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Goodbye 2016 – And Thank You

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I believe taking the opportunity to recognize the truly great things in our life is important. We live in a time and culture where it is easy to both consume and contribute to negative information. Social media, online review platforms and good ole word of mouth allow us to get a message out more thoroughly than ever before. 23% of cust

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Road Trips, Talent and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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As I was reflecting on these trips, I found myself drawing parallels to the work environment. As an organization, we work with thousands of employers throughout the country, and they are all trying to win the war on talent by prevailing in the smaller battles on the attraction and retention fronts.

Customer Relationship Management Is Not Just Software

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Speaking just from a business perspective, according to the book Marketing Metrics, businesses have a 60 to 70% chance of selling to an existing customer, while the probability of selling to a new prospect is only 5% to 20%. A whopping 68% of customers leave you because they perceive you to be indifferent to them. Any business owner will tell you their success is based on loyal customers.

5 Tips for Keeping a Job

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But landing that job opportunity is just a first step. Keeping the job as you continue to work towards your career goals can prove challenging for some. You must strive to demonstrate to your supervisors that you are a good worker – a fast learner who is dedicated to self-improvement.

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Employer Branding Ebook

With tips and real examples from companies that have mastered their employer brand, this Ebook is a must-have for talent execs. As a bonus, we’ve added a free audit at the end to help you score your employer branding activities. Download the Ebook now.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Top Talent

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Engaged employees are happy employees Employees that are active participants in goal setting, projects and decision-making feel like a valued asset to the company.& & Ask for their input and encourage conversations whenever possible. Make the expectations and goals of your company crystal clear It is important to communicate directly and clearly. Help develop “buy in”

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3 Leadership Lessons from Shackleton to Avoid Mutiny

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1) Shackleton recruited people of passion.& & From the beginning he knew that he needed men of passion to have a remote chance of success. Shackleton’s recruitment efforts were unique to say the least; the job posting Shackleton published read “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger.

3 Takeaways from Managing Thought by Mary Lore

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Try replacing any “have” thoughts with “choose” thoughts How often do you think about how you HAVE to do something? I know I think about the Haves of life on a daily basis. Ever hear the saying “Life is a choice”? In this case, it is! Try thinking I choose statements instead of I have.

Three Principles for Developing Talent

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Understand People’s Strengths& Our goal is to understand each EDSI representative’s strengths, skills and future goals. Oftentimes, a person’s passion is not completely fulfilled by one job description. And that’s ok. Our goal is to give people opportunities to connect and build relationships across roles, projects and regions. By matching individual strengths with future opportunities outside of their day-to-day routines, our employees will be empowered, motivat

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The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

Choosing an applicant tracking system should be exciting, not confusing. We've developed a quick guide to everything you should look for while going through your selection process, to free you from the stress often associated with choosing a new ATS.

How to Develop a High-Impact Succession Plan

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Let’s take a closer look at the steps involved in developing a succession plan below. The starting point for any succession plan begins with two important questions: What is the main goal or goals you hope to accomplish? What does success look like for your organization? The point of this step is to develop SMART goals; specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goals.

The Beauty of Hiring People with Disabilities

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In addition, I have seen that people with disabilities bring unique perspectives to the table. Many of them have learned to think outside of the box to overcome architectural, attitudinal, and accessible technology barriers that are still a part of their daily lives. Will this seasoned ability contribute to your team and your bottom line? Absolutely. People with disab

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4 Reasons Most College Students Won’t Earn a Degree

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2) High School graduates lack the “occupational maturity” their parents or grandparents had. In effect, they’ve usually had far less work experience than their predecessors upon graduation. Given this, it is difficult for them to understand the difference between good jobs and bad jobs. They simply don’t have enough experience. 3) Students lack direction.

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Career Sculpting

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Members of the program are paired with a career sculptor who acts as a coach. The purpose of the relationship is to discuss the employee’s strengths, career aspirations and areas of personal learning and development. Each relationship is different, depending on individual goals and circumstances. & A

Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?

Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.

Reflections on Dan and Chip Heath's Concept of Bright Spots

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Anything jump out at you? Well, if you’re like most parents, all you really see is this. You’d hire a tutor, and your kid would be grounded, and they can kiss their Wii goodbye. This thought experiment comes from the author Marcus Buckingham, and what it reveals is that we’re wired to focus on problems rather than strengths. I wonder how we can encour

Three Tenants to Developing Talent

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Understand People’s Strengths& Our goal is to understand each EDSI representative’s strengths, skills and future goals. Oftentimes, a person’s passion is not completely fulfilled by one job description. And that’s ok. Our goal is to give people opportunities to connect and build relationships across roles, projects and regions. By matching individual strengths with future opportunities outside of their day-to-day routines, our employees will be empowered, motivat

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Message from Michigan: Bet on Talent

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What are some ways that employers can build their internal talent? Here are a few of the key takeaways the EDSI team heard at the Michigan Works Conference: Own the Training: Employers must take ownership for developing their existing employees and future hires. Expecting employees to understand processes or tasks based on a degree or certificate is no longer acceptable.

Making a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative America

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Written by Roe Falcone – Regional Director of Operations with EDSI rfalcone@edsisolutions.com In June, I had the opportunity to represent EDSI at the 5th annual Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting in Denver, Colorado. This year’s meeting convened nearly 1,000 leaders from business, foundations, Non-Governmental Organizations and government sectors to advance solutions that encourage economic growth, support long-term competitiveness, and increase social mobil

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Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose

Navigating the ever-changing world of eLearning can be a challenge, but many people are finding a way to manage it, as well as a clear path forward. With Learning Insights, you can develop an even clearer sense of purpose, taking your vision to reality.

