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Dr. Michael Meeks

Associate Professor

"I always knew I would be a teacher, so after 20 years in the business world, I returned to school to pursue my doctorate so I could teach full time at a university. I love the campus environment and the energy students bring to the classroom"

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management — University of Colorado — Boulder, 2004
  • MBA in Entrepreneurship — University of San Diego, 1998
  • BSEE in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science — University of Pacific, 1997

Career Highlights:

  • Founded and managed over 30 successful companies
  • Traveled to countries around the globe to present my research
  • Spent a term in New Zealand as a research scholar
  • Founded the San Francisco State University Family Business Center
  • Founded the San Francisco State University Family Winery Forum
  • Served on the board of the nation's leading entrepreneurship organization: United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)
  • Served on the board of the nation's leading family business organization (Family Firm Institute)
  • Served on the board of the nation's leading strategic management organization: Strategic Management Society (SMS)
  • Served as the Associate Director of the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas
  • Personalysis Personality Profile Certification
  • Advanced Certificate in Family Business Advising, Family Firm Institute
  • Fellow of the Family Firm Institute

In which online degree programs do you teach?

MBA Entrepreneurship & Family Enterprise, MBA HR Management, MBA Finance

Which classes do you teach online?

MADM760, MADM751.

Why did you start teaching?

Throughout my own education classmates gravitated toward me for assistance in helping them understand elements of their studies, and I always enjoyed facilitating their learning — teaching came natural to me. I always knew I would be a teacher, so after 20 years in the business world, I returned to school to pursue my doctorate so I could teach full time at a university. I love the campus environment and the energy students bring to the classroom.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Life is about learning and growing. Always seek to learn and grow. Be curious.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

First, always consciously and deliberately learn and grow. Second, consciously practice empathy every day. Third, find something you love to do and make it your career. Lastly, follow the advice of Stephen Covey, particularly

  1. Seek first to understand, and only then to be understood
  2. Sharpen the saw
  3. Begin with the end in mind
  4. Don't let the emotion of the urgent drown out the important.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

  1. Tao Te Ching
  2. The Road Less Traveled
  3. A Whole New Mind
  4. To Sell is Human
  5. Black Swan
  6. Les Miserables

What qualities make someone particularly successful in business?

Empathy, curiosity, open-mindedness, listening skills, and a kaizen approach to personal development.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that entrepreneurs face today?

Poor business acumen, compounded by an epidemic of unconscious incompetence.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students may not know about you.

I am Native American, a vegetarian, and a 5th-dan black belt.

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