October 14, 2019

Be a team player (The Free Lance-Star)

Rethinking jobs as times change (The Free Lance-Star)

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses making changes to job descriptions. Read RETHINKING JOBS AS TIMES CHANGE.

 

HAVE YOU looked around your organization to see who’s doing what?

As technological changes have impacted so much in the last couple of decades, are the people in your organization “fully employed?” Here are a few things to think about. Read more. 

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses whether to make big announcements when changes still need to be made. Read THE BOLD STATEMENT.

 

I HAVE spent a lifetime in higher education, first as a student, then as a professor and administrator. We are not known in higher education for our ability to make changes quickly. Most of the time, it doesn’t have negative consequences, but sometimes it can.

A business school (we’ll call it Big City U) in a very competitive market was facing a downturn in its MBA enrollments about 20 years ago. Recognizing that the curriculum was a big reason why students were not choosing their school, the faculty began talking about what they could do to solve the problem. And they talked some more. A year or so went by, and no changes had been made. Read more. 

RICHARDSON: Believe Them (The Free Lance-Star)

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses bad behavior in the workplace. Read BELIEVE THEM.

 

IT HAS taken me six decades, but I have accepted something recently that perhaps you also might need to accept.

When people show you who they are by their actions and words, believe them.

So many times in our workplaces, homes, communities and friend groups, people say or do things that are unkind. But we make excuses for them, saying things like, “He’s having a rough day,” or, “He didn’t mean that.” You might hear: “I know he shouldn’t be saying/doing this, but he’s so valuable to our team that I cannot do anything about him.” Read more. 

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses why a job might be the best fit, or not, for your personal life. Read WORK AND PERSONAL LIVES.

 

How often do you consider the personal side of your life when you consider job opportunities?

I have lived and worked in a variety of locales: a mid-sized city, two smaller cities, and one fairly rural college town. As a person who blooms where she’s planted, I have no issues assimilating into any of the communities. But that’s not true for everyone. Read more. 

RICHARDSON: Is your organization receptive to change? Are you? (The Free Lance-Star)

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses the importance of being willing to change and improve in the workplace. Read IS YOUR ORGANIZATION RECEPTIVE TO CHANGE? ARE YOU?

CHANGE is inevitable. We know it, but we don’t have to like it.

I had a conversation with a person who has been in his position for less than a year. His manufacturing organization was not up to date on best practices in the industry. As we discussed the many changes that he and his supervisor had brought to the organization, I asked what I thought of as the key question: “How receptive were the employees to these new ideas?”

Read more. 

Richardson Column in The Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s weekly column in The Free Lance-Star discusses how organizations can better prepare themselves for the retirement of older workers. Read TRANSITIONING KNOWLEDGE IN THE WORKPLACE.

The baby boomers are retiring. Many of them likely hold significant roles in their organizations. What will happen when they walk out your organization’s door? Have those employees, with so much knowledge and corporate history, shared what they know with those who will succeed them? And if they haven’t, what does that mean for the organization’s future, both immediate and longer term?

Read more.