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St. John's University Students And Canon Solutions America Discuss Best Practices For Managing Teams

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Press release from the issuing company

Melville, N.Y. – Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., participated in a discussion on management best practices with students at St. John's University in Queens, NY earlier this week. For the past six years, Michael Mellusi, vice president, Sales, Northeast Zone for Canon Solutions America, has visited the school annually to share with business administration students his insights and tips for leading and motivating employees.

"Our mission at St. John's University is to prepare our students to be successful managers and leaders," said Dan Mongiovi, adjunct professor, St. John's University. "We believe hearing from seasoned corporate managers in our community gives students a real-life perspective, as well as awareness of career paths they may want to explore. As someone who manages a sales team of more than 200 people, Mr. Mellusi offered his vast experience and expertise."

According to Mr. Mellusi, the best managers:

  • Foster collaboration and an environment that supports ideas from all members of the team, regardless of their job description
  • Trust employees by giving them autonomy and accountability
  • Encourage work-life balance – technology has changed the game, making us "always on", but it's important to maintain personal lives and commitments
  • Connect with team members on an interpersonal level
  • Listen to employee feedback, and implement new ideas to improve the work environment
  • Provide positive or constructive feedback
  • Offer not only formal recognition of accomplishments, but informal praise when appropriate

"I am honored to have the opportunity to share what I've learned in my 19 years at Canon to help support the business leaders of tomorrow," said Mr. Mellusi. "St. John's has an excellent business management curriculum and Professor Mongiovi is one of the most engaging educators I have had the chance to work with. I enjoy having lively, interactive discussions with the students about the best ways to manage teams and how to deal with different personalities. And, often, I learn from them as well."


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