In an age where technology has accelerated communication requirements and expectations, where markets have expanded globally, and where younger workers don’t fit the traditional 9-to-5 models, what’s a small business owner to do? According to Antioch Midwest and Online Adjunct Professor in Project Management, David Ross, one way to prepare is by exploring the Leadership, Management & Business Programs at Antioch University.
“I believe these programs provide a valuable avenue for technically oriented students to obtain the business and soft skills so vital to success in the business world, “explains Ross. “Not everyone wants to be a business leader, but for those who do, these programs will provide them with the tools to grow beyond their technical areas of expertise.”
A specialist in project and corporate management with over 35 years of experience, Ross sees both a variety of new opportunities and risks facing today’s business owner, including the unprecedented access to personal information. “Data mining and the increased use of online services have given companies unprecedented access to users’ personal information. Ideally, this should allow firms to better serve their customers, but it’s also put the public at greater risk of exploitation by other entities.”
And while the advancement of technology has made some tasks easier, it too has also created new problems for a manager to contend with in their day-to-day activities. “Response times to inquiries and taskings are a mere fraction of what they were only a few years ago. It has enabled the growth of a truly global economy where the traditional 9-to-5 workday has been rendered obsolete.” Ross continues, “Companies have already experienced the reluctance of younger workers to commit to fixed schedules, so the use of temporary freelance workers may become increasingly more prevalent.”
Asked if he had any words of advice for the aspiring entrepreneur in 2018, Ross reiterates, “Don’t be afraid to think globally. There are unlimited opportunities outside the boundaries of your town, city and country.”
And don’t be afraid to look a little deeper into the Leadership, Management & Business programs at Antioch University here: https://www.antioch.edu/degrees-programs/business-management-leadership/