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Category: Leadership and Management
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By Dr. Randy Gibb
Dean, Colangelo College of Business

Capitalism and free market principles have brought more people out of poverty and created a world that is more prosperous than ever before.

For this reason, our business college is proud of the impact our students and graduates are having on the community as they create and capture economic value while learning about business as a force for good. Business is about solving problems and providing a good, product or service that helps people’s lives — while elevating humanity.

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People who work in the fields of fire protection, emergency medical response, law enforcement, environmental safety and emergency management all have one thing in common: an enduring desire to protect the safety and welfare of others in their communities. If you’re interested in pursuing any of these careers, then consider earning your degree from Grand Canyon University. The Colangelo College of Business offers a B.S. in Public Safety and Emergency Management.

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By definition, disaster preparedness professionals are master craftsmen at planning. It isn’t in their nature to wait for something catastrophic to happen before taking action. These forward-thinking individuals identify the challenges that could be brought on by natural and man-made disasters, and they proactively develop actionable plans to mitigate hazards. When disasters do occur, this careful planning can save lives, reduce injuries and minimize property damage. With GCU’s Masters of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership, you can become the most prepared professional and build a career that aims to help others in times of crises.

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By Judah Esparza
Business Management and Marketing Major, Colangelo College of Business

The world’s market is defined by business and trade. The term “business” is used in a broad sense, yet is most commonly defined as a person’s regular occupation or trade. Grand Canyon University offers a wide variety of business degrees that aim to educate students on the versatility of the world of business. GCU’s Colangelo College of Business provides a business management degree program that teaches students how to be multifaceted, along with the skills necessary for the industry. The program also offers internship opportunities, competitive salaries and a wide network of alumni and connections through GCU.

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By Amanda Ronan
Contributor

Do you know the story of the brand Patagonia? Yvon Chouinard began the company out of a need for better quality and reusable mountain climbing equipment.  When he branched out into clothing, he knew he wanted to use sustainable materials that lasted a long time. He did not want his clothes to end up in landfills. Today, the company will repair any piece of clothing you have, even non-Patagonia pieces. When you are done with a Patagonia item, they will help you sell it to someone else. They actively ask their customers, “Do you really need this item?” because they want to reduce waste and protect the environment.

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By Amanda Ronan
Contributor

When surveyed about their biggest sources of dissatisfaction at work, employees rank availability and communication with managers in the top eight. Employees want access to managers who listen. They want to feel respected by their bosses.

One way to improve your relationships with employees is with active listening.

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When a disaster occurs, most people run away from the site, while others run toward it. If your mindset places you in the latter category, then you are likely to do well in the public safety and emergency management field. This is a challenging and emotionally draining line of work, but for the resilient individuals who choose this career, the opportunity to save lives and mitigate risks to the community is well worth it. There are a number of qualities you should have if you intend to pursue a career in public safety and emergency management, including the following characteristics.

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Public safety and emergency management are broad fields with a vast range of career possibilities. Typically, students who choose degree programs in this area are service-minded individuals who feel compelled to protect others in their communities. Many public safety and emergency management employees enter the field as entry-level workers, without specific academic credentials. But in order to advance, it is essential to demonstrate professional competency with a bachelor’s degree from a respected university.

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