President of Magnetrol International discusses values-driven company culture

first_imgJohn Heiser, president and chief operating officer of Magnetrol International, Inc., discussed his leadership journey and creating a values-driven organizational culture during his lecture Wednesday night in the Mendoza College of Business’ Jordan Auditorium. The talk was the second lecture of the 2017 Berges Lecture Series in Business Ethics.Heiser began his career as a maritime litigator after graduating from Tulane University’s law school. His decided that law was not the right career choice during one case where he listened to a four-hour debate on the definition of “perishable” when he was waiting to obtain a motion for his client’s case.“At that point, I had this intervention that said I don’t want to spend the rest of my life doing this,” he said.Upon the realization, Heiser decided to move to the chemical production company DuPont. His career move led him to his first lesson in leadership, which was being open-minded about taking new paths.“You’ve got to be open to exploring new opportunities,” he said. “You’ve got to be open to saying, ‘You know what, this isn’t want I expected. Maybe I should try this; maybe I should try that.’”Here, Heiser realized his second lesson of leadership, which was the power of stakeholder engagement.At DuPont, Heiser was responsible for launching a product to help people affected by HIV and AIDS. Heiser described how the activist community at the time spoke against pharmaceutical companies producing the HIV and AIDS drug products due to pricing and other concerns, so he wanted to take steps to embrace this community, including by hiring several activists.“We were not only going to understand the patient community that we were dealing with, but we were going to work with the activist community and engage them in how we were going to price this product and go to market,” he said. “… This is when I first realized and learned the concept of shared value where we could do things that would maximize profit for the organization. … But we also recognized that we could actually make a different for society.”Other lessons Heiser learned during his leadership journey included the powers of perseverance, resilience and internal and external feedback.“As a leader, I would tell you there’s nothing more important than your ability to receive feedback from others and process it, and more importantly, for me, to do self-reflection,” he said.Heiser also talked about his time at Magnetrol, which is a company that manufactures radar and radar equipment to measure levels of fluid. Though the company had grown considerably from its roots in a garage, Heiser said it had lost its way by 2015 when he took over as president. He attributed this deterioration to the fact that the company rewarded employees based on years of service and attendance as opposed to merit.Heiser said he sought to fix the problem with a more values-driven approach.“We had to change the culture, and we had to start at the senior level,” he said.Today, Heiser said Magnetrol has several core values including the idea of “performance [and] no excuses,” which Heiser said means the company needs to be action-oriented, especially with the commitments it made to its stakeholders.Heiser said another core value is “everybody deserves special treatment.”“What that means is we don’t leave the human condition at the door,” he said.The final Magnetrol value, according to Heiser, is that business is a social institution, which means Magnetrol has an obligation to multiple stakeholders and that it will deliver on those obligations.Magnetrol’s culture change has not been without its struggles, Heiser explained. Under Heiser, Magnetrol implemented a “Giving Voice to Values” program, which had the lowest participation rate company-wide with the U.S. management team.“How am I going to get a culture change in the U.S. if I’ve got a management team that [has the lowest participation numbers]?” he said. “… That’s actually been one of our biggest problems is getting managers out of this command and control situation.”Tags: Berges Lecture Series, Inc., Magnetrol International, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

Notre Dame Children’s Choir to perform with Arturo Sandoval

first_imgNotre Dame Children’s Choir will perform alongside Arturo Sandoval, an “award-winning jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer,” the University announced in a press release Tuesday.The performance is part of a concert, “Swinging Christmas with the Arturo Sandoval Big Band,” that will take place in the Walt Disney Concert Hall at 8 p.m. on Dec. 21. The choir will be performing in honor of Sandoval’s new album “Arturo Sandoval’s Christmas at Notre Dame.”The album was recorded in May 2017, according to the release. After receiving an honorary degree in 2016, Sandoval returned to Notre Dame to record the album. It includes both religious and secular well-known Christmas songs, including “Silent Night” and “Frosty the Snowman.”Sandoval released the album in October, according to the release, and it has been among the top five spots on the Billboard’s Chart of Jazz Albums for the last six weeks. The album features the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, the Notre Dame Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Winds.“This album unites a wide cross-section of the Notre Dame community, with undergraduate and graduate students, child choristers and professional musicians to create vibrant renditions of classic Christmas music,” Mark Doerries, director of the children’s choir, said in the release.Emily Swope, who is pursuing a master’s in voice at Notre Dame, and Alexander Mansour, a senior majoring in music, will join the children’s choir on their tour. Mansour arranged seven of the songs on Sandoval’s album, the release said.Funds raised by “Arturo Sandoval’s Christmas at Notre Dame” will contribute to the Arturo Sandoval Institute Scholarship at Notre Dame. According to the release, the scholarship “provides access, support and inspiration to music students so they may continue their music education without economic worry.”Recognized around the world as a jazz and classical musician and composer, Sandoval has earned an Emmy Award, six Billboard awards and 10 Grammy Awards, according to the release. In 2013, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the highest honor for civilians in the U.S. Now, he is an emeritus professor at Florida International University, though he continues to travel to teach clinics and perform, according to the release.“Arturo Sandoval’s trumpet raises our spirits and gladdens our hearts as we celebrate Christmas,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins said in the release. “His musical expression of unbridled joy and goodwill calls us to embrace the love, charity and reconciliation at the heart of this blessed season. ‘Arturo Sandoval’s Christmas at Notre Dame’ is sure to become a holiday classic.”The Notre Dame Children’s Choir was founded in 2013, and now includes more than 300 members, whose ages range from 1 to 17. They have toured around the country, as well as participated in a TEDx talk, according to the release.Following their performance with Sandoval, the children’s choir will also offer a concert in Huntington Beach, Calif. Free and open to the public, the concert will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 23.Concert tickets for the performance on Dec. 21 can be purchased at Arthur Sandoval, notre dame children’s choir, Walt Disney Concert Halllast_img read more

