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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, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

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


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The Trifecta – Make yourself more attractive to Hiring Managers

Written by:  Steve Sanders, VPGM Industrial Practice

Recruiters spend a lot of time working to find that perfect person who fits a very narrow set of criteria and has the intangibles that make them a good fit with the client. I’m constantly evaluating people based on their work experience, industry experience, location preferences and a host of other things that may or may not be evident by a simple resume perusal.

I remember seeing this chart in a presentation a while back and I even drew a little picture of it in my notebook that I have hanging on the wall in my office.  Many times when I am debating whether someone’s level of fit to a particular position I find myself using this criteria as a guide. I call it The Trifecta.

The Trifecta is a Venn Diagram that describes, in very simple terms, the level of fit that a particular person may or may not possess when it comes to a position I am recruiting.

Let me break it down for you.

There are 3 circles here that each represent some attributes for the particular candidate or job. Skills, Geography & Industry.

  • Skills represent the required experience or skillset that this person must have to be qualified for the role. This might be Education, Experiential or even Knowledge based skills. An example might be someone who has led a lean transformation from the corporate level.
  • Geography is pretty straightforward. It essentially means that the person or job where the role is located is a good fit. Ideally this would be local and within commuting distance but it could also be in a place that is highly desirable for some reason. Maybe it is a virtual role.
  • The final circle is Industry. In the ideal situation the individual or position fits well with the industry background.

Now comes the scoring part of the diagram. As you can see, there are numbers 1, 2, and 3 on the chart.

  • 3 represents a fit for both skills & geography but not industry. This is the least desirable situation as the person might be a good fit based on experience and they are in the right place but they lack experience in that industry. We can’t change this because the person either has it or they don’t.
  • 2 represents a fit for both skills and industry. This is better than 3 because we can do something to change this.  Ex – We can relocate the individual to the location where the job needs them to be.
  • 1 is The Trifecta. The individual has the skills, industry experience and is located in the right geography. This is what we are looking for in the perfect world.

What does this mean for you as a Job Seeker or Hiring Authority?

As a Job Seeker, try to find positions where you meet The Trifecta. This means that you are local, meet the skills requirements and also have experience in the industry. In the popular vernacular this is a “no brainer” for the person who receives your resume. You’ll get an interview, which is what you are after.

As a Hiring Authority, this means that you are screening for skills, industry & geography as you scan resumes and talk with potential candidates. Clearly those who bring The Trifecta are your ideal fit and you can focus on confirming that the cultural fit is there in the interview process.

I welcome your feedback, as well as, any questions/concerns that you may have about your career’s trajectory.  I would enjoy helping you as a Career Coach; who knows, perhaps our combined insight will unlock something better for you and your family.  You can find me on LinkedIn.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, 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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It’s G O time!

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

Setting goals are a good thing…obtaining them is an “incredible” thing.  So why is it that some people just set goals and other’s obtain them?

I would venture to say that if you are setting goals, you are obtaining them.  Stay with me…I recently read a great book by Tony J. Hughes called The Joshua Principle.  Definitely a recommended read.  It cited a study from a graduation class that only 3% of students had specific written goals at graduation and when surveyed twenty years later, this minority (3%) made more money than the other 97% combined.

If you have a list of “written” goals, most of the battle is already won.  A written goal is like a destination that you haven’t been to before.  For example:  To get to a destination that you haven’t been before by car, you would obtain the address and then perhaps type it into your GPS or let Siri know where you wanted to go.  More than likely, once the destination (goal) is set, your GPS or mobile device is ready to give you direction, step by step, to your destination (goal).

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

I realize that this doesn’t make any sense and perhaps is a bit laughable.  But seriously, have you ever had a goal that you didn’t achieve or worse yet, a goal that you didn’t start to do what is necessary to obtain it?  If we’re honest with ourselves, it is no different than a programmed GPS in a running car that is in park.

Everything you need, just no driver.

To review…Step One is to write down your goals.  Once that is completed, it is time for Step Three

It’s G O a l time.

It’s GO time…to keep with the driving analogy.  Now your car is in drive and you are making “progress” toward your destination (written goal).  Perhaps, your car is out of line…meaning, even though you are driving toward your goal, your car keeps wanting to veer off course.  If that is the case, you need to take your car to a shop that can get your car realigned.  By doing so, it will take less effort to get to your destination.  Not only will it take less effort, it will get there with less wear-and-tear on your car.  Like a car, you may need to take the time to think things out or get some help, guidance, knowledge, or other resources to keep from veering off course and stay aligned to your goals.  This leads me to Step Two

Why do so many people fail to obtain their goals?

Failure is not a bad thing, at least an effort was made to get to your goal and valuable things will be learned along the way.  However, I believe that we fall short of our goals because we leave out Step Two.

Once your goals are written down for the various areas of your life, step one is complete.  Then, before GO time, you need to do Step Two and ask yourself 3 questions for each written goal.

Why? When? 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…this is the hardest 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 such a simple goal fail?  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 a goal to be obtained.

Perhaps you have already set you goals for the near term…good luck, as I wish you the best to make our world a better place.  Hopefully these tips will help you along your current journey.  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.  However, if we want to make something better or obtain something great, we need to establish written goals.  When we do write them down, remember to truly understand your motivation (why), set a deadline (when), and create a plan (how).  Nothing great really happens randomly, by accident, or is going to show up at your doorstep.  Extraordinary things, take extraordinary people, with extraordinary effort, and we are all capable of being extraordinary.  It’s GO time!

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, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

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