Archives for Business Excellence

Bluewater Advisory Welcomes Kelly Frager to Their Team

Kelly Frager Expands Her Scope with Bluewater Advisory Sykesville, MD , August 24, 2017 — Bluewater Advisory, a national award-winning leader in talent management and leadership development, announced that Kelly Frager will join the firm as Principal effective September 5, 2017. Frager is merging her business of nearly ten years, Etiquette for Everyday, an etiquette consulting and coaching business, with Bluewater. As Principal at Bluewater, Kelly will partner directly with clients to understand their training and development needs, identify human capital challenges and create opportunities to foster excellence in the organization through people.  One of Kelly’s primary focuses will be corporate training, as she is
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There is a Method to Break the Talent Management Madness

  Discussions about talent management systems can lead to many places. Many companies use multiple sources to accomplish their talent management needs: a recruiter to find people; different motivation systems attempting to engage employees; and advance, or develop, people through internal managers measuring performance with basic performance indicators. However, It is rare for all these pieces to fit together or build on each other. These systems are also unlikely to have any relevance to the job itself. What if… … The job could talk? What skills and talents would the job ask for? … You had a specific job benchmark
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THE (NOT SO) SECRETS OF HIGH RETENTION

  Employee Retention – It’s a phrase we hear used quite often in the workplace. Virtually all companies say that they are striving to improve their retention. Yet, few can tell you specifically what they are doing to impact their retention rate. Many companies don’t necessarily make the connection between the hiring and onboarding process with retention. But the two are closely related. We recently read an article written by Jennifer Lawhead at TTI that got right to the heart of the matter. We hope you enjoy this impactful article. If you are ready to invest in your employees, Bluewater can
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The Importance of Succession Planning and a Timely,Tragic Tale

Hi I’m Mark Debinski founder & president of Bluewater Advisory broadcasting again today from lovely Fairhope, Alabama right on Mobile Bay.  Today’s topic:   The Importance of Succession Planning. We recently presented at a conference in Destin, Florida with several companies that were first, second even third generation business owners on the topic of Succession Planning.  And we were reminded currently with a sad but timely example of how having a proper succession plan in place can sometimes save your company. We want to share three points with you today. Succession planning needs to start with the current generation of ownership
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Raising Recruitment Value Proposition

Hi, I’m Rebecca Debinski, daughter of Mark Debinski Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory, who is out conducting a Job Benchmark right now. I’m in the Outer Banks and I’m here to explain to you how Bluewater Advisory is able to significantly raise recruiting value proposition without raising fees.  Bluewater is able to do so because first, they are highly analytical and by using the job benchmark patented process and by assessing all possible candidates for the job , can provide the client with a job fit index. Second, Bluewater has an onboarding component which is like a roadmap to
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A Different Type of Recruiting

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski Managing Member and Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory broadcasting today from Destin Beach, Florida.  Today’s topic is A Different Kind of Recruiting. We are often asked what makes Bluewater Advisory’s approach to recruiting so unique and effective.  We like to keep things simple and it comes down to three things.  The first is called a job benchmark.  The second is a very strategic and analytical approach to sourcing and assessing candidates. The third is a continuous improvement process and the fact that we stand behind our work. Let’s look at each one briefly. The first
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Why New Managers Fail

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Managing Member and Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory broadcasting today from the windy shores of Mobile Bay in low country Alabama.  Today’s topic is Why New Managers Fail. I read an article just last week that stated that 40% of new managers fail within this first 18 months.  To me, that’s shocking – that’s 4 out of 10 that don’t make it in a year and a half. From my experience, I’d like to submit that there are three critical success factors for a new manager or conversely three potential failure points along the way. 
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Employee Engagement

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Managing Member and Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory broadcasting today from the rather windy but always lovely, Oval Beach in Saugatuck Michigan.  Today’s topic is Employee Engagement. We define engagement as a level of discretionary effort over and above the bare minimum needed to get by. It’s one of those things where it’s hard to quantify but you know it when you see it.  If you have ever shopped at a Wegmans on the East Coast or a Brookshire’s in the Texas area, that’s what we are talking about.  We are talking about employees that
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Customer Service Excellence & Attention to Detail

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Managing Member of Bluewater Advisory.  I’m here to speak to you this week about customer service excellence and attention to detail. At Bluewater, we strive to give our clients the best service that we can and provide them with the level of detail that world class organizations provide on a regular basis and it’s not always easy.  The best example of great customer service and attention to detail is right here at The Walt Disney World Resort.  From the little things such as the time you pull up to the hotel and the staff somehow knowing
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