I’m thrilled to announce that Gary Scypta has joined Sanford Rose Associates® – Brighton as a Senior Partner. Gary brings nearly ten years of extensive executive recruiting experience specializing in the placement of senior and mid-level executives for Tier One and Tier Two automotive suppliers. Prior to joining Sanford Rose Associates – Brighton, Gary held the position of Director with a retained international executive search firm and before that he was Vice President for a boutique search firm.
Gary has successfully completed senior level automotive search assignments in Operations, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Finance, Quality and Retail. He understands the dynamics of change and thoroughly enjoys the consultative side (candidate and client) of executive search and helping his clients build a successful management team.
Prior to entering the executive search field, Gary founded a multi-person manufacturers’ representative business built on the single principal of building long lasting, mutually beneficial business relationships. He represented companies in the US, Mexico, Canada, Germany and the UK that manufactured parts for the North American Automotive Industry.
Gary has a BS degree in Marketing and Management from Ashland University – Ashland, Ohio.
Founded in 1959, Sanford Rose Associates is an international executive search firm with 50 offices worldwide, and has completed over 100,000 placements. SRA is also part of the International Executive Search Federation (IESF), the largest retained recruiting organization in the world. At SRA-Brighton, we specialize the search and placement of leaders within manufacturing firms around the world.
Thanks! Brett Blair
May 2nd, 2013 in
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit -
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Did you know that you become the average of the five adults you spend the most time with? Actually, the people you hang out with and the books you read.
Do you like who you are becoming? Are you taking charge of where you are going in life? Most of us don’t, and it takes responsibility and conscious effort to make change. Often times it is those in your “tribe,” even your family, who will want to hold you back from a path of personal growth.
Now is all we have. Now is the time to make the changes to be all we can be! My advice, to myself and to you, is to hang out with those who will help you and lift you along your journey.
Thanks! Brett Blair – Sanford Rose Associates, Brighton - Executive Search. Specialists in the search and placement of leaders within manufacturing firms around the world.
Looking for a new job is hard work. There is no avoiding this. Maybe you were recently laid off because of restructuring. Maybe you have been out of work for a long time, and the prospects look bleak. Maybe you quit a job because it didn’t connect with your personal passion or purpose, and now your bills are piling up. Regardless of the reason, the process of looking for a new position is tough and scary.
It is important to accept the situation, set a path of where you want to go, and move forward, with 100% commitment. It is amazing what can happen when a person puts all if his thoughts and energy into accomplishment of a goal. Focus and action, without fear and anxiety, are tremendous achievers. The challenge is finding a way to stay laser focused, goal-directed, and unrelenting in one’s execution of the plan.
The plan? The plan is the work to be done to find and land that new position. I have a suggestion. Recognize and accept that your success is overwhelmingly a function of what YOU do, or don’t do, in the job hunt process. It is less an outcome of the condition of the overall economy. Accept that the economy stinks. Even with this, people are being hired every day. People are finding great jobs with great pay in great locations. Who are these people? They are the ones who ignore the news, who stay optimistic and possess high energy, who surround themselves with positive people and encouraging influences, who take personal responsibility for their situation in life, and who work each and every day according to their written plan for success. For these people, there are no excuses, there are no conditions, there are no reasons to wait, and there is nothing in their way. Look out for these people, as they will certainly be successful.
This could be you. This should be you. If you are looking for a new job, then take full responsibility now, at this moment, to commit. If you haven’t done it, write down your plan of action. Break it down into small steps. Take the first step, and then the second. Make each day a brand new day to achieve what you can on the journey to your success. Inch-by-inch, day-by-day, week-by-week, with a relentless, unwavering commitment to the process, your new job will be in your hands at the proper time.
“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Thanks! Brett Blair – Sanford Rose Associates, Brighton – Executive Search. We specialize in search and placement of leaders within manufacturing firms around the world.
Working every day in the labor market, I continue to see the effects of the shortage of talent in key leadership and technical positions. I also see the effects upon organizations that don’t have the right people in the right seats at the right time within their companies. As Jim Collins in his phenomenal book, “Good to Great,” so eloquently points out – “People don’t make all the difference. The RIGHT people make all the difference.”
