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Posted By: Matthew Cohen - Energy Practice Leader, Direct Recruiters, Inc.
On: April 15, 2014
Matthew Cohen, Energy Management Practice Leader with Direct Recruiters, Inc. had the opportunity to interview Roderick Morris, SVP, Marketing and Operations at Opower, provider of cloud-based software to the Utility Industry. They touch upon "Influencers", the looming leadership shortage in the energy industry and the role of a hiring manager  more...
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Posted By: Ian Hedding - Vice President, North America, Strategic Asset Management, Inc.
On: April 9, 2014
As they search to improve various areas and aspects within their organization's businesses, many executives in the energy industry in recent years have put their companies through the paces of some kind of performance improvement initiative. Whether their efforts focus on operational excellence or capital efficiency improvement, many of these  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: March 12, 2014
Several years ago, marketers began to consider customers as business assets recognizing that some were more valuable than others and some cost more to acquire than others. So they developed a tool called CLV, or Customer Lifetime Value, to determine how valuable different customer segments were and how much they  more...
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Posted By: John Reed, PhD, MBA - Managing Principal, Corporate Psychologist and Executive Coach, QRA
On: February 20, 2014
Executive coaching is a fast-growing industry, 30+ years old with global revenues in the billions of dollars. In terms of consumer protection and service quality control, however, it lags far behind many industries you and I count on every day. Unbelievable But True Valued professions like medicine, law enforcement, education  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: December 25, 2013
Like the proverbial many ways to skin a cat, there are many ways to change the culture of an organization. There are also some principles that have proven they can work even in a utility steeped in the traditions of top-down management. Likewise, there are more than a few myths  more...
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Posted By: John Reed, PhD, MBA - Managing Principal, Corporate Psychologist and Executive Coach, QRA
On: November 29, 2013
Executive coaching is a fast-growing field and in no sector is it expanding faster than energy. It is 30+ years old with global revenues in the billions of dollars (not a misprint, billions with a ‘b’). In terms of consumer protection and service quality control, however, executive coaching lags far  more...
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Posted By: John Reed, PhD, MBA - Managing Principal, Corporate Psychologist and Executive Coach, QRA
On: November 21, 2013
Executive coaching is a growing industry 30+ years old with global revenues in the billions of dollars – that’s not a misprint – billions with a “b”. However, in terms of consumer protection and service quality control, it lags far behind many industries you and I count on every day.  more...
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Posted By: Kevin Herring - President, Ascent Management Consulting
On: November 19, 2013
Most workplace leaders end up in charge not because they showed great leadership skills when they had no leadership responsibilities. No, in most cases, they got the nod because the boss could depend on them to get the job done; they were good worker bees. Unfortunately, when they were crowned  more...
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Posted By: Matthew Cohen - Energy Practice Leader, Direct Recruiters, Inc.
On: September 18, 2013
In recent years, the energy efficiency industry has become increasingly relevant to building owners, real estate firms, government officials, educators and business owners to decrease the overwhelming cost of energy consumption. But having the right talent in place is crucial to communicate the benefits of energy efficiency solutions to the  more...
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Posted By: Dennis Winters - Senior Partner, Winters - LeFurge
On: August 19, 2013
"All things being equal, if you had to choose between an engineer with highly trained technical competence but only average ability to motivate and manage people and an engineer of only average technical ability but with superb abilities to motivate and organize people, who would you choose to manage one  more...
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