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Integrated Talent Chain – Part II

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO TYGES International

As I continue to talk to companies/clients and walk with them in their recruiting process, it is quite clear that there is a lack of an Integrated Talent Chain. Right now, I can’t tell if it is ignorance or just not a priority. I tend to think it’s a combination of both as while companies profess that people are their most valuable asset, that is not reflective in any part of the chain of events associated with recruitment, hiring, on-boarding, and retention of Talent. human capitalYes they put up fancy words like “Human Capital” and have their websites saying all the right things but the reality it is all surface with no depth.
Last month I wrote Integrated Talent Chain – Does it Exist?  Now I would like to take a deeper dive into ITC (Integrated Talent Chain), by answering the following:

• Understanding the current inventory of Talent in your organization?
• Understanding the forecasted needs in the next few years?
• Understanding the turnover (voluntary / involuntary)?

Translated in manufacturing speak:

• Current Inventory
• Sales Forecast
• Scrap

Companies pour so much energy in to most of their processes (purchasing, facilities, product development, marketing, manufacturing, etc.) and they spend a small fraction of their time understanding and planning their Human Capital. Yes companies do a decent job of managing headcounts that are used to produce products (direct labor) but where they normally fall down is measuring those on the indirect side. As we survey companies, most of the indirect side people management is reactive at best.

My question is why is this treated like “black magic” versus truly understanding your needs and filling your needs with the appropriate people?

An ITC that is tied to the business plan will give you what your needs are all the way down to a job description with responsibilities and expectations that you can hold the individual accountable. So back to the question – why is this not more methodical and calculable versus reactive? My supposition is companies don’t take it serious and still believe that they can recruit/hire whoever they want and whenever they want. I also think that most companies see this as an HR function primarily which is completely wrong. This should be in the top 3 priorities of the CEO and he/she needs to own it – period – no excuses. Top Down

Stop delegating ITC to everyone else in the company – own it, walk it, lead it. Yes you will need the help of your team but unless you own it, it will never be fully realized.
Where to start? Why not start with the basics

1. Take an inventory of your team (bottom to top); rate them – yes that means you have to make some subjective calls but anything is better than what you have now.
2. Look at your Business Plan over the next 3 years. Walk it down in the organization to understand the impact of the growth/decline planned for the business. Take this to the individual role level. Be Intentional.
3. Determine what your turnover is (guess if you have too initially).

With these 3 components you can create a mathematical model that will identify your gaps; Once you have this current state completed, you will need to maintain it like your checkbook – regularly. ITCNow you can begin to proactively shift your ITC on the recruiting side and figure out how to develop your existing staff to either coach them in or coach them out. Sounds easy right? No – because it is a painful exercise initially to set up but also to maintain and revisit monthly. If your too big to do it all at once, focus on the top 2 or 3 levels and get the process down and then add another level down every few months until you have full coverage. Along the way, there will be naysayers that don’t see the importance of the ITC but stick to it.

This is not “sexy”. You are not taking a cool new product to market; developing a new product or installing a new manufacturing line but this is the lifeline that will either grow your company or kill your company.

I welcome your feedback.  You can find me on LinkedIn and at Twitter you can find me at @timsaumierTI.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

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We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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The Maze

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

Recently my oldest son brought home one of his writing projects from middle school called “The Maze.”  It is a fictional story that he wrote about a family that was going on a dream vacation.  Along the way, a choice had to be made…a critical choice.  More than a creative story, the “choice” made towards the end of the journey is simply incredible.  I hope you see the value/consequence of the choices we all make through the eyes of this young man.  Enjoy…

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THE MAZE

by: Shelton Ware (unedited)

Once there was a family taking a trip to the country for what they thought would be their dream vacation. They were driving down the old dilapidated country road and noticed they were low on fuel. They found an old gas station and walked in to pay for the gas.Gas station3  There was no one in the store, just a sign that said, “I’ll be back in an hour”.  So the family looked around on the maps for another gas station, but the nearest one was more than an hour away and would not be able to make it.  So they would have to wait.

Another eerie sign all around the store said “beware of blur”.

They thought it was just something fake and put it out of their minds.
Maze2Across the street there was a corn maze it looked very odd but the family did not think much of it. The family thought it would be something fun to do while they wait.  The instant the family entered the corn maze chills ran down their backs.

