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The Next Chapter

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Commercial Growth

From time to time as we navigate our life or career we need to step back and ask ourselves a very important question?

What’s the next chapter?

And when we do ask this question…we need a plan to help knock down the barriers that we “assume” are in front of us.  This is important at any stage in your career, as it is pretty hard to accomplish a goal if you do not have one.  This becomes even more important to us as we navigate the short runway towards the end of our careers.  The odds of “success” just falling into your lap, without a goal and a strong plan to obtain it, are pretty slim.  I guess it can happen; however, if that’s our plan, perhaps we can go buy a lotto ticket later today.  But seriously, if you are looking to plan the next chapter in your career, here are “Five Barrier Busters” as written by Don Tebbe that will help.

don tebbeDon Tebbe wrote this great article called “Five Barriers Between You and Your Life’s Next Chapter.”  (Click on the title to read)  As baby boomers reach the tail end of their careers and our life expectancy is getting longer, we need to have a plan to make the most of “The Next Chapter.”  Don lays out five simple barriers that you will need to overcome.  As he puts it:

“Retirement needn’t be an “on-off switch.” You may choose a phased retirement, shifting gradually into “what’s next.”

Here at TYGES, we are looking for a partner in Chicago, IL that is ready for their next chapter.  Are you ready to utilize your industry experience as you gradually shift toward retirement?  If so, give me a call.  If not, we can still be of help as we value long-term relationships and strive to maintain them through out your career working with top-tier clients in the Industrial Manufacturing, AeroSpace, and Defense B2B industries.  For the last 15 years, we have placed north of 1,000 “key” players, helping them on their trajectory toward “The Next Chapter” in their careers.  We can do the same for you.

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 at https://reinventingrecruiting.com/

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

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Light It Up Blue #LIUB

Written by:  Victoria Terrill, Account Manager Health Care

April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day or Light It Up Blue Day. Annually observed, this year’s event was a huge success with supporters around the world celebrating the day together. LIUB TYGESMany wore a blue article of clothing (bright royal blue is the official color for the National Autism Awareness Month); others trended autism support on social media by posting about it using the hashtag #LIUB; some changed their social media profile picture to have a filter related to Light It Up Blue; and others joined in by decorating and brightening up their homes, businesses, and global landmarks with blue lights. President Trump and First Lady Melania lit the exterior of the White House blue during the evening. Many other celebrities got into the spirit, too, by posting about it on social media (Justin Trudeau, Danny Trejo, SIA, Katie Couric, Holly Robinson Peete, Carole King, Tony Dovolani, and Bryce Dallas Howard to name a few). As much fun as the day is to celebrate, it has an important, more substantive goal: to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder.  So I propose two questions:

“Why can’t every day be autism awareness day?

Why should “Light It Up Blue” for the whole month of April ONLY be in April?”

In my experience both with volunteering and recruiting for different organizations in the ABA Therapy field, I’ve found that individuals on the spectrum have the same needs, wants, and dreams as people who are not diagnosed with autism. By having an understanding of autism and intellectual disabilities in general, you can promote others’ understanding of it and aid those affected from it. liub2Instead of devoting our efforts to this goal one day a year, we need to educate others about autism every day.

While the hype of World Autism Awareness Day does raise awareness, the long term goal is to secure the inclusion and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum. These goals do not just begin and end in April.

We need to take an everyday approach, not a one day per year approach.

I personally love the enthusiasm that comes with dedicating April 2nd to educating people on Autism Spectrum Disorder but we need more autism advocates! So the next time that you put on the blue t-shirt you have laying around your closet, remember that you can and are being an advocate for someone with autism spectrum disorder regardless of what day of the year it is.

VICTORIAWorking as a recruiter in the ABA Therapy field is more than finding the best board certified behavior analysts in the country, it’s about being “all in” this movement to help others.  I welcome your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn and on Twitter. You can learn more about me HERE as I focus on helping those within the world of Autism. Learn more about TYGES on our website, Twitter, LinkedIn, and or on Facebook.

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

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Ingredients of a Great Company

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Commercial Growth

When you think of a great company, WHAT stands out? In other words, what do you see or feel?Success Story Cover

  • A creative logo?
  • A simple well written mission statement?
  • Employee friendly offices?
  • Interactive/Intuitive Website?
  • A uniquely impressive product/service/process?
  • A giving back philosophy…locally and/or abroad?

