Posts by Brad Dawson:

- April 13, 2021

Homage to High School Counselors

Homage to High School Counselors

As part of our efforts to recruit students for our Fall 2021 semester (our inaugural class for FXUA), I have been interviewing high school counselors from around the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. Not having spent a great deal of time with this secondary school population, I have been struck by one surprising and recurring aspect: […]

- April 6, 2021

Teaching Work-Life “Integration”

Teaching Work-Life “Integration”

The COVID pandemic has been a painful reminder that we are not always in control of our own surroundings. During this same period, which forced many of us into quarantined lifestyles, certain “truisms” have been identified – lessons that can be adopted as the entire world begins to re-emerge into this new “next normal”. Of […]

- March 29, 2021

Teaching Hybrid Leadership

Teaching Hybrid Leadership

Collectively, we realize that the operating confines of a typical workday are in the past. The pandemic has all but erased the traditional 9 to 5 workday and replaced it with a more flexible, individually oriented approach that seeks to define a true work-life integration. (Not to be confused with a work-life balance!) During the […]

- March 22, 2021

Teaching “Technology Proficiency”

Teaching “Technology Proficiency”

In a recent interview with a member of our Corporate Advisory Council (CAC), we got into a discussion regarding the use of technology in the workspace. Being on the older side of the organizational spectrum, we both marveled at how prevalent technology has become during our respective professional careers. Yet, in the very same breath, […]

- March 15, 2021

Can you teach “Taking Initiative”?

Can you teach “Taking Initiative”?

Having worked with small business owners for most of my professional career, I am used to owners lamenting that their staff do not share the same passion for the work as they do. But, now, with COVID fully enveloping our traditional work-day efforts, a new cry has come up from nearly all business leaders, from […]

- March 8, 2021

Communication: “Matrixed Agility”

Communication: “Matrixed Agility”

In recent discussions with several business leaders, it has become clear, especially during this period of COVID, that communication skills are paramount. What many organizations are finding out is that individuals listen and communicate based on two primary variables: where in the organizational chain they reside and, their generational communication style.  Accordingly, individuals who are […]

- March 4, 2021

Teaching “Consulting Skills”

Teaching “Consulting Skills”

If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you already know that we are in the midst of standing up a new university, Fairfax University of America (FXUA) – readying for our first enrolled class in Fall 2021. As part of that effort, we are working closely with a group of senior business executives […]

- February 26, 2021

Lean into diversity to adapt to the post-COVID world

Lean into diversity to adapt to the post-COVID world

I’m prone to talk about universities and recent articles highlighting the problems with the higher education system. But I recently came across an article in the Chief Learning Officer by Paul Heck, M.Ed., a retired DuPont global manager, that I felt was worth commenting on. Heck points out that although many multinational companies had virtual […]

- February 19, 2021

Collaborative Leadership: Now, More Than Ever

Collaborative Leadership: Now, More Than Ever

In his recent article, “What it Takes to Be a Collaborative Leader”, Edward Marshall discusses the need, especially now during the COVID crisis, for a new form of corporate leadership. The difficulty, as he sees it, is that this new form of leadership is nearly counter to what has become the expected norm in most […]

- February 12, 2021

Up-skilling your Front-Line employees

Up-skilling your Front-Line employees

In his recent article, “To overcome business disruption, take a front-line-first approach”, JD Dillon argues that front-line workers, especially during the current COVID pandemic, serve as the most important players for an organization’s success. Yet, for most businesses, these employees are completely under-served with regard to training, compensation and overall respect leading to high levels […]

- February 5, 2021

Crises: the catalysts for remarkable change

Crises: the catalysts for remarkable change

In his recent article, “Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: Get perspective and lead together,” George Hallenbeck lays out the five key considerations to not only cope but thrive in these periods of seemingly constant crisis. And, while his focus is on effectively re-framing the problems in the form of new opportunities, his article points to a […]

- January 13, 2021

Diversity AND Inclusion

Diversity AND Inclusion

In their recent article in CLO, “Executive order takes aim at diversity training, starting with new restrictions on federal contractors,” Cassandra Santoro and Sean O’Connor discuss the impact of the recent ruling associated with diversity training in the federal government and contracting space. Of note, there is an interpretation of the ruling that closely restricts […]

- January 8, 2021

The ‘Predicted’ Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer

The ‘Predicted’ Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer

The recent CLO video, “Who is the Chief Learning Officer,” highlights the historic evolution of this senior level leadership position from a pure learning and development resource to an individual who now helps plan corporate strategy with the other C-suite executives. But has this role peaked with its possible contributions to the corporate world? Arguably, […]

- September 29, 2020

Degrees don’t guarantee jobs, but universities can still be valuable

Degrees don’t guarantee jobs, but universities can still be valuable

I recently came across an article on Medium titled “5 Things College Didn’t Teach Me” that carried some strong criticisms of higher education. There’s some sentiment I can appreciate from this critique. Higher education has let its students down, and there’s a noticeable lack of both soft and hard skills from recent college graduates. But […]

- September 15, 2020

Are we seeing ‘The End of the University?’

Are we seeing ‘The End of the University?’

The University of Michigan is anticipating losses of $400 million to $1 billion due to the pandemic and lockdowns. Students from the University of North Carolina have sued the institution for reimbursements on tuition and fees on the grounds of being deprived of the college experience they paid for. It’s no wonder these instances were […]

- August 31, 2020

Employers are moving away from focusing on degree completion. Universities need to adapt.

Employers are moving away from focusing on degree completion. Universities need to adapt.

In a recent discussion with a senior executive at a professional organization, I was told that the firm no longer requires a degree as a hiring prerequisite. This senior executive’s firm and others like his are now focused exclusively on competencies and attitude. This approach is not new. The defense contractor community has used this […]

- August 28, 2020

Higher Education Performance Metrics: Are We Measuring the Right Outcomes?

Higher Education Performance Metrics: Are We Measuring the Right Outcomes?

With the onslaught of COVID-19, colleges and universities are attempting to adapt to a seemingly new normal – with some disastrous results. Beyond the failings for many traditional universities to be immediately thrust into online learning environments to the current catastrophes associated with on-ground re-openings for the Fall semester, universities have struggled mightily to remain […]

- August 27, 2020

The solutions to the ‘sacred cows’ of higher education

The solutions to the ‘sacred cows’ of higher education

Prof. Henry T. Edmondson III from Georgia College recently reviewed in Law & Liberty the Cato Institute’s “Unprofitable Schooling: Examining Causes of, and Fixes for, America’s Broken Ivory Tower.” The book is a collection of essays that criticize the current state of higher education, specifically its rising costs and its inability to prepare graduates for […]

- August 19, 2020

When is the right time to jump off your lifelong learning path?

When is the right time to jump off your lifelong learning path?

In his article, “The mindset of a lifelong learner”, that appeared on May 26, 2020 in Chief Learning Officer, Keith Keating paints an effective portrait of how to ensure a full, productive professional career. As he points out in his article, learning is not a linear effort where skills continue to build upon skills but […]