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William & Mary’s rich history of educating leaders continues at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business where today’s business leaders learn how to tackle tough business challenges. Whether you are an established executive or an emerging professional, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business is committed to providing you with quality education that offers fresh ideas and new professional skills to give you and your organization a competitive advantage. Our weekly podcast highlights the latest and best thinking from corporate executives, entrepreneurs, consultants, and thought leaders from around the world. Our guests share the strategies, tactics and keen insights to make you a more effective leader, communicator, and professional. Find us at wmleadership.com.

William & Mary’s rich history of educating leaders continues at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business where today’s business leaders learn how to tackle tough business challenges. Whether you are an established executive or an emerging professional, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business is committed to providing you with quality education that offers fresh ideas and new professional skills to give you and your organization a competitive advantage. Our weekly podcast highlights the latest and best thinking from corporate executives, entrepreneurs, consultants, and thought leaders from around the world. Our guests share the strategies, tactics and keen insights to make you a more effective leader, communicator, and professional. Find us at wmleadership.com.

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Williamsburg, VA

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William & Mary’s rich history of educating leaders continues at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business where today’s business leaders learn how to tackle tough business challenges. Whether you are an established executive or an emerging professional, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business is committed to providing you with quality education that offers fresh ideas and new professional skills to give you and your organization a competitive advantage. Our weekly podcast highlights the latest and best thinking from corporate executives, entrepreneurs, consultants, and thought leaders from around the world. Our guests share the strategies, tactics and keen insights to make you a more effective leader, communicator, and professional. Find us at wmleadership.com.

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English


Episodes

154 Micah West - The Class of 2021

5/16/2021
It’s graduation season, and if there’s a class that deserves to be celebrated, it’s the class of 2021. This group experienced higher education like no one before them. Most of these new grads began school before the pandemic when college campuses operated mostly in a face-to-face environment. Then the pandemic forced schools to quickly shift to virtual learning, and eventually for some schools a mix of virtual and in-person instruction. Things were different on campuses, and for many...

Duration:00:17:56

153 Henry Broaddus - College Admissions & the Pandemic

4/30/2021
College Admissions. Like many other sectors, it has seen significant disruption this past year. Admissions offices across the United States are in the midst of a cycle the likes of which they’d never seen. First, COVID-19 hit which kept college-bound high school students from visiting campuses. Then, some high schools moved from letter grades to pass/fail grades. Then, many colleges and universities waived the required SAT and ACT. Those events and others have changed the admissions...

Duration:00:22:36

152 Tim Murray - Leading in a Post-COVID World

4/14/2021
Since last March, businesses, organizations and professionals worldwide have made continuous changes in order to compete in the environment caused by COVID-19. Many important elements of business and leadership were put on the back burner this past year in some organizations. Training and professional development, performance evaluations, coaching and other programs were among those often pushed aside as organizations dealt with new hurdles and opportunities. As we get closer to what will...

Duration:00:20:46

151 Jim Roddy - The Walk-On Method

3/31/2021
If you’re familiar with college athletics, then you’re familiar with the term “walk-on.” Walk-ons are college athletes who, unlike many of their teammates, were not recruited by the coaching staff. They had to try out to make the team. And, unlike many of their teammates, walk-ons do not receive scholarships to be a part of the team. Yet virtually all college sports teams at all levels have walk-ons on their rosters. Most coaches will agree that walk-ons are a special breed. They work...

Duration:00:18:53

150 Rajiv Kohli - Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel

3/14/2021
After a year of social distancing, virtual meetings and home schooling, people are ready to shed their masks and get back to life as we knew it before we were introduced to COVID-19. As the weather improves and we see family, friends, and colleagues receiving vaccinations, people are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. As we record this episode of the podcast, the CDC reports 11% of American adults have received both coronavirus vaccine doses. And two million doses a day are being...

Duration:00:20:34

149 Cara Simpson & Vicki Harrington - Helping Others Through COVID

2/28/2021
When the pandemic first took over the United States last March, two William & Mary MBA students decided to use their talents to help others, Cara Simpson and Vicki Harrington quickly founded the CrimDell Small Business Network, named after a popular landmark on the William & Mary campus. They formed a partnership with the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center, then began offering free strategic business advising to small businesses in the greater Williamsburg area affected by the...

Duration:00:20:37

148 Trey Taylor - A CEO Does Three Things

2/14/2021
For some CEOs and leaders, getting pulled in countless directions each day is par for the course. Many leaders feel they have to be involved in all aspects of their business. When that happens, they end up spending valuable time, effort, and focus on low priority items and low priority decisions. Before they know it, they’re overworked and burned out. And they fail to move the organization forward. Trey Taylor says instead of doing everything, leaders should focus on the right things....

Duration:00:18:25

147 Fawn Germer - Unemployed at 60

1/31/2021
There are few things in life more stressful than being out of work. Mid- to late-career professionals face an especially difficult challenge. The unemployment rate for older professionals is more than three times the national average. And as this group exits the workforce due to downsizing, COVID-19, or termination, it takes them twice as long as others to get hired, and often for less money than they had been making. The picture for unemployed workers over 50 is not pretty. But rather than...

Duration:00:17:34

146 David Jay - The New Email

1/14/2021
Imagine a world without e-mail. While that’s not likely anytime soon, the way e-mail looks and the way we use it is changing. The days of video e-mail have arrived. Everyone’s familiar with the negative aspects of traditional e-mail: It leads to overloaded inboxes, there’s too much back-and-forth, writing and replying take up a great deal of our time. But beyond that, e-mail and websites that rely on the written word are “low touch,” and the intent is sometimes misinterpreted. David Jay is...

