Effective Solutions Through Partnership

5 Tips for Building a Strategic Plan

Best Practices, Strategic Plan, Tips

Many of the clients we work with have a Strategic Plan document. However, throughout the year it can easily be forgotten about among other priorities. Strategic planning is a great exercise to think about the future of your organization—where you would like to be and what your goals are to get there. Here are five ways to help improve your strategic planning process.

Need help developing or applying your organization’s Strategic Plan? We can help! Contact us to learn more! 

What we are Thankful for in 2020!

KAI Partners, Sacramento

This year has brought many of us uncertainty, changes, and challenges. The most challenging situations teach us the most important lessons and can show us what is truly important in life. To reflect on the year and express our gratitude, our employees have shared what they are thankful for this year.


David Kendall, CEO 

“I am thankful that we have come together as a team, a community, and a company in support of the challenges faced in 2020. I know that everyone has been through a lot this year and I am so thankful to be on this team.”


Denise Larcade, OCM Analyst

“What if today, we were just grateful for everything?”  Charlie Brown 

“Considering how much our lives have changed in 2020 and considering the loss and hardships it has put on so many…I am grateful for everything.”


Sarah Walsh, Communications Manager

“I am thankful for the resources and technology that make it possible to do our jobs, communicate with our families, and attend events from home. Special shoutout to the artists who have found ways to keep us entertained this year!”


David Cornejo, Budget Analyst

“I am thankful for family, friends, Team KAIP, and others who have reached out to all of us during this crisis to remind us we are not alone. Shoutout to Dr. Seuss for teaching us how to be our best!” 


Elizabeth Long, Service Delivery Lead

“I am thankful for KAIP and all the wonderful things the company and people in it provide for my life. An income that affords me and my family a comfortable living, learning, and growth beyond compare, and friendships that will last a lifetime!”


Sid Richardson, Senior Project Manager

“I am so thankful for the KAIP Leadership team.”


Catherine Kendall, Managing Director

“I am thankful that I have not smoked for 305 days after a 30+ year habit. It was the hardest thing I have done in a long time and I am grateful for the love and support of those around me who made it possible.”


Robert Stroud, Senior Project Manager

“I am thankful for being part of the best company in Sacramento, dare I say the U.S. What a great group of people. I’m thankful for my wife and children, the good fortune that shines on us daily, and our health and happiness.”


Debbie Blagsvedt, Senior OCM Consultant

“I am so thankful for the incredible healthcare workers who have worked endlessly to help all those in need. I’m grateful for reconnecting with friends who’ve known me more years than I can count, and for spending time with my elderly parents, who have stayed safe and healthy.”


Srikanth Mattipalli, Enterprise Architect

“I am thankful for my family members for keeping my spirits high, for the wonderful colleagues for their collaborative efforts to get through these tough times together, for the health care workers working in risky conditions for the greater good of the community around them, for all the businesses around us who continue to support us be it groceries, entertainment, essential commodities or technology.”


Stephen Alfano, Executive Consultant 

“I’m forever grateful for the first responders, healthcare professionals, and essential workers who carry the heaviest burdens of the COVID-19 crisis—day in and day out. Their efforts and sacrifices are awe-inspiring.”


Tre-Jordan Smith, Associate Data Analyst 

“I am thankful to be able to make it through this year with the support of my family, friends, and to be part of an organization that still manages to provide a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment even during a time when we are all physically distant.”


Angela Darchuk, Business Services Director

“I’m thankful that I can share with people who are not so fortunate. For the last few years, my family adopts a family through the Salvation Army. We go shopping as a family which, opens up conversations with my teens about how fortunate they are (we all know teens need a reminder!)”


Mia Di Miceli, Communications Analyst

“I am thankful for a year that forced a focus on connectionwhile it didn’t feel like it most of the time, I am so much more connected with my family and friends than ever before. I am thankful to work for a company that was creative, innovative, and transparent during difficult times and found a way to keep us all working delivering, and cohesive in our vision—only incredible leadership can rally a team to achieve in the face of adversity.”


Nick Sherrell, Senior Project Manager

“I am thankful for friends and family for sharing their humor during these bleak times. My grandma used to say, ‘Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. This has never rung truer than in 2020, which is also the first year I have had to go through without her here to remind me of this great approach to life. Times are tough, let’s do what we can to make it a little brighter to those around us willing to crack a smile!”


Chris Koroluk, Systems Engineer 

“I am thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow from an awesome group of people. I lost my job in March due to the pandemic and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I am thankful I get to spend time with my family and see us grow right before my eyes.”


Jenny Hall, OCM Analyst

“I am thankful for my being able to start on a new career track, having the ability to stay home and stay safe during this bananas year, and thankful I have my fur babies to keep me good company. Even though this year has felt about 6 years long, we’re going tmake it!”


Anne Rodich, Proposal Development Coordinator 

“I am grateful for being in a position to help care for my mother and to be able to spend the holidays with her this year. I am grateful for the health and welfare of my friends and family and for being employed!” 


