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What is your Why?

When you wake up each day, “Why” do you do what you do?  Perhaps you are retired, in the middle of your career, or a student.  No matter where you are in your life, we all have to accomplish things throughout our day.  So ask yourself:

“Why” do you do what you do?

The answer to this question is vital, as it is the “key” to your motivation to make those things around you better for everyone.  Yes, even getting your best grade on a term paper is making the world a better place and preparing you to do your part to make that happen.  Each year, TYGES International gives back to those around us in our community and world.  Sure, finding solution’s for our clients is what we do well; however, helping organizations like 3e Resoration is one of our “whys” that fuels our passions to do what we do everyday.

3e-4The 3e Restoration Process© is an inclusive, highly relational and holistic approach guided by a flexible and replicable framework that utilizes an adaptable written curriculum to encourage, equip and empower “Friends/Families in Need” toward systemic change to break the cycle of extreme poverty and homelessness through healthy relational community and God’s sufficiency. Gracious hospitality, relentless hope, compassion, listening, justice, love and friendship are the seven core values that shape all we do and guide us as we address the Five Fold Reality of Poverty and Brokenness™.  WATCH to learn more about 3e Restoration.

Organizations like 3e Restoration cannot exist without volunteers, people just like you.  Tammy Hardin, one such volunteer for 3e, was featured in a compelling news article.  CLICK HERE to Read her story.  Like, Tammy, we all have passions.  Hopefully you have discovered and embraced yours.  When your passions are embraced, your daily activities (no matter what they are) will be energized not by what you do; yet, “Why” you do what you do.

At TYGES, we help our clients every day by finding key performers to achieve their objectives within the world of Industrial Manufacturing, AeroSpace, Defense, and Health Care. That’s what we do.  Every time we have a successful placement with one of our clients, we donate $100 to 3e Restoration.  That’s “Why” we do what we do.

You can learn more about TYGES on our website www.tyges.com and stay connected with the latest industry news and resources through TYGES International’s LinkedIn group page, on Twitter, and here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

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

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#GivingBack – Beyond Boobs

Thank you all for playing and/or sponsoring at the 9th Annual “Breast” Ball Golf Tournament this past Friday presented by Ben Smykowski and York River Electric. Despite the questionable weather conditions, we were spared from the worst of it, and our golfers overwhelmingly said they didn’t mind anyway. The day brought out 340+ players, 60+ volunteers, and raised more than $50,000 all in support of a great cause!

We are truly grateful for our dedicated players and sponsors. For some it was your first 20140425_132049time, and for others you have been with us since the beginning.

Please know that each and every one of you holds a special place in our hearts and helps us to further our mission to improve the lives of young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Next year will be a huge milestone, as Beyond Boobs celebrates their 10th annual tournament on April 21, 2017. Click on the Beyond Boobs link if you have any feedback you’d like to share with them or if you need information on being a sponsor or just signing up a team for a day of golfing for an incredible cause.

#GivingBack is important to TYGES International…thanks to Eric, Jonathan, Maria, and Tom for your time in supporting Beyond Boobs and having some fun in the process.  Congrats on placing #2 overall!

You can learn more about TYGES on their website www.tyges.com and stay connected with the latest industry news and resources through TYGES International’s LinkedIn group page, on Twitter, and here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

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

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Built Hope

In 2015, we shared a story about how our company joined efforts to build an orphanage for 200 kids in Kenya.  Read the whole story Building Hope.

In a nutshell, we joined a local church in an effort to raise a total of $105,000 for this Kenya - Orphanage2orphanage to be built.  To do our part, we pledged $100 for every person that we placed with one of our clients during 2015.  At TYGES, of course we are focused on executing our processes and systems that have been built for well over a decade to bring our clients the the top performers they need to dominate their niche; however, more important than that, we are focused on “WHY” we do what we do.

We are thankful for our clients, for the folks we talk to everyday, and for our team here at TYGES for making this vision a reality.  Our goal was a success and the total $105,00 was raised.  Here at TYGES, we were able to give $12,500.

Kenya - Final1Doing what we do everyday helped to create this building that brought a smile to a child’s face (200 to be exact). These kids had no place to go or sleep.  Knowing that this building will provide shelter and “hope” to these kids fuels our passion to do what we do everyday.

In 2015, we were able to help folks right here in our community with other projects and also make an impact on the other side of the world with this effort.  Kenya - Final2

We will never know where this ripple effect will end; we just know, it’s what we are called to do.

