Why Employee Ownership is Key

As one of the Fastest 50 Growing Private Companies, ESP CEO, Bob Hildreth, tookMPLS business journal some time last week to share his thoughts on the benefits of having employees who act like owners and how to make it happen. Some of his answers were published in last week’s Business Journal. Check out what he had to say below.

-Excerpt from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal January 18, 2013.

MSPBJ: How do you make employees feel like “owners”?

It starts with equality. I make a point to express that no single person is more important than anyone else and that we work with each other, not for anyone. There’s no big corner office for me or anyone else. The whole team is involved in the interviewing process for new employees and big decisions about the company’s future.

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Back to Basics: Strengths, Motivation, and Fit get the Job

While having the technical skills required is absolutely essential for any IT role, accordingBack to Basics Strength, Motivation, and Fit Get the Job to Forbes, there are three concepts that matter most in a job interview: strengths, motivation and fit. Three basic questions grasp this “Big Three” concept, and while the interviewer most likely won’t ask them straight out, they will ultimately focus on the answers they discover when making their hiring decision.

1.       Strengths: Can you do the job?

This question is an opportunity to show what you have done and how well your strengths qualify you for the position. Interviewers may ask situational questions to gauge how you would react in common job situations, or what technologies you prefer and are able to use.  Real life examples are the best way to answer these questions and prove to the interviewer that you know your technologies and are fully able to do the job.

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Bob Hildreth named Business Builder of the Year Finalist by Upsize Magazine

Bob Hildreth is the finalist for Best 2012 BBA logoPractices in People and Workplace due to ESP’s placing people first mentality and four principles for creating a successful team.  [Click to Read Full Article]. The Upsize Business Builder of the Year is an annual contest designed to recognize Minnesota entrepreneurs for driving smart, sustainable growth.

Excerpts from Upsize Magazine Dec.2012/Jan.2013 Issue

PEOPLE PERSON

“But what if I have a great idea?” asked Bob Hildreth’s young son years ago, told to be quiet when tagging along on a business meeting–and the CEO of ESP Systems Professionals started listening.

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3 Tricks for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

People can’t help but talk about resolutions this time of year. But have you noticedNew Years that 9 times out of 10 it is brought up with an implied or explicit, ‘have you failed to keep your resolution yet?’ It’s all fine and dandy to resolve to make changes for the New Year, but too often people overreach. A resolution should be life-changing. Shouldn’t it? Or is that part of the reason so many people fail to keep them?

Whether you’re resolving to be a better employee, learn a new technical skill, eat healthier, or spend more time with your kids, we hope these tricks can help you keep your resolution for a great 2013.

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