Colorado Based IntelliSource Recognized for Role in Northern Nevada Business Development

Posted by IntelliBlog on Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Denver, January 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) announced on Thursday that has opened a 160,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution center located along USA Parkway in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.  As one of the business partners assisting in their decision to move to Storey county, IntelliSource could not be more thrilled to welcome them to the area.

IntelliSource brought its first regional presence to the Reno-Sparks area in late 2011, recognizing the market’s potential to grow into what it is today.  The company has been an active participant in the area’s rapid growth as Reno quickly earned its title as “the biggest little city in the world”- which created its own set of challenges for area businesses as the unemployment rate dropped from 12.4% in 2012 to 5.6% in 2015.

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Leveraging its dynamic resource management platform, IntelliSource quickly found its place, partnering with several businesses and colleges in the area to find a high volume of quality employees despite the tight market. IntelliSource recognized that being agile enough to utilize its expansive community relationships to actively source high quality talent and grow with the market and its customers’ ever-changing demands was a winning recipe for overcoming obstacles to ensure they are providing jobs to citizens of Nevada. Scott Walker, IntelliSource Regional Market Manager, worked directly with EDAWN and to open its new warehouse.  Walker is proud of what IntelliSource has been able to accomplish, stating “During the last 4 years, IntelliSource has hired 4911 associates in the Northern Nevada area alone and we are adding more jobs each week.”  He went on to say, “It is a great feeling to know you are helping Northern Nevada by providing jobs for people, supporting the local economy and assisting businesses to reach their full potential.  For me, it is a very fulfilling position.”

The company’s unique business approach was noted recently by Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval, who applauded the impact IntelliSource has made in the Northern Nevada area. “The governor’s office has taken notice of our presence and some of the best practices our company has implemented to better the entire state and continue to improve the economy,” stated Walker.  Several of those best practices included streamlining the process for background checks and building relationships with the local colleges for better candidate recruitment.

“We enjoy being a trusted advisor and connecting great companies with great people in their local communities across the country,” said Ajay Bagal, Chief Operating Officer at IntelliSource. “Most of our partners want to know that we can rapidly shift resource levels and obtain the critical skills that their businesses require when they want them. Whether we are managing all aspects of a high growth company ramp up or insulating the variable labor costs of a company facing economic headwinds, it is our entire company’s mission to consistently serve and categorically over deliver results for our clients.”

About IntelliSource: 

IntelliSource is a national business process outsourcing company providing Fortune 500 and fast-growth companies with resources, processes and tools to manage critical, non-core business functions. From a foundation of strategic resourcing, and through over 16 years of building world-class solutions, IntelliSource is a trusted partner to its clients and associates, empowering businesses and people to realize their full potential.  In 2015, IntelliSource was voted ColoradoBiz magazine’s Best of Colorado in the category for staffing, recruiting and executive search.  As a woman-owned business, IntelliSource is certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

When Isolation Prevents Innovation

Posted by IntelliBlog on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

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Most agree that great innovations do not happen in isolation – so how and where do bright ideas occur? According to author and TED speaker, Steven Johnson, these so called “Eureka!” moments are a myth.  In his TED Talk, Where Good Ideas Come From, Johnson points out that some companies emphasize secrecy and protection of intellectual property, however if they were to focus on sharing ideas collectively, great breakthroughs can occur.

Johnson believes certain environments feed innovation, and shares examples of how providing a place where people can gather, share and merge ideas can greatly benefit businesses.  He goes on to suggest that ideas are often generated as a result of interacting with diverse groups of people over long periods of time through a process he refers to as “the slow hunch.”

How will you apply Johnson’s strategies to create a workspace that encourages innovation, allows employees time to develop hunches and opportunities to interact?  

4 Ways to Avert a Crisis

Posted by IntelliBlog on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Self Audit

Leaders often prevent crises by performing periodic “vulnerability assessments” to identify responses to company threats.  These actions can help ensure organizations are prepared for worse case scenarios and avert a crisis.  Audits in the workplace are often best practice for leaders but how often are you conducting personal audits to help prepare you personally for the unexpected?

Being ready and well-trained is also the best defense against avoiding a personal disaster according to Jim Moorhead, leadership advisor and author of the book The Instant SurvivorMoorhead recommends making a habit of also analyzing your career, finances, health and relationships to assess each area’s current status, identify overall threats and find ways to prevent small challenges from turning into big problems.  To help prepare you for the unexpected, consider Moorhead’s four tips below.

4 Ways to Audit – Yourself!

Career Audit
Examine your leadership history, success and expertise and document any major threats including performance concerns, your company’s overall success, and the current economic climate says moorhead.  Consider new opportunities to volunteer for extra projects, gain new clients and increase your firm’s revenue.

Financial Audit
What are your current financial obligations?  How prepared do you feel with regard to your income, retirement plan and a safety net if trouble strikes? People get into fiscal crises because  they  “have  no  fixed  guiding  financial  principles”  to help avoid excess expenses, indebtedness, unsuitable investments, cash shortages and insufficient insurance.  Complete a financial audit to assess where opportunities exist to improve.

Health Audit
Your lifestyle affects your overall health so it’s a good idea to consider your diet,  weight, exercise, tobacco  or  alcohol  usage, and sleep patterns on a regular basis. Recognize the warning signs of disease, including taking too many sick days but refusing to see a doctor or missing regular medical and dental appointments.  Get regular checkups, and treat problems when they first appear. Follow your doctor’s advice. Exercise and watch your diet.

