Archive for Kathy Lund Dean


It is a delight to be part of the Gustavus community! I hold the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership & Ethics and am Professor of Management here the College. There is a lot going on in both leadership and ethics, in every place on campus, and I want to share some of that information with you as well as my own work in leadership and ethics.

 

Cultivating career relationships–Figuring out WYTYWTD

Understanding a career plan, and how to get there, is complicated, isn’t it? Starting to explore a career track and what jobs might be part of some career can be daunting. How do you figure out WYTYWTD? What does that even mean? Tonight on campus students from many majors joined Marshall Lichty ’99 for a […]

Nobel Conference 2016 is coming!

You may have noticed—people’s income levels vary wildly, and that gap is getting much, much wider. Income inequality as a newsworthy phenomenon has become a routine topic of discussion and is the cornerstone of Gustavus’s Nobel Conference 2016, “In Search of Economic Balance.” By any measure, the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ are getting further […]

‘Tis the season.. for community-based learning project wrap ups

Nope—not presents or Christmas trees—but final presentations for the projects our Management students have been working on all semester. Gusties in Organizational Behavior clearly took their community partnerships seriously when they presented to their clients on Thursday, the City of St. Peter’s Administrator Todd Prafke and Finance Director Paula O’Connell. Students’ projects included revamping the […]

What’s behavioral economics? “Ask Ariely” and the Nobel reading group

In preparation for Nobel 2016, In Search of Economic Balance, students and faculty have formed reading groups to get familiar with each speaker’s work in a fun and relaxed environment. The Dan Ariely group has been studying his latest book, Irrationally Yours, which is a compilation of columns from his wildly popular Wall Street Journal […]

(Yet) Another NCAA chance for leadership and inclusion

Last weekend I had the extraordinary opportunity to deliver a TED Talk, at Gustavus’ TEDx Conference (kudos to David Newell and his team of students and volunteers, BTW) about some findings from a long-term research project examining workplace religious discrimination over the last 15 years. In analyzing 15 years of high-level court decisions in the […]

Everyday leadership & stepping out of comfort zones

The Vegas J-Term students are already amazing, and we have not even been here 24 hours. After an **early** shuttle to MSP and getting settled in our hotel — of course, after a cruise down Las Vegas Boulevard when we got our super sweet cruising minivan rental– the students rallied for an evening cocktail event […]

“Snowflakes,” Whitman, and why college isn’t a day care

Dr. Everett Piper, President of the Christian university Oklahoma Wesleyan, made national headlines a few weeks ago when he vented frustration about a student complaint. In a blog posting entitled, “This is not a Day Care. It’s a University,” Piper described the incident: This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a […]

Cobbling together role models–GWIL and Neil deGrasse Tyson

This morning on PoliticsNation [MSNBC], I heard a terrific interview between host Al Sharpton and guest Neil deGrasse Tyson, the renowned astrophysicist and Hayden Planetarium director (and invitee to our Nobel Conference a couple of years ago, but alas, his schedule was too tight) about engaging the public’s imagination for science and his own path […]

Complexity, laziness, and the internet?

Every Nobel conference seems to offer sub-themes that are at least as interesting as the stated theme. This year it seems to me that the panelists are reminding us over and over that any human experience is uber complex. All of them. I am also hearing over and over about the need for judgment about […]

Nobel: Proteins and peer groups and prescriptions– oh my!

Another year at the Nobel Conference and it again strikes me that this may be the coolest thing Gustavus does. And that’s saying something, because we do lots and lots of cool things. The very idea that Nobel winners, and those at that level of accomplishment, come to southern Minnesota to share their research is […]