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Since this is Memorial Day weekend (in the US), we thought we would delay our regular blog post that we had planned, and give a big thank you to all those who have chosen to serve in the armed forces and defend our country.  We hope you have a safe holiday weekend with friends and loved ones. From all us at The Mpower Group “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”-Joseph Campbell

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According to an article in HBR “CEOs need to pay attention to Employer Branding”, the war for talent is on once again.  As unemployment has dropped significantly, employers are fighting for top talent.  “In a recent 2015 survey, 73% of CEOs reported being concerned about the availability of key skills.” This time the focus is on employer branding as a way to strengthen recruiting and gain recognition as an “Employer of Choice”.  Many of our clients are placing employee engagement at the top of their list of strategic objectives.  It seemed to be a trend I didn’t quite understand but now I get it.  Employees themselves are critical communicators of the employer brand.  “The rise of social media has made companies a great deal more…

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I’m sure that each one of you has many “supplier of choice” awards on your corporate walls and kudos to you.  How many “customer of choice” awards do you have?  Does your company even care that it does or does not?  Should it care? We’ve discussed this concept before and are going to expand on it today.  Just like you rate your suppliers, your suppliers rate you.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be because they have a business to run too.  And they need to understand which customer is most profitable, least “overhead ” (nuisance factor), give referrals, etc., etc.  Just like you have your Value Drivers – so do they and they rank customers based on meeting those Value Drivers.  Whether you know it or not,…

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A few weeks ago I shared a presentation I did at the Investment Recovery Association annual conference. I stopped just short of “how to” move form 30X to 300X. So, here goes . . . . .  If you agree that IR has the opportunity to play a more strategic role, then how do they get there?  How do they get to 300X?  How do they gain respect in the Supply Chain?  It must start with the Investment Recovery function first.  IR needs to change the way it thinks about its’ role (the context under which it operates) and then change the way the rest of the organization thinks.  This may sound easy BUT it is not.  At the beginning, IR will need to “push”…

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For long time readers and clients, this headline should come as no surprise.  CareerBuilder just published some research on the job market and hiring prospects for new college graduates and some of the findings, although well known within this blog’s community, are still worth discussing. The main point raised is that colleges are not adequately preparing their students for the job market.  Rosemary Haefner, Chief Human Resources Officer of CareerBuilder says “One in five employers feel colleges do not adequately prepare students with crucial workplace competencies, including soft skills and real-world experience…”.  Imagine if 20% of your customer base is not happy with your product! Here are the top competencies that were lacking in new graduates: Interpersonal or people skills: 52 percent Problem-solving skills: 46…

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