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What the KAI Partners Team is Thankful for in 2021!

KAI Partners, Sacramento

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, our employees have reflected on the year and shared what they are thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving from KAI Partners! We wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday.


David Kendall, CEO/President 

“I am thankful for our team’s ability to work through adversity. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been faced several challenges. I am so thankful that our team has stayed connected and supportive. I look forward to 2022 and our success as a company!”


Stephen Alfano, Business Development Director 

“Coping with the ongoing COVID response and the sudden passing of several family members and friends have been extremely challenging for my family and me. I am grateful for the kindness and support I received from my KAI colleagues. You folks rocked being my rock. Thank you.”


Debbie Blagsvedt, Senior OCM Consultant

“I am thankful for all the people in my life. I have been blessed with parents who have both lived long lives and have been models of servanthood. I also see that characteristic in the KAIP family, who are supportive, kind, and willing to offer a helping hand in times of need. I’m in gratitude for all their support. I’m also very thankful for the Covid-19 vaccine.”


Dave Cornejo, Senior Project Manager

“I am thankful for the very supportive Home and Work Families who are always there when I need them the most.”


Angela Darchuk, Business Services Director 
“I’m always thankful for great friends, a wonderful family, passion for what I do, and appreciation for the career I have!”

Denise Larcade, Business Analyst and OCM Consultant 
“I am thankful for my home family and work-family. When a family member has a health crisis, it’s good to know your work-family supports you and your home family.”

Elizabeth Long, Service Delivery Account Lead
“I am thankful for my many family blessings including two beautiful adult children, a new grandson, an amazing life partner, and friends that are like family! And, I am so so grateful I am able to work for a company that shares many of the same values including work-life balance. Thank you KAIP!”

Shyanne Long, Marketing and Communications Coordinator

“I am thankful that I was able to spend more time visiting with family and friends this year. It has been important for me to have a good support system. I am thankful that I have the resources to continue my education and pursue my bachelor’s degree. Lastly, I am thankful for my new nephew who has brought my family so much joy!”

Mia Di Miceli, Communications and OCM Consultant 
“2021 has been a year of blessings even through the tough times and losses. I am thankful every day I wake up to work with people I admire and respect, to have a home from which to work, to have a four-legged BFF that sits by my side all day. I am grateful to experience life in a human-connected kind of way.”

David Niska, Business Analyst

“I got the official word from my doctors in October that I am officially cancer-free. After being diagnosed with it last October and going through surgery and treatment, it is a big relief.”

Sid Richardson, Senior Project Manager
“A couple of things in no particular order – Friends, family, health, food on the table, having a great job with great co-workers, the ability to work from home, and my morning coffee!”

Tre-Jordan Smith, Associate Data Analyst 
“I am thankful for being able to continue to grow, learn & develop throughout this year!”

Bryan Snow, Senior Project Manager
“Family, friends, the kindness of strangers, and the wonders of nature.”

Robert Stroud, Service Delivery Director 

“My new grandbaby, Jeffery! And the ability to be able to play golf on the weekends!”

What are you thankful for this year? Comment below!

Password Security Tips for Small Businesses

Cyber Security, Data Management, Data Privacy, Information Technology, KAI Partners, Managed IT Services, Sacramento, Technology

Our IT Team shares their top three password security tips for small businesses.

 

If your small business needs extra IT support, we can help secure your systems and prevent breaches from happening. Contact us for more information! 

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.

In Case of Emergency: Have a Crisis Communications Plan

Communications, KAI Partners, Risk Assessment, Sacramento, Strategic Plan

By Stephen Alfano, PMP®, CSM, Prosci 

There is no sure-fire way of predicting when (or how) a crisis will occur in an organization or a business environment. Crises, by their very nature, are all too often unpredictable and all-consuming events. 

However, with the practice of risk management, organizations and business leaders can assess potential crises and quantify their ensuing impact. More important, they can use the assessments to create mitigation plans to prepare for potential emergencies. 

One such mitigation plan is preparing a crisis communications plan. 

A crisis communications plan provides a framework for timely and clear messaging from when the crisis hits through its evolution. A crisis communications plan often extends well beyond the end of the crisis to ensure that everything and everyone is on the same page or narrative. Like most proactive business management strategies, crisis communications plans fall into categories that mirror the most critical operations and functional areas.

