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Holiday Traditions Across the NCU Community

In this year of social distancing, we may not get to celebrate the holiday season as we’d like. In times like these, our traditions seem more important than ever.

We asked a few of our NCU community to reflect on their favorite holiday traditions, and what they’re most looking forward to this holiday season.

Applying Adaptive Leadership to a Virtual Workforce

The Adaptive Leadership style is a follower-centered approach that focuses on the leader and followers ability to adapt to change. While the name of this approach, adaptive leadership makes one think that it is concerned with how leaders adapt, it is actually more about the adaption of followers. Originally developed by Heifetz (1994), adaptive leadership conceptualizes the leader not as one who solves problems for people but rather as one who encourages others to do the problem solving.

Applying Adaptive Leadership in Virtual Settings

In my current position, I enjoy the unique opportunity to work within the fields of military, business, and education, all within the same work day. The constant changing of which “hat” I am wearing at any given time is almost literal – I often change between educational, business, and my military settings depending on the next event, adapting the tone and jargon of the conversation as most appropriate. Regardless of industry, an inability to be adaptive would rightly be seen as lazy, unprofessional, or both.

The Must Have: The Components of an Adaptive Leader Adapting to Changing Environments to Remain Successful

Adaptive Leadership is a purposeful leadership style that supports the acclimation of leaders, subordinates and organizations to flourish in various circumstances. Adaptive leaders are self-aware, performance motivated and usually have significant emotional intelligence. These attributes enable adaptive leaders to assign the right tasks to the right people and provide resources for professional development. They take decisive action, rarely doing so in a reactive manner without considering all possible outcomes.

Why I Teach: Because I Was Meant to Change Lives

Why did I become a teacher, and continue to do it now?

Well… Way back in 3rd grade it came through our talents’ inventory in Sunday School that I was designated to be a teacher. It was always there, so in high school, when a decision was to be made for either math or music, the dilemma began. Hey, I’m more talented music-wise, and knew I’d get into college, so music ed it was, and my math analysis teacher just cried.

To Be or Not to Be Virtual!

Virtual organizations are not new and many organizations have relied on this model to operate effectively in a global market. Educational institutions, especially, have been operating virtually through the provision of online courses for quite a while, and have even offered a menu of ways that students can access their education- through the traditional classroom, virtually or a hybrid of the two.

The Pandemic Disruption: The Impact on Tacit Knowledge

 

Knowledge is a multi-faceted building block for all societies. Whether blue or white collar in occupation, whether an urban or rural dweller, everyone transfers knowledge to someone. Knowledge is a main “how-to” construct that keeps productivity, processes, and legacies moving forward. A sound foundation of knowledge transfer facilitates innovation so that progressive versions of the knowledge contiguously emerges.

Why I Teach - To Start a Fire

Dr. Joel B. Goodin, Assistant Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

To teach, obviously, is to impart knowledge. Knowledge is often held by the more privileged in society —those who have had higher socio-economic family environments… those who have been able to afford more education… those who have cultural capital. Knowledge is indeed power.

NCU student receives Bugbee-Falk Award

Northcentral University’s School of Health Sciences is excited to announce that the Master of Health Administration program was selected by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, or AUPHA, as one of the 2020-2021 Bugbee-Falk Award recipients. While AUPHA chooses the recipient programs, the student recipient is actually chosen by their program.

Why I Teach: Because I love to Learn

I teach because I am passionate about learning. I can see things from a new perspective through the eyes of my students. Teaching stretches my thinking. I believe approaching teaching as a learner helps me support my students. I bring my knowledge and experience with me as I stand for a moment in their shoes when I’m reviewing their work. From this vantage point I reflect on what else might they benefit from thinking about or learning next.

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