More Punjab ministers hit out at Sidhu over his jibe on Amarinder Singh

first_imgChandigarh, Dec 2 (PTI) More Punjab ministers Sunday condemned Navjot Singh Sidhu over his jibe at Amarinder Singh demanding he apologise to the chief minister and “learn how to respect elders”, even as the former cricketer’s wife said his statement was being twisted and taken out of context. On Saturday, three ministers — Rural Development and Panchayat minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi — had called for Sidhu’s resignation from the state cabinet.On Sunday, state’s Women and Child Development and Transport Minister Aruna Chaudhary said Sidhu’s remark was “unforunate” and “uncalled for”. “What Navjot Singh Sidhu said about Capt Amarinder Singh is unfortunate. Such things should not have been said by him,” she said. Amarinder Singh was in the Army and served as a captain during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War. Chaudhary said, “Capt Amarinder Singh is our undisputed leader. He is captain of the party in the state. He was chief ministerial candidate in the last assembly elections and under him the party returned to power with an overwhelming majority. At the same time, Rahul Gandhi is captain of entire Congress, no one is disputing this fact. But what Sidhu has said about captain sahib is unfortunate.”Two days back, Sidhu had mocked Amarinder Singh in Hyderabad when reporters asked him about going to Pakistan, to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor, despite his disapproval.”Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain (Amarinder Singh) also,” Sidhu had then said.advertisement Minister of Forests Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Sunday demanded Sidhu apologise to the chief minister. He also reminded him he was not running a comedy show. Sidhu had been a part of a popular TV comedy show aired in India.”It seems Sidhu sahib has forgotten that he is a minister. He should know he is not running a comedy show here. He must learn how to respect the elders and seek an apology from the chief minister,” Dharamsot said.Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa continued his attack on Sunday saying Sidhu’s tone and the body language towards the chief minister was not appropriate and demanded he apologise.Bajwa, along with Revenue and Rehabilitation minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, had Saturday said if Sidhu didn’t consider Amarinder Singh his captain he should quit the chief minister’s team.On Sunday, Bajwa said, “Sidhu sahib has said that Capt Amarinder Singh is not his captain, he said that he is Army’s captain. The tone and body language used by Sidhu towards the chief minister is not appropriate. It shows disrespect towards the CM. If Sidhu doubts Capt Amarinder’s leadership, his ability, then it becomes his moral duty to resign.””The speed at which he is going may cause an accident,” he said of Sidhu. “I want to request Sidhu that he apologise to the chief minister and matter will end.”     Sources said the issue might come up during the state cabinet meeting on Monday.The row over the trip escalated in the state even as Sidhu backtracked on his claim that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was involved in his decision to attend the ceremony. “Get your facts right before you distort them, Rahul Gandhi Ji never asked me to go to Pakistan. The whole world knows I went to Pakistan on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s personal invite,” Sidhu had tweeted on Saturday.      Sidhu’s wife and former BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Sunday said his heart is clean and his remarks was being twisted and taken out of context. “Navjot Sidhu’s heart is clean. He has not committed any mistake that he should resign. He has already said Capt sahib (Amarinder) is a father-figure to him. If outside Punjab, he said Rahul is the captain, what is wrong on that? He has not called (Narendra) Modi his captain. He is only calling Rahul his captain. And Capt Sahib’s (Amarinder’s) captain too is Rahul, isn’t it?,” asked Kaur. “Since Navjot and I joined the Congress, we always showed full respect towards Capt Sahib (Amarinder),” she said.      Meanwhile, the BJP too took potshots at Sidhu, dubbing him a “man of U-turns”.”When Sidhu was in the BJP, he hailed the contribution of Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Arun Jaitley. He used to ridicule (former PM) Manmohan Singh by terming him ‘Mouni Baba’. He is a man of U-turns. It seems his lust for power would end with accepting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as his Captain,” BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh said. “He should be sacked immediately.”advertisementUnion Minister and senior BJP leader from Punjab Vijay Sampla said Sidhu has “lost mental balance” and wants to remain in news with such remarks.The Kartarpur corridor will connect the shrine in Pakistan to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Gurdaspur and give visa-free access to Indian pilgrims.Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan had riled Amarinder Singh, who said he tried to dissuade Sidhu, following a grenade attack in Amritsar that left three people dead. PTI SUN VSD TIRTIRlast_img read more