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147: Diversity, Digital Transformation & Hiring Veterans with Len Samborowski

Len Samborowski moved up the ranks to become a Colonel in the U.S. Army. Realizing he would not become a General, he retired after 30 years. Transitioning to civilian life led him to an assistant football coach position and later a college professor, but it did not come without challenges. In this episode, Len shares why a veteran’s knowledge of the latest technologies, experience being around different people, and a mission-focused work ethic can serve businesses well.

Special Guest: Len Samborowski, Management Chair & MBA Director – Nichols College

Location: Woodstock, CT  USA

Air Date: May 2, 2021

Show Notes:

  • Manager Memo: Len’s bi-weekly podcast where he and his guests discuss the planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating functions of management.
  • Luke Leaders 1248: a non-profit organization Len founded that raises funds for educational college or trade school scholarships to future servant leaders.
  • National Guard: the website dedicated to the organization representing the “…joint activity of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) composed of reserve components of the United States Army and the United States Air Force: the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, respectively.”
  • The National Guard Bureau Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (NGB-DEI): the website of the office promoting the “…Chief of the National Guard Bureau’s vision for diversity management and equal opportunity policies and programs. With the National Guard Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan as their guide, NGB-DEI identifies and develops programs to address the barriers preventing soldiers, airmen, and civilians from achieving their full potential.”
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: a department of the U.S. federal government that committed to “integrating life-long healthcare services to eligible military veterans at 1700 VA medical centers and outpatient clinics located throughout the country.”
  • Army Reserve: an organization configured to provide combat support, combat service support, peacekeeping, nation-building, and civil support capabilities.
  • Canvas for Android and iOS: a mobile app teaching companion that allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers: grading, communicating and updating.
  • Blackboard: a digital Learning Management System (LMS) dedicated to connecting education with cutting-edge technology for higher education, K-12, business and government clients around the world.
  • Theater Strategic and Operational-Level Perspective: this article by GlobalSecurity.org describes the key elements of theater and operational design in the military, one of which is “branches and sequels,” which Len also describes in this episode.
  • The Art of War: the timeless, infamous book by Sun Tzu where leaders can glean business lessons based on military strategy.
  • The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong: a book by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull – explains the concept that every employee in a hierarchy will rise to his or her level of incompetence.
  • CoVerified: a Covid-19 app designed to help schools and employers get back to activity safely.
  • Google Docs: a cloud-based application for document creation and collaboration across teams.
  • Google Drive: Google’s cloud-based file storage solution that allows on-demand access from tablets, computers, and smartphones.
  • OfficeSuite: a web and cloud-based app that enables users to sync documents on any platform, including Windows, Android, or iOS, for seamless work between devices. The app also offers full compatibility with popular formats including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Txt), Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides & Adobe PDF.
  • Zoom: a web-based tool that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more.  Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 008:  The Lean Methodology: What it is and How to Apply it to Your Small Business with John Kamp (U.S. Navy veteran)
  • Episode 048: Automating Human Resource Compliance with Jason Cavness (U.S. Army veteran)
  • Episode 099: Pivoting Operations During a Pandemic with Marshall Freeman (Police Foundation)
  • Episode 100: Podcasting with Purpose featuring Jared Easley (U.S. Navy veteran)
  • Episode 102: Everything You Need to Know About COOs with Mohammad Ali Ajlouni (Jordan military)

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Transcription: Jodie Maquiran
  • Sponsor: HubSpot

 

More About Guest, Len Samborowski:
Leonard “Len” Samborowski is a retired Army Colonel now serving curious business minds as the Management Chair and MBA Director at Nichols College in Dudley,  MA. His latest mission is to give back to others. One way is through his non-profit organization, Luke Leaders 1248 where scholarship funds are awarded to the next generation of servant leaders. As he says, “I’ve got my ice cream cone, just trying to help others get their double-scoop. My life is richly blessed.”

Another mission is to diversify the MBA program at Nichols College. We seek to hire the right talent to produce a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-generational faculty base that encompasses the dynamic promise of business in 2050.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working as an engineer in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 53 countries.

