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August 2011 Newsletter                           Fall Edition                                       Edited by Cindi Swartout


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 Our Newsletter has the following:

  • Message from the President
  • Current Open Positions
  • A Note from Cindi
  • Recipes
  • Links of interest

A Note from Cindi

Hi Everyone,

Here are a couple of Kevin's pictures he wanted to share with you! For those of you who are worried about the fish, they are mostly "catch and release" after they take pictures unless fish is on the dinner menu!



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Fall Recipies from the Brown Eyed Baker

Fall kids games and crafts

Fall Traditions

Words of Wisdom

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"Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress."
Alfred A. Montapert

A Message from the President

Hello to Everyone!

Fall is upon us once again! It is amazing how quickly the year goes by. Here at Keifer we are busy, busy, busy as the job market opens up and we search for the perfect candidate for our clients. Check out the link below this message to see our current list of available positions. Pass around our newsletter link to your friends and co-workers who may be interested or know of someone who may be interested. Cindi makes sure that the list is updated as changes happen or new positions become available.

My summer get away with my son Bob and daughter Katie was to go to Alaska. We flew into Anchorage and then took a small plane to Seward. From there we took a sea plane and we were dropped off with our equipment on the bank of the Alagnak River. We had a week of fishing, camping and floating down the river. It was great to be under the open skies and see nature's beauty.

Fall signals the start of school and the end of summer fun. We are working harder then ever to find the perfect candidates for our clients. The industry outlook is improving by leaps and bounds as companies are expanding and adding back to their workforce to keep up with the demand. Send us your current resume to keep our records up to date in case a position comes along that YOU are the PERFECT FIT!

Kevin A.P. Keifer

Open Positions

5 Things Great Bosses Never Do

By Jeff Haden

What you don’t do can make as much or sometimes more impact than what you actually do — and can alsosay a lot about your leadership style and abilities as a manager.

Here are five things great leaders never do:

  1. Deliver annual performance reviews. Annual or semi-annual appraisals waste everyone’s time. Years ago my review was late, so I mentioned it to my boss. He said, “I’ll get to it… but you realize you won’t learn a thing. You’ve already heard everything I will say, good or bad. If anything on your review comes as a surprise to you I haven’t done my job.” He was right. The best feedback isn’t scheduled; the best feedback happens on the spot when it makes the most impact, either as praise and encouragement or as training and suggestions for improvement. Waiting for a scheduled review is the lazy way out. Your job is to coach and mentor and develop — every day.
  2. Say, “Look… I’ve been meaning to apologize…” Apologies should be made on the spot, every time. You should never need to apologize for not having apologized sooner. When you mess up, ‘fess up.  Right away. Don’t you want employees to immediately tell you when they make a mistake? Model the same behavior.
  3. Hold meetings to solicit ideas. Many companies hold brainstorming sessions to solicit ideas for improvement, especially when times get tough. Sounds great — after all, you’re “engaging employees” and “valuing their contributions,” right? But you don’t need a meeting to get input. When employees know you listen they often bring ideas to you. Plus, the better way to ask for ideas is to talk to people individually and to be more specific. Say, “I wish we could find a way to get orders through our system faster. What would you change if you were me?” Trust me: Employees picture themselves doing your job — and doing your job better — all the time. They have ideas. Be open, act on good ideas, explain why less than good ideas aren’t feasible… and you’ll get all the input you can handle.
  4. Create development plans. Development plans are, like annual performance reviews, largely a corporate construct. (HR staffers love to monitor compliance and alert managers when supervisors are late turning in their employees’ development plans. Or maybe that’s just my experience.) You should know what each of your employees hopes to achieve: Skills and experience they want to gain, career paths they hope to take, etc. So talk about it — informally. Assign projects that fit. Provide training that fits. Create opportunities that fit. Then give feedback on the spot. “Develop” is a verb that requires action; “development” is a noun that sits in a file cabinet.
  5. Call in favors. I know lots of bosses who play the guilt game, like saying, “John, I’ve been very flexible with your schedule the last few months while your wife was sick… now I really need you to come through for me and work this weekend…” Generosity should always be a one-way street. Be flexible when it’s the right thing to do. Be accommodating when it’s the right thing to do. Never lend money to friends unless you don’t care if you are repaid, and never do “favors” for employees in anticipation of return. As a leader, only give — never take.

Jeff Haden

Jeff Haden worked in book manufacturing for nearly twenty years, working his way through the ranks from forklift driver to managing 250 employees. He has also ghostwritten over thirty non-fiction books and is a columnist for BNET.com, the CBS Business Interactive website. Visit his website at www.blackbirdinc.com.


Artichoke Spinach Dip

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Bake Time: 30 minutes

1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1½ cups (6 ounces) finely shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1½ cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
Paprika, to taste (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Press the excess moisture from the spinach.

2. Combine the artichokes, spinach, 1¼ cups of Parmesan cheese, 1¼ cups of Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and garlic in a bowl and mix well.

3. Spoon the artichoke mixture into a 1½-quart baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses on top, and then sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm with tortilla or pita chips, crackers or vegetables.