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Transforming Lives Since 1875 Lives Since 18752022-05-13T12:00:00Z DAU web banner.jpg, DAU web banner.jpg DAU web banner.jpg<div class="ExternalClass2768707553834052925A20BD97D0A1F1">The education that Park University provides transforms lives. Since 1875, students from all walks of life and from all over the globe have come to Park with big plans for a bright future. Therefore, in all that we do, Park University seeks to provide quality, accessible, relevant experiences in education for all students.<br> <br> <strong>We are where you are. </strong>Online or on-campus, Park is there. In addition to our flagship campus in Parkville, MO just north of Kansas City, we have 39 campus locations across the U.S. in 22 states, where classes are taught by faculty committed to your success. Thirty-one of our campus centers are located on military installations.<br> <br> <br> <strong>Park University support for DAU students:</strong> <ul> <li>College credit for DAU courses</li> <li>Tuition Discount</li> <li>Flexible class options at campus centers and online</li> </ul> <br> <strong>Industries Park University proudly supports with our degree and certificate programs:</strong> <ul> <li>Cybersecurity</li> <li>Business</li> <li>Healthcare</li> <li>Public Services</li> <li>Operations Logistics</li> <li>Financial Services</li> </ul> <br> <strong>To learn more about Park University’s commitment to our students, visit <a href=""></a></strong><br> <br> <br></div>string;#/partnerships/blog/Transforming Lives Since 1875
How to Encourage and Improve Teamwork in Your Organization to Encourage and Improve Teamwork in Your Organization2022-05-13T12:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassCA26FF23A6B54DA0A9289591E2B730C3"><h1><strong>How to Encourage and Improve Teamwork in Your Organization</strong></h1> <strong>By Dr. Larry D. Parker, Jr., </strong><em>Department Chair, </em><a href=""><em>Transportation and Logistics Management</em></a><em>, </em><a href=""><em>Supply Chain Management</em></a> <em>at </em><a href=""><em>American Public University</em></a><br> <br> No matter what company you work for – whether it’s a big-time conglomerate or a small-town business – you and your fellow employees will often have to work together in some capacity. Perhaps that teamwork might involve a weekly meeting between you and your boss, a biweekly meetup with other team members, or a monthly departmental meeting in a conference room.<br> All these situations as well as the day-to-day interactions with fellow employees means that you will get to know the people around you, especially the ones you relate to and the ones you don’t. However, working for the same company often means teamwork and collaborating with others who may not share the same views, opinions, and experiences as you.<br> But that’s okay. This type of teamwork can even be beneficial to the company if those differences are nurtured and not ostracized.<br> However, there can be a problem when employees only gravitate toward those people who they see as similar. In high school, these groups are called “cliques,” but they have a business equivalent as well.<br> <em>Related link: </em><a href=""><em>3 Major Ways to Manage a Culture Change in Your Organization</em></a><br> <br> <strong>‘Subgroup Entrenchments’: The Business Version of High School Cliques</strong><br> <br> According to Sherry M.B. Thatcher and Alyson Meister, authors of the Harvard Business Review article <a href="file://">“Is Your Organization Digging Trenches or Building Bridges?”</a> these “cliques” are called “subgroup entrenchments” in the business world. Working alongside like-minded people doesn’t have to be a bad thing and can be very motivational.<br> <br> However, Thatcher and Meister also note that “The more entrenched subgroups feel, the harder it is to see across the divide and consider the perspective of the ‘other.’ Unsurprisingly, this leads to higher potential for increased polarization and worse outcomes for the overall team.” Employees who are constantly pitting themselves against others they see as different leads to misunderstandings, a lack of true collaboration and even possibly a hostile work environment.<br> <strong>Recognizing Subgroup Entrenchments and How They Discourage Teamwork</strong><br> <br> Ideally, CEOs, presidents, managers and team leaders must recognize segregated groups. Thatcher and Meister explain four different ways these entrenchment groups can manifest their presence.<br> <br> The first is through “spatial presence.” If you’re working remotely while the rest of the team members are able to meet <a href="">face-to-face</a>, this lack of visibility creates a divide between team members. The remote employee will feel ostracized because he/she is unable to personally interact with his/her teammates.<br> The second is through “surface-level characteristics,” which are based on gender, race, appearance and age. This entrenchment is about superficial values. When you walk into an unfamiliar room, your eyes immediately drift toward those people you believe are similar to you. This attraction to similarity fosters the formation of groups that are in danger of lacking diversity.