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Virtual Teambuilding Activities

Leaders of virtual teams must be intentional about team building in order to create trust and develop a cohesive team. A cohesive team fosters not only trust and cohesiveness, but enables forgiveness. There are hundreds of ideas for virtual team building activities on the web and some popular ones are described below.

Simply and Easy Activities

Diversity and Inclusion in Virtual Teams

In these challenging times, many companies are seeking authentic ways to increase equity and diversity initiatives within their organizations. Racial tensions in this country have reached an apex, and many US citizens are calling out for a reckoning. This turmoil is occurring in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 has caused major impacts across the globe, barreling us into remote work environments and instigating decreases in revenue within those industries that cannot nimbly pivot to a virtual format. With so many uncertainties, many of us are just trying to keep our heads above water.

Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Successfully Achieve your New Year’s Resolutions

Not only are we hoping for a year of health, happiness and love; this is the time many of us make New Years Resolutions. Whether your resolution is to save money, eat healthy or practice self-care, you can use behavior analytic principles to change your own behavior and keep those New Year’s Resolutions through an ABA technique called self-management!

Why What We Do is Important

David Harpool, JD, PhD
President, NCU

I have the privilege to lead Northcentral University, an accredited, nonprofit institution of higher education, serving primarily graduate students through a robust online learning platform.

Why Northcentral University’s MBA is not just another MBA

The ultimate test of your education is what it does for you in the job market. When we talk to our advisory board and the employers of our graduates, they expect anyone with a business degree to have business knowledge – something you can get through any business program. What employers emphasize in a new hire with an MBA is someone who can communicate in today’s environment, understand the breadth of the business and industry, help the company move into new markets and expand on current markets; and finally, deliver intelligent, research-based business solutions. 

Managing Virtual Organizations

To help you prepare for the present and future workplace, the School of Business at Northcentral University is pleased to announce the new Management of Virtual Organizations specialization for the MBA, MSOL, MPA, and MHRM!

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.

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