Relationship Audit
Study your closest personal relationships.  Are you and your partner communicating well and solving problems together?  Protect your relationship from threats by observing how you interact with each other, remain open and honest as you communicate, and enjoy separate and shared relationships with friends. Moorhead suggests when challenges arise, identify them and work toward a solution together.

Which of the above audit types have most helped you avoid a crisis in your personal or professional life?  Share your story below!

5 Tips For Building A Winning Team

Posted by IntelliBlog on Monday, March 9th, 2015

WinnerFrom sports to business there are many different sets of leadership rules to follow, but they all support a theme of improved team performance and a desire to get “the corporate win”.  Smart leaders seek opportunities to go for the win because they know building a strong and successful company often means creating a culture where happy employees can thrive.  Happy employees who are enrolled in the success of the company often contribute to helping the organization exceed productivity, revenue, and quality expectations.  What actions can you take to win in today’s corporate competition?

Jack Welch, legendary corporate leader, and his wife Suzy Welch, co-wrote the book Winning where they offer straightforward business strategies along with tips to build winning teams.  As you work to create your wins, take time to celebrate achievements and reward excellence along your path to glory and consider the five tips below from Welch.

5 Tips For Creating a Winning Team

  1. Help employees understand the corporate vision – provide a clear road map and communicate acceptable behaviors and ethical guidelines for integrity throughout the organization.
  2. Seek opportunities to coach, evaluate and build employees’ confidence each day.
  3. Take the lead to jump-start your team with positive energy and optimism and work together to achieve success by considering ways you can build trust via honest, transparent systems that provide credit where credit is due.
  4. Have the guts to make honest but sometimes unpopular decisions to help advance your company in the competition of business.
  5. Encourage employees to take risks and learn from mistakes.


6 Ways To Build Leadership Trust

Posted by IntelliBlog on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

CompassLeaders who find balance between utilizing the “hard edge” of strategy and the “soft edge” of values such as trust also create opportunities for building connections and driving success.  Building leadership trust can be a catalyst for increasing customer loyalty and developing happy and committed employees.  What steps are you taking to build trust in your organization through the application of a soft-edge advantage?

Earning the trust of customers and employees is the foundation of the soft-edge says Rich Karlgaard, author of The Soft Edge.  When you create an atmosphere where employees feel secure to share ideas, work together and experiment, great achievements are often the result.  Karlgaard believes building trust begins with the company’s leadership team and suggests six ways to reinforce trust your workplace.


6 Ways To Build Leadership Trust

Walk the Talk
Employees often judge you (and your organization) by your actions.  Develop self-awareness and reflect before acting to gauge how your words or deeds might affect people around you.

Be “Predictable”
Be consistent in your behavior to demonstrate to employees how you will react in disparate situations.  Build a reputation of integrity and following through on commitments you make.

Trust Your Employees
When  you  try  to  control  your  employee’s work  habits  (for example, banning Facebook from the office), you may risk sending the message that you don’t trust your team to act responsibly. Employees consistently live up to or down to expectations.

Provide a Compass
Identify your company’s purpose – its overarching goal – and communicate it clearly to employees. Tell them how their work benefits their customers, society and themselves.

Banish Fear
Some leaders believe that instilling fear in their employees motivates them to do their best. The opposite is usually true. Fear is an anathema to curiosity and creativity.  When  people  are  afraid  to  make  mistakes,  they  play  it  safe.  An atmosphere of trust inspires people to be more engaged and to share idea freely.

Use Technology
Consider setting up an internal social network that keeps you in touch with your employees and their concerns. Utilize external social networks, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter to keep in touch with client preferences.




“Servant Leadership” – Serve To Be Great

Posted by IntelliBlog on Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Servant“Servant leadership” means doing everything you can to improve the lives of those around you says Matt Tenney, author of the book, Serve To Be Great, where he shares ideas about how organizations can practice recognizing and celebrating employee contributions in the workplace.  Leaders who exercise servant leadership are sensitive to employees’ needs and feelings; they know their companies succeed when everyone feels valued.  If increased employee engagement is one way to improve the bottom line, what steps can you take to reinforce servant leadership practices in your workplace?

Tenney recommends five ways you can practice servant leadership in your workplace to help empower others.


5 Ways Leaders Reinforce “Servant Leadership”

Here To Serve
Exceptional customer service often builds customer loyalty and a high return on investment but not all actually practice it.  Poor service is a greater factor in losing customers than price competition.  Satisfied customers typically pay higher prices for extraordinary service – extraordinary service begins with happy, motivated and empowered employees.

Serving and Caring
Clients typically take note of kind and considerate acts your company demonstrates (both inside and outside your organization).  Acts of servant leadership strengthen your brand and can result in positive word-of-mouth which can also create a competitive advantage.

Learning to Lead
Servant leadership requires a dedication to ongoing professional and personal growth (the best coaches are those who are open to being coached as well). Servant leaders are eager to broaden their knowledge, and they’re open to diverse learning opportunities.

Listen Up
Be sure to understand what others are saying before you interject your thoughts and opinions into a conversation. Leaders who talk less and listen more create a more empowered workforce. Allow those around you to express their ideas before you speak to promote honest responses.

Live to Inspire
Effective leaders connect people to a pursuit or objective larger than themselves. Great leaders must stand by their principles in difficult situations.

Are you practicing servant leadership in your workplace?  In addition to the five recommendations Tennant offers, what suggestions would you offer to help empower employees?  Share any examples of servant leadership practices you’ve utilized and the outcomes.

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