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At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

From the Decision Associates Founders: A History of Community & Focus

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If you ask founders Don and Sue Moore, they would say that the spirit of Decision Associates remains the same as it was at its beginnings 40 years ago: customer-focused, poised for the next change, and driven by top level team members. Mission accomplished.

She Said It Was “OK” to Accept Mediocrity

My sister-in-law is an award-winning high school cross country and track and field coach.  She was a decorated sprinter who ran Division I track in college. As a coach, she pushes her athletes to achieve their fullest potential. Recently she received a note from a parent questioning the intensity of the workouts, the pressure to achieve success, and then stated that it was “ok” to accept mediocrity.

Why It’s Important to Make Data Driven Decisions:

Trust your gut.  You may have heard that common phrase thrown around when a challenging decision must be made. While intuition can provide the spark, it’s the data, facts, and metrics that provide the ability to assess a situation in an informed way.

Are We in a Recession or Not?

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You've no doubt pondered it, your customers and employees are talking about it and the news media wants to be sure you know they called it first. But having advised dozens of businesses through both market downturns and expansions, we can confirm with all authority...it depends.

Is There Value in Engaging a Full-Service Business Consultant?

John Oliver VisitErie Testimonial

Is there value in engaging a full-service business consulting group? John Oliver, president and CEO of VisitErie, offers his opinion on how Decision Associates answers that question.

DA Client Testimonial: Strategic Planning

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At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Organizational Agility for Future Success | Session 3

  We're excited to be back again with another 3-part webinar series! This time we're talking about planning for the future of your organiz

Organizational Agility for Future Success | Session 2

  We're excited to be back again with another 3-part webinar series! This time we're talking about planning for the future of your organiz

Organizational Agility for Future Success | Session 1

We're excited to be back again with another 3-part webinar series! This time we're talking about planning for the future of your organization. As "tre

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

5 Tips for Executive Candidates from Executive Recruiters

As experts in executive recruitment, our Talent and Organizational Performance (TOP) Practice team knows a thing or two about interviewing. Our experi

Executive Candidate Experience: Meet Julian Torres

Meet Julian Torres, Vice President of Engineering at American Turned Products. Julian first connected with Decision Associates in September 2022 and a

Does AI Take The “Human” Out of HR?

How can AI benefit HR? AI has been the hot topic of the year. The technology has made significant strides over the past few years, making it a viab

Executive Candidate Experience: Meet Joanne Rogers

  Meet Joanne Rogers! Decision Associates first connected with Joanne in January of 2022. By late February, she had accepted the position o

What is candidate experience?

What is candidate experience? This business buzzword is one of the most important factors when attracting top talent to your organization. Candidate

Is now the right time for your organization to hire an executive search team?

“How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?” Through research and observation, author Jim Collins

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Board Education Key In Nonprofit’s Search For New Executive Director

In nonprofit organizations, leadership changes often present unique challenges. Key stakeholders may see the nonprofit leader as the heart and soul of the organization. In fact, the executive director my even be one of the founders of the nonprofit. Or perhaps the previous executive director was long-tenured and his or her compensation did not keep up with the growth and evolution of the organization. When our client engaged Decision Associates to conduct a search for a new executive director, we identified these very shortcomings.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Tackling the Labor Shortage with Retention | Session 3

Many organizations have generated reports over the past few years listing reasons why employees leave their jobs and if you boil the reasons down

Tackling the Labor Shortage with Retention | Session 2

We all know that employee benefits can be a deciding factor between a candidate accepting or rejecting a job offer, but how much have you thought

Tackling the Labor Shortage With Retention | Session 1

As many organizations still struggle to fill open positions and labor shortages continue, it has become imperative to look at how current employee

The Recruitment Race | Session 3

A recent survey of participants in the “Great Resignation” showed that 85% of them left their jobs because of their direct supervisor, not bec

The Recruitment Race | Session 2

Are you struggling to fill open positions? Are you sick of posting job after job with minimal response from interested candidates? Join us for a s

The Recruitment Race | Session 1

No employer is immune to the fierce competition of talent in today’s hypercompetitive recruiting market. Candidates now have access to a full ar

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

How To Ensure A Smooth Employee Resignation

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DA Testimonial: Succession Planning

Tom Hoffman Knox Law Succession Testimonial

Succession is on the mind of many of the organizations we serve. Tom Hoffman, Esq., shareholder at Knox Law, talks about why he partners with Decision Associates Business Consulting Group for succession planning with his clients.

