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Emotionally Intelligent Servant Leaders…a Compassionate Facilitator of Learning

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By Dr Andree Swanson   One evening, I was exasperated over the loss of another student.  No, the student did not die, did not even move to another state or city.  This student was a loss in the program at the on ground school where I was teaching.  This student could not manage the rigor of higher education, did not come to class, did not submit work on time, and did not even try.  My mentor, Dr. Robert Throop, author of Reaching Your Potential: Personal and Professional Development, told me “you can’t save everyone!”  Throop told me that much like patients who have cancer, even though you try to save the patient (or in this case, a student), you lose some patients (students) some of the time.  Since that date, over 15 years ago, I have been in higher education in a variety of capacities, mostly in the online arena.  I have seen many ideas to retain and support students.  Yet these ideas are like medicating the symptom without finding the root cause of the disease.  A f

Ethical Dilemas? Multi-national Business and Tourism

By Dr. Andree Swanson I personally have never worked for a multinational company, but I have worked for an organization that was bought out by a British company.   This was a small national rental company (rental as in chainsaws and party items).   I was eager to learn some of the training methods that the Brits would bring to this company.   The problem was they had a different vision.   Renting is far different than in the United States.   In Britain, they tend to rent more products, whereas, in the United States, Americans tend to buy, buy, buy… so they can own… and later have garage sales! The business was not a good fit for this British company, and they let the company go.   It did not survive.   I share this not so much as a story on business ethics, but on how multinational companies must be aware of the different standards and norms of the countries that are involved in during the operations of their company. Ramu (2001) stated:  Many multinationals which operate

Duncan Hines, Bisquick, and Trains

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Dr. Andree Swanson, EdD While attending a conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit a lovely train museum.   The Historic Rail Park highlights the L&N line (Louisville and Nashville Line) that ran from… you got it… Louisville, Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee. Historic Rail Park: According to the website, you can see…   “Step back in time to the golden era of railroad passenger service as a Tour Guide takes you behind the scenes of a Railway Post Office Car, Dining Car, Sleeper Car and Office Car, with special occasion options to see the interior of a diesel locomotive, a rare WWII Unit Hospital car, a Caboose and a rare 3-section Segregation rail car”.   Now, my husband and I have been to several train and transportation museums, to include the United States Army Transportation museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia.   You always get to see the rail cars in the yard, look in the window, but that was about it.   At the