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Birkman Named as a 2014 Houston Best and Brightest Company®

Birkman is proud to be chosen as a 2014 Houston Best and Brightest Company to Work For®! As a part of the selection process, the Best and Brightest® organization gathered feedback from Birkman employees regarding the work/life balance, professional development opportunities, benefits, and overall culture of the company. This data was compared to feedback from employees at other organizations in Houston, and Birkman was consistently rated higher by internal staff.

Investing in human capital and spending the time to properly motivate employees is what we encourage other companies to do by using The Birkman Method® assessment – it’s only natural that we make the same investments in our team members to encourage both individual and company growth.

If you wish to learn more about the criteria for Best and Brightest Companies and see the other Houston organizations that were named, click here: http://101bestandbrightest.com/events/houstons-2017-best-brightest-companies-work/winners/?winyear=120

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The Wall Street Journal: Interview with Dr. Roger Birkman

The Wall Street Journal sat down with Dr. Roger Birkman, founder of The Birkman Method®, to discuss his time in World War II. In 1944, Roger Birkman was a fighter pilot with the US Army Air Corps. His B-17 bomber was shot down by German forces while flying over France. He was able to avoid being detected by German troops and found refuge with residents of a nearby town, where he waited until Allied Forces forced out the German occupation several months later.

To hear Dr. Birkman’s recount of his time in France, visit “A World War II Soldier’s Hideaway in Belgium”: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887323744604578473122300208076

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US News: 6 Tips for Making a Successful Career Change

The blog on US News & World Report’s website featured a post with Marc Miller, a career design specialist, on how to make a successful career change. The first tip is to “know thyself,” and Miller touts the importance of career assessments for finding clarity about your motivations, interests, and strengths. He recommends The Birkman Method® as “the most comprehensive assessment” for people that are having trouble self-evaluating.

Read all 6 tips and the full blog post here: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2013/02/13/6-tips-for-making-a-successful-career-change

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Chicago Tribune: Coping with Co-Workers Who Need to Lead

In their “Lessons for Life” section, the Chicago Tribune focused on dealing with co-workers who need to lead – the people who can’t handle not being in charge of the group. For people with a strong leadership streak who are constantly battling for authority, it’s important to look into why they have this behavior. Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO of Birkman, contributes to the article, sharing that some people are uncomfortable if they aren’t in a leadership role, just as others are uncomfortable when thrust into leadership. It’s important to look at your organization’s needs and see if there’s a way to put that person’s talents to work productively rather than trying to redirect their natural strengths.

If you want to read all of the suggestions from Sharon and the full article, follow this link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-11-01/features/ct-tribu-weigel-lead-not-follow-20111101_1_personality-types-worker-strengths

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Houston Chronicle: Employees Get Revenge on the Boss

In the wake of movies such as Horrible Bosses, the Houston Chronicle did a piece examining what realistic behaviors an employee can exhibit when feeling stressed by their boss. The article features Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO of Birkman, discussing how Stress Behavior can manifest in the workplace and the discreet ways that employees get revenge on their bosses. Poor morale is one of the driving forces behind high turnover rates, as well as low productivity.

Follow this link to view the full article: http://www.chron.com/business/sixel/article/Working-Employees-get-revenge-on-the-boss-2079917.php

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Public Works: This is Not Just a Test

The Houston Solid Waste Management Division was profiled by Public Works Magazine for their productivity program. The department was facing budget concerns and needed to figure out how to improve efficiency and communication. They administered The Birkman Method personality test to department members to improve mutual understanding, trust, and communication with impressive results. Equipped with Birkman knowledge, the team members at the department developed new maintenance capabilities in-house, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars without losing any full-time employees.

For the full details about how the Houston SWMD revamped their department, read more here: http://www.pwmag.com/waste/this-is-not-just-a-test_o

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Forbes: How I Invented a New Kind of Personality Test

In 2010, Dr. Roger Birkman, founder of The Birkman Method®, wrote a piece for Forbes that walks through how he developed the assessment, how it’s different than other behavioral assessments, and how it was a challenge bringing a personality test to companies in the 1950s. This article is a must-read because it explains, in Dr. Birkman’s words, the evolution of Birkman over the decades and his motivations for developing the assessment.

To read the full article written by Dr. Birkman, visit Forbes here: http://www.forbes.com/2010/10/21/birkman-personality-test-leadership-managing-hiring.html

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WSJ: Executive MBA Students Juggle Careers, Family Life

The Wall Street journal interviewed directors of EMBA programs across the country regarding the stress that students endure while studying. Executive MBA students juggle careers, home life, and coursework – a seemingly impossible about amount of commitment. It’s not unusual for EMBA students to face increased competition for their executive positions at work when they are absent for their studies, and the additional 20 to 30 hours of work spent studying each week cuts deeply into restorative time spent with family. To prepare students and their families for the inevitable stresses of their EMBA program, the Goizeta Business School at Emory University uses The Birkman Method® assessment to help students become aware of their own Stress Behavior.

Read the full story here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703882404575520142131132372

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Forbes: Managing a Downsized Team

In this article, Forbes examines the effect that downsizing can have on team morale and the challenges that face executives as they lead a downsized team. The article interviews several management consultants as well as Sharon Birkman Fink, President and CEO of Birkman.

Sharon shares her insights into why managers should be sensitive to the needs of their team during the stressful times of layoffs, including team members that are kept on. During times of uncertainty, the roller coaster of losing your colleagues, hearing rumors, and then being kept on staff can take its toll on even the most dedicated employees.

Check out the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/2009/12/10/layoff-survivor-employees-forbes-woman-leadership-management.html

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WSJ: Using Self Reflection to Decide on the Next Career Move

Wall Street Journal contributor Carmen Wong found herself between jobs during the recession in 2009. In her article, she discusses how time away from working can have a silver lining – it can be an opportunity to self-reflect and look at your long term goals for your life. She recommends taking a personality assessment such as The Birkman Method® to look at your own behaviors and motivations to better align yourself in preparation for your next career move.

Read her full post here: http://blogs.wsj.com/laidoff/2009/11/11/using-self-reflection-to-decide-on-the-next-career-move/