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Top 5 Leadership skills — Myth or Reality?

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 7/18/19 9:10 AM

According to Google analytics, users search for terms around leadership more often than management.

More specifically, today, search queries like the "dichotomy of leadership" and "leadership in turbulent times" are very common.

Since the industrial age with its studies focused on the first generations of great leaders, incomprehensible dollars have been spent researching leadership. Many quests have been made to find the elusive and illusive set or combinations of traits and skills that contribute most to a person developing into a successful and effective leader.

And yet, to this day, human kind has not come up with a definitive response to the question, "What are the essentials skills of the most successful and effective leaders?"

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Topics: Business & Leadership

Deadline Extended: There's Still Time to Apply for Our Orff-Schulwerk Certification Program

Posted by Rachel Ware Carlton on 6/18/19 8:45 AM

We have some exciting news for all those who are passionate about music education.

Registration for our new Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification Program has been extended by one week! The new deadline for application is Monday, June 24th.

This summer's Orff-Schulwerk Level I Certification Program is prepared to make history as we bring Orff-Schulwerk Certification training back to the state of WI. This program will offer its students an informative, joyful and life changing experience of music education at its finest.

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Topics: Music Education

Coming Soon to Wausau: We’re Expanding Our Graduate Programs to New Areas of Wisconsin

Posted by Amy Hanson on 5/30/19 11:33 AM

Have you considered getting a graduate degree from Holy Family College?

This could be your moment. Our excellent, student-centric and values-based graduate programs are now available in more locations across the state of Wisconsin.

Holy Family College’s Leadership and Organizational Development program and graduate education degree programs are expanding to include cohorts in Wausau, Wisconsin in addition to existing cohort groups in Chippewa Falls and Pulaski.

Keep reading to learn more about this exciting expansion and how this new cohort location could open up the door to your future graduate education and career.

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Topics: Business & Leadership, Graduate School, masters in education, graduate degree in education

3 Reasons Why Businesses Need Leaders Instead of Managers

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 5/24/19 10:05 AM

In a rapidly evolving business landscape, companies don’t just need managers who are strictly concerned with what’s happening right now — they need leaders who can think critically and look towards the future. Effective leaders have the will and ability to serve - the mission and the people who make it happen.


"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." -Max DePree


Leadership and Organizational Development (LOD) are fields that train the business leaders and organizational development professionals of tomorrow by focusing on contemporary theories in business leadership, organizational development and dynamics at a personal, interpersonal and organizational level.

We talked to Dr. Jim Begotka, Director of the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development Program and Assistant Professor at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in order to learn more about this developing idea in the business landscape.

Here are three ideas he explored that explain why businesses today need leaders, not managers.


Curious about the Leadership and Organizational Development master's degree program? Request more information today and one of our faculty will reach out to answer any of your questions. 

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Topics: Business & Leadership

May 15 Graduate Open House Can Help Advance Your Career in Education and Leadership and Organizational Development—Here’s How!

Posted by Amy Hanson on 5/2/19 8:34 AM

In our hyper-connected world, there are fewer and fewer life moments that still need to take place in person. We can get our groceries and packages delivered, we can work remotely, we can Skype with a doctor if we need medical care, and all of our social networks help us feel connected to people who are far away.

When it comes to exploring and choosing a graduate program, the personal experience remains incredibly valuable. Spending time with faculty and current students, or simply walking around the campus, can offer valuable insights about the College and our programs. No amount of time conducting online research can deliver this same experience.

That’s why we’re encouraging you to attend Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s Graduate Open House on Wednesday, May 15! Keep reading for a closer look at this event and the importance of an open house as you consider your graduate school options.

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Topics: Graduate Education Events, Business & Leadership, Graduate School

How to Get Your Master's in Education While Working Full-Time

Posted by Nancy Sim on 4/26/19 10:38 AM

It’s basically impossible to go back to school for a graduate degree when you have a full-time job and family responsibilities, right?

If this is what you’ve thought in the past, it’s time for us all to revisit this assumption. Some programs may make it hard to keep working while you’re taking classes, but that’s not the way it should be, particularly in a specialized, hands-on field like education.

Keep reading as we explore how the education master’s programs at Holy Family College are specifically designed for full-time educators and why getting your degree while working can enrich your time in both educational environments.

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Topics: graduate degree in education

Integrating Work and Learning — Jordan's Experience Working in HR and Excelling in the LOD Master's Program

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 4/18/19 9:02 AM

Jordan Lindstrom was drawn to Leadership and Organizational Development because of his background in human resources and training and development. 

We had the opportunity to ask him several questions regarding his experience at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family's Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development

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Topics: Business & Leadership

Meeting the I-43 Corridor Demand: Advance Your Career with This Graduate Degree

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 3/7/19 11:47 AM


It’s no secret that the I-43 corridor in Wisconsin is seeing growth as major companies move into the area.

Have you considered what this job growth means for you and your career? With job growth trends looking strong and new employers entering the state, there will be new demand for qualified leaders to take on managerial and leadership-level positions.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to advance your career, this could be the perfect opportunity to pursue a graduate degree in Leadership and Organizational Development. Keep reading as we explore how this program can help you meet the growing workforce demand.


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Topics: Business & Leadership

Tips for Millennials in a 21st Century Age of Leadership

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 2/28/19 9:50 AM

Earlier this year, a group of individuals from the Young Professionals program coordinated by the Manitowoc County Chamber of Commerce met at Holy Family College to hear more about leadership, specifically related to the millennial generation.

The discussion was facilitated by Jim Begotka, Ed.D, assistant professor and program director for the Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Development offered by Holy Family College. 

Our aim in this blog is to connect to event participants and expand beyond to those who find this conversation relevant to their own development as a leader. As an effort to continue the conversation and wrestle with some of the questions Jim posed during the event, we pose overarching questions provided below. 


Curious about the Leadership and Organizational Development master's degree program? Request more information today and one of our faculty will reach out to answer any of your questions. 

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Topics: Business & Leadership

Interested in Career Growth? Here’s a Complete Guide to Getting Your Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Development

Posted by Dr. James Begotka on 2/14/19 8:35 AM

“This process [of creating good leaders] by its very nature cannot be revolutionary, but must be evolutionary; gradual development changes, a result of planned growth, and the creation of mutual trust and respect.” - Paul Hersey

Many professionals thriving in a variety of fields have begun to see key differences between managers and leaders: managers manage resources and processes, and leaders lead people.

Keep reading for a full explanation of the key differences between managers and leaders and for access to a new, complete guide that explores the degree possibility you should consider if you're interested in career growth!

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Topics: Business & Leadership

About This Blog

Deciding where, when and by what means to go to college can be a difficult decision process. We want to help! The Holy Family College Blog is intended to be a resource as you navigate these choices, from what type of school to choose to how to finance your education. Watch this space for helpful tips. 

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