Newsletter – 3rd Quarter 2017

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TGR Partners Briefing
2nd Installment – 2017
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Welcome to the 2nd installment of our 2017 TGR briefing. In this issue, we are highlighting opportunities to get yourself into a continuous improvement cycle. I believe it is important in times like these that we pull together to help people affected by the recent natural disasters through service, financial donations and prayers so that they can improve their situations as quickly as possible.  I have read stories of amazing acts of kindness, generosity and support between strangers and hope that spirit of unity continues long after these disasters. As we head into the fall of 2017, I continue to be amazed at the speed at which time is advancing in our world and in our lives. Perhaps it is the digital revolution and our seemingly endless appetite to improve and be more efficient that creates this sense of time’s increasing velocity.  Many of our clients feel the same way.

With this awareness comes an opportunity to be vigilant about life’s priorities and to actively manage and allocate time to the competing priorities of personal, family, friends and profession. I, like many, often struggle to get this mix right on a consistent basis and want to encourage us all to take advantage of the velocity in our life not to just to “do” more but “do” more of the things that matter and that will help us maintain a healthier balance.

In this issue, my friend and health and fitness extraordinaire Kali Stewart reminds us all of the importance of self-care (specifically sleep). It is the foundational element in order to have the physical and mental capability to perform at our best professionally and personally. Kali is an amazing coach that works with her clients nationally on their fitness, nutrition and weight using the latest technology to engage, coach and help provide accountability. The advice she offers in her article is sound and practical, requiring only a willing and committed person to reap the benefits that come from the healthy habit of sleep! (A little exercise and eating well wouldn't hurt either - I am talking to you road warriors!)  
My partner Scott takes a page from some of our client’s playbook on design thinking and drawing on concepts presented in two great books Designing Your Life and Change by Design, he brings it together in a piece that will help you frame your professional life with new perspective and hopefully help you with your future career planning. 
We value your time and take care to present ideas that we hope you find useful and practical.  I hope you enjoy our latest effort in that quest!  As always, we would be grateful should the opportunity arise to help identify and attract top Management and Executive talent to your team! 


Matt Lewry, CEO

Do you know how much sleep you REALLY need?

Performance enhancement is often thought of in a sports setting, but in the last few years, next-level self-care practices have made their way into the corporate environment. To compete with the growing demands of being unceasingly connected, it’s more important than ever to develop healthy habits. At the foundation is better sleep.Most people know that they should get more sleep. And while most research circles back to getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night, this is a far stretch for most. A more realistic and productive focus for long-term success is to concentrate on developing better sleep quality, one habit at a time.Poor sleep hygiene not only negatively impacts immunity, hormone regulation (think weight gain), neuroendocrine function (think memory), and mood, but it also costs money. A lot of money. According to a RAND study $411 billion or 2.28% of the gross domestic product is lost each year due to poor sleep.For sustainable change, it’s important to build the habit of better sleep. Focus on the consistency of these actionable steps, one at a time if needed. Choose the low-hanging fruit, first.

  1. 45-60 minutes before bed shut down all screens that emit brain-wave disrupting blue light (smart phones, tablets, laptops).
  2. Keep your room cool (research shows that 68 degrees is optimal).
  3. Get black-out curtains
  4. Leave your phone charging in another room (less temptation to look at it if you wake up in the middle of night, no dings to wake you up)
  5. Practice a breathing meditation before bed (if using an app like Headspace or Insight timer, do these before the 45-60 minute power-down, not right before bed).
  6. Cut the caffeine after 12 pm
  7. Limit water consumption within 60 minutes of bed.
  8. Even one glass of wine can disrupt sleep cycles and leave you feeling alert at 3 am, unable to fall back asleep. Alcohol also increases sleep apnea. My most successful clients save the wine for the weekend or have stopped drinking entirely. Do what works best for you.
  9. Focus on protein, fat, veggies, and smaller amounts of carbs at dinner. Higher carb meals, especially from processed carbs can disrupt sleep cycles. Including one to two cupped handful portions of minimally processed carbohydrates like quinoa, brown rice, potatoes, or beans will have a less drastic effect on blood sugar levels than eating their tasty, although disruptive counterparts.
  10. Nap time- when napping, focus on 15-20 minutes; longer than this will bring you into the next part of the sleep cycle and leave you feeling groggy.
  11. Stick to the same bed time, even on the weekend. Physical repair processes happen when our growth hormones levels are highest between 11 pm- 2 am. Psychological repair occurs between 2am- 6am. Achy body? Make sure you’re getting to bed by 11 pm each night.
  12. Get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity 5 days per week. Not there yet? Don’t worry, even one day will help to improve sleep patterns.

