John Woods

The Career Optimism Index is a powerful tool for unlocking team performance.

With its unique blend of science and research, this cutting-edge index offers surprising insights for leaders to effectively manage their team and chart a path to success. It’s particularly helpful as labor force trends and preferences have substantially changed over the last three years.

I host John Woods, PhD, who is the Chief Academic Officer and Provost at the University of Phoenix. He’s developed and championed this research, and he shares how you can use it to become a more effective leader and develop your team.

He holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University, as well as a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University.

John supports the University of Phoenix Career Institute ®, which was created to address broad, persistent and systemic barriers to career advancement through research-based solutions and impactful partnerships that break down barriers Americans face in their careers. The institute just launched its third-annual Career Optimism Index, which is a comprehensive study of American workers’ career perceptions.

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  • How one of the greatest football players in history delivered a dose of inspiration.
  • The surprising result of the Career Optimism Index.
  • Why career optimism reduces the cost of turnover for companies.
  • How exactly the unemployment rate impacts career optimism.
  • An unexpected twist that led to his career success.
  • What he learned about leadership from his first job.


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