View From The Boardroom

1807, 2022

View From the Boardroom: Invest in Great Outcomes

By |July 18th, 2022|

The economic variables in play right now have created a singularly unique set of circumstances. You can call it uncertainty, ambiguity or just plain chaos.

Inflation is increasing the cost of products and services while also adding wage pressure; economic volatility and higher interest rates are making it harder to access capital; and recession indicators are […]

1605, 2022

View from Boardroom: The Platform Paradigm

By |May 16th, 2022|

The first time I heard about managed service providers back in the 1990s, I remember thinking, “If this takes off, it’s really going to shake things up in the staffing world.” Well, MSPs did take off — and it certainly did change things industrywide, from how we interact with clients and how we’re structured to […]

2103, 2022

View from Boardroom: The Bright Side

By |March 21st, 2022|

Our world has been turned upside down and staffing is no different. After buying two companies in the middle of a pandemic, it’s been interesting, to say the least. Going to a remote environment was, in my opinion, necessary to keep my people safe. Over time it has basically been a great adventure, one we […]

1402, 2022

View from Boardroom: The Great Test

By |February 14th, 2022|

There’s a phrase about culture that’s said so often it’s almost cliché: Culture eats strategy for breakfast. It’s the people implementing a plan who make the difference. No matter what direction you go or conditions you encounter, culturally strong companies more consistently execute their strategies and overcome challenges. At Medical Solutions, we include cultural considerations […]

1511, 2021

View from Boardroom: It’s Now

By |November 15th, 2021|

It’s time to retire the phrase the future of work; that future is today’s now of work. Business leaders need to pay attention. It’s long been said that the best way to predict the future is to create it. That’s exactly what’s playing out today as many businesses adjust — sometimes scramble — to meet […]

1910, 2021

View From the Boardroom: Improved by Covid

By |October 19th, 2021|

As staffing company leaders, it’s likely that we share a common experience during the pandemic. The past few months may have revealed strengths you didn’t know that you and your team had — and maybe some deficits, too.

In my own company, our healthcare staffing, search and technology businesses experienced tsunamis of highs and lows. As […]

1510, 2021

View from the Boardroom: Changing the Paradigm

By |October 15th, 2021|

The Covid-19 pandemic showed the world just how dependent humanity is on technology. Where would individuals and businesses have been without ecommerce, Zoom calls and digital collaboration tools?

But one of the perennial problems we face worldwide is a tech talent shortage. For seven of the last 10 years in our CIO Survey, more than half […]

2007, 2021

View from the Boardroom: Stronger Together

By and |July 20th, 2021|

A typical acquisition is a complex, multilevel process. Generally speaking, the goal is to optimize processes and increase efficiency. Cultural considerations are harder to quantify, yet they exert significant influence on how the organization evolves as a combined entity.

In some cases, the traditional acquisition model is upended and the results are brimming with potential and […]

1705, 2021

View from the Boardroom: Winning the Marathon

By |May 17th, 2021|

In March, the WBC Staffing Council, a workstream within the Women Business Collaborative, published the results of the staffing industry’s first diversity survey. Published in partnership with the American Staffing Association, National Association of Professional Staffing, Staffing Industry Analysts and the TechServe Alliance, the survey found that, despite the fact that our industry employs women […]

2303, 2021

View from the Boardroom: The ettain Approach

By |March 23rd, 2021|

In 1996, three college friends started a company from a spare room of a house in Charlotte, North Carolina. Within three months, they had hired one recruiter, added one phone and placed their first two consultants. Twenty-five years, 21 locations, 5,000 employees, 350-plus clients and four acquisitions later, ettain group is now the 12th-largest IT […]