This year, TYGES has joined 3eRestoration that addresses the Five-Fold Reality of Poverty and Brokenness™ and equips and empowers anyone or any faith community compelled to serve others living through homelessness or extreme poverty to be able do so in a highly relational and meaningful way.

We look forward to sharing with you how we are #GivingBack with this effort and others, making a positive impact, as we live out our mission.  We welcome your feedback as we continue to make an impact in our local community and throughout the world.  Share your story with us by using the following hashtag #GivingBack.  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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Cold Weather – Is There a Need?

Written by:  Kraig Ware TYGES International

One thing that you are probably aware of in most parts of our country, the temperatures are dropping.  As we all take the time to prepare ourselves and our families for the winter season with the basic needs, ask yourself this question:

Is there a need around you?

Do this for me.  Tonight or in the morning, when you are briskly walking from/to your car from your work and/or your daily activities all bundled up in the basic necessities like a pair of gloves, a hat, a scarf, or a coat to keep warm, just stop for a momeColdnt:

  • Close your eyes
  • Feel the cold
  • Do this for a minute or two, perhaps even longer to really get the effect
  • OK, first make sure your co-workers or neighbors are not looking

When your experiment is done and you get into your car, home, or place of work to warm up, think about how the cold felt.  The cold you felt, even with the basic necessities that you were wearing or perhaps you are still wearing because you are so cold.  If you are really bold, try the experiment without your gloves, hat, scarf, or coat.

Now, Open your eyes…No really, open your eyes.  Take a look around your office, school, community, and neighborhood and see if there is a need for these basic necessities.  Then do what you feel led to do.  Perhaps you could get your office, school club, association, or church you belong to help you out.  LOOK, the need is there.

How do I know there is a need where you are?

Recently, TYGES International, led by Kelly Rangel, our Director of Healthcare, received a phone call from our County where our corporate office resides.  The person said that she was embarrassed to call us; however, there were several students that did not have a coat for the winter; she asked if we could help.  Kelly assessed the need (opened her eyes) and then took action within our office at TYGES International.  Our team was able to purchase 22 coats for those kids, who unlike you or I, didn’t have a simple coat or coat(s) for the sole purpose of just keeping warm and healthy.  Sure 22 is not a big number; but it is 22.

Perhaps you could just do one or perhaps you could do hundreds…either way +one is always better.

Just one of the ways TYGES is #GivingBack.  Perhaps you are doing something else that is making a positive impact on those around you.  We would love to hear how you are #GivingBack.  Please share with us using the hashtag #GivingBack about how you, your company, your school, your organization is #GivingBack.

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 http://reinventingrecruiting.com/

Our mission is simple:

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

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Team Event – PSCs4Pies

by Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

We recently held our annual team event in Williamsburg, VA.  At this year’s event, we wanted to do something different, something that would outwardly reflect our company’s mission statement.  From that, PSCs4Pies was created.

As a company, we decided to tie one of our key metrics (PSC) to a donation that would go towards someone in our community that impacts us all everyday.  So, for every PSC that we generated as a team, TYGES donated $2.  During this event, we were able to generate about $800. This money was then used to purchase pies for our community servants, the folks that put their lives on the line everyday to protect us, our families, and our communities:

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  • Police Officers
  • Emergency Medical Teams
  • Social Services
  • And other community workers that provide basic needs to those who would otherwise do without.

These folks should always hold a special place in our hearts and lives.  Especially with the recent events that have negatively targeted some of these brave men and women.

As a team, we had a great time together enjoying various competitions and team building fun; yet more Team Pic Social Mediaimportantly, we were able to make an impact in our community. #GivingBack

At TYGES, our mission is simple:

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

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Building Hope

By Tim Saumier, President of TYGES International

We were fortunate to have Francis Bii visit our office in Williamsburg, VA – Francis is the gentleman who is the primary point of contact in Kenya (Elderot) that is building an orphanage that will house 200 orphans with AIDS. We have joined in with this vision to help build this orphanage.  We are doing our part at TYGES by making placements (Connecting Great People with Great Companies).  For each placement, TYGES will donate $100.00 toward this cause. The plan is to break ground on the orphanage later this year.Kenya - Frances Bii

More than building 200 rooms…we’re building hope for 200 kids that have no where to go.

