The Silver Lake Blog

Why Business Executives Need Leadership (Not Management) Skills

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 7/13/18 9:25 AM

In our ever-changing and competitive job market, the need for business professionals with practical and strategic leadership skills becomes more and more valuable — if not more and more necessary.

If pursuing a career in a competitive business landscape is your calling, “business as usual” will no longer suffice. As an aspiring business leader, you must consider pursuing an advanced business degree that focuses on the practical implementation of leadership skills rather than management knowledge.

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Topics: Business & Leadership, Graduate School

Looking for a Versatile Degree? A B.S. in Business Management Could Be Right For You

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 6/25/18 10:36 AM

The workforce is highly competitive right now. With undergraduate degrees becoming more indispensable and higher education growing in popularity, we know you need

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Topics: Business & Leadership

The Importance of Human Resource Management in Today's Professional World

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 6/21/18 2:30 PM

Human Resource professionals are needed now more than ever before to help navigate and lead companies through evolving social, cultural and technological landscapes. Because of constant changes in most areas of life, the stability, creativity and relational support that a talented HR team can offer a company is invaluable.

The HR profession has evolved and improved in order to tackle the bigger challenges in today’s workforce.

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Topics: Business & Leadership

3 reasons why businesses need leaders instead of managers

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 10/26/17 12:30 PM

In a rapidly evolving business landscape, companies don’t just need managers who are strictly concerned with what’s happening right now — they need leaders who can think critically and look towards the future.

Leadership and Organizational Development (LOD) is an emerging field that trains the business leaders of tomorrow by focusing on contemporary theories in business leadership and dynamics at a personal, interpersonal and organizational level.

Here are three reasons businesses today need leaders, not managers. To support these claims, we sought out the wisdom of Dr. Jim Begotka, Director of the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development Program and Assistant Professor at Silver Lake College.

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Topics: Business & Leadership

New Guide: A Guide to Getting Your Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Development

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 10/17/17 11:35 AM

Many professionals thriving in a variety of fields have begun to draw key differences between managers and leaders: Managers manage resources and processes, and leaders lead people.

Here at Silver Lake College, we made the decision to change the title of our master’s program from Management and Organizational Development to Leadership and Organizational Development (LOD), because we want to align our program with the kind of objectives that professionals wishing to advance in leadership roles find valuable.

We've created this eBook to educate you on the growing field of leadership and organizational development — A Guide to Getting Your Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Development.

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Topics: Business & Leadership

How and why Silver Lake College developed the new LOD graduate program

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 6/1/17 8:07 AM

Silver Lake College is excited to launch the new Leadership and Organizational Development (LOD) program in the fall. This graduate-level program will provide students with the training and education required to meet the rapidly growing demand for leaders in organizations across Wisconsin and the nation.

We’re answering three common questions you may have about this new program. Read on to discover how Silver Lake College developed the new Leadership and Organizational Development graduate program – and why a Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development could benefit your career!

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Topics: Business & Leadership

4 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership

Posted by Jamie Grant on 11/23/16 7:33 AM

Many parents, students, administrators and teachers alike are dissatisfied with some aspect of the education system. Whether it’s a teaching-to-the-test mentality, a lack of focus on the arts, too few male teachers, too few females in STEM or lack of funding for low performing school systems, everyone has a complaint.

Teachers have the most immediate understanding of what happens in the classroom, the center of learning. This lends them a unique perspective on the improvements that can make the most impact. And, this is the reason that we need teachers as leaders. The best way for teachers to move into positions of influence is to pursue a degree in educational leadership.

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Topics: Business & Leadership

4 Reasons to Consider a Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Development

Posted by Alonzo Kelly on 3/10/16 10:30 AM

The best bread has yeast. I’m not talking about banana bread, which is just cake, if we’re being honest. Nor do I mean flatbread, which makes excellent pizza, but can’t we just call it “crust”? I’m thinking about good, old-fashioned, dinner bread. Without yeast, bread is dense, flat, and crumbly. Yeast, however, allows bread to rise to its full, fluffy, cohesive potential.

Now if we think of businesses as bread, then Organizational Development (OD) is the yeast. If you’ve never heard of OD, here’s a summary: it’s a field directed at interventions in the processes of human systems in order to increase their effectiveness.

OD experts expanding the knowledge and effectiveness of people to accomplish more successful organizational change and performance. They continuously evaluate and diagnose areas of inefficiency and then plan and implement solutions.

Here are a few reasons to think about becoming “yeast” by getting a Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Development:

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Topics: Business & Leadership

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Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Silver Lake Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 


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