Everybody's Business

03/13/2016 12:24

Everybody's Business

Illustration Credit - T. Dever

While obvious that any business college exists to turn out students ready to succeed in today’s business environment, we also know that this is a limited perspective on all that transpires between students and their educators. Preparing students for the ups and downs of today’s workplaces gets complicated when students don’t know what they need, or how to identify courses and minors that will be the most helpful as they pursue their career goals. On the flip side, we offer some programs that benefit students of all stripes.

Every time I discuss sales with Tim Heinze, Bill McGowan, or students associated with Seufferlein I am reminded of the value of sales acumen. This crucial skill underpins influence in virtually every sphere, at all levels.  In corporate life, no matter what our titles were, we were there because we could sell. And yes, even the legal team…even accounting…and even the master salesman himself, the global CEO.

Tim Heinz sent us an email recently highlighting the significance of the program beyond marketing students’ interests:

Though the sales program targets marketing students, there are involvement opportunities for all students. For example, an accounting student is on the board of our sales fraternity (PSE), management and entrepreneurship students help with our competitions, and non-business students take several sales classes.

I’ve placed a copy of the PDF describing the Seufferlein Sales Program in our brand new simplified catch-all tab, Resources and Miscellaneous. The information there is well worth sharing, and can help motivated students become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

Faculty at the Forefront (As Usual)

Kristin Minetti and David Agoff have been busy with their respective student organizations - the American Marketing Association and the Management Club - and sent along the pictures to prove it. Question: Can you guess what Kristin’s group is up to here?

Tim Heinz sent us an email recently highlighting the significance of the program beyond marketing students’ interests:

Though the sales program targets marketing students, there are involvement opportunities for all students. For example, an accounting student is on the board of our sales fraternity (PSE), management and entrepreneurship students help with our competitions, and non-business students take several sales classes.

I’ve placed a copy of the PDF describing the Seufferlein Sales Program in our brand new simplified catch-all tab, Resources and Miscellaneous. The information there is well worth sharing, and can help motivated students become the influential leaders of tomorrow.

Faculty at the Forefront (As Usual)

Kristin Minetti and David Agoff have been busy with their respective student organizations - the American Marketing Association and the Management Club - and sent along the pictures to prove it.

In order to spread awareness for the American Marketing Association and to gain interest from possible new members…(and) In spirit of Valentine’s Day, we had an event called "GoKiss."  Students got a partner and had to hold a cell phone between their lips.  Whichever duo held the cell phone the longest, with obstacles occurring along the way, won a GoPro camera.  The winning team held the phone for 28 minutes.

Kristin, I hereby bestow upon you an award, not yet named, for sending the most intriguing accompanying photos - ever! I'm sure your students find your approach to the art, craft, and science of marketing as inspiring as I do. I'm pretty sure I would not have been able to accomplish this feat of cooperation in any of my classes. But in fact cooperation abounds in the College of Business...

This week I was able to join David Agoff at the second meeting of the fully relaunched Management Club. It was exciting, filled with food, fun, at least 40 enthusiastic students and …me, doing poorly at an otherwise rousing game of Chico Jeopardy.  We’d like to encourage any COB students interested in management careers to consider joining this group, which has several career-enhancing events planned for the weeks ahead.  Next meeting is Wednesday, March 2 at 7 pm in room 214 in Glenn. David, I think you just might outgrow that room soon! David, along with student officers, ollectively represent the driving force behind the Management Club. I can see why it's popular - I had a genuinely good time right along with the students and David. 

Speaking of The Workforce of the Future…Provocative Reading Follows

Here’s an interesting take on working these days from pop blogger James Altucher.  What do you think?

Life Learning: 10 Reasons You Have to Quit Your Job in 2016

On related note, this one’s worth a look, too:

Mark Zuckerberg - Lifestyle Guru of the Future?

More Interesting Reads: Building Unstoppable Work Teams and

 The Significance of Writing by Hand

We all know through uncomfortable experience that you can put people together on a team, but you can’t make them collaborate. Bummer, because without cooperation, some great things never happen - of if they do, the efforts don't have the impact they otherwise could have.

What Google Learned from its Quest to Build the Perfect Team offers current insight on what holds us back in terms of developing teams that are healthy, effective and unstoppable. Hint: Research from some fine institutions indicates much has to do with the respect folks give one another.

We also well know that writing by hand the old fashioned way poses challenges for some students.

In  her latest blog entry , Colleen Robb shares her observations regarding handwritten assignments, highlighting the challenges it poses to some otherwise capable students. “Writing by hand isn’t only a mental exercise; it is also a kinesthetic process,” she notes. “Not only do you have to rely on your own grammatical and spelling knowledge, but also you have to think a lot slower because your hand can only write so fast.” There are plenty of benefits to be gained through engaging in the dying art of writing by hand – but it definitely takes practice, and a little coaching as well…which hopefully doesn’t backfire on those of us who encourage students’ hand-written reflections. :-)

 

Finally, we mentioned it before, but with the theme of this blog ending up to be "cooperation and collaboration makes a difference and in the end rules the world," or something like that, we can’t leave without offering major congratulations to Jeffrey Decker, the student teams, and everyone else involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA ) program.  They're applying their skills and talents to help community members who need assistance doing their tax returns.  Last week Jeffrey shared the particular significance of this year’s effort in an email headed “Chasing the Eagle.” He wrote,

The heading "Chasing the Eagle", refers to the regional VITA award given to the most outstanding student led VITA program in the area.  Chico State won this in 2014, with UC-Davis taking it home in 2015.  We are looking to bring the Eagle back to the COB Dean's office for 2016.

Thank you Jeffrey and all, for this magnificent and thoughtfully collaborative effort. It’s not difficult to imagine, given the accomplishments listed in your email, that the Eagle to which you referred wants to be here as much as we want him back at the College of Business.  

We have a (collective) dream...and so, no doubt, does that Eagle.