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A Letter to the 20-Something's

Posted on January 23, 2015 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

Not many college graduates are given access to incredible leadership opportunities and career building experience in their first post-graduation job. Spending two years as a Fellow at The Soderquist Center gave me both of those assets as I began my professional career after college. Among other things, I came away from that experience with a better understanding of how to build both a professional reputation and a leadership style...

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What Story Is Your Leadership Telling

Posted on January 22, 2015 by The Soderquist Center | 1 Comment

Not everyone gets to have a book written about them, and in fact, many of us probably wouldn’t want people to know all about our lives. That doesn’t mean we’re not all writing our own stories. Every action communicates something about who we are, from how we greet a person, to where we spend our time, to what we do when things get tough. The question then becomes:...

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Pursue. Hire. Persevere.

Posted on January 20, 2015 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

3 Lessons I Learned After College

Pursue your passion.
I had just received my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and celebrated my 22nd birthday. The economy in my new home of Tulsa, Oklahoma was bad, and I was having trouble finding a job. I opened the employment ads one morning and saw a description of my dream job. Tulsa Junior College needed a full-time Computer Science instructor. The ad...

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How to Be BOSS: A Follower's Perspective

Posted on January 15, 2015 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that employee engagement is key to a business’ success and that management plays an integral role in an employee’s engagement. In fact, according to a recent study, 80% of employees that were dissatisfied with their supervisor were disengaged.

I’ve never been a supervisor. In fact, I have more experience being managed than managing others. And reading that study about employee engagement made me think...

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Your Mission: Have Fun

Posted on January 13, 2015 by The Soderquist Center | 0 Comments

While I was in college and graduate school, I worked as the assistant manager at the Great American Cookie Company in the local mall. I worked with a great team brightening people's days with chocolate chips and sprinkles. Who wouldn’t love to do that all day?!? However, just like with all jobs, there is a monotony that can inevitably happen that makes it easy to overlook the fun...

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