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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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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Road Trips, Talent and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Wednesday November 30th, 2016 at 8:45am
Written by Kevin Watson - Director of Business Development

One of my goals is to make it to all 50 states by the age of 40, and all 7 continents by the age of 60. In order to achieve the domestic portion of this goal, about once a year I embark on an overly ambitious road trip. The goal is to cram as much as I can into a 4 or 5 day journey and see as much of this beautiful country as possible. To give you an idea, the last trip started in Boise, Idaho, and ended in Portland, Oregon, and included 5 states, 4 state capitals, 3 national parks, 2 flights, and 1 rental car. It also included a LOT of caffeine and very little sleep.

While a trip like this doesn’t allow me to fully experience any of these destinations the way I would like to, it does help me to understand which of these places I would like to revisit in the future … and how much time I would truly want to spend there.

During another recent trip, I visited Badlands National Park, Custer National Park, Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse Monument. Fair, or unfair, there is some mental benchmarking that goes into deciding how much time I spend at each location, and whether or not I plan on revisiting that place. While both trips were great in their own right, I found myself comparing and contrasting the two. If I am being honest, I would much rather go back to Yellowstone than Mount Rushmore. If I were to make one of those drives again, I personally enjoyed driving through Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Washington and Oregon more than I enjoyed driving through Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa.

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