a certain amount of “stuff” we…

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OUR School of Business

As we kick off 2024, I look forward to OUR School meeting this afternoon. We will start our discussion about articulating a way to make strategic planning, messaging, and branding all work together. As last week’s post mentioned, our goal is to make sure we can see ourselves in what we produce because words matter….

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Where Business Meets Purpose

“Where Business Meets Purpose, and Extraordinary Happens.” With AI’s help, I’ve been pondering how our strategic plan, marketing plan, and messaging all fit together. We are already doing great work. Hopefully, with fruitful conversations, we won’t reinvent the wheel, just focus and highlight. Before my arrival, a lot of great work had been done. The…

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Year in Rearview

Here we are at the end of 2023 – another year of impact, thanks to you. We started working on a 2022/23 annual report in August, but it took a bit longer than anticipated due to the website redesign and other more pressing priorities. But we are pleased to share it with you now: School…

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Good Hope

What a difference a week makes. Two weeks ago, I had the unfortunate experience of being interviewed by the FBI about the UNLV shooter. It’s still surreal to think that a former colleague is capable of that, and my heart goes out to the UNLV community. It was unforgettable, and a dark time. But I…

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Pause

Early in my academic career, I didn’t appreciate graduation as much as I do now. For me, it has become a moment to pause and reflect on the impact we make. At graduation, our students transition from their student life to the next stage of their lives. For many, it’s a career. For others, it’s…

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Ready to Rumble?

“Let’s get ready to rumble!!!” Did you ever imagine I would start a post with that phrase? I didn’t. Did it make you smile? I did. It’s also a good summary of the last few days and many of our meetings this semester. And guess what? This post includes a podcast, or better yet, a…

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Up Next

First, I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and took some time for yourself. Me? I spent time with my extended family and caught up on some reading (surprise). My reading list included: Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things, by Adam Grant Happy Mind, Happy, Life: The New Science of Mental Well-Being, by…

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Thankful

“Thankful” – such a simple, everyday word. But in my experience, it’s also one of the most potent words. I’m thankful we have a holiday that reminds us to be grateful. When we focus on being thankful, things seem to go better. We are mentally in a better place. Hopefully, we each take a few…

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Collaboration Abounds

This week, I found myself thinking a lot about collaboration. How do we leverage collaboration that makes us all better without creating more work? I spent Sunday – Tuesday with about 90 other deans from the south (SBAA). It’s great to have a network that supports each other. Worthy rivals, not competition. There are several…

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Words Matter

Cultured Confidence – have you heard those words before? How about these: There is a depth and balance to life’s experiences that you get from learning in a place that approaches business a little differently. A thoughtful polish, personality, and a true appreciation for relationships. It’s the embedding of a personal responsibility and power into…

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Teammateship

Last week, while discussing the topic of leadership at an event, I shared the thoughts of one of my mentors, Austin Bunch, who was passionate about followership. Leadership and followership are two concepts that get a lot of attention. This conversation was on my mind when I listened to Simon Sinek’s conversation with Shane Battier….

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The Company You Keep

One of my favorite authors is Patrick Lencioni. His books are so easy to read and enjoyable, making me think. Over the weekend, I read his most recent one, The Six Types of Working Genius, and took away some interesting insights. I’ll post about it once I digest it a bit more. I also enjoy…

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Civil Discourse

When I saw the announcement about Michael Lee’s appointment as Director of the Civil Discourse Initiative at CofC earlier this week, I smiled. That’s something we need, and CofC can lead the way. How cool is that? Then, I reflected on last Thursday’s Faculty Meeting. There were a lot of thoughts shared and it wasn’t…

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Inspiring People

I’ve had the privilege of attending two inspirational events in the last week. Last week, it was the Women For Women Summit where Anita Zucker received the Woman of Courage award. Every engagement I’ve had with Anita has been inspirational. Her story is compelling, and she has incredible insights, but the authenticity of her as…

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AI on Our Minds

Is it just me? Not a day goes by that I am not engaged in at least one, typically more, conversation about Generative AI. I won’t rehash the discussions – you’re having these conversations, too, which are meaningful. This recent Advice Column in the Chronicle is thought-provoking and provides an excellent perspective of the opportunities…

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P3: Power in Partnerships

At the Provost’s suggestion, today, I am at the P3 EDU conference in Denver. Public-private partnerships have had my attention for a long time. This is a continuation of the partnership theme I experienced last week with the Chamber. The stories and examples are inspirational. I am learning a lot and am encouraged about how…

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Beyond CHS

Greetings from Austin, Texas. I am currently at The University of Texas as a part of the Charleston Metro Chamber’s Metro Leadership Visit. It’s a jampacked couple of days, but I am spending time with Charleston business leaders and learning more about the great things happening in Austin. Austin is a city that Charleston can…

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Demographic Cliff

We’ve been discussing a pending enrollment/demographic cliff for years. Declining birth rates, an aging population, economics, and other factors mean fewer traditional college-age students in the future. As academics, we understand that the data supports this conclusion. It’s happening. We need to have strategies to deal with it so we can control our own destiny….

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