Duration:00:18:02

145 Jen Lee - Managing Your Finances in 2021

12/31/2020
There’s no doubt the pandemic has had a significant economic impact on the people of the United States and the world. Since March, many individuals and families have experienced a reduction in employment, and a loss of income. People of all ages have been affected. The news isn’t all bad, though. For example, in the second quarter of 2020 credit card balances in the US declined considerably. The percentage of delinquent loans also declined in most consumer debt markets. And while you can’t...

Duration:00:17:16

144 Phillip Sun - Changing the Face of Hollywood

12/16/2020
If you like television and movies, you’re familiar with Michael B. Jordan, Donald Glover, Taraji P. Henson, and Idris Elba. They’re among the biggest actors in the business. They’re also people of color who are represented by a new management firm called M88 - an organization that represents actors, directors, writers, and producers of color, and focuses on inclusive storytelling. One of the two men who created M88 is Phillip Sun, a William & Mary graduate who - after earning his Bachelor’s...

Duration:00:18:07

143 Kim Foley - Communicating Effectively in Virtual Meetings

12/7/2020
Since the start of the pandemic, our workdays have changed. We’re working longer, and attending more meetings. Look at your calendar, you’re likely to see a never-ending list of meetings. And most of those meetings are taking place virtually: On Zoom, Teams, WebEx, Skype, and other vehicles. That virtual world requires a particular set of skills. Communicating on camera is different than doing so in a face-to-face environment. If you communicate poorly on video, your brand, credibility, and...

Duration:00:18:54

142 Graham Henshaw - Escaping the COVID-19 Rut

11/19/2020
It’s been eight months since COVID-19 began to change our world, and during that time some leaders, professionals, and organizations have been quite successful in launching new ventures, serving customers differently, and finding new sources of revenue. But for others, the pandemic has been more of a challenge. It’s stifled their creativity and their ability to move forward. The uncertainty and fear of the unknown has caused them to spin their wheels. Our guest today says if you are...

Duration:00:19:04

141 Jane Stevenson - Women are Leaving the Workforce

11/5/2020
The consequences of COVID-19 have been numerous. Some have been positive, some negative, and some have been eye-opening. Like the news that hundreds of thousands of women are leaving the workforce. In fact, leaving at four times the rate as men. Some of the departures are due to layoffs in hard hit sectors like hospitality and retail, but that’s not the driver behind the numbers. In many cases, women are leaving to homeschool their children and serve as care givers. The fallout has the...

Duration:00:17:13

140 Brett Alpert - Job Seeking During the Panemic

9/29/2020
According to a recently released report by McKinsey, jobs will most likely change following the pandemic. The report says the adoption of automation and digitization will accelerate. Demand for contract and remote workers will increase as well. Thanks to COVID-19, the way we look for a new job is changing too. In person, face-to-face interviews have moved to video. Traditional networking is now mostly online. But those changes don’t mean you should put your job search on hold. Some of the...

Duration:00:20:04

139 Dr. Kelly Crace - Five Strategies to Avoid COVID Burnout

9/2/2020
It’s been six months since COVID-19 began to change life dramatically in the US and across the world. And as we move into the fall, that change continues, and the amount of uncertainty seems to be growing. Along with it comes ambiguity, disruption, and other elements human beings generally dislike. All of those factors lead to what our guest today calls “chronic too much-ness.” For many people today, just “hanging in there” is a real challenge. But there are ways to not only hang tough, but...

Duration:00:21:36

138 Dawn Edmiston - Personal Branding in the COVID-19 Era

7/16/2020
You have control regarding the way you’re perceived and positioned by others. Your personal brand tells people what you offer and how you’re different from - and better than - your competition. In recent years, thanks in part to the continuously growing world of social and digital media, building and especially promoting your personal brand has become easier than ever before. But with COVID-19, the personal branding landscape has changed somewhat. Our guest says the changes bring new...

Duration:00:24:41

137 Brad Franc - The Succession Solution

6/30/2020
Seventy percent of all businesses fail to survive past the first generation of business owners. One reason for the failures is the lack of succession plan. Our guest today says not only should family and closely held businesses have succession plans, but creating one greatly increases the odds of a successful leadership handoff and a bright future for the business. Brad Franc is the author of “The Succession Solution: The Strategic Guide to Business Transition.” He’s an attorney,...

Duration:00:17:40

136 Bob Williams & Brian Baines - Civil Unrest and the CEO

6/8/2020
It’s been over a week since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protests and demonstrations have taken place in cities across America. Business leaders and CEOs have responded in different ways. For example, the CEOs of Target, Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Lowe’s, Apple, and Google were among the first CEOs to speak out following the nation-wide civil unrest. Other CEOs have remained silent. How should business leaders and CEOs respond? What roles and responsibilities does the CEO have in this...

Duration:00:19:20

135 Rajiv Kohli - COVID-19: Returning to Normal

4/26/2020
After several weeks of social distancing, virtual meetings, and shelter in place, most people are ready to go back: Back to work, back to their favorite restaurant, and back to normal. While we’re ready, we don’t know how long it will take, and what it will take before we can return to normal. Rajiv Kohli is the John N. Dalton Professor of Business at William & Mary. He’s a leading scholar in health information technology and a healthcare expert. For over 15 years he’s worked and consulted...

Duration:00:17:27