Scott Ferguson: Fostering Emerging Talent
Scott Ferguson is a Store Team Leader for Target, directly responsible for both managing all financial aspects of an entire multi-million dollar store while also hiring, training, and developing more than 150 team members and managers.
Scott enrolled in Concordia's MBA program because of the University's great reputation as a quality school, the flexibility it offered with his work schedule, and because of the value: "costing a half or a third of some competing schools." His wife also enrolled in the MBA program, and they were able to receive their diplomas together.
During his time at Concordia, Scott's two favorite classes were Strategic Research and Effective Communication. "Strategic Research taught me how to dig deep into root causes and the ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of my team. Effective Communication taught me the importance of connecting, not just communication. Strategic Research gave me a methodology for solving problems, and Effective Communication gave me the tools to roll out and communicate new direction to my team." Both are skills that have helped him drive profitable sales and provide outstanding customer service at Target.
Scott benefitted from Concordia's emphasis on "real-life application," which allowed him to do projects for his classes on Target. "I was able to apply what I learned immediately to help me succeed at my company." This not only earned him a promotion, but it gave him the skills necessary to further his career.
Asked about the impact of Concordia's MBA program on his professional life today, Scott gives credit to it providing "both strategic and people skills that have shaped my leadership style and increased my effectiveness in running a profitable business."
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