Dream Fulfiller - What Winning Sports Coaches Have to Do With Attraction and Retention in the Workforce

Monday October 30th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Kevin Watson - Director of Business Development

For those of you that are avid college athletics fans, your team’s success each year typically depends on the following; their ability to recruit, to get the most out of their talent, get players to gel as a cohesive unit, and to keep players on the field/court/etc. (healthy and out of trouble). If you think about it, the same is probably true in your line of work as well.

Few coaches have been able to crack this code over the past seven years better than Alabama’s head football coach, Nick Saban and Kentucky’s head basketball coach, John Calipari.

*Disclaimer – I’m not a big fan of these coaches (in part because they always seem to be winning, and they don’t coach for my alma mater).

They both have an uncanny ability to get the most out of their players and to get their players to gel as a cohesive unit.

Beyond that, they seem to have cracked the code when it comes to recruiting (winning on a consistent basis doesn’t hurt the cause).

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Give a Little Whistle

Tuesday October 3rd, 2017 at 12:10pm
Written by Stephanie Edwards - WIOA Adult Program Coordinator

An oddly high number of crickets have been chirping near the Brunswick County Career Center lately. How serendipitous it is that the song, “Give a Little Whistle” by Jiminy Cricket came up in conversation with a team member on the topic of doing what’s right. People are often told to let their conscience be the guide in making decisions, but when you can’t rely on your conscience, “Give a Little Whistle” and instead let your Values be your guide. A conscience can waiver with emotion and vary from person to person, but a stable and unchanging set of company values and code of conduct standards can help guide a team toward success, especially when the team is faced with challenging decisions.

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The Day the Meatballs Ran Out - A Cautionary Tale About Employee Empowerment

Monday September 11th, 2017 at 2:00pm
Written by Kevin Watson - Director of Business Development

One day, I stopped by a local sandwich shop on the way home from work with the intent of grabbing a quick bite to eat. I proceeded to order a foot-long meatball marinara sub and waited for the employee to ladle the meatballs onto the sub bun. After his second scoop, you could hear the sound of the metal ladle scraping the bottom of the container. A panicked look swept over the employee’s face as he explained that they were out of meatballs.

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EDSI Wins Award for Student-Run Positive Business Project

Monday August 21st, 2017 at 11:10am
Written by Casey White - Director of Marketing

In a previous blog, I wrote about how inspired I was after attending several powerful sessions on leadership, compassion and purpose at the fourth annual Positive Business Conference hosted by The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at U-M.

Another exciting thing that happened at the conference was that EDSI received an award for its student-run positive business project, presented by the Center for Positive Organizations, a student-led initiative designed to identify and showcase business practices that create positive impact.

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Visualizing Your Recruiting and Succession Plans

Wednesday May 24th, 2017 at 9:00pm
Written by Casey White - Director of Marketing

I wasn’t expecting to be inspired by a field hockey office display, but that’s what happened recently during my visit to a local university. Are you wondering how recruiting and succession planning for your company could possibly relate to a University field hockey program?

Picture this: a striking, larger-than-life visual of a long-range “staffing” plan, highlighting each year from now until 2020, showing field positions, names of current players and potential recruits. It was color-coded and created to help coaches identify, by position, the talent needed to stay competitive and ultimately work toward their goal of building a championship team. It was obvious: they clearly understood they needed talented people to achieve that goal and all the particulars were captured in vivid detail.

That display got me thinking, “How many companies understand what their talent needs look like?” It made me realize that capturing the right kind of data, and making that data come to life visually, is crucial in setting the best goals and vision for the future. How close is your organization to understanding what your talent needs look like – today … in 3 years … in 10 years …?

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Why Your Company Should Invest in Career Sculpting

Monday April 24th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Arlene DeSantis Jones - Chief Talent Officer

Many companies today face the ongoing challenge of how to retain good talent. The difference between EDSI and other companies facing this challenge is our innovative Career Sculpting program. It has enabled us to retain great employees and ultimately assist in reducing turnover.