TYGES has partnered with Williamsburg Christian Church (Fred Liggin is the pastor) and the church itself has stepped up and said it will collectively raise $110,000 this year to build the orphanage – so we are in essence donating money to the church who has created a separate bucket to collect the monies. From there, it is then given to the Christian Relief Fund who oversees all uses of the $ globally. One of their partnering charities is ECAN which is headed up by Francis Bii. Kenya - OrphanageIf you click on the ECAN link, it will give you multiple warnings because it is from Kenya; but rest assured, it is fine. When looking at their site, you can see they do a number of things; yet, their primary objective currently is to raise money to build the orphanage.

As you can see from the elevation and blueprint, this is not a luxury condo.  Yet, a simple, safe, and secure shelter to foster development for a future, to be nurtured, and to provide the basic needs to survive (a.k.a HOPE). Kenya - Orphanage2Francis shared that once they receive the money, they will break ground within a week.  This home will take about six months to complete…all by hand and all out of bricks.  Once completed, it will then become the permanent home for 200 children who have literally no place to go. Not a bad return on investment.

I encourage you to take a look and if you ever want to communicate directly with Francis his email is franciskbii@yahoo.com. If there are any questions, you can ask me as well.

Thanks for the support.  I welcome your feedback as we continue to make an impact in our local community and throughout the world.  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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Training: Why Not Do More?

By Kraig Ware , VP of Operations, TYGES International

How much do you spend on training? No matter the amount, we can all agree that training is vital to our team’s overall success and development. In the United States, spending on corporate training grew by 15% last year (the highest growth rate in seven years) to over $70 Billion in the US and over $130 Billion worldwide, according to Forbes contributor Josh Bersin. Again, training is vital; however, I wanted to challenge you and your company with the following question, “Why not do more?”

Not more training per se; yet, just do training in such a way, that it does more. 

Case in point, TYGES International held a team training event to demonstrate the basics of an assembly line within a factory. The team was split up into R&D, production managers, process engineers, assembly workers, quality control managers, material handlers, etc… The office was set up to include 4 cells within the factory, along with a warehouse. The “secondary” goal was to demonstrate how a factory works and bring attention to the SOP of each position; thus, bringing more clarity to the types of positions that we recruit for everyday.

Sounds pretty ordinary, right? I mean, you set up a team training event and bring clarity to a process, a system, or to enhance a skill(s). The overall goal of having some fun, while learning something that will improve the performance of your team. In TYGES’ case that was the “Secondary” goal. So what was the “Primary” reason or goal?

Here is where the, “Why not do more?” comes in.

When I first got out of college, I thought it was all about the career/money. I still remember what my grandfather shared at my graduation. He shared three things. He said,

“Always be nice to people (never burn a bridge), always have a place in your heart for God (it’s bigger than you), and it is not all about the money.”

I thought to myself, in a loving way of course…What, was this old man crazy or out of touch? I just graduated, I have the world at my finger tips…of course it is about the money. But you know, after my first 25 years of managing incredible people, he was dead on. Money is never the #1, it really doesn’t matter which Employee Survey you use. So what is #1? Usually a big #1 or in the top 2 or 3 is PURPOSE.

So how could a team training of a factory’s assembly line have “purpose” or IMPACT. That is answered by the finished product that the factory made. In this case, the factory made 25 “Survival Boxes” for homeless folks that have found themselves in a difficult season. The “Survival Boxes” bring much needed items to survive during the cold winters of Virginia and more importantly, they bring Hope.

At TYGES, we believe (and it is our stated mission):

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

TYGES International’s Santa’s Workshop was a success! The 25 “Survival Boxes” pictured under the Christmas Tree are being delivered tonight…it’s never too late for a gift of HOPE.

When you train, do more! Sure, the TYGES team learned the ins and outs of the factory during this team training and yes this will help them to be more successful in helping other people. Much bigger than that though, is the money spent wasn’t for a video or a nice team trip; yet, to help someone who “really” needs it.

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 http://reinventingrecruiting.com/

Our mission is simple:

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

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Alternative Stories of Redemption and Hope: Beyond Boobs

It was fall of 2006.  A small group of young women with breast cancer came together in Williamsburg, Virginia. Their desire was simple: to be there for one another. They discovered that several of them had delayed diagnoses based upon their age (too young) or a whole host of other myths about breast cancer. It was then that Mary Beth Gibson and René Bowditch had to do something. Desperately they wanted others to take charge of their breast health and be proactive, despite the prevailing myths about breast cancer. So they began sharing with women and men, “The Things We Wished We Had Known” about breast health. Beyond Boobs! was born.

