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The Business Imperative for Staying Calm During Stressful Times

Today’s harsh economic realities continue to impact everyone. Hundreds of thousands have been losing their jobs each month. In California, even firemen and policemen are being laid off (California firemen are being laid off even as we approach fire season!). It does not matter if you work for a private enterprise or a tax-supported agency. … Continued

The Art of Strategy During a Recession

Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch or you can read the transcript. In this video interview, Kurt K. Motamedi, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Leadership at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, discusses strategy, strategy execution, leadership styles (including neurotic managers and their impact), keeping employees motivated, and the shift away … Continued

Values-Centered Leaders More Successful in the Long Term

Can’t see the above video? Click here to watch or you can read the transcript. In this video interview, Kevin S. Groves, PhD, Assistant Professor of Organizational Theory and Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, discusses his research on executive development and succession planning, managerial thinking styles, social and emotional intelligence, and … Continued

Suddenly Unemployed? What to do if you’re a victim of the current financial crisis.

(This blog post has been excerpted from a previous article by Dr. Strom in the Graziadio Business Report) The global financial crisis is having echo effects across many business sectors. Having coached executives who had been fired or laid off, I would like to share some of the lessons I learned that are particularly relevant … Continued

David Callen, MSOD, wins First Annual Student Paper Competition

  David Callen, MSOD Congratulations to David Callen, MSOD, the $1,000 winner of the First Annual Graziadio School Student Paper Competition presented by the GBR and the Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University. The competition challenged Graziadio School students from all programs to submit a well-researched original article on any business thesis. … Continued

What Price Neurotic Managers?

  Managers are critical resources for national and global economic and social prosperity. They play a significant role in setting direction, executing strategies, and creating success. Their styles, along with their other competencies, impact the productivity and well-being of their employees, peers, superiors, and consequently firms.     Our observations lead us to categorize four … Continued

Bring Happiness to Work!

This is a guest post by Charles D. Kerns, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science If an organization does not perform and sustain performance it will decline over time and perhaps die. To sustain performance, a sufficient level of happiness needs to be introduced to an organization. Performance and happiness partner to help assure … Continued