DA Client Testimonial: Succession

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The DA Approach to Client Projects

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A Successful Succession

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Is Your Organization Ready for Succession?

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At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

HR Leadership Transition Results In Fresh Assessment Of Workforce Challenges

With the pending retirement of their long-time human resources executive, a nationally known nonprofit organization hired Decision Associates to conduct a comprehensive audit of their HR function.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

SHRM Talent 2024 Conference Hot Topic Takeaways: Learning & Development

It was another fascinating and informative experience at this year’s Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) annual Talent conference and I’m excited to share my top four key takeaways on the topic that dominated the agenda this year, learning and development.

How To Ensure A Smooth Employee Resignation

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DA Client Testimonial: Leadership Training

Mary Kay Reber-Trusted Advisor Testimonial

We're working with "next generation" leaders at several organizations right now. Mary Kay Reber, principal and CFO at Wm. T. Spader Co., talks about why her company relies on Decision Associates for several forms of leadership training.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Executive Coaching Elevates Performance of Valued Department Director

As the anticipated retirement of a key senior executive approached, our client was having second thoughts about the probable internal successor. Although this department leader was high performing, her management style and interpersonal skills had created challenges among her peers and in the company. Having worked extensively with this client on several initiatives, Decision Associates suggested a focused period of one-on-one executive coaching with the department director. Our goal was to help the individual assess her strengths while addressing the areas of concern.

HR Leadership Transition Results In Fresh Assessment Of Workforce Challenges

With the pending retirement of their long-time human resources executive, a nationally known nonprofit organization hired Decision Associates to conduct a comprehensive audit of their HR function.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Maximize Your Organization’s Potential By Building A Culture of Learning

By Amanda Kochirka, MPA  Associate Consultant, Decision Associates We’ve all heard and experienced the hardships associated with finding and keep

Does AI Take The “Human” Out of HR?

How can AI benefit HR? AI has been the hot topic of the year. The technology has made significant strides over the past few years, making it a viab

Why Organizational Culture is Vital

Organizational culture is like the extra roll of toilet paper in a public restroom - you don’t often notice it until its not there.  In times of

Key Take Aways from SHRM Talent 2023

By: Amanda Kochirka Monday Keynote - Building Healthy Relationships Through Conflict - Amy Gallo: Before a conversation with a person

We, Me, and the World: What’s Next for the Employee Experience

We, Me, and the World: What’s Next for the Employee Experience  In 2023, 4,000 US and UK employees were surveyed regarding their views on corpor

HR’s Latest Challenge

An Olive Garden manager recently made headlines when she told workers to prove they were sick or to go find another job. Southwest Airlines similarly

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Building a Culture of Accountability

The most successful organizations are those who have mastered the art of accountability within their culture. It is not a concept that comes naturally, but must be developed intentionally. Check out these few simple steps you can use to begin working towards the most successful version of your organization today. 

Ready for Culture Work?

Think your organization is ready for culture work? Use this check list to evaluate whether or not your organization's leadership is ready to take a step towards cultivating a better workplace environment.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Building a Culture of Operational Excellence | Session 1

Join us for part one of our free webinar series where presenter Max Krug, Owner of Future State Engineering, will delve into the world of creating and

Building a Culture of Operational Excellence | Session 2

DID YOU KNOW? Toxic culture is 10x more likely to cause turnover than compensation. (source: LinkedIn) In part two of our free webinar series, join

Building a Culture of Operational Excellence | Session 3

"What doesn't get measured doesn't get managed." All three presenters team up to help you quantify the changes you’re making toward Operational E

Client Testimonial: Culture Analysis – Networking Technologies

82% of surveyed people feel that culture is a competitive advantage Company culture and employee engagement statistics show that culture and succes

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Brand Tone of Voice: Converting to Dollars

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By: Emma Steele In part 1 and 2 of this blog series, we discussed what brand tone is and why it is important. Now let's get down to business- how

Brand Tone of Voice: Why is it important?

By: Emma Steele In part 1 of this blog series, we covered what brand tone is and how organizations use it to build trust with their consumers. Not

Brand Tone of Voice: What is brand tone of voice?