They dismissed it as wind and continued on through the maze.  Then they heard footsteps in the corn and they knew it was not them walking because they were frozen in fear. All the sudden a black thing as it was indescribably fast it was like a blur. No one could see for a couple of seconds. Then when their vision was returned the mother was gone, nowhere to be seen. Then the Dad and the boy heard a scream in the distance. Then the family realized this was far worse than the dream vacation they all thought they were going on. The boy and the father immediately started sprinting for their lives. For hours on hours they were searching desperately for the entrance but it was nowhere to be found. At last they found the entrance out of the maze. Once they got to the exit the dad made it out but at the last second the corn shot across like a curtain making a wall trapping the boy inside. The boy had no idea what to do he tried shouting for help but there was no answer to be heard. The boy had no choice to wander the maze looking for another way out.

The sun was starting to set and the evening chills were wandering through the air. maze4The maze almost seemed endless to the boy. It was like it was evolving and moving as time passed. After hours of searching for a way out the boy was tired. He had to rest somewhere.  He decided to lay down in a corner where the boy thought nothing could find him.

He woke up the sun is eyes but he felt something creep across his arm he looked at it and saw corn husks slowly wrapping around his arm and other parts of his limbs. He tried to free himself but he was to weak.  He could not move at all. The corn then started to pull him into the dark rich soil.  Everything was dark nothing to be heard or seen. He awoke in a small dark room with one old dim light hanging from the center. The boy was thinking trying to remember anything he could to figure out what was going on.

Then he remembered that on the signs stating “beware of blur” there was always black smudges.  They were on the maze sign, on the corn that trapped him in, and on the corn that pulled him to this room. He realized this is the blur, the blur was what took his mom, trapped him, and what brought him here. This is the blur’s maze and it has been manipulating it and everything that ever dared to enter.

The boy got out of the chair he was in and inspected the roomaze5m. He noticed there was a small door in front of him that he didn’t seem to notice before. He cautiously opened the door to find an open field with his mom and dad standing in the middle.  He walked toward them and progressed to a sprint.  When he reached them he was shocked to find that they were gone.  Then another humanoid figure was standing almost hovering in front of him.  He reached out and felt it. He heard a faint voice say,

“Here you are, you have passed all my tests now…here before you stands the final
test.”

The blur vanished. He looked up and saw his parents again standing apart from another. Choices2.jpg They had ropes around them.  He heard the voice again say “choose”.  The boy realized he had to choose one of his parents.  He thought he could never choose one parent over another.  He would have to live with the grief that he killed one of his parents forever. Thoughts started racing through his head about his parents and what they have done for him. He couldn’t pick he just couldn’t.

The thought of grief kept cycling through his head.  Then he realized something he could pick his own life instead of theirs.  He thought he had to do this, he could not pick between his parents.  He yelled out,

“I will pick myself!”

The blur replied “if you wish” instantly everything was black, it was the same feeling as when he was put into the room.  He heard another voice say “congratulations you have passed.”  The boy was stunned. He remembered every thing was a test and maybe this was the right choice. The voice again said “by choosing yourself to save two was very honorable, every other person I have tested did not choose themselves and then I banished them to the Maze forever.  You have passed so you and your family are free I will return you home”.  Again everything was black the same feeling as before.  He awoke in front of the maze with his family.  There was their car, the worker was back at the gas station.  They filled up and continued on their dream vacation. But the thought of the blur lingered in their minds forever…

THE END

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In business and in our life, sometimes it feels as if we are in a maze.  Perhaps a clear direction isn’t on your current horizon and you must make a choice to go right, left, turn around, or just keep going straight ahead.  Regardless of our current location or your desired destination, we will all have to make choices along the way.  Those choices will of course effect you and in turn they will also effect those around you.  At TYGES ,we understand the value of of making the right decision.  Sometimes that choice is not the easiest thing to do; yet, it is simply the right thing to do.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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Never Stop Learning

Written by:  Carol Zimmerman, Director of Health Care

There’s a syndicated radio show I listen to in the mornings that, for the last couple of weeks, has been having a “Generation X versus Millennials” contest each morning. The Generation X-er (of which I am firmly in the camp) must answer current event and pop culture questions, while the Millennial has to answer trivia from Generation X’s heyday. It’s amazing to me how knowledge moves forward and we lose information that was once so common. Today’s Millennial didn’t know what the letters VCR meant. VCRAnd I’m sure I don’t know who won an MTV award this year.