Beyond Boobs was birthed out of passion, experience and desperation in order to offer words of redemption and hope so that less and less women (and men) would suffer a late diagnosis of breast cancer. How many of us have had loved ones suffer from this terrible disease? How many of us wished we could have done something, or pointed them to others able to walk by their side in this journey for encouragement and support? This is TYGES is a grateful supporter of the cause and mission of Beyond Boobs!

20140425_132049One of the ways we are able to support this great organization is through their annual “Breast Ball” golf tournament. We had a great time and really enjoyed this life-saving event!

Through Beyond Boobs! anyone can find support groups, helpful resources, gain witty insight from the Good Health Fairy and read stirring testimonials, or receive potentially life-saving education concerning breast cancer. Please, spread the word about www.beyondboobs.org, bookmark their site for yourself, or support their work!

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Alternative Stories of Redemption and Hope: Partnering with 3e Restoration Inc.

There are many ways a company can engage the needs of their local community. Many times this amounts to financial commitments or various sponsorships of events, which we enjoy participating in. But every now and again an opportunity comes around that allows a company to get our hands and feet to the ground. For TYGES International, 3e Restoration Incorporated is one such organization and we are excited to be a part of their work! 

3e Restoration Incorporated is a non-profit organization that works to break the cycle of homelessness and extreme poverty through gracious hospitality and systemic change one friend or family at a time. They work to encourage, equip, and empower faith communities to walk in relationship with those living through homelessness utilizing the 3e Restoration Process, an inclusive, highly relational holistic and non-programmatic approach guided by a flexible and replicable framework that utilizes an adaptable written curriculum to encourage, equip and empower “Friends/Families in Need” toward systemic change within the context of healthy relational community, while leaning upon God’s sufficiency. Gracious hospitality, relentless hope, compassion, listening, justice, love and friendship are the seven core values that shape all they do. So how does TYGES International fit in?

As a Friend-in Need moves through the process a time will come when they need professional coaching, whether it is money management skills, mental health, nutrition counseling, or job training. That is where we come in. We meet with our Friends-in Need to walk them through interview preparation and train them to interview well. We help them think about the clothes to wear, how to communicate, how to physically sit during the interview, what to expect and what questions to ask. We want to instill in them confidence and help them to come to the interview with an informed perspective.

homeless_06For many of us interviewing for a job may seem like “common sense.” But when you have not interviewed for a job in years, the anxiety, fear and insecurity can be too much. Think about it. These friends of ours have not even so much as had a floor to sweep, a shower to take daily, a toilet to flush, a stove to cook on, a bed to sleep in and make up each morning, for years. Many times they have been isolated and alone. What many of us view as simple essentials have all of a sudden become unusual luxuries to our Friends in Need. They cannot be expected to immediately acclimate to life lived with and in a home like after years of not having one. Life isn’t a light switch to be flipped on from the off position where we are able to immediately adjust to new opportunities that came our way, rather it is a dimmer switch to be turned gradually as our lives begin to adjust. Transitioning from homelessness and survivability to housed and responsibility is a slow process where life skills are relearned and lives reoriented for a radically different way of living. And we have the privilege of playing a role in helping these friends make this journey.

Make no mistake. Our Friends-in Need are anything but helpless or under-educated. For instance we helped one friend with a four year degree and who served as a teacher for eleven years. One night he fell sleep while cooking shrimp and grits, and his house burned down. After sixteen weeks in the hospital he lost everything and had no family to lean upon. He was homeless for six years until he came into the 3e Restoration Process. 

We helped one friend who worked for a Fortune 500 company as a field engineer. Years ago he left his job to take care of a dying parent. When his mother passed away so too did her possessions as they went to probate for liquidation. This left him with no place to live. Struggling to enter back into the work force he decided to go back to school. One serious car accident later and he is homeless for four years, until he came into the 3e Restoration Process.

imagesIn our partnership with 3e Restoration Inc and with the faith communities who utilize the Restoration Process, we get to be a part of these stories. Greater still, we get to play a small part in rewriting them as we coach our friends to walk with confidence into the interview. We get to celebrate with them when it goes well. We get to help them regroup when it does not. Either way we get to be there with them person to person, and it is our joy to be a part of their journey toward self-sustainability and their fresh start in life.

This is one small way we hope to make a difference in our local community, and in doing so, reinvent what it means to be an executive recruiter.

Please check out 3e Restoration Inc’s website at www.3erestoration.com to learn more.