The idea for Career Sculpting came to me about 15 years ago after reading an article on retention in the Harvard Business Review. I envisioned creating a way to get to know employees better and understand them on a more personal level; not just what their work positions dictated. Brainstorming and strategy meetings ensued where colleagues and I developed the process we know and utilize at EDSI called Career Sculpting.

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Maybe I Should Just Quit?

Monday February 20th, 2017 at 10:00am
Written by Kevin Schnieders - Chief Executive Officer

I was recently speaking to a group of 8th graders when one of them asked an interesting question. "As a CEO," she said, "What do you think is more important: vision or resilience?" I told her that my immediate response was vision, for two reasons: First, vision is the sole responsibility of the CEO. The CEO is the only one who should be writing the initial draft of the vision. It's that person's job to say where the organization is headed over the next three years. Second, resilience, when you're pursuing the wrong goals, is a terrible thing. I've lost a lot of money pursuing the wrong business goals for too long. There is a lot of benefit to failing fast.

I explained further that it is important to determine if you're pursuing the right goals for your life. If you're not having success, maybe you should just quit.

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5 Tips for Keeping a Job

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 at 7:09am
Written by Ed Quintavalle - Senior Consultant

Finding a job doesn’t always come easy, especially in today’s competitive job market. It can also be difficult to decide on a career. In fact, most of us never stop asking ourselves that age-old question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?”

With so many resources available, job searches aren’t just about the classifieds anymore. Jobseekers must use every resource possible to widen their job search: networking, social media, recruiters, job listings and employer contacts from workforce agencies.

State and local workforce agencies offer full-service, one-stop assistance with skill assessments, training, job counseling and job placement. Many non-profits also provide services. These organizations often offer assistance for those who need to overcome specific barriers to employment. Ultimately, what kind of job you decide is best for you depends a lot on who you are, and your satisfaction on the job. It pays to map out career goals and aspirations, and figure out exactly what steps are needed to get the job you want, because you really can make it happen!

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3 Takeaways from Managing Thought by Mary Lore

Wednesday September 7th, 2016 at 2:33pm
Written by Sarah Strawcutter - Customer Service Representative

Let’s be honest, work, no matter what industry, can be stressful. A question I ask on daily a daily basis is, how do we cope with the stress in a healthy way? Managing Thought by Mary Lore has an interesting perspective on how to manage yourself. Think of it this way, you need to learn how to manage yourself before you can learn to manage others. Sound familiar? It should because at EDSI, we have our daily ways: Show up, Smile, and Support. A part of Smile is “I am self-aware” which means that you know your strengths and weaknesses and you can recognize them in others. If you can understand how your body deals with stress, you are in a sense self-aware.

Here are the top 3 things I took away from Managing Thought:

1. To manage your thoughts, you must live in the moment and focus

It’s so easy to focus on the future. “I have to have these files done by Friday.” “Thursday is a workshop I want to attend but I have to do an application.” When you find yourself thinking about the future or even the past, pause, take some deep breaths, and think “what can I do right now?” When doing this, you open up your mind and release any extra stress that may be manifesting. It allows you to be inspired and as a result inspire those you serve.

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Customer Relationship Management Is Not Just Software

Wednesday July 6th, 2016 at 7:15am
Written by Ray Eibel - Director of New Business Development

Recently, I was researching different Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software systems. At one point, while making the comparisons, I just shook my head thinking customer relationship management is not software, it is a philosophy. Sure, CRM software can be a good tool, but that is all it is, a tool.

I think the key word in this philosophy is “relationship” and I can promise you, no software system out there develops relationships; people develop relationships. Developing business relationships is not much different than developing personal relationships. It takes time, trust and respect to build any kind of relationship. Once you have this mindset, I think the rest comes easy.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Top Talent

Wednesday June 1st, 2016 at 1:30pm
Written by Karin Knutson

Jack Welch has a great quote, “The team with the best players wins.” For some, he could be referring to baseball or football, but in business we know the most important team is within the walls of your workplace. Your company likely spends lots of time and money finding people with the skill sets that most closely match your company culture, the challenge is keeping them.