I’m blessed to have been invited to speak on this topic at the upcoming “Revenue North Business Growth Summit” which will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi, Michigan on May 21, 2013. As a friend of mine, I can provide to you a free pass to this event, which is shaping up to be a day full of great speakers and relevant content. The overall theme of the conference is to provide concise, practical and applicable tools that can help leaders within small and medium sized businesses grow and improve their performance. You can take a look at the full lineup of topics by clicking here. My presentation, “The Top 10 Tactics to Get The RIght People On The Bus” is scheduled to take place from 1:00-1:50 pm, in the Kensington Room. If you would like to attend, for the full day or any part of it, please register in advance by clicking here, and use promo code C36QU6 to receive your free pass.
I really hope to see you there, and it would be great to catch up afterwards. Please let me know your thoughts!
If you’ve lost your job, or have quit your job, and are in the process of looking for a new job, then you have a lot in front of you. While this can be a scary time, it can, and should also be a time of rare opportunity.
I know hundreds of people who spend their workdays on the treadmill of life, trading time for money, in a job, position, or company for which they have no real connection or passion. I was also one of these people not too many years ago.
When I left my corporate job, I took some time to really reflect on myself. With help from my coach, I dug deep into myself, learning what really makes me tick. After some serious and somewhat painful self-examination, I was able to write down my personal purpose and passion. For me, I love helping people, and because of that, my second career as an executive search consultant is a perfect fit. For you, your purpose and passion are likely something completely different. That’s fine. Whatever path is right for you, deep down in your heart, is the path you should follow.
Life is too short, and time too precious, to be doing something for which you feel no connection or passion. Ultimately, you should live for your work, instead of working just to live.
My strong advice is to take this time to reflect upon your heart’s desires, declare your personal purpose and passion, and do your best to connect your next occupation with your unique skills and desires. Your life, and the lives of those around you, will be forever blessed as a result.
“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Thanks! Brett Blair – Sanford Rose Associates – Brighton, Executive Search. We are specialists in the search and placement of leaders within manufacturing organizations.
The War for Talent continues, especially in leadership and technical roles within manufacturing organizations. I see this every day as my team and I recruit for the best talent for some of the best companies in the country.
Who are the “best talent?” They are individuals who have their overall lives on track. They know who they are, and know where they are going. They are healthy, growing, emotionally intelligent and dependable. Who are the best leaders and managers? They are the same – people who have their lives on track, who are healthy, growing, emotionally intelligent and dependable. Guess what? These people are the winners in life, and they have a lot in common. One thing they have in common is their desire and focus on living a life of balance.
Is your life in balance? Do you even know how to answer this question? I went through most of the first 20 years of my adult life without pondering this question, and not having a clue how to assess it. For me, no, my life was not in balance. I worked too much, made a lot of money and raised a great family, but other than that, I felt empty. I neglected my health. I neglected my spiritual growth. I was not learning and growing. After deciding to leave a great job in a great corporation to follow my dreams of being an entrepreneur, I came into the concept of life balance and lifetime growth. I’m sure glad I did!
As I work with people who are in the corporate world, both as hiring managers and as candidates, I rarely come across those who feel their life is truly in balance. We are not taught these things in school, and the concepts of life balance are not taught at home or discussed around the dinner table.
I believe that a life of purpose and passion is best approached from well-balanced perspective. I use a process to regularly assess my life balance, and to set actions in place to improve where I am out of balance. The process goes like this:
1) Draw a circle with six spokes. The spokes should be labeled as:
S – Spiritual Health
P – Physical Health
R – Quality of Relationships
E/I – Emotional and Intellectual Health
P – Professional Health
$ – Financial Situation
2) On a scale of 0 – 10, with 10 being perfect, honestly assess your current condition on each of these measures. On the wheel, mark your score at the appropriate point along the scale. Then, connect the dots.
3) Take a look at the picture you have drawn. A life well balanced will resemble a circle, or a wheel. A life out of balance will show flat spots, like a flat tire. The spots that are flat represent the areas in your life which need work, which need dedicated focus to improve.
Just as a flat tire cannot move efficiently down the road, nor can a life that is not in balance move efficiently and sustainably through time.
Here’s to lifetime of balance and growth for you!
Brett Blair – Sanford Rose Associates – Brighton, Executive Search. We specialize in the search and placement of leaders within manufacturing firms around the world.
