Enterprise Risk Management

Another New Role — University Professor!

I just signed a contract to begin teaching a course in the Fall that I developed at the request of Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management. The course is called, “Enterprise Risk Reduction for Sustainable Growth”. Teaching has been a lifelong dream but I never thought it would happen. As a result of my new… Continue reading Another New Role — University Professor!

Change Management

Sandra Suran’s article honored by national professional journal as one of Top 10 of All-time

Sandra’s 2003 article “How to Implement Change Effectively” was published in the Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance (John Wiley & Sons). It was recently selected as one of the Top Ten of All-Time articles published “based on frequency of access by readers and the ongoing usefulness of its content.”  The Journal is "directed to… Continue reading Sandra Suran’s article honored by national professional journal as one of Top 10 of All-time

Women Leaders

Cultural Barriers that Create the Glass Ceiling

I was invigorated by a recent New York Times article, “Speaking While Female” written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.   It is a superb example of why the problem of ‘not enough women in upper management and the Board Room’ hasn’t been solved in the last 30 years as it should have been. Finally, people… Continue reading Cultural Barriers that Create the Glass Ceiling

Empowerment, Resilience

Game Changer

Sandra A. Suran was just featured in the January 2015 issue of ASPIRE Magazine, a very cool, online, international magazine.   ASPIRE's mission is to inspire people around the world to use business as a force for good and to shine the spotlight on Game Changers.   So, they tell the stories of Game Changers… Continue reading Game Changer

Resilience

What’s greater than a Magic Bullet?

Do you know how to improve the resilience of your organization?  There is no magic bullet. But, there is a way to improve resilience constantly while making changes more efficiently and sustainably. Changes don’t stick unless the people in your organization want them to happen. And people don’t want changes to happen unless they truly… Continue reading What’s greater than a Magic Bullet?

Trust

“Sports as a Business Example – Selfless Leaders Breed Trust!”

Team sports provide good examples for important business concepts, even for those of us who haven’t been athletes or rabid fans. That’s because the concepts at work in sports are so physically visible and the results of changes are so immediate. Even the result of concept changes that normally develop over a longer term in business… Continue reading “Sports as a Business Example – Selfless Leaders Breed Trust!”

Uncategorized

Building Resilience Creates Teams of All First Stringers! University of Oregon’s Football Team Proves It!

The University of Oregon final 2014 football season games against Oregon State and Arizona certainly prove the benefits of working towards resilience! As announcers at the Oregon State vs. University of Oregon game constantly commented: “Oregon is the only team to have gone seven years in a row winning 10 games.” Chip Kelly built the… Continue reading Building Resilience Creates Teams of All First Stringers! University of Oregon’s Football Team Proves It!

Uncategorized

It Won’t Happen If People Don’t Want It To

Changes don’t happen successfully unless the people in the organization want them to happen. They may give lip service commitment to new initiatives and they may go along with them for a while, but they won’t stick unless stakeholders believe the changes are good and that they can succeed. I learned that fact decades ago… Continue reading It Won’t Happen If People Don’t Want It To

Commuication

“Good Interpersonal Communication – Without It You Can’t Be Successful at Home or at Work”

Two major life events have consumed and defined my year 2014: completion of The DNA of the Resilient Organization and the passing of my father, Robert Joseph Van Handel. They are surely the heaviest impact events of my life. In working on both areas today, I was hit by the realization that the most important… Continue reading “Good Interpersonal Communication – Without It You Can’t Be Successful at Home or at Work”