<br> The third is “knowledge bases.” This group seeks out individuals who have the sharpest, most intellectual minds within their fields. This type of group formation disregards, however, those people who could add a unique viewpoint to the group.<br> Finally, the fourth is “deep-level identities,” which encompass “values, beliefs, religion, and ideas about morality.” This group’s mindset can be the harshest because personal characteristics often stem from what we are most passionate about. Conversations between employees of different belief systems can be enlightening and educational, but they can also turn hateful and divisive.<br> <em>Related link</em><em>: </em><a href=""><em>Why Organizations Benefit from a Chief Diversity Officer</em></a><br> <br> <strong>How Leaders Can Achieve Teamwork with Subgroup Entrenchments</strong><br> <br> So, what can leaders do when employees divide themselves into these four entrenchment groups? Though those leaders may not be able to completely disassemble these types of groups, there are ways to place employees of different mindsets and manners together, at least for a while.<br> For instance, employees can be moved from one group to another. When this movement occurs, it’s important for the manager to maintain positivity at the forefront of the employee transition.<br> Instead of making employees feel isolated and punished, those employees should be told by a manager that they are creating important assets and contributing toward the team’s goals. This mindset leads to where organizational employees’ shared focus should be: achieving goals or defeating “a common adversary (such as a competing company’s counterpart team),” according to Thatcher and Meister.<br> Another way to encourage <a href="">teamwork</a> is the old-fashioned way: getting to know each other. This goal can best be accomplished by having employees meet face to face through some informal meetups.<br> If extra meetings are too time-consuming for employees, throw in some informal questions before you get down to business. That way, everyone can connect with other employees and managers on a more personal level.<br> If this doesn’t work, have an employee who fits the label of several of these entrenchment groups serve as a “bridge builder.” The employee won’t feel isolated by being moved to a new group because he or she will be able to fit in, and the group won’t feel as if it’s being infiltrated.<br> As with any circumstance we don’t understand, a great question to ask is “What if I were in their shoes?” Reminding your employees to put themselves in someone else’s position reminds us that we’re all human, and we’re all dealing with conflict and stress in our lives.<br> Thatcher and Meister leave us with these words of wisdom: “To create and empower a high-performing team and organization, leaders need to learn to become bridge builders.” We all have differences, and it’s not unacceptable to want to find comfort in like-minded individuals. But in doing so, we forget how much learning and knowledge we can experience in our interactions with others.<br> <br> <strong><em>About the Author: </em></strong><br> <strong><em>Dr. Larry D. Parker, Jr.</em></strong><em> currently serves as the Department Chair, Transportation and Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, Reverse Logistics Management, and Government Contracting and Acquisition at </em><a href=""><em>American Public University</em></a><em>. Dr. Parker is a native of Temple, Texas, a certified Inspector General by the Association of Inspector Generals, and a proud member of professional organizations advancing knowledge and professionalism, such as the Association of Supply Chain Management and the National Naval Officers Association. Dr. Parker is a published author, inspirational speaker, consummate entrepreneur, and consultant who speaks worldwide on diversity, inclusion, and leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University, an MBA from Liberty University, and a B.A. in history from Wittenberg University. Learn more about Dr. Parker by visiting </em><a href=""><em>Dr. Larry D. Parker Jr. Inspires.</em></a><br> <br></div>string;#/partnerships/blog/How-to-Encourage-and-Improve-Teamwork-in-Your-Organization
Upcoming No Cost Virtual Learning Opportunities from our Higher Education Partners! No Cost Virtual Learning Opportunities from our Higher Education Partners!2022-05-02T16:00:00Z for Offerings.png, for Offerings.png for Offerings.png<div class="ExternalClass617E18BF9E664260A6CB8D858E5D0E30"><h5 style="text-align:center;"><br> <strong>DAU's Strategic Partners are offering free e-learning opportunities and resources to the workforce! The list below is updated as information is received, so check back often for updates.