Noted political commentators Mary Matalin and James Carville spoke to an overflow crowd at the Opus College of Business on Wednesday, November 28, as the latest in the college’s distinguished speaker series. Their announced topic was civility, and they broached the subject both directly and through a sort of “leadership by example” as they civilly laid out their drastically opposed views of the American political landscape in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election.
While both are accomplished speakers and operatives in their own rights, Matalin and Carville make an interesting duo as speakers because of their unique shared circumstance: Matalin’s a conservative Republican, Carville’s an outspokenly liberal Democrat, and the two of them have been happily married since the early 1990s. Clearly, they know a thing or two about civility in disagreements.
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D., assistant professor of ethics and business law here at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business published an article about the World Economic Forum in Davos on the Huffington Post Tuesday.
As world leaders prepared for the World Economic Forum‘s annual fête in Davos, Switzerland in January, the event continued to embody what is arguably the most pressing irony of capitalism today. The problem of too much — over-consumption, excessive rewards for an elite few — flaunts alongside the problem of too little — resource scarcity and extreme poverty for a less fortunate many. As politically and economically motivated uprisings sprouted around the world this past year, these problems also coexisted at Davos, one seeking to help solve the other while at the same time being blamed for being its primary cause.
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The website Copyblogger has a great post on the Stop Online Piracy Act—the reason sites like Wikipedia are “dark” today. Here are a few highlights.
SOPA is the Stop Online Piracy Act, written with the intent of more vigorously protecting copyright around the web. The entertainment industry wants to come down harder on file sharing and the theft of copyrighted material, so it lobbied for a draconian law to add to the many anti-piracy laws that are already on the books.
SOPA would be a sweet deal for giant music and entertainment companies. That’s why the law got written in the first place.
But it’s not a good deal for countless small businesses in the U.S., including yours.
While the nation’s elected officials come from a wide variety of professional and educational backgrounds, law degrees are the most common type of advanced degree held by American politicians. Our current president holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and many former presidents were lawyers as well. According to a recent Financial Times article, however, politicians with MBAs are becoming increasingly common.
MBA programs originally focused primarily on functional skills such as finance, marketing, and operations management. While these subjects remain critical components of the core MBA curriculum at most institutions, “soft skills” are of equal or even greater importance in the modern business world. Skills such as leadership, effective communication skills, people management, and change management have come to the forefront of the MBA curriculum at many universities in the past 20 years. Companies increasingly are looking for MBA graduates who can not only calculate and interpret data, but who can lead teams, collaborate across functional areas, and think creatively.
Tom Horner (I), left; Representative Tom Emmer (R), center; and former Senator Mark Dayton (D) are introduced by Dean Christopher Puto.
The Opus College of Business hosted the three major party candidates for Minnesota governor—Representative Tom Emmer (R), former Senator Mark Dayton (D), and Mr. Tom Horner (I)—for a debate Tuesday moderated by Dean Christopher Puto. The candidates outlined their strategies for job creation, economic growth and energy issues.
The discussion, sponsored by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal focused on business issues affecting Minnesota with Journal editorial staff determining the questions. The audience of more than 200 included former Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton and former Minnesota Senator David Durenberger.
Questions ranged from the big picture (“What is Minnesota’s brand and how would you work to leverage or change that perception as governor?”) to those more closely related to policy (“What are the specific actions you would take to promote the development of a clean energy industry and market in the state?”) to leadership style (“To which resources and which colleagues will you most often turn as you face challenging decisions?”)