Leslie Montarbo, Senior Recruiter

“I am so thankful for my extended family and close friends for being my rock during the unsettling year of 2020. My father would always say, “Keep a stiff upper lip, honey,” and that is exactly what I am doing. These are definitely uncharted waters, but KAIP has been a steady current during the storm and I appreciate having this stability in my life. God is good!”


Tammy Debord, Service Delivery Director

“I am thankful for the ability to choose my outlook in the moment.”


Shyanne Long, Marketing and Communications Coordinator 

“I am thankful that I have amazing friends, family, and colleagues who have supported and guided me through the uncertainty of this year. I am grateful that I have been able to continue my college education virtually and that my school has worked so hard to provide students with the resources we need to be successful. I am also thankful for the technology and resources that allow us to stay connected from a distance. It has been heartwarming to see everyone at KAIP come together as a team to work towards a common goal, even when times are tough. Lastly, I have an overwhelming amount of gratitude for all healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice!”


Terry Daffin, Community Manager/KAIP Academy Lead

“I am thankful for my community who supports me and my family and who we can support! We will come out of this on the other side together and stronger!”


Happy Thanksgiving from KAI Partners! We wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday.

How to Successfully Lead Through Change

Best Practices, KAI Partners, Organizational Change Management (OCM), Tips

We have all experienced many changes in 2020. Sudden changes often cause a sense of fear in people, which makes them more resistant to change. If your organization is going through a period of change, it’s important to know how to address the fears and help your team transition smoothly. Here are a few actions you can take to make this happen!

 

Does your organization need support while making a transition or change? Our Organizational Change Management consultants can help. Contact us for more information!

5 IT Security Tips for Small Businesses

Best Practices, Data Management, Data Privacy, Information Technology, KAI Partners, Technology

Implementing IT Security best practices can help your organization protect itself from data breaches and attacks. Here are some of our IT team’s top IT Security tips!

Contact us today if your organization needs IT support! 

Higher Education Insight: Pain Points and Pivots for Students in 2020

College, Higher Education, Learning, Virtual Learning, Virtual Work

By Shyanne Long

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the higher education system to rethink their operations in order to accommodate for the health and safety of their students. 

As a community college student, I have seen the shift in higher education operations firsthand. Students were moved to an online environment very quickly and for many, it was their first time not sitting in classrooms and lecture halls packed with students.

My community college made a full switch to distance learning in March and plans to remain online through the end of the Fall semester in December.

There has been push back from students and families who do not agree with paying full tuition for online classes—colleges are trying to avoid a decrease in enrollment while trying to keep everyone safe.

While I know some people do not prefer online classes, I enjoy them! 

I have had a lot of experience with distance learning. I have taken most of my college classes online because I work full time and I like being able to have more control and flexibility in my learning. Community college distance learning classes have allowed me to create my own schedule, learn on my own time, and work full time to support myself.

All my classes were already online while everyone else was making the transition to a virtual environmentbut it was still a tough transition, even for me. I also began working from home during this time, so I had to get used to that while also continuing my studies. I’m a creature of habit and I do well when I have a routine that I can rely on. Everyone experienced a lot of change all at once and it has been difficult for everyone involved.

A struggle I experienced during the transition to my new normal was not having an event in between work and school to separate the two activities. Usually, I have a commute home after work, and I take that time to decompress and listen to a podcast or music. This breaks up my day and I can shift my mindset from work mode to school mode. With no transitional event, I would go straight from working on the computer all day to doing schoolwork on the computer. I quickly began to feel technology overload and needed a break.

To help myself get through it, I knew I would have to create some sort of event in between work and school time. I began going on walks, cooking dinner, or reading a book. These simple activities helped me adjust and pivot to my new schedule and kept me off the computer for a while.  

Here are some other ways I saw myself, my professors, and others pivot to the new way of learning:

Some of my professors voiced that they were struggling with not getting social interaction and facetoface time with students. A professor of mine implemented a couple of group projects to give us the social aspect of an in-person class. Some of my peers struggled with using Zoom at first. Luckily, I had a lot of experience using Zoom at work and I was able to help my classmates learn how to use the tool. 

Another professor had a few live lectures on Zoom during the semester, and she included students from the other college at which she works. It was nice to see some new faces and gain different perspectives.  

After several months of getting used to distance learning and working from home, I have found a good routine and I am ready to start the Fall semester on the right foot! I am thankful to all my professors and fellow students who worked together to make the transition easier. Colleges are making a conscious effort to support their staff and students while making it possible to continue our education.

What is your experience with education during this time? How did you pivot? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author: Shyanne is a Marketing and Communications Coordinator for KAI Partners. She attends Sierra College and is studying Marketing. Ms. Long plans on transferring to a university after completing her units at Sierra College. Shyanne is passionate about expanding her knowledge, working collaboratively, and making powerful connections. For fun, Shyanne enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to podcasts, volunteering, and (attempting) to recreate recipes she finds on Pinterest.

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