4 Basics When Assessing the Level of Stress in a Company

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Written by Chuck Mouranie - Partner and Managing Director with EDSI& cmouranie@edsisolutions.com & What stresses a company? When a company is stressed, several variables, both external and internal, may be at play. Examples of external forces include governmental regulations, legal issues or market changes. These external issues are mostly beyond the control of the company’s leadership. However, our experience suggests the vast majority of reasons companies become distr

Demystifying Talent Development and Employee Retention

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Written by Jennifer Giannosa - Senior Consultant with EDSI Consulting jgiannosa@edsisolutions.com& & What do top HR execs, consultants and specialists say are the biggest challenges in retaining and motivating their talent heading into 2015?& & “Keeping critical employees engaged and challenged while competing with progressive employers and dealing with steadily shrinking HR budgets.” ” Sound familiar? & These HR issues represented some of th

Five Concerns of the 50+ Client

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Concern #1 – I have worked 15 + years for the same company. What do I do now? Most folks identify themselves by their job titles; I was a Sleep Specialist; I was a Medical Billing Clerk. One of the keys to this concern is to identify skill sets rather than job titles. You need to help candidates identify their skill sets. Concern #2 – I was making top dollar and considered an

WIOA - The Role of Local WIBs in Career Pathways Development

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Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI tkaufman@edsisolutions.com & WIOA requires Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to work with representatives from secondary and postsecondary education providers to develop and implement Career Pathways. This occurs by aligning employment, training, education and supportive services to meet the needs of adults and youth, focusing on those with barriers to employment. What is a Career Pathway? The National

The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience

Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.

Using the Theory of Constraints as a Key Element in Your Growth Strategy

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Written by Jim Bitterle - Managing Partner with EDSI& jbitterle@edsisolutions.com & As we work with clients to develop Growth and Diversification Plans (Strategic Plans), we consistently find constraints that limit a company’s ability to grow. Given this, it’s imperative that the Theory of Constraints (TOC) is integrated with your company’s strategy. If you don’t know what TOC is, here it is in a nutshell. It’s a five-step process to identify and

Reflections from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus and Paratransit Conference

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Written by Brian Lester – Senior Consultant with EDSI Consulting blester@edsisolutions.com The Public Transit industry has been a major focus of EDSI’s Workforce Development consulting efforts for nearly 15 years. Throughout this time, our participation as a business member in the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) conferences has been a consistently enriching experience. It is amazing to think how we have grown from a single engagement at SEPTA for a skil

4 Ways to Increase Project Success with Planning

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Written by Jennifer Giannosa - Senior Consultant with EDSI Consulting jgiannosa@edsisolutions.com & As a fresh graduate with ample energy and excitement, I was eager and ready to prove myself to the world. After a quick onboarding process, I was assigned to my new company’s Fortune 500 client, responsible for delivering an extensive training program. As time progressed, I beca

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

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Written by Kevin Watson - Director of Business Development with EDSI Consulting kwatson@edsisolutions.com *Original article written in August, 2014 I… & & I BELIEVE… & I BELIEVE THAT… & I BELIEVE THAT WE… & & I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!& & I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!&

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4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]

Wanted: A better way to develop front-line managers! It’s well documented that people leave managers – not companies. Download this guide to gain key insights into why so many programs fall short and learn 4 key principles for designing an effective solution.

What is Culture?

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Written by Arlene Jones - Director of Talent Management with EDSI ajones@edsisolutions.com Currently, there is a lot of buzz around organizational CULTURE, and rightfully so. If we don’t consider culture as foundational to a successful business, then we’re seriously shortchanging ourselves and our customers.

6 Lessons Your Mother Taught You and How They Apply to Business

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Written by Ray Eibel - Director of New Business Development with EDSI& reibel@edsisolutions.com & Recently, I read a sales article written by Dan Waldschmidt that really hit home. & In the article, Waldschmidt discussed the importance of focus, discipline and, most importantly, core values to guide you. We often get off course by the “latest and greatest” new strategies for business, hoping that one of these tactics will work. & When the “l

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act – Filling the Talent Pipeline

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Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI& tkaufman@edsisolutions.com & & Congress and the President recognized the challenges and risks that employers face without a sufficient pipeline of workers to meet current and future needs. It is estimated that by 2022, the United States will be facing a shortfall of 11 million workers with postsecondary education.& & Working together, Congress and the President introduced bipartisan leg

National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Conference – Washington DC: Advancing Workforce Innovation

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Written by Ray Eibel - Director of New Business Development with EDSI& reibel@edsisolutions.com For the past twelve years I have had the pleasure of representing EDSI at the annual National Association of Workforce Boards Conference in Washington, D.C. This year, Terri Kaufman, Ken Mall and I had the opportunity to attend this premier event where workforce development professionals and leaders in business, government, labor and education gather to discuss the current state of our natio

Skill based learning – How it drives an organization’s performance

Training and learning organizations today play an active role in contributing to the bottom line of any organization by aligning their objectives to the immediate business objectives. This provides a solid ground for cost justification and encourages businesses to place training groups right where they should be, at the heart of a growing, thriving, learning culture.

Goal Setting - Setting Attainable "Bullseye" Goals

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Written by Karin Knutson - Director of Sales with EDSI Consulting kknutson@edsisolutions.com & **Original Article Written in December, 2014 Here it comes! The New Year, 2015! And with the New Year, comes the new you. It is a time to start fresh and make something happen. What do you want to “make happen” this year? How do you want to get ahead in your personal life and/or professional career? Let’s begin 2015 with a bang and get “fired up” to take ca

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