As we look ahead to Veterans Day this weekend, I can’t help but take time to reflect with gratitude on the service and sacrifice of our nation’s finest. I personally stand on the shoulders of giants, as over the last 15 years, it’s been my tremendous honor and privilege to serve our great nation in the U.S. Army. Serving in the military has afforded me incomparable opportunities to work with cross-functional teams to accomplish missions at home and abroad that required intensive planning, proactive communication, and collective teamwork to achieve common goals. This instilled a personal belief at an early age of the importance of teamwork and why every team member needs to value their contributions to quality, and role in the team’s accomplishment of a common purpose or mission.
Tragedy for some of us is tragedy for all of us. No matter where you’re from or where you live, it’s up to everyone to do their small part to bring relief to our fellow Americans suffering from the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
This summer was a busy one for the Businessolver team, marked by some incredible milestones. Last month, we celebrated the third anniversary of our Denver office. And there was cause to celebrate closer to home as well, when we officially opened a Chicagoland office in Itasca, Ill.
I’m so proud, I could burst! The Businessolver Denver office is celebrating its third anniversary this summer, and there is a lot to reflect on. Not only have we grown to more than 150 employees, but in those three years we’ve graduated from being a “remote office” to becoming an established Businessolver regional hub.
They say life’s a journey, not a destination. Having spent my career dedicated to helping companies achieve organizational excellence and process improvement, I believe those wise words also apply to the Baldrige process. When pursuing the Baldrige criteria, you’re never finished; you’re always on the journey.
As summer comes to a close, it is time to bid farewell to our interns. We wish them all the best as they return to college this fall. In our last #SolverSoul Goes Summer blog post, meet Casey, Eric, and Michael. All three are proud Cyclones at Iowa State University.
#SolverSoul Goes Summer Continues
We hope you’re enjoying “#SolverSoul Goes Summer,” a blog series to accompany our #SolverSoul video series on Instagram. In part three of five, meet three more of Businessolver’s summer interns: Andrew, Andrew, and Gunnar.
Employee engagement today is at an all-time low – a staggering 70 percent of U.S. workers say they’re not engaged at work. Research shows that engagement has to start at the top and leaders have some work to do.
We saved the biggest and best for last – our final stop on the Vision 20/17 Tour this week in Chicago was our highest attended event and featured our most exciting product launch so far this year. We covered important topics from empathy to engagement, new products to new national healthcare legislation, insightful keynotes to successful case studies – all in just two days!
When we heightened our focus on organizational performance, product excellence, and quality in 2016, we also embraced new principles and methodologies to improve our effectiveness and keep us accountable to our goals. From the outside looking in, it may seem like we just dropped a bunch of new jargon and acronyms, but behind the jargon are real principles that are making a difference. One of my favorites is DMAIC. What the heck is DMAIC? I’ll fill you in on the answer, plus the answers to three other quality-related questions.
On March 30, I was privileged to host the Governor’s Celebration of Performance Excellence. No, the event isn’t really called the Performance Excellence Emmys – but the honor was no less great. Sponsored by the Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence (IRPE), the Governor’s Celebration annually welcomes organizations from across the state to toast business excellence and share best practices.
It’s Giving Tuesday, the unofficial kickoff of our national season of giving – time for giving back, giving thanks, and reflecting. Amid the craziness of the holidays, I finally found a few minutes to embrace the spirit of the season and look back on 2016. Let me tell you, it was a pretty incredible year!
Over the past several months here at Businessolver, we have been vigorously working toward organizational excellence and quality. As our business continues to grow, it’s becoming more and more important to scale smartly; investing now in creating quality process initiatives will keep everything running smoothly into the future, for our employees and our clients. We’ve set a high bar for ourselves, making a companywide commitment to meet the standards set in the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.
At Businessolver, we’re committed to business with a purpose. That means ensuring the right products, services and support are there for our clients at the right time. It also means extending that sense of purpose to the communities in which we live and work.
Companies have responsibilities, from delivering a product or service and ensuring regulatory compliance, to managing employees and taking care of customers. But there is a greater responsibility that entails more than day-to-day business: businesses also have a responsibility to give back to the people and places they serve. One of the most effective ways to do this is through a corporate giving or social responsibility program.
Launching a successful program can be challenging, though – it’s more than writing a check or organizing a corporate volunteer outing. It requires a thoughtful approach that allows the company and its employees to support meaningful causes that improve and benefit their community and our world.
If you haven’t heard the news, we’re growing—and fast! Yesterday our president and CEO, Jon Shanahan, announced plans to add an additional 100 employees plus an additional 17,000 square feet to our Denver campus over the next six months, which will double our current Denver office population. We’ve had great success over the past year with our Denver campus and can’t wait to grow our footprint and welcome new members to the team to greater support our mission of client delight.
Jen Daniel, Assistant Vice President Business Development, Engagement and Excellence at Businessolver attended the LIMRA 2014 Group & Worksite Benefits Conference to learn about Managing Continuous Change
Here in Des Moines, Iowa, the air is warming, foliage is blooming and there is a general air of excitement, which can only mean one thing: students are out of school and summer is upon us. This summer, our marketing intern, Luke LeWarne, will be journaling his experience of delight at Businessolver through a series of blog posts titled “The Delighted Intern.”
Here in Des Moines, IA, the air is warming, foliage is blooming and there is a general air of excitement, which can only mean one thing: students are out of school and summer is upon us. This summer, our marketing intern, Luke LeWarne, will be journaling his experience of delight at Businessolver through a series of blog posts titled “The Delighted Intern.”
Here in Des Moines, IA, the air is warming, foliage is blooming and there is a general air of excitement, which can only mean one thing: students are out of school and summer is upon us. This summer, our marketing intern, Luke LeWarne, will be journaling his experience of delight at Businessolver through a series of blog posts titled "The Delighted Intern."