We could all agree these are some of the important things for a great company to possess. However, a better question to ask ourselves would be:

When you think of a great company, WHO stands out?

Success Story5Let’s face it, any great company has incredible people that make it happen; regardless of what stands out in your user experience with that company. Somebody is behind it, someone’s Success Story.
Recently I had an exchange with a person that would meet that criteria. When she started just a short two and half years ago, she had no experience in the field at which she was pursuing. However, with a little hard work and utilizing a proven system…she is now on the #1 performing team in the company. When asked WHY she does what she does, she replied:

“There are many things I love about my job. The one thing that sticks out the most though is the ability to help someone better their career. This in turn will hopefully better their lives and that of their family’s lives as well.”

Let me introduce you to Pamela Webster. PamelaHer focus is recruiting top level talent within the Sales & Marketing sector of the Industrial Manufacturing B2B space for companies like Stanley Black & Decker, Crane, Idex, Filtration Group, Belden, Pulsafeeder, & Optical Cable Corporation just to name a few. All of these companies impact our world’s infrastructure in some way…some of the names you’ve heard of, others perhaps not; yet, they all make the products that we take for granted everyday. In her experience, she has been complimented quite a bit on her company’s process and how we operate as a recruiting firm. Pam explained one such story:

“Last year, we placed on individual with a client of ours based in Massachusetts. She really enjoyed our process from the initial conversation about the opportunity at hand, to the guidance received though the preliminary interview process. I only handled a small portion of the entire process. The Account Executive on my team then guided the individual through the final interview steps and the offer process. It was a wonderful match, and both the company and individual felt that it was a great experience.”

I see this time and time again when I focus on the traits of successful people. The recipe can have more ingredients; however, somewhere in the mix these two things always show up:

Humility & Passion

Every company goes through growing pains. These growing pains create needs, things like:

  • Scaling up production with existing sites and/or adding new plant(s) to meet customer demand
  • Building up teams to approach new markets and/or support current and future clients in a better way
  • Launching new systems to keep narrowing the technology gap making system’s safer, more efficient, while continuing to drive up quality in the pursuit of a better product/service for the end user
  • Replacing key individuals that may be retiring or moving on to other vital roles within the company

Once things like these are understood, then a strategy & plan can be implemented to strive toward the agreed upon solution.
Success Story2Pam’s “success story” doesn’t happen without finding solutions for the problems or needs that you and/or your company are facing right now. Pamela is part of team that has been successfully helping our clients for the past 15 years with over a 1,000+ placements because we genuinely want to see things through your perspective. I know Pamela would be happy to hear from you and eager to help you with your “Success Story.”

Perhaps you are looking for a new team to join, consider TYGES…be a part of our team or consider being a new “startup” office. We have successful and proven solutions for both.

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 at https://reinventingrecruiting.com/

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

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March Madness & Hiring

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO

It’s maddening!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March is a crazy time for college basketball and my wife tells my kids that I may be difficult to communicate with given it is my favorite time of year and my favorite sport to follow. march madness4

The funny thing is its not only madness in basketball but is seems to be a crazy time for hiring right now as well. Whatever your political affiliation is, the new administration, along with many other things are driving confidence in to the markets as evidenced by the DOW crossing of 20,000 a month or so ago. I would argue that all of this is artificial but it does drive spending by consumers that drives sales by companies that drives purchasing by companies and hiring of people. It’s a cycle where capitalism is at its best.

One of the companies that the stock guru’s like to follow is Parker Hannifin Corporation based in Ohio. They make motion and control systems used in a broad set of aerospace & industrial businesses. march madness5They credit Parker’s work over the past few years in the areas of “cost containment” and putting themselves in a position to grow when the time is right. They controlled costs in the flatter season and even built a cash reserve that has allowed them to recently announce the acquisition of Clarcor (filtration manufacturer) which will drive a new revenue stream for PH. The original article can be found HERE.

Why do I share this information on Parker Hannifin and what does it have to do with Basketball? While Parker and for that matter other companies in the Industrial B2B space are seeing benefits of their hard work over the past few years, the real question is:

“Do they have the Talent to deal with the next few years as confidence (artificial or not) grows and more relevant people leave the workforce (primarily baby boomers)?”

Parker has 354 openings on their website and I’m sure this is just a fraction of what they really need. As a Industrial B2B recruiter, we had a record year last year and are on track to do it again this year. march madness3

The challenge is not finding the open orders but rather finding and convincing the talent to leave their organization for a new role.