I teach my clients to focus on what is in their control: their behaviors. Using outcome-based decision making, we are able to test which behaviors work and which don’t based on our life and work demands. This list includes actionable steps that lead to overall better sleep quality, and ultimately better productivity and health. Test what works best for you.To learn more:Kali Stewart, MS, CPT, Pn2https://kalistewartfitness.comtrainerkali@gmail.comblue_lines

We are constantly working on new placements and respect our clients’ and candidates’ confidentiality. But we also know you want to know what’s going on here at TGR! We are currently working on the following placements:

  • Director of IT for a private equity backed surgical supply company
  • Director of Loss Operations for a public commerical insurance company
  • CFO for a private equity backed healthcare innovator
  • HR Manager for a private software company
  • SVP Call Center Operations for a $1B pirvate financial services company
  • Executive Director IT Operations
  • Director of Software Engineering for a global logisitcs company
  • Sr Product Manager for a global retailer
  • Sr Director Business Architecture for a global retailer

The past quarter brought us several successful placements, including:

  • IT Operations Leader for $14B oil and gas retailer
  • Analytics Product Manger for a public logistics and technology company
  • COO for a publicly-held transportation disruptor
  • Mobility Product Manager for public logistics and technology company
  • Senior Product Manager for a $250M public company
  • Director of Mid-Market Sales for a software and hareware technology company
  • Sr Security Architect for a large federally owned mortgage business
  • VP Sales and Marketing for a $1B financial services company
  • Sr Director Enterprise Agile Coach for F100 public utility

Stay tuned to see what next quarter brings.

Hoping your loved ones are safe and wishing you a good night’s sleep.
TGR Partners

Scott’s NotesScott Kriscovich

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
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What do you want to be when you grow up?
When’s the last time someone asked you that? When you were 10 and you replied optimistically and enthusiastically, “A firefighter” or “A pilot” or “A doctor” or “An Executive Recruiter” (OK no one has ever said that last one!). Since we are all constantly striving to grow and evolve as professionals and as human beings, it seems to me that we should ask ourselves this questions on a more regular basis.When I am first introduced to someone who is seeking career guidance or needs help exploring options for their career, it is one of several that I ask them to answer.Why does it matter? Well, I guess it’s because it’s your life, and so the better you know the answer to that question professionally, the more successful you will be in articulating your goals and the more prepared you will be in assessing opportunities as they present themselves. As Tim Brown asserts in Change by Design, it’s important to first inform ourselves about what is at stake and to expose the true costs (and benefits) of the choices we make. …if this is not what life is all about, I don’t know what is.“How might you” describe what you want to be when you grow up or how you want to progress in your career and your personal life, etc? And then how can you actually make it happen?This is often a challenging question and I want to offer an approach to help you answer this question.During the past year we’ve been working with more companies in the Bay Area and have found that those companies more than most have a “Design Thinking” mindset infused into their DNA.That may be commonplace in the start-up world, and Dave Evans and Bill Burnett at the Stanford Business School wrote the book Designing Your Life to help you apply similar concepts to thinking about your career.Of course, to do this, it’s helpful to understand some of the underlying principles of Design Thinking.

Change By Design

Change By Design by Tim Brown 
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