Traci is a dynamic, thoughtful and innovative HR professional that is committed to putting humans first while achieving customer engagement and profitability goals through authentic and concise HR solutions. Her experience includes non-profits, union and non-union organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, education, retail, and construction. She has built an HR department from the ground up, created strategic talent pathways, implemented compensation and benefits programs along with consulting with small business in an outsourced HR model.
“It's gold. Let's just start there. Right? You know, most often we are more likely to look at and hire individuals that we know something about, and we know that our best referrals into our organization come from our employees. Therefore, networking with individuals and being really crystal clear about what you want in a position…”
“Absolutely. So as a business owner to further your business, you know, when you're networking, you're not only looking for that next top talent in your organization, you're also looking for the tools to improve your processes so that your employees have exactly what they need to be successful in their role.”
“Yeah. And there are several ways that marketing can be detrimental to your business. And one of them is, you know, not putting yourself out with that best foot forward.”
“Oh, my goodness. There's so many. And I would say my favorite networking has really come through. You want me to network? Um, and the reason why I love you women network and those networking experiences because of the mastermind that happens…”
“Yeah, this is a key piece of networking, right? I and I'm going to circle back around to that question, but so often I find individuals or networking, networking, networking, but they're not doing the follow-up. The gold is in the follow up of the networking…”
“what I would say is be very specific about who you're looking to grow your network with. Okay. You can go to a, you know, a hundred different networking events and it might not be the right event for what you're looking to grow your network for.”
“so, I am human resources, right? So, I love putting the people behind that. So, you know, I personally love the in-person networking events and at the same time I have gotten so much out of like zoom meetings as well as zoom networking events where I can still see the body language of individuals.”
“I would say trust and enjoy the journey. Um, they're so often where I've been so focused on getting to an outcome that I haven't enjoyed the process and haven't enjoyed that journey.”
“You know, I'm really struggling with that question because so often I think we look for, and I've struggled with this question since I first read it and I hadn't come up with a good answer. But the reason why I struggle with that is so often I think we're looking so far in the future that we've missed the things that are right in front of us.”
“so, from a podcast perspective, Brooke Castillo and the life coach school, um, is Oh, juicy golden nuggets all the way through. Um, so if you've not heard of her, listen to her podcast, she has, I think 270 some episodes now.
“Yeah. What I would say is when you're growing and supporting your network, truly be intentional and be intentional about that follow-up, um, and the positivity and that is so incredibly important. Not fake, but authentic. You know, being authentic with your network will absolutely help to grow it.”
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Mark is the owner of Supporting Strategies Milwaukee, his franchise provides bookkeeping and controller-level services to small and middle market businesses as well as nonprofits.
He is a former CFO for a division of GE and he held senior finance roles at JPMorgan. Mark has experience with mergers/divestitures, international financial management, pricing, comp planning, strategic planning, new product development, cash/treasury management, and dealing with large, matrixed organizations.
“every year, in every market that Supporting Strategies works in, we try to have an event where we try to give back to the local business community. Both to our clients as well as some of the strategic partners we have…”
“…your controller is kind of like your chief accountant. So, they’ll help you with making sure your recognizing revenue the right way. So, if you are in certain industries there are certain ways you should be accruing for revenue.”
“…people try to do everything. And you’re not going to necessarily get the best level of service if you are going to somebody that does taxes, they’re also doing all of your accounting and bookkeeping…”
“so, I’m a member of a BNI chapter. And I took a look at a couple of different networking groups. One of the big things in my franchise that they preach from the get-go is were big on what we call an angelist development or center of influence development…”
How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?
“so, one of the things is the event I just talked about in the start of the show which is the Business Fundamentals Bootcamp. Another thing I try and make sure of is I tend to make a cursory appearance to every single networking group that I’m in.”
“I would encourage you to take a look at Eventbrite and take a look at things like BNI or any of the chambers of commerce.”
“so, I do both. I think digital is more to keep me top of mind. As opposed to developing a huge section of potential clients or partners.”
“don’t worry so much about the hours, worry about your on the job education.”
“I think one thing that would help my business is getting to know franchisors and talking to them a little bit about what they’re doing for franchises when it comes to accounting and bookkeeping…”
“I’m reading the Trusted Advisor, by Richard Wagner…”
“It’s not about net-taking, that’s one of the things I always try to caution people about. If you are in a networking situation and the first thing you do is hand somebody your card, you’re probably doing it wrong.”
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Jason Treu (Troy) is a leadership and performance coach. His programs help individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their most ambitious goals by skyrocketing their skills, abilities, and teamwork. He spent 15+ years in leadership positions in Silicon Valley working with leaders such as Steve Jobs, Reed Hastings (CEO at Netflix) and Mark Cuban. Jason is the author of Social Wealth, a how-to-guide on building extraordinary relationships. His team building game is being used by 12000+ employees.
“well I think one of the challenges today is teamwork, is the most misunderstood and most important soft skill that is out there. Because 75% of work is done collaboratively.”
“well, I just don’t think they know where to start and how to go about doing it. I think that’s the challenge right. I think when people think about sharing information and getting to know people…”
“I think the key is to get them together and one of the research studies that I came across a few years ago that really changed my perspective on building relationships and what’s possible…”
“well, Google back in 2012, you can literally google the study, Project Aristotle, and what they were trying to understand globally, was what’s the makeup of our highest performing teams. Because they found that they were bringing in more revenue they were becoming in…”
“we went to the TEDx conference in Vancouver. And so, we created some opportunities to meet people and he hosted an event with someone else, he had never been there before… and so we set up a cocktail hour we invited enough people to come…”
How do you stay in front of, or best nurture your network community?
“you got to get people together in groups, that’s probably the easiest thing to do ultimately because you can only stay in contact with so many people at once. I think you just got to think ahead…”
“well, I think you need to find those groups that you really enjoy going to. And I think a part of that is like dating, you got to go and find them. And start to just get out there.”
“…I mean digital is just keeping the pot warm until you can actually access it. So, if that’s all you are doing it's not really real, I mean that person is only going to do so much for you…”
“you know I think it would be to really understand how to build trust with people a lot faster and really. And id say probably to network more and build more relationships with people.”
“it would probably be either Oprah or Brene Brown…”
“…The Body Keeps Score, by Travis Van Kessle, it’s about PTSD and self-awareness. And a book called, The Fearless Organization, by Amy Edmondson. Brene Browns book, Dare to Lead.”
“I think you just got to do it. You have to start somewhere. And you have to make it a priority.”
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