Employment, Servant Leadership

Trusted Adviser


Featured Image -- 609At HRO Partners, we truly value the relationship and needs of our clients.  Whether it is training, surveys, executive coaching, compensation analysis, or talent acquisition, our compassionate and savvy leader, Austin Baker, fixates on building our business the right way without compromising the process.

And so we aim to be a trusted adviser – someone who wants to grow our client’s brand, culture, market strategy, and vision.  We do not adhere to a cookie-cutter approach that slows development, we are committed to our clients because we care about their future and their businesses.

Our firm selected to read Trusted Advisor by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford so we can embrace this approach holistically.

We will condense this book’s concepts in a blog post in the coming months; keep an eye out for these highlights and feel free to comment with your own consulting experiences/tips on how we all can be trusted advisers in the business world.

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Company Culture, Judy Bell Tuesdays

Organizational Values Drive Culture


Below is a copy of a blog from Judy Bell at Judy Bell Consulting 

“Does your company have a set of clearly defined and clearly stated values? If not, now is the time to determine, define and declare your values. As you begin the process, keep in mind that companies don’t have values. The employedownload (1)es inside the company…at all levels… have the values. Values that are determined by the employees and communicated regularly are the ones that begin to take root and ultimately become your culture.

Executive and employee alignment with the values is an integral part of a positive and healthy culture. Everyone must “walk the talk” of the values each day for all to see. How employees view the culture inside an organization ultimately determines the company’s brand, positively or negatively. It can be said that, “Culture is the internal brand that ultimately affects the external brand of the company, its services and its products.” Judy W. Bell

Let us help you define your values. We have leadership and management expertise to help develop the values that will positively impact your internal culture.”

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Company Culture, Judy Bell Tuesdays

Organizational Values Drive Culture


Below is a copy of a blog from Judy Bell at Judy Bell Consulting 

“Does your company have a set of clearly defined and clearly stated values? If not, now is the time to determine, define and declare your values. As you begin the process, keep in mind that companies don’t have values. The employedownload (1)es inside the company…at all levels… have the values. Values that are determined by the employees and communicated regularly are the ones that begin to take root and ultimately become your culture.

Executive and employee alignment with the values is an integral part of a positive and healthy culture. Everyone must “walk the talk” of the values each day for all to see. How employees view the culture inside an organization ultimately determines the company’s brand, positively or negatively. It can be said that, “Culture is the internal brand that ultimately affects the external brand of the company, its services and its products.” Judy W. Bell

Let us help you define your values. We have leadership and management expertise to help develop the values that will positively impact your internal culture.”

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business psychology

What Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath Teaches modern Businessess


New York TimMalcolm_Gladwell_2014_(cropped)es Bestseller, Malcolm Gladwell, adds a fifth book to his list of works with, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants.  In typical Gladwell form, his novel explores the psychological, sociological, and economical factors that coalesce together, explaining how underdogs sometimes finish first.

For examples Gladwell examines how someone with dyslexia can become a world class attorney despite difficulties reading efficiently or how a basketball team, with little talent and a coach with no prior basketball knowledge, were able to win their league. Stories like these filled with casts of colorful characters line David and Goliath, giving Gladwell his unique and flowing style that is all his own.

However, as idiosyncratic as his work is, David and Goliath commonly dives in the deep by provoking hair raising theories with very little substantial support. Specifically, Gladwell’s theory of “Desirable Difficulty,” which pokes at the idea that being dyslexic, losing a parent, or living in London during the WWII bombings are considered desirable difficulties. He claims that when people are placed in difficult circumstances, it provides them the opportunity to fight like they have nothing to lose. Supporting the ole’ adage, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.

Gladwell uses examples to examine this philosophy. Specifically, the story of “talentless” basketball team with their neophyte coach, Vivek Ranadive. Before their season, Vivek and his assistant recognized that his daughters youth basketball team possessed little underdogtalent compared to their competitors. Vivek wondered how  he could take this group of underdogs and transform them into winners. So, Vivek began exploring his options. He discerned that if they could master their defense, specifically the full court press, and wear down the stamina of his opponents his team had a chance to be competitive. With nothing to lose, Vivek implemented his strategy, which ended up working . To garner success with his team of underdogs, Vinek had to play the game like he had nothing to lose and in the end his strategy paid off.

