171: Looking to the Business Model for True Innovation

This week on the show, founder and principal of rpkGROUP, Rick Staisloff, joins Howard Teibel for a conversation on leadership from the outside in. As seasoned consultants to higher education, the two address how to affect the way leadership sees themselves, the contingencies forcing change. According to Staisloff, if colleges want to be truly innovative, they need to start by educating their own leaders about the business model. How can this first step serve to improve the types of investments made in innovation, the expectations of these initiatives, and achieving a holistic cultural change on campus?

About Rick Staisloff

Rick Staisloff is the founder and a principal of rpk GROUP, a leading national consulting firm supporting colleges, universities, and other non-profits with their growth and reallocation strategies. He has been a leading voice in the development of new business models for higher education, working closely with the Association of Governing Boards, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, NACUBO, and others to develop a new language and new metrics around cost, price, and finance issues for the higher education sector. Staisloff served as Vice President for Finance and Administration for College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University) beginning in 1998, in addition to leadership roles at Carroll Community College and Maryland Higher Education Commission.

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