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 is a Senior Manager at Arc Aspicio. Despina 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.

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

As a new employee, your first company-wide meeting can make you nervous. This was how I felt.

Arc Aspicio’s recent Strategy Launch Day was so well planned and it involved participants so that I learned that I had nothing to worry about! The company treats each employee equally and equips even the newest joiners with the information and skills they need to have a meaningful experience

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

As a Consulting Associate at Arc Aspicio, I provide expertise and insight to help clients solve difficult problems. To be successful, a consultant does not need only to be a subject matter expert on their client’s industry and needs - though this often ends up happening over time.

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

So often, senior leaders must communicate their strategic and simple vision in a world of growing complexity. They must make decisions – and frequently explain them – based on an enterprise view of their data. It’s getting easier to do this these days through data visualizations and infographics that speak to specific employee and stakeholder audiences. Design+Data is what we call it at Arc Aspicio.

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

With an exponential increase in the types and quantities of data, organizations need defined strategies and techniques to manage data as an enterprise asset. To create enterprise-wide use of data, a Chief Data Officer (CDO) needs a clear data agenda for leadership and the whole organization to address current and future needs. CDOs should follow this six-part data plan to achieve short term capability gains and plot a path to greater enterprise data maturity.

Securing Cyberspace: Agile Strategy to Counter Changing Threats

Securing Cyberspace: Agile Strategy to Counter Changing Threats

Cybersecurity, managing and protecting computer systems from attacks, is evolving just as quickly as the techniques hackers use to cause damage. Historically, the public and private sectors believed that stronger technology and more advanced computer systems alone were enough to prevent attacks. As new trends emerge and the technologies used to both conduct and prevent hackings improve, cybersecurity strategies must remain agile, trying new tactics to counter changing threats.

Hacking Back – Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

Hacking Back – Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

With the increased frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks worldwide, companies and executives are becoming frustrated with a traditional focus on defensive tactics. As a result, some private sector actors are taking a more active role in cybersecurity by “hacking back” – hacking against the very groups that are attacking their systems in retaliation or to retrieve stolen data. As hacking back rises in popularity, it is important to consider a number of political and legal issues and the risks to counter-terrorism efforts.

LeadersNest Names Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree

LeadersNest Names Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree

Washington, DC, October 19, 2018 — LeadersNest named Arc Aspicio CEO Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree. The FedFem awards salute high-impact women executives and leaders of the government contracting community. FedFem Award Honorees blend their entrepreneurial courage and Federal government support that effectively impacts the industry, national economy, and the local marketplace. 

Boosting the Mission: Developing Acquisition Requirements Guidance

Boosting the Mission: Developing Acquisition Requirements Guidance

To keep up with the fast pace of change in the field of Government acquisitions, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components are developing their own acquisition requirements (AR) policies. However, without specific timeframes to finalize these policies, DHS agencies often lack guidance on how to develop ARs. Among DHS agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard is leading the way with their own formal policy to describe this process. To compliment the U.S. Coast Guard’s policy, DHS created the Joint Requirements Integration and Management System (JRIMS) to offer direction for agencies—to review, validate, and suggest solutions for capability gaps and requirements.

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.