Last month, nearly 2,900 people packed into McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center to discuss how Seattle is growing and evolving. The event was the 8th annual TEDx Seattle. The theme of this year’s TEDx was “Changing Places” to represent the cultural, economic, and physical changes that the city has been experiencing and what others are doing to shape these changes for a positive future. The day was segmented into four parts; 1) Changing the Game 2) Changing the Future 3) Changing the Intolerable 4) Changing the Human Spirit. If you weren’t able to make it, check out some videos of featured talks here. Topics include: How architectural design affects your brain, bio-inspired engineering, and asteroid/space exploration for resources.
Plaster Group is honored to have sponsored Seattle’s ROOTS Young Adult Shelter fundraiser Rise Up for the 5th year running, celebrating ROOTS’ anniversary as an 18 year-old organization. It has been wonderful to watch this event grow from its inauguration. In the face of rising concerns over Seattle’s homeless crisis, it is incredibly important to support organizations like Roots. Please visit the ROOTS website to find out more about how you can volunteer or contribute in other ways.
by Heather Smith, Plaster Group Consultant “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.” -W. Edwards Deming
by Mike Fernandez, Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant Book Overview In “Getting Naked”, Patrick Lencioni presents a consulting approach that maximizes value to the client while emphasizing the role of a consultant as a true servant to the client company. He does this by relating a story of how Jack, a senior consultant at Kendrick and Black (K&B), is pushed into a completely different company culture at K&H’s recently acquired company Lighthouse Partners (Lighthouse). Jack has had a somewhat adversarial relationship with Lighthouse in the past and he is not initially interested in learning about or applying their methods.
One of the most popular suggestions to improve our workplace environment on last year’s employee satisfaction survey? That Plaster Group should volunteer our time somewhere as a team. So we took our consultants up on their suggestion and did just that. Did you know 1 in 5 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank? This Saturday, Plaster Group consultants and their families were warmly welcomed by Northwest Harvest, the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington. With a network of 375 food banks, Northwest Harvest is able to feed a family of three a nutritional meal with only 67 cents due to the work provided by volunteers. We had a great time getting a mountain of beans packaged through coordination and teamwork!
Plaster Group has been a finalist on the Puget Sound Business Journal’s WA Best Places to Work three times, and last Thursday we were recognized as the second best medium-sized company to work for in Washington. We are very proud of this distinction as we consistently seek to serve our Consultants, our Clients, and the Community. Read more about why we are one Washington’s Best Places to Work here!
Plaster Group had a great time at Safeco Field this weekend watching the Mariners play the Yankees at our annual summer get-together. We have the best consultants in Seattle!
by Shama Bole, Sr. Agile Consultant Growing up, I remember being told the story of a village boy in India who, at a very tender age, wrote a famous treatise summarising his meaning-of-life philosophy and conclusions, and in the wake of that, sought samadhi (death via unending meditation) in a nearby cave that he requested be sealed thereafter. (He has been revered as a saint since the 13th century.) Apparently, life held no more questions, surprises, puzzles worth the pondering.
by Colin Carson, Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant
by Doug Ugarte, Supply Chain Consultant Designing and managing customer experience is a lot like chauffeuring your customer safely to their destination, when suddenly you have a flat tire… on the highway… at night… and have only a crescent wrench and flashlight to replace it. Did we mention that during this process, your customer should be relaxing in the backseat, blissfully unaware of the mission-critical upgrade you are performing under a constrained schedule? If you’re involved in designing or supporting customer experience, you’ve probably contributed to the Herculean efforts that go into producing delighted customers.