 

146: Diversity, Digital Transformation & Managing Multi-Generational Teams with Tonia Morris

Tonia Morris noticed shifts in team makeup as she climbed the corporate ladder. Teams were composed of diverse generations which led to challenges and unleashed opportunities. Once she became an Executive VP of H.R., she felt reached a career plateau and eventually resigned. She later founded SimplyHR to address the issues caused by multiple generations in the workplace. Now, she’s known as the “Generational Connector.” In this episode, Tonia provides a blueprint for navigating communication hurdles caused by multiple generations and offers a process for leveraging technology to overcome them.

Special Guest: Tonia Morris, Founder & CEO – SimplyHR, Inc.

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

Air Date: April 25, 2021

Show Notes:

  • The Generational Connector YouTube channel
  • Before You Say I Do to Entrepreneurship: What You Need to Know Before You Quit Your 9-to-5 Job: Tonia’s book.
  • Teach:able: an online educational platform where subject matter experts can create online courses and coaching services and share them with the world. “Join more than 100,000 creators who’ve sold over $1 billion dollars in courses and coaching.”
  • Compassion at Work: Creating Workplaces that Engage the Human Spirit – A Collection of Insights from Leading HR and OD Experts: a book that Tonia contributed to as a co-author.
  • JazzHR: an online hiring platform designed to help businesses find and hire the right talent.
  • Certified Diversity Practioner: a website by the Institute for Diversity Certification. “The Certified Diversity Professional (CDP)® credential indicates that a practitioner has the knowledge, skill, and ability to successfully execute day-to-day diversity and inclusion tasks. It is a professional qualification credential that is designed to enhance cultural competency and help an organization enrich its approach to inclusion.”
  • Kajabi: a learning management system (LMS) designed to help subject matter experts take their ideas and “…turn them into polished high-value products.” It also integrates disparate technologies into one cohesive tool for seamless back-office operations and workflow.
  • Asana: a web-based project and task management tool designed to help teams better organize, track, and manage their work.
  • Zoom: a web-based tool that offers audio and video recording of webinars, conference calls, presentations, meetings, and more.  Also includes screen sharing for enhanced collaboration.
  • Loom: video recording software that can bring your whiteboarding or other demonstrations to life with your virtual team.
  • Process.St: an online platform offering checklist and procedure templates to streamline recurring operations.
  • Voxer: a walkie-talkie app enabling instant, real-time, and remote communications for teams on the go. Available for iOS (iPhone) and Android phones as well as the web.
  • The Great Game of Business: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company: a book by Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham
  • Brandology: a podcast co-hosted by David Mauro and Mark Mosher that focuses on the leadership components necessary to build and sustain strong company brands.
  • Behind the Facade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success: a book by Alicia Butler Pierre. Ch. 8 provides detailed information on the differences between an Operations Manual and an Employee Manual as well as the differences between a process and a policy (as discussed during this episode).

HubSpot’s 2021 Diversity Report: download here or by clicking the image below.

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 048: Automating Human Resource Compliance with Jason Cavness
  • Episode 068: Anne Sugar’s Hiring to Scale Process
  • Episode 101: Creating a Learning Culture to Enhance Operations with Jay Hassell
  • Episode 127:  Let’s Identify & Document Key Business Processes with Cornelius Dowdell

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Adeyemo
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Transcription: Jodie Maquiran
  • Sponsor: HubSpot

 

More About Guest, Tonia Morris:
Tonia Morris founded Simply HR, Inc. with a vision to be the #1 resource for connecting Generations in the Workplace. She is an accomplished Generational Connector Speaker and a Culture Disruptor with 25 years combined experience in Government, Information Technology, Retail, Financial Services, Manufacturing, and the Education sector.

Tonia brings innovative and practical solutions to clients looking to improve profitability, build a strong organizational culture and a Generational Inclusive workplace. Tonia has served as HR advisor on several mergers and acquisitions for Fortune 100 companies. She is known for turning Chaos into Structure.

Tonia was awarded the 2019 Stevie Business Award for “Maverick of the Year” for her work around Generational Inclusiveness.

She is certified as a Practitioner, DISC Facilitator, Myers Briggs, Executive Coach, and Mindset Coach. Tonia is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a BS in Business Administration. Tonia is a board member of the National Speakers Association, Georgia Chapter.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working as an engineer in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 53 countries.