Here are the top five crisis communications plans and what they aim to mitigate.

  • Financial Crisis Communications Plan: This plan focuses on controlling the narrative surrounding revenue loss or asset devaluation caused by external factors (like decreased customer demand) or internal factors (like poor purchasing decisions).
  • Personnel Crisis Communications Plan: This plan focuses on controlling the narrative surrounding either illegal or unethical behaviors of staff or stakeholders which could damage the organization’s reputation. 
  • Organizational Crisis Communications Plan: This plan focuses on controlling the narrative surrounding negative press coverage or media attention when an organization mistreats or manipulates customers in pursuit of profits or market data.
  • Technological Crisis Communications Plan: This plan focuses on controlling the narrative surrounding technology failures, such as a customer-facing website crashing or errors in codes that disable business processes and limit or shut down operations. 
  • Environmental Crisis Communications Plan: This plan focuses on controlling the narrative surrounding operations disruptions ranging from one-time or temporary delays or closures (like a power outage or gas leak) to sustained, long-term delays or closures (like a plant shutdown or a devastating hurricane). 

Most Crisis Communications Plans have the same core phases and steps, including:

Pre-crises Phase 

Step 1: Identify Potential Crises Risk

Step 2: Designate and Educate Potential Crises Risk Owners and Spokespeople

Step 3: Standup Notifications and Monitoring Systems

Step 4: Test Response Regularly

Post-crises Phase

Step 5: Assess the Situation

Step 6: Create and Rollout Key Messaging

Step 7: Wind down/Wrap up Response as Quickly as Possible

Step 8: Perform Postmortem of Response Steps

Step 9: Revise Plans with Postmortem Insight

For more insight into Crisis Communications, check out these links:

Your Survival Guide to Crisis Communication – HubSpot

3 Best Practices For An Effective Response Plan – Business 2 Community

Crisis Management: Communications Best Practices – Department of Energy

If you need additional information or support creating crisis communications plans explicitly designed to fit your organization or business, contact us to learn more! We would love to help!

About the Author: Stephen Alfano is an Organizational Change Management Consultant and Communications Expert. He has over 30 years of experience in leading and managing initiatives for both private and public-sector clients. His résumé includes providing both new business and business process improvement services to Apple, American Express, AT&T, California Department of Transportation, Chevron, Entergy, Levi Strauss & Co., Louisiana Office of Tourism, Mattel, Microsoft, Novell, SONY, Sutter Health, and Wells Fargo. Stephen currently works as an Executive Consultant with KAI Partners, Inc., providing change management and communications expertise and project management support services on several active contracts.

Technically Speaking: How to Create a Functional Home Office

Information Technology, KAI Partners, Managed IT Services, Sacramento, Small Business, Technology

By Chris Koroluk

For many of us, working from home has become the new normal. However, some people may find it difficult to recreate an office environment at home without a little technical guidance. Luckily, our IT team is here to help!

While laptops are portable and convenient, the screens are usually small. The small screen will often condense websites and make the text much harder to read. Reading small text for long periods of time can strain the eyes and cause headaches, thus slowing down your work.

Our IT tip: Use a spare TV in place of a computer monitor.

Since most laptops come with an HDMI port and using an HDMI cable, you can connect your laptop to a spare TV! You can use the TV in addition to your laptop screen or make the TV the primary display. Here’s how:

  • Once you have your laptop and TV connected using the HDMI cable, press the Windows Key and the P on your keyboard. Then select ‘extend,’ or ‘second monitor only.’
  • Adjust size scaling and resolution in the Display settings.

Next, you can change the power settings to keep your laptop on after the screen is closed, which allows you to use your laptop as a desktop PC. Here’s how:

  • Go to Settings > System > Power & Sleep—the additional power settings are on the right.
  • Click ‘Choose what closing the lid does.’
  • Choose ‘Do Nothing’ on either or both ‘Battery’ and ‘Plugged in.’

This is just one way to make your office more functional so you can remain productive throughout the workday! Is there something our IT team can help you with? Let us know in the comments and we’ll talk about it in a future blog post!

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