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Do You Have Zombies In Your Office? 10 Scary Hiring Practices to Avoid

Jim Ryan
Posted: Thursday Nov 17th, 2016

Did you dress up for Halloween at work this year? Did your co-workers and employees? With or without the witch's hat or spooky makeup, let's hope your employees aren't dressed up as someone that is right for the job. Do you know if you have real-life zombies and ghosts walking around your office on a daily basis?

A-B-C Employees/A-B-C Employers

Don Moore
Posted: Thursday Nov 10th, 2016

Don Moore discusses the relationship between high-performing companies and high-performing employees.

Attention Nonprofits-Join Decision Associates and The Nonprofit Partnership for a Valuable Seminar!

Ken Jurino
Posted: Tuesday Nov 8th, 2016

Decision Associates' Aaron Phillips and Abigail Lechner will present the seminar Leadership Development:  Preparing Your Team and Board to Carry Out the Organizational Mission on Thursday, November 17, 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the WQLN Learning Center in Erie, PA.

Employee Surveys Can Tell You What You Want to Hear...and What You Don't Want to Hear!

Sue Moore
Posted: Thursday Oct 27th, 2016

Hiring the right employees is half the battle in reaching your business goals and profit expectations. You may do all the right things, administer all the right testing and offer the best benefits, but if your employees aren't happy, their performance will be lacking.

November Seminar - Leadership Development: Preparing Your Team and Board to Carry Out the Organizational Mission

Decision Associates
Posted: Friday Oct 21st, 2016

Decision Associates has worked with many of the region's highest performing nonprofits, studying their characteristics and comparing their performance by using ranking data from industry trade associations and our own studies. We invite board and staff from your organization to join us for this second seminar in a special series designed to help you recession-proof your nonprofit.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Preparing Your Team and Board to Carry Out the Organizational Mission

Thursday, November 17, 20168:30 AM - 10:00 AM

This 90-minute seminar will be held at the WQLN Learning Center in Erie, PA. Registration is free for NPP members, $50 per seminar for non-members.

Binging the Power of PR to Brand Marketing

Mike Smiley
Posted: Thursday Oct 13th, 2016

In many small businesses and nonprofit organizations, the roles of marketing and public relations professionals are often intertwined...or even combined. The fact is, in this era of value-driven competition, marketing and public relations must indeed function as one.

Video: Preparing Candidates for Interviews

Abby Lechner
Posted: Thursday Oct 6th, 2016

Abby Lechner, co-leader of the Organizational Development practice at Decision Associates, explains the importance of preparing candidates for interviews with client organizations.

Meet Your Replacement

Don Moore
Posted: Thursday Sep 22nd, 2016

After 32 years of consulting, I don't get surprised very often by a business owner's request. But recently, I have been surprised by the number of business owners who have asked us to help them hire a president to run their company: 6 in the last year+ and two more in process right now.

Recession-proof Your Nonproft - Two Upcoming Seminars!

Ken Jurino
Posted: Thursday Sep 8th, 2016

Join us for two seminars to ensure sustainability and success, brought to you by Decision Associates and The Nonprofit Partnership!

Preparing Your Business for Battle...Investing in Human Capital

Abby Lechner
Posted: Tuesday Aug 30th, 2016

Companies will invest thousands and even millions in capital equipment, yet they hesitate to hire new employee for key positions.

Ten Things Owners Can't Do

Don Moore
Posted: Thursday Aug 11th, 2016

Ownership carries great risk and reward, and with it a burden of responsibility to set the bar high for behavior within the organization.

Ensuring Appropriate Time for Selling a Business

BJ Lechner
Posted: Monday Jul 25th, 2016

B. J. Lechner, partner at Decision Associates M&A, LLC, outlines a list of factors that businesses should address to maximize value before trying to sell.

How Do Your Customers Grade You?

Sue Moore
Posted: Thursday Jul 7th, 2016

Decision Associates may have helped you assess your talent and recruit the right people to make the sales for your company. Hopefully, you have them all on board and they are doing a spectacular job for you. But are you sure they are getting all the work possible from your customers?

Lessons in Crisis Management

Emily Wachter
Posted: Thursday Jun 30th, 2016

It's no secret that information spreads like wildfire these days. Gone are the days when breaking news was let to the daily paper or the local news stations. Today, ordinary citizens are the biggest news agents. Within minutes, or even seconds of an event occurring, buzz is generated online through sources like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and news outlets. While it's difficult to respond to a crisis at this rate of speed, organizations need to understand when and how to respond.

Assessing Your Sales Talent

Jim Ryan
Posted: Thursday Jun 23rd, 2016

Assessments should be an integral part of a comprehensive selection process including thorough behavioral interviews and background checks.

Capitalize on Disruptive Change with Market Research

Ricardo Guardiola
Posted: Thursday Jun 16th, 2016

So, you believe that a game-changing disruption in your market is on the horizon? Your internal experts predict it and trusted industry insiders agree. But do you truly have all the information you need to make critical and strategic decisions for the future of your company?

The Content Marketing Revolution

Mike Smiley
Posted: Thursday Jun 9th, 2016

The past several years have marked an historic transformation for businesses and organizations, both large and small, and it centers on content.

As a consumer, you are undoubtedly aware that the majority of companies are now marketing with content - that is, going beyond the traditional advertising and communications channels.

Interviewing for your dream job? Here are 5 reminders for interviewing success!

Abby Lechner
Posted: Thursday Jun 2nd, 2016

So, you worked hard to earn that engineering degree, a coveted internship yielding multiple references, and you are plugging away at an MBA taking night classes. You are completely qualified for several great opportunities and the interview for your ideal job is finally scheduled. Perhaps you took a mandatory course in college that prepped you for an interview process or it's been a while since your last interview, but are you really ready?

10 Ways to Improve Donor Recruitment and Retention

Mike Estrich
Posted: Thursday May 26th, 2016

  1. Pull three to five years of data to examine donation trends. Not all donors write the same check every year. To better analyze the data use cumulative gift amounts over an extended period of time.
  • Allows you to classify donors
  • Helps to Identify individuals or corporations with better than average lifetime donor values
  • Allows you to see trends and track it against your events, campaigns, etc.

 

 

CEO Role: Strategy, the Economy, Succession and M&A-Yes, They Are Connected!

Don Moore
Posted: Tuesday May 17th, 2016

As the owner of a 32-year old consulting firm with 10 very talented professionals, there are certain roles that I've gravitated to and others that someone on my team is better suited to provide. The role that clients expect of me is to help them look downfield and position their business strategically within the competitive environment. That is the first way in which the 5 topics above are all directly related: each of these topics are the highest order of strategic issues that an owner has to address.

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“Decision Associates conducted a marketing research project for us recently that resulted in a large new customer, and we have a list that we will continue to target. Mike Estrich and Ricardo Guardiola were very thorough and have a good methodology. Our expectations were exceeded in that we got a lot more information that we originally though we would get. Their “step by step” approach worked well for ATP and we would recommend the Decision Associates team for other projects of this type.”

~ Scott Eighmy, CEO
American Turned Products (ATP)

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