Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[079] Jones College hosts seminars on ‘embracing growth’

With the higher education landscape transforming in myriad, sometimes unpredictable ways, MTSU’s Jones College of Business is hosting a series of seminars to help university faculty and staff approach these changes in a productive way.

California-based speaker, author and business trainer Keith Froehling addressed a group of roughly 100 faculty and staff Friday (Sept. 5) inside the Student Union Ballroom.

Froehling, who was mentored by internationally known motivational speaker Tony Robbins, encouraged attendees to guard their environments to ensure they are focusing on the right things.

“If you focus on being miserable, you’ll get what you focus on,” he said. “You’re also going to attract those same type of people into your life. … What you focus on, you get.”

The half-day session primarily consisted of College of Business faculty and staff, but also included those from other areas such as Information Technology and Academic Affairs. A second session will be held later this month.

Among the topics discussed during the session was developing a master strategy, handling change, developing a vision and adopting listening as a critical part of communication.

Dr. David Urban, dean of the Jones College of Business, said such training is needed to help college faculty and staff think differently about their roles and the role of the institution going forward.

“Higher education is facing greater challenges now than ever before, and it is a very dynamic, changing environment,” Urban said. Froehling was invited to share tools needed “to respond adequately to the needs of our constituencies and in order to take advantage of the opportunities in that environment,” Urban said.

For more information about Froehling, visit www.KeithFroehling.com.

For more information about the seminar series, contact the Jones College of Business at 615-898-2764.

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