Mason was the Weikel Professor of Leadership in the Wisconsin School of Business Management and Human Resources Department before he passed in 2011. Academically, Mason was a prolific scholar (Vita), one of those unusual individuals who publishes both in the top research journals in his field like the Academy of Management Review (where he also served as an Associate Editor), and who simultaneously writes the textbooks that interpret that latest research for students and the business community. A master teacher, Mason’s enthusiasm for his subject was evident to his friends on the faculty as well as to the many students he touched. A true believer in a boundary-free UW and “lifelong learning,” Mason liked to open up his teaching beyond the classroom to anyone who would take a little time.
On this site you’ll find a wealth of practical and experiential material, on topics like how to build a more productive network, effective mentoring, and deeper ways of thinking about diversity. Those of us who teach will find material on how to be a better teacher. Mason was a great producer and collector of multimedia; the websites will connect you to many of his own lectures on YouTube as well as lessons from clips like Glengarry Glen Ross, and of course The Onion.
I started the toolbox in 2012 and populated it initially with material that Mason had collected (click here for the original 53 posts). Now the library of tools has grown tremendously to over 300. It is up to the community of scholars (you) to make this a living resource by making sure your best material is included here. To submit new material, please use this link.
–Russ Coff (Toolbox Curator)