Can We Talk?

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” – Rollo May

Versatility is defined as adapting one’s behavior to meet the concerns and expectations of others. Why is that important?

  • It can improve communication
  • Minimizes relationship tension and maximizes productivity
  • There can be personal benefits to making others feel more comfortable

Today is all about the “Driver” communication style – the good, the bad and ways to be better.

Phrases often used to describe “Drivers” include:

  • Direct and to the point when dealing with others
  • Seem to have strong opinions and convictions
  • Like to initiate, control and serve as own motivator
  • Tend to be efficient, hardworking and results-oriented

A “Drivers” strengths include:

  • Seemingly confident and competent to take charge
  • Liking challenges and may even prefer to deal with things that are difficult to master
  • Seemingly able to direct and productively coordinate the work of others
  • Being seen as taking responsibility and making things happen

The communication styles listed above don’t seem like such difficult or issue causing style characteristics but…

A “Driver’s” style characteristics (wants to control, wants to achieve, high risk taker…) can cause problems in the workforce for a variety of reasons:

  • Their efforts often lead to creating conflicts and problems
  • Dissatisfaction may occur when they don’t have control
  • Will often find a way to get around restrictive policy and procedures
  • May become distracted and dissatisfied with inaction
  • Can become autocratic and try to dictate to others when they don’t get their way

Versatile Behavior styles for a “Driver” that will lead to successful communication both at work and outside of work :

  • Recognizing their impact on others
  • Use communication skills in a way that makes people feel comfortable
  • Show empathy and patience for people
  • Be receptive to others viewpoints
  • Be willing to negotiate on a difference of opinion

A checklist to be more Versatile:

  • Show patience when others try to express the merits of their ideas
  • Engage in thorough analysis of situations
  • Listen to understand before you speak

Leadership Development. Get it at LMU’s EMBA Program!

You Didn’t Hear Me

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When it comes to communicating in the workplace there are;  Drivers -Often perceived as businesslike and results-oriented, and as people who like to take initiative;  Amiables – Often perceived as quiet, unassuming and supportive; Analyticals – Often perceived as deliberate, thorough and logical and as listeners who follow procedures, carefully weigh all alternatives and remain steadfast in purpose; and Expressives – Often perceived as energetic, inspiring and emotional. Do you know which you are?

No one is all one style – more a combination of two. Knowing your style characteristics as well as those of the other categories will help you lead your employees and build collaborative relationships with them.

It’s all about Versatility; which is adapting one’s behavior to meet the concerns and expectations of others.

LMU’s EMBA can help you know what you don’t know.

Ready to Invest in Yourself?

In October’s “Poets and Quants”, Andrew Ainslie, Dean of Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, wrote “an MBA is, and always will be, a powerful investment to transform people and careers. It can put them light-years ahead of their peers…”

LMU’s EMBA ’16 class agrees with Dean Ainslie. Already two months into our 20 month program, the class has worked in Finance, Accounting, and Leadership classes where all coursework is designed to be used in the student’s workplace  to grow their on – the – job skills.

You don’t know what you don’t know!

An EMBA can help.    LMU’s EMBA Program

So You Want to be a Leader?

“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.” – Tom Brokaw

LMU’s EMBA creates leaders who can change the world! The Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person includes finding your purpose in life. Part of that purpose is in serving others. By helping others, a leader grows into the person he or she was meant to be


Three Steps to Great Leadership

Are you ready to become a Leader?


“Our international experience was truly transformative” Morgan Gruenebaum, EMBA 14

In March, EMBA 14, embarked upon their International Study Trip to Turkey and Greece.

As part of the EMBA curriculum and the capstone course, students evaluate and make a strategic assessment of opportunities and threats facing a firm; and then in light of this assessment, develop strategic approaches that can lead to a competitive advantage for the firm. The major emphasis is on the leadership required to execute strategic direction with specific focus on change management.

This year the students studied the hospitality industry and the feasibility of opening a new hotel in Turkey. Upon their return to the U.S., they prepared for their final presentations and recommendations to the “board” of that hotel. The students bring all the skills they’ve learned during their 20 months to this project.

Not only did the students meet with senior hotel management throughout Istanbul, Izmir and Athens but they had an opportunity to visit some historical sites as well. Walking among the ruins of ancient civilizations and hearing stories of life during those times gave everyone something to ponder as they returned to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.

Each Spring the graduating class embarks upon an International Trip to a specific region of the world. This is often cited as a highlight of the program by students.

EMBA 16 is now enrolling. Where will this program take you?



It’s a New Year, it’s a New Day…

The New Year is a time of reflection and reminds us of all the things we either did or did not accomplish over the past year.

Were you able to check some things off your bucket list? Go on a trip, finish a home improvement project…

Were you able to move forward with your career or have you reached a stopping point? Poets and Quants has published the results of a 2014 survey of companies and their hiring trends. It’s no longer enough to have your bachelor’s degree. Companies today are looking for employees with a higher level of education i.e. a master’s degree.

There will always be some reason why you can’t start school but if not now when?

Attend an LMU EMBA Information Session to find out what you need to do to start your “New Day”.


MBA Hiring Expected to Grow

LMU’s EMBA Celebrates the Season


This past Saturday, the LMU EMBA family of alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the holiday season at the annual EMBA Holiday Party.

EMBA 15 just finished their first module and were happy to celebrate making it through. EMBA 14 finished their fourth module and have set their sights to graduation next May!

Alums reconnected with former classmates and faculty, and had the opportunity to meet current students.

LMU’s EMBA staff wishes everyone a joyous holiday season with family and friends. ‘Tis the time to reflect on all the good things in this life we are privileged to enjoy.