Our Story: Part 10 - Our Company Invests in Our People: A 2018 Close Up

Our Story: Part 10 - Our Company Invests in Our People: A 2018 Close Up

Our Story: Part 10 - Our Company Invests in Our People: A 2018 Close Up

I lead our Consultants by Design 101 Peer Group and plan and facilitate a curriculum that focuses on developing our junior consultants into future leaders. Overseeing the training and development of this group has been a very rewarding experience. It gives me the opportunity to reflect on my knowledge and practice, and I enhance my own leadership skills, especially in developing people. Most importantly, it provides me with immense personal satisfaction and pride. I have enjoyed contributing to developing our extremely talented junior consultants.

At Arc Aspicio, we invest in the future of our people by providing them with the tools, resources, and support to grow into inspiring leaders. Our philosophy and approach have produced consistent results and have earned Arc Aspicio several accolades and award recognitions. Most importantly, our investment in our people makes us more than a great place to work – it also develops strong consultants who can solve client challenges.

About Arc Aspicio
Arc Aspicio is a management, strategy, and technology consulting firm that takes a mission-oriented approach to complex client challenges. Focused on innovation, Arc Aspicio provides services in strategy, design, human capital, operations, analytics and visualization, technology, and information sharing. The company is known for a strong, collaborative culture that values gratitude, provides leadership opportunities, and explores the future. Our teams use a human-centered approach to working with clients and are flexible and responsive within dynamic Government client environments that often have new priorities and evolving missions. We thrive on these situations and promote continuous improvement and new ideas. And, #welovedogs! Follow us on Twitter @arcaspicio or learn more at www.arcaspicio.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s organizations face significant challenges and increased competition in recruiting, developing, and engaging talent. As employees search for meaningful and fulfilling work, traditional benefits are no longer a differentiator among employers.

At Arc Aspicio, we set ourselves apart from our competition with the philosophy that our employees are our most valuable asset. We make significant investments in their professional growth, with an emphasis on developing future leaders. Growing leaders is an extension of our company’s vision and inspires our strong company culture by empowering our employees. 

We grow future leaders by following four basic principles:

  1. Every Individual Employee is Unique: Team members are individuals, each with their own strengths, talents, interests, and aspirations. We invest in our employees’ professional growth and happiness, and we take the time to get to know them individually. We encourage open communication and ask our employees to share their personal aspirations with leadership, so we can help them reach their goals. During our quarterly performance check-ins, each team member reviews our “Profile Engagement Tool” with their supervisor and identifies areas of professional interest and personal goals
  2. It’s OK to Take Risks: We encourage our people to be innovative and to stretch themselves by providing them with multiple avenues to lead initiatives, contribute to company strategy, and to suggest new ideas. By encouraging our employees to develop skills outside their comfort zones, we empower and motivate them to take on new challenges. Our 2018 Strategy theme, “Exploration,” reflects our philosophy on risk-taking. We seek to inspire and support our employees in the quest of exploring new ideas and reaching for the stars
  3. We Showcase our Employees’ Ideas: Our people have amazing potential and we provide them with opportunities to showcase their experience, strengths, interests, and views through our company blog. At Arc Aspicio, we are passionate about our work and we promote our people’s expertise by broadcasting their ideas. Publishing our people’s original content allows them to grow their personal brand as trusted advisors who understand our clients and their challenges and can bring solutions to life for them
  4. Relationships Matter: An important trait of a leader is the way they relate to others. At Arc Aspicio, we embrace the concepts of empathy and gratitude and actively practice them in our client work and community volunteer work. We help people connect with each other through peer groups, mentoring, listening sessions, case studies, and All Hands meetings. Ready access to company executives, including the leadership team, is a daily practice
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Despina Panagoulias |

Despina Panagoulias, a Manager at Arc Aspicio, has 20 years of experience in designing and implementing strategic solutions for private industry and federal clients. She presently supports the development of Human Capital strategy for homeland security clients.

Top Qualities of Design Thinking Leaders

Top Qualities of Design Thinking Leaders

Design Thinking is on the rise in the business world. Design Thinking leaders focus on creating the best product for their clients and working with the experiences and insight of fellow coworkers. Some of the key characteristics of Design Thinking leaders present themselves in individuals who are open and subject themselves to vulnerability with clients and coworkers. These qualities help leaders to connect and build relationships with others. They also create an open flow of communication that allows for others to better share their knowledge to align with and understand the company's mission.

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

I spent the early years of my career in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer on the E-2C Hawkeye, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Command and Control platform. The various missions of the aircraft demand that aircrew monitor up to ten radio frequencies, and actively speak on three or four of those, at any given moment in flight.

How Can Communities Ready Themselves for a Major Power Grid Event?

How Can Communities Ready Themselves for a Major Power Grid Event?

Communities are often the foundation for an expedited recovery following major events. But how can communities strengthen their response to, for example, a major cyber-attack or natural event, such as an Electronic Magnetic Pulse solar flare? A United States electrical grid failure could destroy a number of the nation’s high voltage transformers causing widespread outages for several weeks, even months. A public health emergency could quickly ensue particularly among the vulnerable as the ripple effects cause significant societal disruption. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) strategic plan encourages and empowers communities to prepare for the inevitable impacts of future disasters. How can communities prime for major events?

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

I’ll admit it, I was a little smug. After more than 20 years in the consulting business helping clients develop, implement, and integrate their strategies, I thought… “how hard could it be to do the same things for my own company – a company of consultants?” I had the commitment of my leadership, a group of talented people, and a plan and resources to grow the company. We had energy and we had a great process and tools to successful. What could go wrong?

Exploring Trends in Strategic Workforce Planning (Attract, Engage, and Retain)

Exploring Trends in Strategic Workforce Planning (Attract, Engage, and Retain)

Federal agencies have been undergoing significant transformation, requiring effective workforce strategies that can assist them in facing increasing challenges. As government leaders look for and implement initiatives to improve performance, Strategic Workforce Planning, (SWP) has become instrumental in assisting organizations to focus on their most important resource: their people

#Innovate Your Heart Out: We See an Innovation Day in Your Future

#Innovate Your Heart Out: We See an Innovation Day in Your Future

Innovation is difficult to harness for organizations of all sizes (Government and private sector alike). Replicating a process to encourage and produce innovation is even more challenging. Innovating in a structured space and time seems counter-intuitive, and begs the question: can thinking outside the box be a structured activity? Arc Aspicio recently held an Innovation Day to answer this question.

A Unified Brand Helps Serve a Complex Mission

A Unified Brand Helps Serve a Complex Mission

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), created in 2003, undertook the most significant reorganization of federal agencies since the Cold War. It brought together federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies with a focus on securing the U.S. from threats in a collaborative way. DHS pulls together five complex mission areas: preventing terrorism and enhancing security; managing our borders; administering immigration laws; securing cyberspace; and ensuring disaster resilience.