May 30, 2023

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

UMW College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s latest column in The Free Lance-Star is entitled, “Two Basic Management Styles.”

I KNOW, and have known, many business deans. Through those professional relationships, I’ve learned something that applies to my industry, but also to plenty of other industries.

Managers either work sequentially or concurrently. What do I mean? I’ll use my own experiences to illustrate. Either method can work, but what is best depends on what the organization needs.

Any manager should expect a learning curve, and a honeymoon period, when they start at a new job. People will cut you slack as you figure out what your job actually is and how to most effectively do it. But after three to six months, folks expect to start seeing some action. Perhaps new initiatives begin or a tough decision is made regarding how work is done. Read more.