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Defining Your Organizational Culture: Former Office Depot CEO Bruce Nelson

Bruce Nelson, former CEO & President of Office Depot, continues to discuss the mechanisms of developing an organizational culture. His emphasis on people and trust is very obvious as he quotes from the book, The Speed of Trust, and asks the question “As a leader, what are you doing to develop trust?” Nelson mentions that everyone in an organization knows exactly what the leader will tolerate to accomplish goals, whether good or bad, so be aware of the culture you create.

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Thoughts On Leadership: Auburn’s Allen Greene

Allen Greene, Director of Athletics at Auburn University joins Athletic Director U to discuss being in the chair. He credits his father for helping to instill attributes such as respect and other core values that guide his leadership philosophy. Greene identifies finding time for himself as his biggest challenge and also addresses some of the other challenges he faced during his first year and a half as an Athletics Director.

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Commissioner’s Corner: Jennifer Heppel – Patriot League

Boasting the highest retention rate of all NCAA Division I conferences, the institutions of the Patriot League recruit Student-Athletes that embrace the challenge of managing athletics in a highly academic environment. Led by Jennifer Heppel, the League consistently makes an effort to make its presence felt nationally while refusing to veer too far from its core values. Heppel took some time out of her schedule to contribute to this edition of ADU's Commissioner's Corner.

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Being A True Rights & Sponsorships Partner

How colleges and universities leverage their sales inventory while creating support across campus is crucial in today’s environment. In this edition of Conversations on College Athletics, Trip Durham and Dan Migala have a very open discussion about sales creativity, sponsorship trends, and the notion that none of us should ever settle.

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How The New Excise Tax Impacts Coach Compensation

Across all institutions participating in college athletics and individuals employed thereby, application of the tax is significantly limited by the relatively-restricted cluster of the top five highest paid employees receiving compensation in excess of the relatively high threshold of $1,000,000 annually. While the reach of this tax is restricted and seemingly immaterial to a large number of college sports industry participants overall, it represents a high powered rifle shot to Autonomy 5 institutions and their head football and men’s basketball coaches. This could also have a regressive effect by imposing relatively more significant consequences on non-Autonomy 5 institutions, which don’t enjoy the option to off-load the compensation obligation to third parties.

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Leading Amid Change: Alabama’s Greg Byrne and Illinois’ Josh Whitman

Athletic Directors Greg Byrne (Alabama) and Josh Whitman (Illinois), sit down with ADU to discuss staying abreast to the ever changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics and the variety of stakeholders who depend on its success. Byrne and Whitman touch on the challenges of focusing on (and executing) a strategic plan, while trying not to get caught up in day-to-day operations. People, communication, organization are just a few of the key components necessary to lead while keeping an ear to the ground for changes in the future.