This time of year seems to bring with it the drive to operate at an unsustainably fast pace. With year-ends, gift buying and holiday parties it is hard to take time to pause, reflect and enjoy the moment. Webster defines reflection as “a thought, idea or opinion formed; or a remark made as a result of meditation.” Reflection is not something that is easily multi-tasked or something to check off the list. Rather it is what I like to think of as part of the rhythm of a life that leads to flourishing. Reflection is part of the good life that motivates one to be a critical thinker and a contributing member of society. Without taking the time to stop, form a new idea, opinion or thought once in awhile one becomes stagnant and complacent which leads to the status quo. Now more than ever we need creative solutions, unifying approaches and critical analysis of the status quo. So in the rush of the holiday season give yourself the gift of flourishing by stopping to reflect and enjoying a new way of thinking or a slightly altered perspective on life. Enjoy!
Please take a moment to look through the articles in this issue of Jewell Business Today. From all of us in the Department of Business and Leadership, here is wishing our students, alumni and friends a happy, safe and productive winter.
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership