Annual Meeting Survey Results Overall, How Would You Rate Annual Meeting? Annual Meeting 2015 was an overwhelming success! Almost 90% of the 73 survey respondents rated the event “Excellent” or “Very Good”. The additional feedback provided will b
What’s New at Annual Meeting 2015? No Shuttle Service This Year Remember, you will need to hail a cab for the 10 mile trip from the airport to the hotel. While you are free to choose whichever cab company you like, Yellow Cab of Fort Lauderdale has th
Q3 Wellness Winners Employee Name Job Title Anniversary Tenure Kevin Closky Chief of Operations 10/25 22 Patrick Day Analysis Manager 10/1 15 Chris Cheung Analysis Manager 10/14 13 John Elliott Principal Consultant 10/15 8 Sheryl Carde
Nexteer Teamwork, continued from p. 1 1st Place Winner, Adam Wedrychowicz says: Smart phones have trackers built in to measure walking/ running and flights of stair climbed per day. To get the exact measurements, one must access their smart phone das
About STP South Texas Project (STP) Nuclear is the biggest source of nuclear power in Texas. It is just 90 miles outside of Houston. Project Manager Don Keenan says: When the project was accepted and a contract signed for us to start a project, we
Why do I do what I do? I often am asked this question when people find out that I do not have a traditional job. Over the years, I have tried to explain what we do and why we do it. I have said, "We help companies become more efficient at what they do."
Our team spends 80 - 90 percent of their day in the field, working with managers and front - line supervisors. We are essentially looking for barriers to production. Our team works elbow - to - elbow with Managers and Supervisors in the field every day. A
Why I love what I do can be summed up in a shoe. An ordi- nary, crusty, old, faded, smelly, black sneaker. But when put in the hands of a group of individuals, that ordinary shoe turns to pure magic. I take you back to April 2014, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Unit- ed Launch Alliance. Seven strong consultants arrived in one location with one mission to accomplish: change the way the organization does business. The majority of the group rolled into the project from the preceding site in VAFB and, there- fore, knew exactly what needed to be accomplished to reach a favorable outcome. On week one of the project, we were released like vultures and went our separate ways on a vast terrain (ULA’s site was extremely spread out). The mission was clear, the outcome was known, and we worked earnestly to meet it. Now in comes the shoe. It was a lone sneaker that lied incon- spicuously on the passenger side of a Hertz vehicle. Upon finding it, thoughts of a small elderly woman searching for her black ked shoe came to mind. Unfortunately, we didn’t care because as soon as we found it, the shoe instantly came alive. (Poor little ole lady, she’s probably still searching for it!) Over the course of 19 weeks, the shoe was privately passed from consultant to consultant by way of “special” delivery from the hotel concierge or secretly stuffed in carry bags. Picture this: You arrive at your home after a long week on site. You open your suitcase, and voila, an extra shoe is in your bag. All you can do is chuckle. This happened to me on more than one occasion. When the shoe was found, the person who received it had to plot its next move. The question would surface during inter- nals “Who was to receive the infamous black shoe?” It made its way to Texas, California, Vegas and so many other plac- es. If it could have frequent flyer miles, it would be a million miler by now. Amazingly, the shoe spread laughter and connection, which was desperately needed given the plate of clients we all jug- gled. In retrospect, I see that the shoe was more than just a shoe. We were so focused on achieving greatness with the client that we overlooked what this job is all about: building strong teams to create magic. And guess what? By the end of the project, we created mag- ic. That ordinary, crusty, old, faded, smelly, black sneaker was the catalyst for the strong rapport that was built during the project. We developed into a strong team, and by the end of the project, we walked away with a savings of over 250%. So I end with this: Michael Jordan once said, “ Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. ” So, why I love this job is simple. I love it for the magic that is achieved through the hard work of a strong, smart, fun, dedi- cated team that works together to achieve magic. The shoe serves as just a symbol of what team camaraderie and work- ing together truly means. Submitted By Senior Consultant, Joy Huffman—Contest Runner - Up, Annual Meeting 2014 Why I Love What I Do Watch out for the Runner - up, Nick Aiossa’s essay next month! Another way to view work - life balance: Bring your family along as you explore the world! Here are a few pics from the Sundyne France project team as they travelled Europe:
In addition to raising funds by dunking Senior Manag- ers, we also raised money for Make - A - Wish through a silent auction and by collect- ing general contributions. Thanks to our Senior Man- agers for being such good sports! Read more about Shaniska’s wish on page 3 tp see if she is going to Dis- ney World. Dunkin’ for Donations You’re going down! ...And he does. CEO Michael Owens goes down again and again and again! DB&A kids helped us raise a good portion of our Make - A - Wish dollars!
