William Woods University Business professor publishes new book on leadership in a new-age business and industrial world

“Conscio-Smart” is second book by Dr. Miriam O’Callaghan

The concept of leadership according to the needs of new age businesses and industry, has changed. That changing nature of work and transforming work environments require leaders to possess universal sets of competencies, which are the subject of a new book by a member of the Business faculty at William Woods University (WWU). 

“Conscio-Smart,” by Dr. Miriam O’Callaghan, Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business and Technology at WWU, was recently released and is available to members of the general public in paperback and Kindle format. Those interested in purchasing the book can do so on Amazon at  https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578532808/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_bqNCDb1VKQA9D

and  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TSTVLXW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_CrNCDbC82W8D5.

Conscio-Smart describes an evolved version of leader from that of the past. Today’s leaders, in contrast, lead effectively and live their total wellbeing, using higher-level consciousness along with other IQ and EQ-based competencies to succeed. Conscio-Smart presents a path to consciousness, defined as the cluster of competencies that individuals can easily develop with deliberative practice, through a competency framework that today’s leaders and workers in industry 4.0 need to achieve their life goals.

“In order to succeed in industry 4.0, you will need more than higher IQ’s, technical skills and emotional intelligence,” said Dr. O’Callaghan. “If your focus is achieving total wellbeing and not just career success, you need Conscio-Smart competencies. Consciousness is not merely a subjective concept or a hard problem, it is a cluster of competencies.”

Dr. O’Callaghan is a lifetime educator whose passion, and higher purpose in life, is teaching. For her, teaching is an act of service to help students develop competencies that they need to succeed in the highly complex world of industry. She credits William Woods with allowing her to realize her real potential at work.  

“This is an enabling work environment where I find enough opportunities to experiment, create and grow,” O’Callaghan said. “It is an outstanding learning institution where people – faculty, staff and students – grow as a community. I call William Woods a stakeholder-focused university and love it here.” Joining the William Woods faculty in 2018, Dr. O’Callaghan came to WWU from Stratford University (Falls Church, Va.), where she served as a cultural exchange professor during 2016-2017. Previous experience includes serving as Director of Global Business Development for ACPi Training Australia; assistant professor at Jagran Lakecity University (Bhopal, India) from 2013-2015; expert member of curriculum and content development at Pandit Sunderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education and faculty member at Barkatullah University (Bhopal, India). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D in Management from Barkatullah University, and MBA degrees in Human Resource Management and Applied Economics from Indira Gandhi National Open University.