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Shareholder dividends of a different kind: Produce

My wife came home last Thursday with a bag filled with fresh vegetables: arugula, lettuce, scallions, pac choi, pea shoots, radishes, rapini, spinach and turnips. Not from the grocery store or even the...
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It’s Time to Make a UST Difference

The weekend has arrived!  Tomorrow (Saturday, June 18) from approximately 3 - 10 p.m., UST graduate business programs will Rock the Garden.  But more importantly, we will all be making a difference in the...
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The tornado that created an iconic brand

Weather phenomena such as tornadoes don't often come up in business school discussions about strategy and branding.  But a tornado that hit Roseville 30 years ago this week indirectly led to the rise of one...
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Evolution in the Workplace

The benefit of UST's diverse student roster is that each student brings a unique perspective and approach to business, which is especially relevant when we discuss how different people and business units might frame situations in the workplace.
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Celebrating Flag Day

June 14.  What’s the significance of this day?  For me, it’s my mother’s birthday.  Aside from celebrating my mother’s birthday, every year on June 14, Americans celebrate Flag Day.  Flag Day...
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Central Corridor: boon or bane for business?

As most Twin Cities residents know, construction for the long-discussed Central Corridor Light Rail project is now underway, with the line expected to be completed sometime in 2014.  While hopes are high that...
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Jargon Genesis: You’re Fired!

If thieves in our current criminal system think they’ve got it bad, they should do some research on the miners from Mendip, England several hundred years ago. In a publication entitled “6 Laws of Mendip...
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Businessweek: PR Belongs in B-School Studies

From Warren Buffet attempting to explain away insider trading at Berkshire Hathaway to Tony Hayward, formerly of BP, complaining about getting his life back, the litany of gaffes certainly changes public...
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What does it mean to be a leader?

Management and leadership gurus like Michael Porter, Marcus Buckingham, Robert Reich, Steven Covey and Peter Drucker all give a slightly different answer to the question “what does it mean to be a leader?”...
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Nice Ride coming to St. Paul college campuses

MPR's On Campus Blog and the Pioneer Press have noted that the Nice Ride bike rental system is spreading from Minneapolis to St. Paul this summer. The bike-sharing organization Nice Ride Minnesota will add...
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Faculty Feature: Dr. Daryl Koehn

Dr. Daryl Koehn grew up in rural Kansas, attending school where there were two grades in each classroom. As a child, she enjoyed finishing her work early and listening in on the grade above her. It seems...
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Where Will You Make a #USTdifference?

The Opus College of Business community makes a difference in the world by being a business school that emphasizes ethics as much as it does balance sheets, a college that knows business is about more than...
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Is Social Media Undermining Our "Social Circuitry"?

I posted last week about "educators trying to exploit Twitter-like technology to enhance classroom discussion." In the mean time I've been following the response to the New York Times article that spurred my...
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Secrets are Lies

A million years ago, while attending junior high (that’s like middle school, if you were born in the ‘80s), if students saw two people whispering to one another, someone would start yelling “Secrets are...
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Jargon Genesis: Pomp and Circumstance

With commencement ceremonies for the university taking place last weekend, it got us thinking about the genesis of some of the traditions that take place at graduations around the world. Many of you had the...
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Where One Road Ends, Another Begins

Tomorrow is my graduation day at the University of St. Thomas! Congratulations to my fellow MBA graduates. We did it! What an amazing three years it has been. When I started this journey back in 2008, I...
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Speak Up Using Social Media

I have a Twitter account, but at times—like many others—I don't use it or really gain that much value from the steady flow of tweeted headlines, "5 tips for blah blah blah" and banal updates on what's for...
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Lynn Casey honored for Career Achievement

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal's 14th Annual Women in Business Awards publication was released late last week.  Lynn Casey, CEO and Chairwoman of public relations firm Padilla Speer Beardsley...