If you are in a hiring capacity here are a four things to consider as we go further in to 2017:

  • Cost – Talent is going to cost you more – the concept of internal equity needs to be tossed out the window. It is no longer relevant.
  • Better Processes – You’re going to need to speed up the process on your side if you are the employer. The best talent has no interest in going to work for a slow moving and indecisive company.
  • Focus on your existing team – You’re going to see turnover increase (mostly voluntary) as the full-court press is coming. People that have been passed over for promotions or given measly raises are now getting called about jobs that are a step up in title, responsibility and compensation (some 20+% increases).
  • Better, not perfect – If you’re looking for the “perfect” individual with a stellar work history plan on not finding them. Stellar histories have faded in the past decade and it’s not the individual’s fault but rather the company in my opinion. We have a saying – “Don’t let perfection get in the way of getting better.”

I could go on and on but you get the point. The reality of it is it may look like good times ahead but it will be maddening to say the least in the next couple of years as companies jockey for the same Talent. It will also be fun to watch. As will be the Basketball – Enjoy.

This is just one man’s opinion. I would appreciate 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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The Cost of Turnover

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO

I received a number of emails regarding January’s write-up on a “best-in-class” company called Danaher. You can read can find this blog by “clicking here” in case you missed it. One of the emails I received was from a TYGES friend who is also a former Danaher leader himself. I’m taking some editorial rights with his response to keep it short and to the point but I wanted to capture the essence of his note:

“Good thought put into this one. Yes, Danaher does try to continue to build bench strength throughout the organization. They actually have a CVD (Core Value Driver) to measure voluntary turnover (people leaving the organization that Danaher didn’t want them to leave). Larry Culp helped develop these CVDs before he left to help filter out the most important metrics for the organization. Tom Joyce (Culp’s replacement) helped develop the new Vision for the company “Helping Realize Life’s Potential”. potentialThis is fantastic when you break each word down to understand how powerful it is. Of course there are tradeoff’s as the DBS culture pushes people and it is difficult to find the quality of life balance.”

So as we think about the cost of talent, how do we get the attention of senior leadership within a company to try and understand the “Opportunity Cost” of having an opening. I scoured the internet as I’m sure there are a number of people who have built financial models that show this number. I read quite a few articles but found this one excerpt from an article written in April 2015 by Karlyn Borysenko who states:

“But regardless of the reason, what this information exposes is a fundamental lack of understanding about what turnover really costs an organization. When you consider all of the costs associated with employee turnover – including interviewing, hiring, training, reduced productivity, lost opportunity costs, etc. – here’s what it really costs an organization.”

  • Entry-Level Employees – it costs between 30-50 percent of their annual salary to replace them.
  • Mid-Level Employees – it costs upwards of 150 percent of their annual salary to replace them.
  • High-Level or Highly Specialized Employees – you’re looking at 400 percent of their annual salary.

money2Let’s look at it this way and play a game called “Fun With Math.” For the a simple example, let’s assume that a business loses 12 employees in one year, averaging one per month.

  • Six of these employees were entry level, with an average salary of $40,000. It costs, on average, $16,000 to replace each employee at 40 percent of their annual salary, for $96,000 total
  • Four of these employees were mid-level, with an average salary of $80,000. It costs, on average, $120,000 to replace each employee at 150 percent of their annual salary, for $480,000 total.
  • Two of these employees were senior, with an average salary of $120,000. At 400 percent of their annual salary to replace them, you’re looking at almost $1 million, specifically $960,000.

Add everything up and you’re looking at costs of over $1.5 million to replace just 12 employees.

Numbers seem high? Fair enough – there are organizations that estimate replacement costs to be lower. So let’s cut the cost of replacing all of those employees to the lower end of what it costs to replace an entry-level employee – 30 percent – across the board. Here’s how it breaks down:

  • It’s going to cost your company $72,000 to replace the six entry-level employees.
  • It’s going to cost your company $96,000 to replace your four mid-level employees.
  • It’s going to cost your company $72,000 to replace the two senior employees.

That means that at the absolute lowest estimated end of the spectrum – your best case scenario – you are looking at almost $250,000 as the cost of the turnover of just 12 employees.  

money4If your company has a quarter of a million dollars that it can just light on fire at the next office BBQ social activity, then maybe you don’t really need to invest in these areas. But my guess is that the vast majority of companies are simply not in that position.  It costs less to retain than it does to replace.
You can argue with the math or even the thought process but one thing I’ve learned is once a position is “officially” opened it’s already too late and mark my words when I say this: You cannot replace the person who left with a new person at the same rate especially if you’re looking for the best talent. The concept of “internal equity” is a joke. We need to be thinking “market rate” at this point. The best talent cost’s more.