Sounds like a song, but for leaders of organizations struggling to find the people they need, this is a sad, sad song.
Just a few years ago, there was an excess of talent and shortage of jobs. Now, the pendulum has swung aggressively in the other direction. We recruit in the real world every day, and see first hand the acute shortage of automotive technical professionals as well as leaders within manufacturing industries all across the country.
I just re-read “Topgrading,” by Bradford Smart. This book proves the case that teams with A players will repeatedly outperform lower quality teams. Leaders in today’s marketplace have an obligation to find, attract, hire and retain A players. The problem is, these individuals are hiding. They are hiding in good jobs, in places they and their families choose to live, with salaries and bonuses and other incentives that make them quiet and happy.
So, how does a leader upgrade his/her team to A players, when candidates are in hiding? A few key suggestions:
- Create a work culture that appreciates and differentiates A players.
- Put in place an intentional recruiting strategy, including use of outside recruiters for specific roles.
- Give A players real accountability with real upside potential.
- Work as a team and celebrate success as a team.
The investment in the culture and the process to find, attract, hire and retain the best of the best, the A players, is one of the most important things a business leader can do to insure sustainable, exceptional performance of the firm.
Thanks! Brett Blair – Sanford Rose Associates Executive Search – Brighton, Michigan. We are specialists in the search and placement of leaders within manufacturing firms around the world.
One of my all-time favorite quotes….this one from Henry David Thoreau.
“Most men lead lives of
quiet desperation and go
to the grave with the
song still in them.”
Not me…. I say! I hope not you as well. Let’s all find our passion in life and live it out! That’s my plan!!
Brett Blair – Sanford Rose Associates, Brighton – Executive Search. Specialists in the search and placement of leaders in manufacturing firms around the world.
I work with great professionals every day who are looking for a new position. Sometimes, they have been let go from a job they loved because their company went through a restructuring. Other times, they are quietly looking, as they are not happy in their current position. Regardless of the reason for making a job change, the process can be overwhelming.
Based on my accumulated experience, I have compiled a short list of suggestions for people in job transition. My super short list…..stay healthy, stay active, make a full-time job out of getting a job, and let people you know help you.
1 Understand Recruiters. Keep in mind that most, like me, are working directly for the hiring company, not the candidate. They are still, however, pleased to get to know qualified talent, and are open to receiving your resume. Understand that most recruiters are VERY busy these days. Time to speak on the telephone is rare, and email correspondence is much more effective and efficient, especially in the introduction stage. Please don’t get discouraged if I or other recruiters don’t call you back right away.
2 Get going. If you are currently unemployed, then it is your job to make a full-time job out of the process of getting a job. Treat each and every day as critical in moving forward to achieving your goal. Now is not the time to take a long vacation or work on projects around the house.
3 Set Goals. Take this opportunity to set goals for the long and short term, focusing on a healthy life balance. Spiritual, physical, relationship, emotional, intellectual, and financial aspects of your life are six priority areas to look at. Write down the things you want to accomplish, and get to work. Set a health-related goal for the next 30 days, and then achieve it. This will give you new energy and confidence.
4 Reach Out. Network as much as possible – each and every day. Read the book, “The Power of Who,” by Bob Beaudine. This book states that it is most likely that your next job will come to you from someone you know. The people who know and love you want you to succeed, and want to help you. Let them.
5 Be Influenced. Surround yourself with positive people – people who will lift you up. You become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Make an honest assessment of who you are hanging out with, and ask yourself if you want to become the average of this group.
6 No TV. Don’t allow yourself to be influenced by the media’s negative energy. Our culture has found that negative news sells, and constant bombardment from these influences can have a detrimental effect on attitude. Don’t watch any TV, including the news. Use this time to pick a good book that will uplift and empower you. Read it! Repeat.
7 Find an Accountability Partner. This will be a journey, and not one that you should take alone. Seek out a partner that will be instrumental in keeping the focus on achieving goals, and maintaining a positive energy. A personal development or life coach is an ideal accountability partner.
8 Stay Positive! This really is a choice, and one that you should make. Your journey will go so much faster, and with more success, if you approach each and every day with a positive outlook.
Thanks! Brett Blair – Sanford Rose Associates, Brighton – Executive Search. We are experts in the search and placement of leaders in manufacturing.