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IPFW Corporate Advantage Newsletter - Fall 2013

Issue: 14 Fall 2013


As we put together content for this newsletter, Indiana is experiencing a rare combination of winter blizzard conditions and record-cold temperatures that closed down the IPFW campus. Having an unexpected moment of downtime like this provides us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on our goals for the coming year.

One of our goals for 2014 is to build upon the already-successful IPFW Applied Leadership Series. After two years of resounding success, we are planning for our third series, scheduled for March 19, 20 and 21 at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse IPFW Alumni Center.

IPFW's Applied Leadership Series is designed to develop the leadership skills of the manager who is energetic, visionary, and ready to move up to a new level of performance with a commitment to the future of your company. The curriculum has been guided by regional business leaders from various industries to cover skill areas pertinent to today's business leaders.

They say that the "third time's a charm," and we're sure that you'll find this to be the case with this year's Applied Leadership Series. As enrollment is limited, we encourage you to sign up your future leaders today by visiting our Applied Leadership webpage.

Speaking of leadership, you'll want to be sure to read the article below by Applied Leadership Series presenter Max Montesino that discusses Managerial Competencies. You may be surprised to learn that "hidden" competencies such as self-concept, values and attitudes are often more important than the "visible" competencies such as skills and job-related experience that most corporations look for when hiring a managerial candidate.

You may also find interesting a review that Jake Gamble wrote about a book discussing the role of love in the workplace, which has nothing to do with office romances. According to Gamble, author/entrepreneur Joel Manby makes a convincing case for the role that love can play in helping a business succeed in his book, Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders, reviewed below.

The final article in this newsletter is the IPFW Alumni Insights feature that profiles Eric N. Johnson, the manager and owner of Ad Lab Advertising & Marketing Services in Fort Wayne. Read about the hurdles that Johnson and his company have had to overcome to remain competitive in the ever-changing world of business marketing.

As always, we hope you find all the information included in this newsletter to be helpful as you explore new ways to use Corporate Training to your advantage. We welcome suggestions for future subject matter; please click here to submit them for consideration.

--Gary Schott, Director of Entrepreneurship & Corporate Training, IPFW Division of Continuing Studies - 260-399-1675 or schottg@ipfw.edu

 In this issue:


Managerial Competencies: What Are They?

Hitting the Bottom Line: What's Love Got to Do with It?  A Review of 'Love Works' by Joel Manby

IPFW Alumni Insights

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Managerial Competencies: What Are They?
By Max U. Montesino, Ed.D., Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director IPFW Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision

In a human organization, the incumbent of any job needs to develop a set of specified competencies in order to execute her/his duties effectively and achieve the expected results, to be successful. It follows that the more complex the nature of the job, the more multi-faceted the set of competencies involved.

The work of an organizational leader is one of those intricate ones. Its complexity stems from the fact that what managers do, regardless of the technical side of the organization they are in charge of, is to get results from people and with people. That peculiarity of the organizational leader's job makes the development of those competencies a lot more challenging than other, non-managerial jobs. But, it is worth asking: What is a competency? And what competencies are required for a managerial job?

This brief article seeks to answer the questions at the end of the previous paragraph, with the purpose of contributing to a reflection on the nature of the work of an organizational leader, regardless of his or her level in the organization.    

Read the entire article

Hitting the Bottom Line: What's Love Got to Do with It?
A Review of ‘Love Works’ by Joel Manby
(Manby, Joel. Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012)
Book Review By E. Jake Gamble President & Founder, Leadership Support Services, LLC, and Instructor for the Upcoming IPFW Conflict Management Series

In my line of work, the word love is rarely used. Love, they say, is inappropriate. In the eyes of many, it's also a sign of weakness. Profit, after all, is the call of the day. Destroy your competition and control your people. It's all about the win, baby!

But author/entrepreneur Joel Manby makes a convincing case for the role that love can play in helping a business succeed. As he states, "…there's a better way to lead than simply 'hitting the numbers' and caring only about the bottom line. I can tell you unequivocally that there is a better way, and this way is leading with love."

Read the entire article

IPFW Alumni Insights
This series features alumni of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as they share their insight on a variety of topics related to business and organizational growth. We thank IPFW Alumni Relations for helping us identify community leaders for this column.

Internet Interview with Eric N. Johnson— Manager/Owner, Ad Lab Advertising & Marketing Services
By Mary Popovich for Corporate Advantage

Eric N. Johnson is a native of Farmington, Michigan, a small community outside of Detroit, who moved to Fort Wayne and graduated from South Side High School in 1966. He completed a B.A. in mass communications at IPFW in 1975, with a minor in radio and television production. In 1980, Johnson joined Ad Lab, a local company formerly affiliated with McJon Photo and Fujifilm USA. Over the years, Ad Lab evolved from a hands-on photo-processing and graphic design firm where everything was done manually to a full-service advertising agency with six employees utilizing the latest technology. Throughout this evolutionary process, Johnson—who became the manager and owner of Ad Lab (now known as Ad Lab Advertising & Marketing Services)—learned to embrace change to sustain the business as one of the area's oldest advertising and marketing firms serving a growing list of impressive clientele.

Read the entire interview

About IPFW Corporate Advantage
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In need of training to elevate your company to the next level of excellence or teach your employees specific skills needed for future growth expectations?  IPFW’s Corporate Training specializes in providing your company with a competitive advantage through training specifically tailored to your needs.  Unlike other “cookie-cutter” or “one-for-all” training programs that attempt to fit your needs into their existing courses, we conduct a thorough needs analysis and custom-design a program specifically for you.  We provide training at your site or ours, carefully choose the right instructor from our vast network of community experts, and customize the training manual and hands-on instruction for your unique needs.  What’s more, we can schedule the training on your timeline, when it’s least likely to impact operational and production goals.

Learn more about IPFW’s Corporate Training Center and the many training opportunities, or contact Gary Schott at 260-399-1675 or via e-mail at schottg@ipfw.edu. 

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