This is just one man’s opinion. I would appreciate 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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Budget Approved. Now what?

Written by:  Matt Dionne, Managing Partner TYGES Elite

budgetThis is the time of the year when most business leaders have their budgets approved and are now reviewing last month’s progress toward their new annual goals. Many leaders will learn that the actual results are not achieving the year-to-date goals after just one or two months. “How can this be?” you might ask.

“How can we be off target so early in the year that has just begun.”

This can be due to a number of reasons including:

  • Poor Assumptions
  • Changes in Market Conditions
  • Unplanned Negative Events
  • Lack of Resources
  • Errors in budget modeling like linear budgeting without seasonal effects

However, sometimes budgeted results are missed due to ineffective actions which result from poor implementation and poor execution.

In my past, I have seen many business plans that were well designed with great actions. However, the execution of those actions did not deliver the expected results. Often this was due to the lack of initiative, foresight, planning, urgency or skill set from those responsible for the actions.  As leaders, we focus on the why, what, when, and how much to spend on the planned actions.  invest5However, we do not spend enough time on who will be doing the actions and do they have the leadership, experience, and skill set for the planned actions.

Improving results dependent on people requires an investment in people.

Such investments include reassigning your best employees to new roles, providing training to those in the roles, or acquiring the required talent to drive the new actions.  Having the leadership talent to achieve planned improvements is something equally important to the actions themselves and deserves more time and planning.

So, as you review your business results to your budgeted plans, ask yourself if you have the leadership talent to achieve your planned success. If not, it’s time to take action on WHO will be driving your business actions.

I encourage your feedback and would enjoy the opportunity to provide you the resources for a top tier performing team.  You can find me on LinkedIn and you can learn more about my team and company here.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES by following us 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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Where have all the candidates gone?

Written by:  Katrina Blalock, VPGM of Aerospace & Defense Practice

Throughout my recruiting years, I’ve noticed that qualified and interested candidates are becoming harder and harder to find. I’ve often wondered,

“Are employers being too picky or not paying enough for talent?”

Purple Squirrel is a term used in the recruiting industry to describe the type of candidate that is a rare find. purple-squirrelToo often, employers will present recruiters with a wish list of educational, work history and skill-sets that radically limit the candidate pool. Employers should be mindful that each condition placed upon a job description exponentially shrinks the candidate pool. In developing job criteria, employers should be mindful that they are excluding good candidates based on pinpoints of a job requisition.

After finding the right candidate, are employers paying competitive market value?

In high school physics, we learned the Law of Inertia (i.e. objects at rest tend to stay at rest unless acted upon by a force). Candidates are similar as inertia to change jobs or companies does not exist. Over time, prospective employers have forgotten this universal principle when offering a compensation package to a candidate. no-thanksSimply put, qualified candidates will rarely change jobs for the same money they are making at their present employment. Employers, it’s time to “come off of the hip” and make it worthwhile for the “Purple Squirrel” to leave his or her job and come work for you.

Unnecessary job criteria and average compensation packages have created the illusion of a candidate shortage. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Where have all of the candidates gone?  They may be right under your nose!  

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. Learn more about TYGES at www.TYGES.com, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

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Key to Avoiding Talent Problems

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO

As we begin 2017, I find myself having numerous conversations with clients regarding their talent problems. talent6We did a five part series last year on this subject, here they are Part I, II, III, IV, & V.

Today, I want to focus on a pretty amazing company that understands talent and it has shown up in their financial results year over year for the past couple of decades – Danaher. For the average person, they won’t recognize the Danaher name. It is a publicly traded holding company with a number of different brands/products throughout its portfolio that grew from a small $700 million company in the 90’s to nearly $20 billion in recent years using their “secret sauce” – the DBS (Danaher Business System) which is modeled after the Toyota Production System (TPS) but with many enhancements in my opinion. Last year they split the company in to two companies (Danaher & Fortive) to help focus them in particular areas. Regardless of the split, they will continue forward with the DBS model and it will show up in their performance.

