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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.

Our mission is simple:

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

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Your Greatest Asset – People?

Written by:  Tim Saumier, CEO TYGES International

My son Noah turned 6 years old in November and for as long as he could speak he has shared with us that his desire is to become a Lego designer when he grows up. Lego1I thought it would be fun and also educational to put a resume and cover letter together for him to send to the CEO of Lego – Mr. Jørgen Vig Knudstorp – who is based in Denmark.

We wrote it up, took some pictures, and had a little fun with it. We got around to mailing in December. We figured it might be a 50/50 shot that we’d get a response.

Well I got home from work on Friday and there’s a letter from Lego addressed to Noah. Given my occupation, my first thought is that it was going to be the boiler plate rejection letter that so many companies send out, so I kept my eyes on it as Noah opened the letter (just in case I needed to protect his feelings). Fortunately it was not the rejection letter. Lego LetterRather it was a personal letter that was kind, respectful, well thought out, encouraging, and provided him some inspirational motivation to continue to hone his passion & craft for Lego design.

Why do I share this with my network?

I’m an Executive Recruiter and for the most part companies throughout the globe have lost sight of how to treat their associates & potential associates. I see it every day in my role as companies pursue new talent almost from “holier than thou” approach where they perceive themselves to be better than anyone they hire or are recruiting to hire.

  • Whatever happened to humble companies who have a greater mission than only making money?
  • Whatever happened to companies that believed in taking care of their associates and their families versus chasing the quarter?
  • Whatever happened to companies who do the right thing – period?

Companies wonder why associates leave them.  The reality is there’s no loyalty. There’s no common mission with a greater purpose.

If you’re a CEO, it starts with you. You have to pave the path to a greater mission and take care of your people.

I don’t know if Lego is one of the great companies that has a greater mission and knows how to take care of its associates; but what I do know, is they are a company that knows how to treat a prospective associate who is currently 6 years old. While the CEO did not respond directly, he did send it to an assistant located in the US who did a wonderful job penning a very thoughtful letter – thank you Moira for taking time to put a smile on my son’s face.

For those companies who send the boiler plate rejection letters, maybe it is time to take a play from Lego’s playbook and learn that People are your greatest asset.

I welcome your feedback as we continue living out our mission.  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.

Our mission is simple:

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

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