Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Coaching Management Philosophy:

In this new edition of the Vistage podcast series, Vistage member Dave Nelsen interviews Jim Carchidi, the co-owner and executive vice president of JFC Staffing Companies, a direct hire or temporary placement company. JFC Staffing Companies was originally started by Jim’s parents, who built it from the ground up, and passed it onto Jim, who has also been a Vistage member since 2009. In this discussion, they talk about what makes a good leader and a positive work environment during a time when there are high levels of employee dissatisfaction.

Listen to the Vistage Podcast: The Coaching Management Philosophy: Jim Carchidi of JFC Staffing

Happy Employees Lead to Happy Customers
Jim’s company was chosen as one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania, based entirely on anonymous feedback from employees (versus companies submitting an application). They have also been named to Inavero’s Best of Staffing Client List, indicating that happy employees leads to happy customers. A recent Gallup poll states that about 70% of the American workforce is not engaged, and Jim finds this to be an “epidemic.” To him, having a happy, enthusiastic workforce is just as important as having a satisfied customer.

The Coaching Management Philosophy
According to Jim, leaders need to learn to take the “chief problem solving hat off” and really listen to the input of their employees. Employee success equals company success and often they see things that someone with a big picture scope — like a coach on a football field — might not see as clearly. Listening to people needs to be personal, and management can’t try to take on the tasks of fixing everything single-handedly. A company is a team, and the leaders are the coaches.

The Power of Communication
Jim’s staff endeavors to be high-tech, as well as high-touch, ensuring that the use of today’s technologies doesn’t hinder personal interaction between human beings. He stresses that management communication sessions every month are vital to ensure continued improvements in employee performance. “It is unfair to rely on the annual review as the only time to give and get feedback about performance and management style,” he says, “not only for the employee who might be garnering criticism that comes seemingly out of left field, but also for the employer, who may have had to tolerate a full year of sub-par performance.” Communication, he stresses, is key, particularly face-to-face communication.

Express the Goals of the Company
One of the things Jim learned from a Vistage speaker was to articulate the grand scheme, long-term visionary ideas for their company, and to involve his employees in the development in the implementation of those ideas. He was taught to send a letter outlining the goals for the company to his employees home, where their families might also read it and get involved.

Jim Carchidi is the Co-Owner and Executive Vice President of JFC Staffing Companies.

 

 

Are you looking for a JOB, or do you want a CAREER?

Did you ever go to the doctor and have them refer you to a “specialist?” They want you to have the best care possible for your healthcare, so they are telling you that someone else is going to be the expert on how to treat your condition.

They bring you in for an initial consultation, ask you to fill out a TON of forms, and ask you even more questions about your symptoms.  They set clear expectations on what is required from you and discuss the game plan on how to achieve the most positive results.

You trust them because they are an expert dedicated to your specific need. They have the right credentials and recommendations as a leading expert in their field. They genuinely care about you as a person and will do everything they can to guide you in the right direction.

“Specialist, Expert, Trust”

I’m sure I speak for most people who would consider these terms to be valuable assets to have in any major decision you make in your life, so why not put your career goals in the hands of the leading industry specialists in your field?

Trust in the person you partner with to help you in your career search. They should want to meet you face to face and dive in to what really makes you tick and the types of roles that you want to target for your next career move. You deserve a consultative approach rather than being earmarked for roles that you wouldn’t necessarily thrive in.  Just because your title seemingly corresponds with the title of the position their client has, doesn’t mean it’s an opportunity that will likely advance your career.

Specialists are typically certified professionals who know what questions to ask the hiring managers in your field. Why is the position open, what makes an employee successful in this role, how the department is structured, and negotiating salaries before your waste your time on positions that are below your salary expectations. They will identify the best companies for you and who will find value in your skill set and not just your title.

Generalists have more of a broad range of opportunities that may be better suited for candidates who also have a broad skill set and are open to many different types of positions and industries. Most of these candidates aren’t as particular with their job requirements because maybe it’s not as important to them to follow a specific career path.

A specialized recruiter will be able to consult with you in each step of your search, help you evaluate each opportunity as it relates to your core career objectives, be an advocate for you whenever possible, and form a lasting relationship whether or not they were the one to place you in your new role or if you obtained it on your own. Being proactive and partnering with a specialized recruiter before you really need them is key. They will be able to identify your ideal career move the minute it comes across their desk.

If you are open to exploring ways to advance in your career, what’s stopping you from partnering with a specialist today? Do your research and consult with the best local resource in your industry!

Article written by Nikki Jordan, Financial Recruiter with JFC Global

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