Many articles have been written about Danaher so my intent is not to replicate them but rather I want to focus on what I see as one of their key ingredients to the DBS success – how they handle talent. While this is not the end all be all, this is where I see they have a distinct edge over their peer group of companies as well as the many companies out there trying to emulate/duplicate their DBS model and ultimately their success. Here’s what I’ve seen:

They have a farm system (think baseball) where they consistently hire new college graduates (undergrads and their coveted new MBA graduate program where they recruit from the top 10 programs in the US). talent4Regardless of what’s happening with their market / businesses they’re committed to hiring the brightest & the best and they tend to pay them to the right of the bell curve – meaning they pay well. For the high potential MBA’s, they put them in a rotation program where they garner experience in commercial roles, operational roles, and strategy roles ultimately letting the “cream of the crop” rise to the top and become their GM’s/Presidents.

The key here is they are not necessarily filling open requisitions that were created by someone who left the organization.

They in fact are over hiring to keep building their “bench strength.” Very few companies do this as consistently or well as Danaher. Most companies try to run lean and wait for someone to resign. This is a huge mistake in my opinion because whether you move a person internally or make an external hire there is so much opportunity cost being left on the table due to lost leadership and productivity. This is something that most presidents don’t truly grasp. They get it conceptually but do nothing to build their bench strength. I equate it to orders are flowing in from your customers and you are out of stock – lost opportunity. Something you never get back.

What’s amazing to me is this is all a math equation. Companies have an idea of their turnover % each year, they know the ages of their employees, and they have a projection of the headcount they will need to complete the goals for the year. talent3They can also pretty easily figure out the trends for what types of roles are turning over and build bench around these specific roles. I can tell you the patterns of my clients and I don’t have all their data.

So why am I sharing this today?

To get you to think of talent as a real investment – not a short range transaction. Consider putting together a Sales Operation Planning process around talent and get serious and intentional about finally getting ahead of the game in your talent pipeline. If you have not figured it out, this is only going to get worse for everyone as company tenures are shrinking, loyalty to companies is all but gone, and people are getting recruited out for bigger jobs, bigger titles, and bigger money. If your average turnover was 5% last year, expect it to rise. If you choose to do nothing, expect tough times in the future as you won’t have the talent you need when you need it. It’s time for leaders to step up and do something about talent instead of blaming others. This is a leadership problem to solve.

I welcome your thoughts and feedback. This is one man’s opinion.   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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Achieve Your Goals with 3 Steps

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Commercial Growth

Why is it that some people just have goals and other’s obtain them?  What if their secret to success is simple?  It is…if you follow these 3 Steps.

Your goal is just a dream or vision if it isn’t written down.  A written goal is like a destination that you want to go to; but, you haven’t been there before.

The power of a writing down your goals is bigger than you think.  warningI read a great book by Tony J. Hughes called The Joshua Principle.  It cited a study from a graduation class that only 3% of students had specific written goals at graduation.  When these graduates were surveyed twenty years later, this minority (3%) made more money than the other 97% combined.

Step One is to write down your goals.  Once that is completed, two things usually happen.  One, the excitement will kick in and you will more than likely jump straight to Step Three and GO or two, you will do nothing at all.  Don’t make these mistakes. To use a driving analogy, let’s say you are in your car and you want to get to a destination that you haven’t been to before.  First, you would obtain a physical address and type it into your GPS or let Siri know where you wanted to go.  To take some words from the group Clash, “Should I STAY or should I GO now?”  What’s your answer:

ANSWER:  STAY

So, your in your car, GPS set…what if you just sit there, engine running, with your car in park?

I realize that this doesn’t make any sense.  But seriously, have you ever had a goal that you didn’t start to do what was necessary to obtain it?  Today? 2017? 2016? 2015? 2014?   If we’re honest with ourselves, it is no different than sitting in a running car, GPS set, and our gear in park.

Everything you need, just no driver.

ANSWER:  GO

Why do so many people veer off the course at this point and fail to obtain their goals?

To keep with the driving analogy.  Now your car is in drive and you are making “progress” toward your destination (written goal).   Once the destination (goal) is set, your GPS or mobile device is ready to give you directions, step by step, to your set destination (goal).
car-shoulderPerhaps, your car is out of line or doesn’t have enough gas…meaning, even though you are trying to drive toward your goal, which is commendable, your car keeps wanting to veer off course or worse yet, run out of gas.  Your car needs a simple alignment and a full tank.  In our case, we might need some time to think things out, create a detailed plan, and get some help, guidance, knowledge, or other resources to keep us from veering off course and stay aligned to our goal(s).  Not only will it take less effort in the long run, it will get you there with less wear-and-tear on your car (you).