</strong></h5> <address style="text-align:center;">If you are a partner school and wish to be included on this list, contact us at <a class="ak-cke-href" href=""></a></address> <address style="text-align:center;"> <address> <address> <hr /></address> <h5><img alt="" src="/partnerships/PublishingImages/APUS_Logo_Alt_Tag_Blue-605x64-9c3e526%20(002).jpg" style="width:300px;float:left;margin:8px 1px;height:32px;" /><u style="font-size:13px;"><strong>Leverage. Pursue. Achieve. Your Goals - Within Reach</strong></u><br> </h5> </address> <address> <h5>Achieving your higher education goals as a working adult can seem daunting. American Public University System has the tools to bring them within reach. Join us to hear from our experts about how we evaluate prior education credits, military/public safety training, professional credentials, and non-traditional prior learning to get you closer to the finish line. Also, learn how our shorter programs offer career upskilling opportunities with transferable credit towards APUS bachelor's and master’s degrees.<br> <br> View the recording here: <a href=""></a><br> Password: vCKmYcT3<br> </h5> </address> </address> <hr /> <h5 style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" src="/partnerships/PublishingImages/Bellevue_University.png" style="float:left;width:238px;height:45px;margin:2px 4px;" /> <u><strong> Agile Project Management Webinar –<br> A Methodology That Generates Value</strong></u></h5> <h5>The philosophy of Agile Project Management is “Motivating and empowering team members, so that projects are completed faster and with better quality”. It builds projects around motivated individuals; giving them the environment and support they need, and trust to get the job done.<br> <br> Watch this webinar with Dr. Emad Rahim, award-winning author, educator, TEDx Speaker, and Bellevue University’s Kotouc Family Endowed Chair to learn the 12 Agile Principles and how this process can contribute to successful projects in your organization.</h5> <h5 style="text-align:center;">Link to view on-demand webinar: <a href=""></a></h5> <h5 style="text-align:center;"><strong>___________________________________</strong></h5> <h5>In the <a href="">Tuesday Take Aways</a> series, Bellevue University is sponsoring 52 weeks of inspiration, encouragement, and practical tips with world-renowned speaker, Ryan Avery. The series is designed to provide motivating, real-life tips for being THE best version of yourself. Catch the series every Tuesday at 11 a.m. (central).<br> View our additional Career resources available on-demand here: <a href=""></a></h5> <hr /> <h5 style="text-align:center;"><a href="/partnerships/PublishingImages/Logo-Trimmed.png"><img alt="" src="/partnerships/PublishingImages/Logo-Trimmed.png" style="width:250px;height:93px;margin:2px 4px;float:left;border-width:0px;border-style:solid;" /></a></h5> <h5 style="text-align:center;"><u>The Excelsior Difference</u><br> Wednesday, May 4<sup>th</sup> @ 12PM–1PM EST – <a href="">Register Here</a><br> Get started at Excelsior College today! Learn how to balance going back to school with your daily life. Admissions will be available to chat with you about our generous transfer credit policy, what sources of credits we accept that will accelerate your time to degree completion, and your next steps to get started with Excelsior today.<br> <br> <u><strong>Maximize Your Military and Veteran Benefits</strong></u><br> Wednesday, May 11<sup>th</sup> @ 12PM – 1PM EST – <a href="">Register Here</a><br> @ 6PM – 7PM EST – <a href="">Register Here</a><br> Learn how to maximize your military and veteran educational benefits, about opportunities offered through military and veteran membership organizations, and discover why Excelsior College is continually recognized for serving Military and Veteran Students by attending our upcoming webinar.<br> <br> During this webinar, you will discover how to use benefits to achieve educational and career goals as an active-duty military personnel, military spouse, and veteran. You’ll also hear from Excelsior College staff about career/networking opportunities, and how your military experience and previous college-level learning can be applied as credit so you can complete your degree sooner and take your career to the next level.<br> <br> <br> <strong>To learn more about Excelsior College and the benefits of being a partnership student, schedule a virtual meeting with your Partnership Manager, Robert Lyons, by emailing - </strong><a href="file:///C:/Users/rlyons/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/MZ7OHOHT/"></a><br> <br> <b>​</b></h5> <hr /> <h5 style="text-align:center;"><img alt="" src="/partnerships/PublishingImages/GW_Law_Logo.png" style="width:206px;height:90px;margin:2px 4px;float:left;" /></h5> <h5 style="text-align:center;"><u><strong><em>More Opportunities to be posted soon!</em></strong></u><br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> .</h5> <hr /> <h5><img alt="" src="/partnerships/PublishingImages/UCLA%20Extension%20Logo%20(2020).jpg" style="float:left;width:300px;margin:2px 4px;height:61px;" /></h5> <h5>We recognize the challenges our communities are facing today. We want to help light the way forward and give back by offering professional development and personal enrichment seminars at no cost. These programs give you the opportunity to learn from experts in their field and connect with others. For your convenience and safety, all programs are offered remotely.<br> Visit <a href=""></a> for more information.</h5> <hr /></div>string;#/partnerships/blog/Upcoming-No-Cost-Virtual-Learning-Opportunities-from-our-Higher-Education-Partners!
