Dr. Judith S. Callahan: Lecturer, University of Florida, Warrington College of Business Administration

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I have spent the past 30 years teaching and helping businesses understand and improve organizational development. My expertise lies adult learning and corporate universities, staffing, compensation, succession planning, strategic and business planning, and negotiation. I have helped organizations develop and roll out programs by focusing on accurately identifying the root cause, developing a solution, executing the solution, and attaining the desired results. I appreciate the importance of sales. I view it as everyone’s job. I believe everyone should use the basic principles of project management to propose or implement a program. I have published in the areas of aging and work, measurement, and staff development.

I have a MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Management and Statistics from the same institution. I currently hold the position of Lecturer in the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida where I teache graduate students compensation, staffing, negotiation, managing and leading teams, international human resource management, organizational development, and organizational behavior. My current research is in the areas of servant leadership and global leadership.

What do you do best?

Solve puzzles. I love puzzles. I have since I was small. Today, whether in the classroom or when working with companies, I seek to understand the situation, identify the root causes and facilitate movement that aids in achieving goals.

What makes you the best?

I truly care and I long to perform at peak levels whether teaching in the classroom or working with companies. The classroom experience explodes when I adapt to the audience. I have witnessed companies vastly improve their circumstance by shifting focus from the bottom line to serving their employees. These employees would them best serve the client/customer.

How will you stay the best?

Set and work toward goals. Read extensive and listen to others. This sounds simple but a robust literature indicates people typically fail to set effective goals and are often very poor listeners.

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

Personal: To help others; To cultivate a farm on my 20 acres.

Business: To help others; to be a role model for bright, motivated, and kind students who seek to make a difference in the business world. To establish a center for leadership research with a global focus on servant leadership.

What fascinates you?

Puzzles! How and why businesses chose to operate the way they do. I ask myself why situations are the way they are. I ask others to help me understand. And I listen. I find this is often the launching pad for research. I enjoy complex jigsaw puzzles during down time. It is a wonderful way to share time with others.

Favorite Motto?

Take chances, do what you love, and live a big life!

Favorite People?

My family: from my husband, my father, my siblings and their spouses, my nieces and nephews, my Aunts, Uncles and cousins!

Favorite Places?

My home in Gainesville, Florida and Frankfort, Michigan

Favorite Products?

Small “fiddle” objects I scatter about my space. When pondering ideas, I find I am able to focus better when I have something in my hands.

Current Passions?

Servant Leadership and comedy radio—I love to laugh.

Most challenging moment?

The moment I decided to leave a job in a down economy with no other job in hand. I could not work in an environment that took advantage of people. I taught ethics and it became time to walk the talk.

Biggest disappointment - how did you/will you overcome it?

Discovering someone I held in very high esteem was not worthy of it. I had been beguiled by words and ignored deeds for nearly a decade. This individual ran a business and while espousing employee-centric rhetoric, acted in a self-serving, greedy manner. It was a betrayal that cut deep. Overcoming any betrayal takes time. Ultimately, I made a decision not let one CEO’s behavior deflate my dream.

Biggest success?

Living a happy, fulfilling, God-centered life, loving what I do and longing to share it with others.