OK, so what is the Second Step?

failure-jordan2In my opinion, failure is not a bad thing, at least an effort is being made to get to your goal.  Failure is just one step towards your success.  On top of that, valuable things will be learned along the way.  I believe that we fall short of our goals because we leave out Step Two all to often.

Before you jump in the car and go, you need to do Step Two and ask yourself three questions:  #1 Why?  #2 When?  #3 How?

These three questions are vital as they fuel your passion providing motivation (WHY), set a timeline/deadline (WHEN), and create a well thought out plan and/or establish needs/resources (HOW).

Don’t miss this…Step Two is the hardest and most important step.  

Let’s keep with the driving analogy and set our destination(goal) for a new restaurant we have been wanting to try out.  How could we fail at such a simple goal?  Well…to keep things simple, perhaps you “really” aren’t hungry (WHY), or you missed your reservation time and they’re booked up when you arrive (WHEN), or you left the house without your wallet (HOW).  All three areas (questions) need to be aligned for your goal(s) to be obtained.

These tips will help you on your current journey to obtain your goals.  If you haven’t set your goals just yet, no worries.  The great thing about setting written goals, they can be set at any time.  It doesn’t have to be done when a new year arrives.  If you want to make something better or obtain something great, take these three simple steps:

Step One – Write down your goal(s).

Step Two – Ask yourself/team three questions: Why? When? How?

Step Three – Go!

One last thought…nothing great really happens by accident or is going to show up at your doorstep.  Extraordinary things, take extraordinary people, with extraordinary effort. We are all capable of being extraordinary, it’s a choice.  Bottom line…the secret to success is you.  Good luck!

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 at https://reinventingrecruiting.com/

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Tony Romo Demonstrates Leadership – The Essence of Meritocracy

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO

With all that has been happening over the past month relative to politics I thought would share something that struck me this week as a proper approach to dealing with a difficult situation. Hard to believe I’m talking about Tony Romo – For those of you that do not follow football – he is or was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the past decade. He took the helm from Drew Bledsoe (if you remember from our last write up he was the QB displaced by Tom Brady in New England). Tony Romo is a guy who has been plagued with injuriesromo2 over his career and seemed to be the leader of a team that always fell short of their expectations. Well, earlier this year, Tony Romo was injured again and they had to turn to rookie QB Dak Prescott who was unproven. Fast forward to today and Dak has led the team to 9 wins & 1 loss while Tony Romo has been healing. He has brought leadership and hope to this organization. For the past 6 weeks the media has been trying to drive a wedge into the Cowboys organization by questioning who would be the QB when Tony Romo came back.

Tony Romo addressed it in a 6 minute press conference this week – It’s worth the WATCH

I’ve never been a fan but I have a new found respect for Tony Romo who demonstrated true leadership, what it means to be humble, and sharing with people what I believe is a true failure in our society today. He shared that professional football is a meritocracy. What is meritocracy – According to Wikipedia: “it is a political philosophy holding that power should be vested in individuals almost exclusively based on ability and talent.romo3 Advancement in such a system is based on performance measured through examination and/or demonstrated achievement in the field where it is implemented.” He goes on to say that you have to earn it each and every week in the NFL.

My question is, “What if we all took that approach and attitude in life?”

Yes we should be recognized for what we did yesterday but we should never expect to be given something for nothing. We have to come out each day and bring the best attitude & effort we can and EARN what we want. Instead, over the last decade our society seems to be moving steadily toward one where people expect something for nothing. In a sense, welfare. Don’t get me wrong, I believe there are people that need to be helped and we are called to help them but we need to not only give to them but to walk with them and help them get on their own feet. There will always be people that will need assistance (some short-term & some long-term) and it is our responsibility to care for them. The people I’m talking about are the ones that think the world/their family/society/the government/their employer owes them something. You are not owed anything except the wonderful opportunity to get out of bed each day and make a choice on what you will do with your day.

So I end this month’s write-up with a tip of the hat to Mr. Romo. romo4Thank you for taking time to share this with everyone.

This is just one man’s opinion and I’d appreciate your thoughts.

PS – it’s great time of year to stop, reflect and remember to be thankful. While things may seem insurmountable at times, be thankful for the small things. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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