Stories like this are rampant among businesses’ beginnings. Take a look at a company like Zappos. From Zappos’ inception they believed that the consumer would purchase shoes off the internet. By thinking outside the box and trying something completely new in an already established and competitive market, Zappos was able to succeed against the Goliaths of the time to become a billion dollar company(with an amazing culture to boot)

For anything to remain successful in this world it must be willing to adapt, including businesses.  Organizations,  just like animals and people, must be willing to adapt, innovate, and learn to remain dominant.  There are major lessons in David and Goliath that every individual and organization should learn such as: Continue reading

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Event, Tech

16 Startups celebrating their graduation at Start Co.’s Demo Day


Here in Memphis, 16 start-ups will be showcasing their business concepts to local invest
ors, industry execk (2)utives, and the community at large at Start Co. Demo Day 2014. This event is being hosted by Start Co, which is a local Memphis company ran by Eric Mathews. S
tart Co. is a company that helps start-ups acquire the mentorship and guidance businesses need to expand. 

The 16 start-ups are graduating from one of four of Start Co.’s accelerator programs. According to Start Co., “accelerators provide $15,000 in seed funding, over 200 hours of technical and business assistance, connections to dedicated mentors, and to access to invaluable resources.” Start Co.’s mission is to “equip founders with the skills, experiences, and connections to turn their start-up into a successful business.”

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The keynote speaker is the Honorable Edward B. Montgomery, a dean and professor of economics at Georgetown and formerly a Chief Economist US Department of Labor under Bill Clinton and Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers under Barack Obama. 

The event will be held at the Orpheum Thea
ter in Memphis, Tn on August 21 at 1pm. The event is free to attend. There will also be a invite exclusive party at 9pm at the Hard Rock Cafe.

To Register for this event click HERE.

 

 

The 16 companies graduating from the accelerator programs are 

  • Troopto – Private crowdfunding for the workplace
  • Phase – Schedule multi-player games without the hassle
  • Pickle – Crowdsource any opinion in less than 2 minutes
  • Well Done – Full featured tablet POS for independently-owned restaurants
  • ORB – High fashion backpacks designed to protect
  • Play-Tag – Smart bluetooth dog tag and LED alert system
  • eDivv – A marketplace for trading excess beauty products
  • Cabsolutely – One cab dispatch API to rule them all
  • Barter Sugar – Bartering platform for small businesses to trade goods & service
  • Graph Story – Graph database-as-a-service
  • Extra Rail – Airbnb for the railroad industry
  • Logistadvise – Platform that matches companies with supply-chain transportation
  • FuelFilm – An accelerator for the film industry (non-profit)
  • The College Initiative – Prepares students for the application & college experience (non-profit)
  • Care2Manage – Simplifies organization & management for families caring for aged loved ones.
  • CoreFire Commandos – an interactive game & web-based portfolio to track the progress of students
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Judy Bell Tuesdays

Is your pink slip showing?


Originally published at Judy Bell Consulting

 

 

TalentWarEven if you still have your job intact you probably have a close friend or relative who is diligently looking for work. It seems almost no one is immune to the stressors of worrying about job security.

Keeping yourself up-to-date in your field always makes good business and personal sense! But it makes extra special sense in the job market today. Human beings are set apart from the rest of the animal kingdom because we are goal-driven. It is in our human nature to enjoy growth of the mind. Learning keeps us active and engaged.

“I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” – Eartha Kitt

In the current job market it is even more important to stay abreast in your field and your industry. It may seem that you have no control over your job. But if you don’t have control, who does? You may not have control over whether you continue to work at XYZ Company, but you can begin to control your chances of being employed. “Employability” should be your focus.

Questions to begin the process:

  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What are you doing when you lose all sense of time and space? In the zone…?
  • What are your natural talents?
  • Are you continually learning?
  • How is your energy level? (diet, exercise, sleep habits, spiritual life, and general health)
  • Are you active in your community, industry, associations, and your specific field?
  • Have you kept your certifications and professional designations up to date?
  • Are you reading the right books and periodicals?
  • Is your resume current?
  • Do you have personal and professional goals?
  • Do you have financial goals?
  • How strong are your communication skills, both written and verbal?
  • Are you up-to-date with technology?

These are the types of things that everyone needs to work on perfecting. A question worth repeating… “If you are not in charge of your career, who is?” – Judy W. Bell

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