In an effort to stave off the “Fashion Police” and ensure you and your guests know what to pack, here is the suggested attire for this year’s Annual Meeting. What Should I Wear ? Friday Evening Our Friday night event will be held outside in the Marbella Gardens with the Atlantic Ocean as our back drop. Even though the scenery will be “dressed to the nines” you do not have to be! Dress for the evening is casual. ■ Recommendation for females – Sundresses, skirts, light sweater for when the sun goes down. We do not recommend wearing pointed heels as most of the evening venue will be in the grass. ■ Recommendation for males – Khaki shorts, nice polo shirts; we would also not recommend you wearing pointed heels! Saturday Morning We may or may not have a SURPRISE for you on Saturday morning. Friday evening in your welcome bags, you will be receiving the top half of your outfit for the Saturday morning business meeting. You will still need to dress in business attire from the waist down: ■ Recommendation for females – business slacks or skirt, dress flats/heels, and a jacket (optional) ■ Recommendation for males – Nice slacks, dress shoes and a jacket (optional) Saturday Evening Saturday night not only do we want to recognize employee contributions, but we also would love to see you in your best semi - formal wear. We will have a photographer taking still shots and candids throughout the evening. ■ Recommendation for females – Semi - formal dresses or nice slacks/skirts & shirts, dress shoes/heels ■ Recommendation for males – Nice slacks, suit jacket, dress shoes, and tie
Stress may be inevitable. But how you deal with it is largely up to you. Here are some tools to help you manage the stress in your life. It seems like everyone is stressed out these days - from your co - workers, to your friends, to the person standing next to you in line. Stress, by itself, isn't necessarily bad. Low or even moderate amounts of stress can be good for us, provided we manage it in healthy ways. But poorly managed stress can take a toll. Heart disease, fatigue, and obesity are just a few of the po- tential consequences. If stress is bothering you, consider the following 10 ways to regain control: 1. Recognize your symptoms. Your signs of stress may be different from someone else's. Some people get an- gry. Others have trouble concentrating or making deci- sions. Some feel worried or depressed. For some, stress leads to physical symptoms such as headache, back pain, upset stomach, or trouble sleeping. 2. Identify the sources. What situations trigger your stress? Among other things, your stress may be linked to your family, health, work, or personal relationships. Keep in mind that stress is often caused by a change in your life, negative or positive. Marriage, divorce, job loss, or a promotion may all increase stress. 3. Evaluate your coping strategies. Examine the ways in which you deal with situations that cause you stress. Responses like smoking, drinking alcohol, or eating too much may feel good in the short run, but they can cause long - term harm. 4. Learn to say 'no.' Sometimes the best way to deal with unnecessary stress is to avoid it. Know your limits, and refuse to take on more responsibilities than you can han- dle. 5. Plan ahead. Don't let your to - do list get out of control. Think about your day, and decide which tasks are the most important. Do those items first. Let other tasks drop to the bottom of - or even off - your list. 6. Create time to relax. It's not always easy, but it's im- portant to make time for yourself. Take vacations or oth- er breaks. Make time to read a good book, listen to mu- sic, watch a comedy, or just have a warm cup of tea. Some people find deep breathing exercises helpful for relieving stress. 7. Exercise regularly. A brisk walk, a bike ride, and a trip to the gym are just some of the physical activities that can help prevent or reduce stress. Aim to get 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise each week. Talk to your doc- tor before increasing your activity level. 8. Eat healthfully. Eating balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day will help you cope with stress by keeping you energized and focused. Also, cut back on caffeine. You'll feel more relaxed and will likely sleep better. 9. Talk to family and friends. Simply talking with support- ive people can often bring stress relief, even if the stress- ful situation doesn't change. By the same token, limit the time you spend with people who only add to your stress. 10. Get help. If stress seems overwhelming, consider talking to a mental - health professional. He or she can offer healthy stress - busting techniques. Take the time to peruse this list, reflect and make a con- scious effort to do one or more of these life - changing activities. 10 Ways to Simplify Your Life and Dial Down Stress Levels By Ginny Greene, Editor of Optum Health Online Newsletter Don’t forget to submit your photos for Q4’s Stress Reliever Photo Contest . You can submit up to five photos of yourself in "de - stress mode". Because we are voting, the more bizarre the better. We only ask that your photos be “appropriate". Showcasing DB&A logoed gear could earn a few "brownie" points. We will vote on the best stress relieving photo and announce the winners on during the Annual Meeting. Upload photos to http://www.dropitto.me/ DBAStories. The password is "showandtell". Please re - save the photos with your full name. Q4 Stress Reliever Photo Contest
Having a Little Massage Envy? We are down to our final two rounds of the Recipe Madness Challenge. In this round, Judith Watkins’ Thai Beef Rolls are up against Randy Purdy’s Summer Chicken Sal- ad, while Hildegard Ellis’ Yogurt Smoothie is matched with Amanda Marfisi’s Vegetarian Buffalo wings. The $250 Massage Envy gift card is closer now than ever for the individual winner of the Recipe Challenge. Go cast your vote! Shawn Driggers to Senior Consultant Tom Jordan to Principal Neil Nesladek to Senior Consultant