Simplify Your Education at IWU Your Education at IWU2022-03-21T16:00:00Z,<div class="ExternalClassDA3D215E669A47299F3714A67075BF8B"><h2><strong>5 Ways IWU Supports DAU Students & Alumni</strong></h2> You deserve a university that invests in your success and tailors your education to your skills and interests. At Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), that’s exactly what you get. As a DAU partner, IWU is honored to serve DAU students and alumni as you faithfully support our country.<br> <br> The prospect of obtaining a degree is downright daunting. Balancing family, work, and a million other responsibilities is intimidating by itself – and adding studies to the mix can seem impossible. Add financial expenses and overcomplicated enrollment processes, and you might think you need to be a rocket scientist to be successful.<br> <br> You’re stuck wanting to reach the mountain summit, but as you look at the craggy path, you feel defeated before you begin the ascent. Your degree just doesn’t seem worth the hassle and sacrifice.<br> <br> At IWU, we know the power of education often leads to exceptional careers, provides long-term familial benefits, and results in a higher standard of living. That’s why we’ve partnered with DAU to make your climb easier.<br> <br> IWU makes your educational aspirations attainable and provides you with the information you need to make an informed decision. We do that through these five advantages: <ol> <li><strong>DAU Partnership:</strong> In partnership with DAU, we have mapped several DAU training programs to related IWU degree programs, ensuring you get full credit for your DAU learning. This reduces the time and cost required to earn your degree. <a href="">Review pathways here</a>.</li> </ol> <ol> <li value="2"><strong>Flexible Schedule:</strong> Our programs are built for busy, working adults with families. Students take just one course at a time for five to eight weeks, depending on the program. There are no required log-in times, and you can choose to do your program three different ways: <ol style="list-style-type:lower-alpha;"> <li>Fully online</li> <li>Onsite one evening per week at an education center in Indiana, Ohio, or Kentucky</li> <li>Online/onsite hybrid</li> </ol> </li> </ol> To graduate faster, you can choose to take more classes at a time, but it is not a requirement. <ol> <li value="3"><strong>Maximize Transfer:</strong> IWU’s “Bucket Design” enables you to transfer in as many credits as possible to meet requirements and complete your degree faster. Students with military and/or first responder training can transfer up to 45 of the required 60 semester credits into the Associate of Science with a major in Public Service and Management program (ASPSM), meaning you could complete your associate degree in as few as five classes (about seven months).</li> </ol> <br> Additionally, an Associate of Science with a major in Operations Management (ASOM) with specializations in Logistics Management and Advanced Manufacturing Processes – which also employs our Bucket Design – is a new program open to both military and civilian students. We’re also launching a Bachelor of Science with a major in Global Security and Strategy Management following the same model, allowing students to transfer up to 90 credit hours to meet degree requirements. Depending on the credits transferred, students can complete a baccalaureate degree in just over one year. <ol> <li value="4"><strong>Accelerated Degrees:</strong> Students can choose Associate to Master’s Pathways that accelerate their completion of a graduate degree. Instead of a typical associate to bachelor’s to master’s track, our accelerated track offers a 24-credit-hour bridge of upper-level undergraduate courses that prepare students for graduate work before they move straight into the master’s program. This option enables students to skip their bachelor’s degree, reducing the time required for a master’s degree by more than a year and saving more than $10,000. Accelerated tracks are offered for the MBA and the Master of Science in Management.</li> </ol> <ol> <li value="5"><strong>Reduced Tuition & Fees:</strong> IWU gratefully extends preferred tuition to employees of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as to active-duty military, National Guard, reserves, retirees, veterans, spouses, surviving spouses, and dependent children with VA educational benefits. Undergraduate programs are priced at just $250 per credit hour, meaning DOD/DHS tuition assistance will cover a large portion of the cost. <a href="">View additional tuition details</a>.</li> </ol> <br> IWU supports DAU students and alumni through more than just our tuition savings and course offerings. Our experienced staff and faculty are dedicated to simplifying your educational journey and providing you with the resources necessary for success. You are our primary focus, and we want to make your climb to the top hassle-free. You deserve to reach the summit and enjoy the view. Let’s work together to achieve your goals.<br> <br></div>string;#/partnerships/blog/Simplify-Your-Education-at-IWU

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