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Beth Brinly Appointed to SREB Commission

Maher & Maher is pleased to announce that our Vice President of Workforce Innovation, Beth Brinly, has been appointed to the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) Commission on Strategic Business Partnerships and Work-Ready Students.  The Commission will conduct its work over the next two years (2018-2020). Beth said “I am delighted to serve on SREB’s Commission and share the exciting work going on at Maher and with our clients across the country in business-led partnerships in the education and workforce space.”

SREB’s Commission will bring together thought leaders representing business, education and workforce development agencies to promote strategic partnerships and promising practices that will lead to programs designed to prepare students who are ready to work.  Commission members will work together to goal identify and promote promising practices to better engage businesses around strategic partnerships, robust career… Read more →

Development of Leaders through Experiences

In this newsletter, we talked about leadership and the importance of communication, digital savvy, and agility to their roles and to the success of any organization.  Many leaders have been organically grown and therefore these traits may or may not have been as inherent in previous roles as contributors.  Gallup recently shared an article on experiential development for leaders and the importance of learning while doing.  It notes that today’s leaders must operate in a remarkably agile and ever-changing business landscape, different from any that came before it. And the demands of leadership in that environment will only grow more intense.  To learn more about experiential learning and its role in leadership development, see the Gallup article on Experience Reigns in Leadership Development.

ACTION: E-Leaders are Facilitators

This is the second in a four-part series on e-leadership and its critical influence in today’s virtual teams.

In our last E-Leadership blogpost, we considered rethinking how virtual teams can maximize time dedicated to training or work projects and suggested incorporating self-directed activities that are completed online. This approach not only continues the momentum of initiatives, it can also improve engagement and efficiency in future training or project meetings. In this post, we’ll look at types of online self-paced and real-time work and learning initiatives and how e-leaders can better move the needle to improved performance in facilitating them asynchronously.

Online team activities fall into three main categories:

Review of digital content, Collaborating on shared documents, and Topical discussions.

You are no doubt familiar with sharing digital content like presentations, links, reports, and other information via email or online.… Read more →

Candor in Continuous Improvement

As leaders we have all experienced that awkward moment when you’ve had to deliver feedback to your team, an associate or partner that their work needs improvement. Or what about those moments when you have to explain to project stakeholders that work might go over-budget or be delayed and why this has occurred.

As Talent Developers at Maher & Maher, we’ve experienced these scenarios internally and at times with our clients.  Any firm that says otherwise, well… just isn’t being honest.  We are talking about that critical point where delicate feedback must be either delivered or received in a way that doesn’t compromise the overall success of a project or worse yet damage the people involved.

These uncomfortable moments should be viewed as opportunities.  They call for us to have frank conversations that… Read more →

Fostering Agility through Servant Leadership

When we think of our organizational leaders, it’s likely that we think of the individuals in executive and senior leadership roles, the directors of our business sectors, and the managers of our teams. More simply, many of us think of the people we perceive as being "in charge" – the decision makers, task delegators, and performance appraisers who operate with superior importance. But, as Simon Sinek, TED Speaker and author of "Start With Why" and "Leaders Eat Last” stated in the above quote, that perception of leadership must be reframed.

The truth is that organizational leadership is at its most effective when it is a servant and focuses less on taking charge of our teams and more on taking care of them. In other words, leaders who prioritize their team’s development, success, and fulfillment above their own will see greater improvements to… Read more →

Modern Apprenticeships – An Industry-Driven Solution to Closing the Skills Gap

Think that apprenticeships can’t work in innovative industries? Think again. Innovative programs are proving that modern apprenticeships work in industries such as cybersecurity, finance, software development, and healthcare, just to name a few. Private sector employers are partnering with each other, educators, and workforce development professionals to implement programs that meet their unique talent challenges. Modern apprenticeships are helping these companies access an immediate pool of workers and build a pipeline of skilled talent for the future. 

The shortage of skilled workers in the United States is a crisis that will only increase unless we immediately implement innovative, agile, short- and long-term solutions. We currently have almost 6 million jobs that cannot be filled due to a growing skills gap in our nation’s workforce, and U.S. businesses will need to fill 18.7 million job openings by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.… Read more →

Maher & Maher Announces API Leadership Committee

This summer, Maher & Maher, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, launched the Apprenticeship Powered by Industry (API) initiative. Maher & Maher is now excited to announce that we have assembled a cross-sector leadership committee for this important initiative. The API Leadership Committee will help to guide and inform Maher & Maher’s important role in expanding apprenticeship in innovative industries across the country.

The API initiative is a nationwide effort to scale the proven model of apprenticeship, both through Registered Apprenticeship programs and Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs. The initiative will be concentrated in several industries that have a growing supply of high-paying jobs, are driving the American economy, and are shaping the future of work.

Maher & Maher is ideally positioned to lead the API initiative as a world-class workforce development organization that helps to bridge policy interventions with the needs… Read more →

4 Key Strategies for Sustainable Apprenticeship Expansion

It’s National Apprenticeship Week – a celebration of business, labor, education, community, and government support for apprenticeship as a work-based learning strategy.  As part of that celebration, we’re reflecting on the important work states are doing to expand the number of businesses and industries that use apprenticeship as a talent development strategy, while increasing the numbers of youth and adults participating in apprenticeship programs.

Maher & Maher is working alongside states in this important work.  As we support states in their efforts, we’re seeing states focus on four key strategies that set them up for long-term, sustainable growth. 

Strengthening alignment between apprenticeship and education and workforce systems.  States are moving away from siloed apprenticeship systems, and aligning apprenticeship with higher education, career and technical education, and the workforce investment system.  Maryland, Kentucky, Nevada, and… Read more →

Using Apprenticeship to Create Pathways from Prison to the Workplace

Apprenticeship is a workforce solution that transcends industry and demographic population. For many incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals, obstacles such as lower levels of educational attainment, lack of experience, a criminal record, and extended periods of unemployment make re-entering the workforce challenging. The basic components of apprenticeship offer incarcerated individuals the opportunity to overcome these obstacles – on-the-job training that provides work experience, education that provides job-related instruction, and a nationally-recognized credential that shows employers they can do the job. That’s important, because in addition to providing these individuals a pathway to work, apprenticeship offers societal benefits like reductions in recidivism and lower unemployment, which means, among other things, lower costs to the taxpayers.

The State of Iowa is embracing apprenticeship to upskill its workforce, including those who have been incarcerated. As a recipient of a U.S. Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Expansion grant,… Read more →

Workforce Alignment to Address Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across the nation and we are now seeing clear impacts to regional, as well as statewide, labor force participation rates. While data is still being gathered we know that in 2015, 919,400 prime-age individuals were not in the labor force due to opioids; and between 1999 and 2015, the decline in labor force participation cumulatively cost the economy 12.1 billion work hours and $702.1 billion in real output.

A number of public programs are aimed at addressing the health care and sociological impacts of this specific drug, as well as drug use generally. Yet, we have only just begun to address both the short-term and long-term workforce and economic impacts. Maher/IMPAQ has been following this issue closely for the past couple of years and we believe strongly that state and local level alignment—that includes the workforce system as a key partner—is essential… Read more →

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