Sir Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
For me, as with so many Graduate School of Education and Psychology graduates, one of the most rewarding aspects of completing an intense full-time doctoral education program like the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership was the opening of new doors and amazing opportunities. During the summer of 2006 Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez, GSEP interim associate dean of education, and Dr. Leo Mallette, organizational leadership alumnus, asked me to coauthor a chapter for a book manuscript they were editing on the SPELIT Interdisciplinary Analysis Method. The chapter outlined the intercultural drivers inherent in an organizational environmental analysis and the role that cultural difference played within the dynamics of contemporary organizations.
After submitting the chapter, it dawned on me that the subject could serve as the basis of a textbook in and of itself. And so, after an intense summer of brainstorming, with gracious mentoring from Pepperdine colleagues such as Dr. Charles Fischer, and reaching out to potential chapter authors, a book proposal was written and submitted to various publishers. In the fall of 2006, I reached an agreement with Sage Publications, and my first book, Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence: Understanding and Utilizing Cultural Diversity to Build Successful Organizations, was born. The book will be released worldwide by June 2008.
Approximately 22 chapters will be divided into four sections: Understanding the Evolving Role of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace, Measuring Intercultural Competence, Optimizing Organizational Communications, and Applying Cultural Comprehension to Organizations.
The strength of the textbook will come from the expertise of the contributing authors–”again using my Pepperdine connection. Faculty members and graduates from the Ed.D. program will be featured along with contributions from cross-cultural leadership experts such as Dr. Fons Trompenaars (coauthor of Riding the Waves of Culture), Dr. Soon Ang (coauthor of two pioneering books on cultural intelligence), Dr. Marc Lamont Hill (frequent CNN and FOX News contributor), and Dr. Mitchell Hammer (intercultural conflict guru who helped decode the Unabomber manifesto).
Above all, this book will serve as a testament to the faculty of the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program and GSEP’s philosophy to empower students and encourage them to aim high and pursue each opportunity that presents itself.
Dr. Michael A. Moodian is a recent graduate of the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program. Prior to completing his doctorate, he earned a master of arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton. Now that he has graduated from Pepperdine, Moodian plans to grow his leadership consulting firm, continue serving on the faculties of Chapman and Vanguard Universities, and eventually begin working on his second book. Michael Dukakis, the longest serving governor in Massachusetts’ history and Democratic presidential nominee in 1988, served on Moodian’s dissertation committee.