Career-wise, it’s imperative that you stay on top of your game. But there’s more to it than that. Sure, you’ve attended conferences and know the latest methods, ideology, and trends. But do you know what events may be affecting your clients and customers? Do you know how to interview in an era where putting on your best attire and showing up 15 minutes early just isn’t necessarily how it’s done these days? Do you know how to produce a quality resume and then get it out there? This Gen-X’er recently had to coach a Millennial on how to forward me their resume from their computer.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

learningMake sure you are taking time to learn new things every day! Read current news or a paperback novel. Look up a place on Google that you’ve never been to and probably never will. But learn just a little something about it. View it on Google Earth. At your favorite restaurant, take time to look up that menu item that you’ve never heard of (tzatziki anyone?). Study up on that latest new electronic gadget, even if you know you will never have a use for it. What does it do? What might it be used for and by whom?

One of my favorite people ever was a highly intelligent international businessperson who never lost his childlike wonder at new gadgets and technology. He wanted to learn it all and was delighted by it all.

Make today the day you start learning something new. Then repeat – every day. We’re never too old and in today’s information and technology age, it has never been easier. You never know when just little tidbits of information will become useful to you in your career.  I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn.  You can learn more about me HERE also you can follow me on twitter @CarolZTI as I focus on helping people just like you maximize their career. Learn more about TYGES on our website, on Twitter @TYGESINT, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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Steph Curry – The Ripple Effect

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

steff currySteph Curry at the age of 28 has electrified crowds on and off the courts with his excellence and positive leadership. What can his actions teach us about business and our life? As a two time NBA MVP he has achieved milestones untouched by any other player.

Here are three examples:

 

  1. He was the first player in the history of the NBA to ever receive a unanimous vote for MVP.
  2. Offensively: He made a record 402 3-point-ers after no player had previously hit 300 in a season.
  3. Defensively: He led the NBA with 2.1 steals per game.

Curry’s Head Coach Steve Kerr stated, “this is incredibly improbable. But there’s a reason this is happening.”

What’s the reason?

When I was a kid, we used to play a game called “Rock the Pool.” diving boardPerhaps you played it as well. Basically my friends and I would line up to take our turns jumping off the diving board to make the biggest splash we could…can-openers, cannon-balls, gainers, preacher-seats, etc. Not only did this action of jumping in the pool cause a splash; eventually the entire pool (big or small) began to rock and the waves created would quite literally begin to splash over the edges of the entire pool (ripple effect). Our actions caused an effect.

Good? or Bad? In this case, I guess it would depend on rather you were the kid jumping off the board or the others who were there for the peace and tranquility a pool can offer.

No matter what we do (good or bad)…our actions will have an effect on others.        – The Ripple Effect

So, let’s look at Steph Curry’s actions and leadership. Does he have a ripple effect? There is no doubt…Here are just two examples:

First, Andre Iguodala a NBA All-Star in 2012 and listed two-times on the NBA’s All-Defensive Team revealed his admiration for Curry: “I want to be just like Steph (Curry) when I grow up — just a God-fearing man.”

Second, as a middle school head basketball coach, I utilized several of Steph Curry’s videos that captured his actions and leadership to help motivate and focus our team…here is one of their favorites WATCH. WCA - Yearbook5This team of young men had previously won 2 games their prior season and they transformed themselves into the team who won the Metro Conference Championship in electric ESPN highlight fashion. More than win on the court, they are continuing to be winners off the court, in the class room, and in the community. Who knows who will be led by their ripple effect?

Clearly, Steph Curry’s example and leadership on and off the court has inspired many. Simply put, his ripple effect.

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character; but, if you must be without one, be without strategy. – General Norman Schwartzkop

I realize that this quote comes from a leader that has done, ordered, and witness things we will never see and his decisions were waited with the potential consequence of the ultimate sacrifice. However, his perspective in a world where “strategy” is vital, gives tremendous perspective into the value and weight of our character.

Earlier, I asked the question related to Steph Curry’s example of improbable displays of excellence, “What’s the reason?” To be honest, we all have a reason, a driving force, or a place we find our strength. We all have a source of inspiration, Steph’s is pretty amazing and here it is, Phillipians 4:13. You should look it up, as I know it will help you and your team. All of our actions are displays of our leadership (family, business, sports, community, etc). They have a ripple effect…the only question is:

Is it good or bad?

Steph Curry’s example of excellence has inspired and will continue to inspire many. If we asked him, I am sure that he was touched by someone else’s ripple effect. I hope that your actions inspire those in your circle – Your Ripple Effect.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.

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