What is the best approach keeping your best talent and avoiding having them swooped up by your competitors? What makes employees want to stay? Here are a few things to consider:

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Is Running a Business like a Sport?

Monday May 16th, 2016 at 10:10am
Written by Chuck Mouranie - Partner and Managing Director

I find it interesting that everyone knows who won the big game, but few people know how their business is truly performing. I am not sure if this is a lack of availability of information, devoid of individual ownership, or simply a lack of interest.

Every team must have a goal. It could be winning the Stanley Cup, World Series, or increasing sales. Strong teams and companies both agree on a goal and laser focus their attention to attain the objective. All decisions are made within the backdrop of this target. They are similar of focus and every team member is on-board, driving to the bottom line --- winning.

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Five Resources for Resume Success

Thursday May 5th, 2016 at 9:25am
Written by Carlo Gonzalez - Lead Facilitator

Sometimes, when I’ve tried 10 times to re-word a sentence in a resume, or I sit down with a customer who has a less-than-ideal work history, the opening lines from the famous Beatles’ song come to mind:

“Help, I need somebody
Help, not just anybody
Help, you know I need someone
Help

In the course of writing a resume or speaking with customers, we might encounter any number of problems that can cause great difficulty. In order to provide the best and most effective resume advice to customers, as well as produce great results, we should seek help from all available resources. These can come in the form of people, books, websites…anything that gives us advice and helps us to break the resume stalemate.

I store my resources in my “tool box,” and I can fix most resume problems by reaching in and pulling out something I can use.

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Tips for Building Solid Relationships, from the Wand of the Fairy Job Mother

Wednesday April 27th, 2016 at 8:01am
Written by Kathleen Niedermayer - Job Developer

“Rapport is the ability to enter someone else’s world, to make him feel that you understand him, that you have a strong common bond.” - Tony Robbins, Author and Motivational Speaker

Building relationships with another person is all about connecting with him or her and creating a sense of trust and understanding. According to some research, we have only 7 seconds to make a good first impression! It is absolutely essential for us to build solid connections with our clients, and this relationship building starts the first time we meet.

When I began my career as a Job Developer with EDSI, I would conduct an initial interview with clients. I would ask questions about clients’ living situation, their children and partners, the kinds of jobs they had in the past and what they wanted to accomplish. The interview gave me some important facts, but I realized something was missing. I wanted to go a bit deeper, I needed to better understand their passions, hopes and dreams when it came to finding, obtaining and keeping a job.

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Reflections from the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference

Wednesday July 1st, 2015 at 8:43am

Written by Kristina Harrell – Project Specialist with EDSI

kharrell@edsisolutions.com

I recently had the opportunity to attend the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV with several EDSI colleagues. It was great to reconnect with EDSI team members from all over the country; Jessica Johnson, Susan Oney, Terri Kaufman, Ray Eibel and Ken Mall, to name a few. 

For me, this conference was different from the ones I’ve attended in the past. This year, instead of hoping to one day obtain my Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) certificate, I was attending as a CWDP and looking to increase my knowledge in all fields of workforce development. 

Reflecting on my experience, I appreciated the conversations with many workforce professionals from across the nation. Specifically, I enjoyed listening to and sharing ideas around implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). During my time at the conference, I had the opportunity to attend a great presentation; one that engaged everyone in the room, titled “Motivation to Meet Your Measures.” The presentation was primarily geared toward understanding today’s youth, and it really put everything into perspective for me, especially having one pre-teen and two teenage children. 

The presenters considered generational gaps, what motivates us, what motivates today’s youth and strategies to continue to engage and motivate today’s youth. One of the successful youth participants, Justin Lockard, was quoted as saying “You too can reach this level of success, in these ways, no matter the struggle – it’s all in the determination!” A simple equation to consider: Motivating our Clients + Motivating our Staff = Meeting our Goals.

Thanks to NAWDP for another great conference this year. Surprisingly, Elvis made an appearance at the conference as well, so we didn’t want to miss out on a photo opportunity! :)

 

 

 

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