Gratitude is one of a great leader’s most powerful tools. It creates positive energy among an organization and the sense of appreciation permeates through the work the collective group is performing. Influential leaders listen to the needs of their colleagues and express gratitude. This helps them bring out the potential in the people they lead and inspire them to achieve what is most important to them and to the project.
Washington, DC, March 13, 2017 — The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) announced the two teams that join the Arc Aspicio family. The addition of the New York and Utah teams bring Arc Aspicio’s total number of dog and handler teams to six.
Consulting Magazine announced Arc Aspicio Design Thinking Practice Lead, Christina Tierno, as one of its 2017 Rising Stars of the Profession. Consulting Magazine’s Rising Stars of the Profession is an annual list of 35 up-and-comers in the consulting profession under the age of 35.
Design Thinking requires two things that don’t always come naturally in Government initiatives: empathy and rapid change. However, Government leaders are constantly challenged to identify and implement Quick Wins to inspire their workforce as they solve big challenges.
Arc Aspicio started a pro bono project for Courtney’s House, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the victims and survivors of human trafficking. Arc Aspicio supports Courtney’s House on their priority needs.
Project Management best practices and methods continue to evolve to address the biggest challenges Government agencies face in today’s market. The increased use of Agile and the move from traditional waterfall methodologies is fairly common in Information Technologies. Projects use Agile methods such as Scrum or Kanban, and organizations invest a lot of time and effort to make this cultural shift on projects.
While social media is often the center of people’s personal lives, it remains an untapped resource in many workplaces. Though often seen only as a way to assess stakeholder engagement, social media can have major positive effects on employee productivity and morale.
Arc Aspicio announced they are sponsoring the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Innovation and Design Club’s Spring 2017 Design Challenge. The purpose of the 2017 Design Challenge is to use Design Thinking to develop innovative solutions to improve airport security at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Arc Aspicio recently completed its annual Strategic Offsite in Baltimore, MD and announced further investment in their bold three-year strategy for 2016-2018. The recent Strategic Offsite reaffirmed the 2016-2018 strategic initiatives while adding an increased focus on strategy consulting and delivering innovative solutions in partnership with our clients
The rise of Big Data technologies and data-driven approaches of business functions has created a demand for data architects and scientists that is growing by as much as 12% annually. These highly technical resources and capabilities address part of the challenge, but organizations still struggle with how to effectively use the data they have to make timely and informed decisions to improve business and mission outcomes.
Everyone is familiar with the “bandwagon effect”, where fans and followers join and root for the winning team, popular group, or must-have item. Does this psychological phenomenon apply to everything? A common misconception is that people assume correlation equals causation.
Washington, DC, January 9, 2017— Washington SmartCEO magazine named Arc Aspicio a winner of their Future 50 Awards. The Future 50 Awards recognizes the 50 fastest growing, mid-sized companies in the Washington D.C. area.
Design Thinking and the customer experience go hand-in-hand. While customer engagement with a Government agency can be difficult, an agency can navigate this tenuous process using a Customer Journey Map – a key tool in our Design Thinking approach. This can also inspire innovative ideas.
Meetings are an essential part of day-to-day work and collaboration in every organization. There are an estimated 37 million meetings every day in the United States, yet up to 67 percent are considered failures. Sources estimate the cost of unproductive meetings in the billions and say meetings may take up 15% of an organization’s collective time.
In 2004, the 9/11 Commission published a report that identified communication and intelligence failures leading up to the September 11th attacks. The Commission determined there was a significant disconnect between intelligence agencies and their ability to work together in counterterrorism efforts and empathize across agencies and missions.
Effective communication can save lives and reduce economic damage during the response and recovery phases of a disaster. Despite widely available information on creating effective risk communication and warning messages to elicit desired public outcomes during and following disasters, communication attempts fail too often.
Back in the public spotlight for the first time since the Cold War thanks to the new ABC drama Designated Survivor, Continuity of Government (COG) is a lesser-known mission in the portfolio of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Federal Emergency Management Agency. As a concept, its origins lie in the dawn of the atomic era, when the new possibility of simultaneous nationwide devastation created the need for contingency plans for the worst cases imaginable.
Even in this “there’s an app for that” age, the business of Government is executed by its people. Determining how to attract, hire, train, manage, develop, and retain an organization’s workforce are among the most challenging tasks for a Federal executive team.
Arlington, VA December 12, 2016 — The General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) awarded Arc Aspicio the Human Capital and Training Solution (HCaTS) Small Business contract on December 7, 2016. This Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) is a government-wide contract that was awarded to vendors in two different pools. Arc Aspicio’s contract is in Pool 2, which supports customized human capital strategy services and organizational performance improvement.