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By: Emma Steele Branding is crucial to business success. Well-executed, consistent branding gives your business an identity, makes it memorable, a

From Data to Dollars: Measuring Metrics That Matter

By: Emma Steele | Sept. 22, 2023   “You can’t improve what you don’t measure,” and if you work in marketing, you know the industry LO

4 Ways You Can Stand Out In A Cluttered Inbox

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How Do Your Customers Grade You?

Decision Associates may have helped you assess your talent and recruit the right people to make the sales for your company. Hopefully, you have them all on board and they are doing a spectacular job for you. But, are you sure they are getting all the work possible from your customers? Do you have competitors who are taking a large chunk of work that you could get? Do you know which ones they are and what have you done to get that work? Have you spoken with them about any issues that need cleared?

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Machine shop owner searching for best pathway to strategic growth

Like many small machine shops, our client had a consistent and loyal customer base but was unsure of the best pathway to sustainable growth. Lacking a managerial team and unable to find reliable employees for a second shift, this young, second-generation owner was doing it all – supervising the shop floor while handling all business development efforts and project quoting. In talking with our marketing and sales experts, the owner wanted to develop processes and best practices that would enable him to cultivate new markets and customers and subsequently grow his business.

Contract Manufacturer Analyzes Current Marketing Effort To Drive New Growth Opportunities

Ongoing success across 70 years in business certainly is something to relish. But our client, a contract manufacturer serving both consumer and commercial markets, wanted to better understand the sustainability of their existing marketing and sales efforts and where new growth opportunities might exist. Specifically, our client was interested in identifying and marketing to "best fit" prospects that had the same potential as their current pool of Fortune 500 companies.

Comprehensive Sales Assessment Yields New Sales Processes and Improved Performance

With the completion of a market research initiative for a client in technical manufacturing, we learned that the company’s growth significantly trailed others in its industry. In turn, the company’s annual sales were tracking well below annual goals. Given these challenges, the company engaged Decision Associates to conduct a comprehensive assessment of its sales team and processes – from sales forecasting, reporting and evaluation to monthly, quarterly and annual sales goals to sales team and supporting resources to sales compensation and incentive programs.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Not Ready To Sell Your Business?

The bottom line is that when you are ready to sell, your business must be ready to sell. So to prepare for that day you decide it is time to sell, Decision Associates Mergers & Acquisitions offers our top 10 tips.

Advice When Considering the Sale of Your Business

Several clients recently asked us for help with executive coaching and succession planning in preparation for potential sale. B.J. Lechner, partner at Decision Associates M&A, LLC, offers some good advice when considering the sale of your company.

Don Moore & Aaron Phillips Discuss Business Exit Options For Owners

"Exit, Succession, Sell, Hold: The Options Are There, Are You?" Succession used to mean that a business owner would exit the business. Not anymore. You may have options that will help you get past your hesitation. Watch the video below and click here to read the article.

Exit, Succession, Sell, Hold: The Options Are There, Are You?

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Succession or Selling have traditionally inferred the owner's exit. It doesn't anymore. Therefore, as a business owner, you may have options that will help you get past the hesitation to get started.

How to Identify a Target for Acquisition

If my article “Reasons to Consider Entering New Markets Through Business Acquisition” has you interested in acquiring a business, you might be wondering how to identify a company to target for purchase. Specifically, how do you go about finding the business that’s the right match for your needs?

Part II: What Do Potential Buyers Really Want from Your Business?

Profits, a diversified customer base, and a proprietary product or intellectual property are all important in attracting the interest of a serious buyer in your business, as I discussed in Part I in our last newsletter. Refresh your memory with Part I, link in this article. But serious buyers will also take an in-depth look at your employees and facilities before deciding whether to make an offer.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

Business Owner Finds Internal Successor Wrong Fit To Lead Company

When business owners are ready to back away from the day-to-day responsibilities of running their companies, many look to key employees as potential successors. However, without a complete assessment of skills, entrepreneurial attributes and overall fit for the new role, these internal promotions often fail. This is precisely what occurred for our client.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.

At Decision Associates, our entire team is committed to helping you achieve success by delivering measurable results. These case studies highlight that process – from identifying the challenge to developing an approach to the problem to evaluating what did or did not work.