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How to Start Well as a Leader

Friday, June 29, 2018
How to Start Well as a Leader

Matt Kaminksi is the Co-Director of Columbia’s Applied Leadership program and served as Columbia’s Athletic Director until June 2018. This article first appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the Columbia Contact magazine. This fall I have had the wonderful opportunity of watching my oldest son, Sullivan, start kindergarten. I have been able to observe firsthand … Read More

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Money Tips for New(ish) Grads

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kurtis Kube is the Director of Columbia’s new Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship and he also leads Columbia’s fundraising efforts as Director of Development. Kurtis is a great money coach, so we asked him for solid money tips that will help new grads get a good start. Each of us has a relationship with money. Is … Read More

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What Should I Do with My Life? Five Tips to Take the Pressure Off

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

So many decisions! Kara Bergstrom is the director of Columbia’s Intercultural Studies program. She has lived, worked, and studied in China, Spain, Cameroon, Kenya, Mexico, and throughout Latin America – so she’s pretty acquainted with big moves and life transitions. Here’s her best advice for thinking through the “What’s next?” questions. I love talking with … Read More

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Pioneer Priests: Leadership Alone Isn’t Enough

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Leadership is a “buzz word” these days, especially within the Christian community. While I appreciate the emphasis on leadership, I have noticed a disturbing trend: “leadership” is often used in juxtaposition to “management,” as though one was superior to the other — a good versus evil delineation. Perhaps you’ve heard claims such as “managers do … Read More

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Five Qualities of Great Leadership

Thursday, November 30, 2017

In the first assignment in our “Introduction to Leadership Studies” class here at Columbia, we ask students to describe what “good” leadership looks like. As we read their responses, it is fascinating to see how they arrived at their conclusions: someone has lead them well and thus provided a model to follow, or someone has … Read More

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