Chief Learning Officer

“Building Fourth Dimension Leaders” – July, 2013 In June 2001, Tropical Storm Allison laid waste to Houston. That October, Ron Girotto, The Methodist Hospital System’s former COO and CFO, came out of retirement to serve as interim president and CEO, a post made permanent a year later. So began a 10-year journey to repair the Methodist Hospital System, an academic medical center and health system that now includes five facilities in four Houston-area communities with more than 13,000 employees. Girotto concentrated his reconstruction efforts on the Methodist culture and its underlying values. Known as “a hospital with a soul,” its mission statement is centered on serving people in a “spiritual environment of caring.” Girotto said focusing on the system’s core values would result in the workforce alignment and commitment necessary for success. This focus exemplifies a fourth dimension of...

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Dallas Small Businesses Attend Super Bowl XLV Playbook Workshop Series Led by NFL, SMU Cox

Two hundred DFW small business owners attended the NFL Super Bowl XLV PLAYBOOK WORKSHOP SERIES at the SMU Cox James Collins Executive Education Center Thursday morning, January 6th.  These workshops, presented by the NFL Emerging Business Program, targeted DFW small, minority & women-owned firms.  The sessions were business development workshops led by SMU Cox faculty and leaders, designed to help local small and minority business owners by offering a primer on marketing strategies and tactics to identify and exploit opportunities in a changing environment. Opening speaker Bud Weinstein, Associate Director at SMU Cox Maguire Energy Institute, presented an economic preview of the DFW region for the next decade.  Dallas Cowboys great Chad Hennings presented a motivational speech and closing remarks.  Attending media included the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, El Hispano News, Univision and Fox...

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What Are Professional Manners?

By Nelli Tokleh, Account Coordinator The term “Professional Manners” is thrown around a lot in office culture, but many people overlook every day taboos that are anything but professional. Employers strive to set a good example of professionalism for their staff, but how can one position these traits? Sarah Doyle Lynch, corporate coach and consultant, visited our office recently to share some concrete guidelines for establishing a professional atmosphere. Here are some tips she shared with us that could work for any office environment: Be social. Have lunch with a co-worker to get to know the other person better and perhaps learn some new insight. Instead of sitting at your desk scratching your head, speak up and ask for help on assignments. It’s also important to provide continual updates to your boss and other team members. Stay positive. Monday mornings may...

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SMU Cox Business School Awarded Learning in Practice Award by CLO Magazine

SMU Cox Business School, a Brooks & Associates client, was recently honored with an Excellence in Academic Partnerships Bronze Award during the 2010 Chief Learning Officer Learning In Practice Awards, sponsored by CLO Magazine. The business school submitted an entry for its work with Pioneer Natural Resources, spearheading a series of multi-layered leadership development programs for Pioneer’s management and senior...

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Building Thought Leadership for a University Leadership Development Group

We developed a bi-monthly custom magazine, Leadership Excellence, to demonstrate thought leadership for SMU Cox’s staff and faculty. Messages from high-level corporate leaders complimented the business leadership skills displayed by the publication. The Story Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business has a solid reputation on a local, regional and national basis for offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate business programs. Cox Executive Education offers programs that provide relevant and dynamic learning experiences for working professionals, managers, and executives. These programs develop leadership capability, business acumen, strategic thinking and decision making skills that improve business performance. Both open enrollment and custom programs are offered on the SMU campus in the state-of-the-art James M. Collins Executive Education Center, as well as in-house for custom learning solutions for corporate clients.  Although SMU Cox is well known and regarded, the Executive Education division...

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