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Maintaining Organizational Stability With Kansas State’s Gene Taylor

Guest Gene Taylor, Kansas State
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Kansas State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor sits down with ADU’s Tai M. Brown at the annual Women Leaders Convention in Kansas City for a conversation about the strategy behind his career path, which includes stops as North Dakota State AD and Iowa Deputy AD before his arrival at K-State, and the different demands and priorities between the FCS and Power 5 levels. Taylor also discusses the impact FB HC Bill Synder had on K-State’s culture and the power of departmental brand stability.

The conversation is indexed below for efficient viewing (click the time stamp to jump to a specific question/topic).

  • - Talk with us about how it feels to be perceived as a stable brand in today's college athletics landscape.
  • - What was the thought process behind taking the Deputy AD role at Iowa after serving as North Dakota State AD?
  • - What were some of the things you learned at Iowa that you didn't have the opportunity to learn at NDSU?
  • - Where there things from your time in the Big Chair that "snapped back" when you took on the AD role at K-State?
  • - How do you maintain stability in the current ever-changing college athletics landscape?
  • - What's the benefit to cultivating diversity of thought and perspective in a stable department? How do you introduce new perspectives when staffers don't leave?
  • - How do you approach recruiting to your department?
  • - How do you gain and cultivate buy-in to your departmental culture from new administrators?
  • - What is your personal learning process as you continue to evolve in your career?
  • - How do you make time for yourself and what does that look like?