My "Elevator Speech"
- I work with good direction and limited supervision and I bring my "A" game to work every day.
- I'm a quick-study and very coachable. If I don't know how to a job, I can learn how, probably even before you could get the approval from HR to hire a person.
- I'm a life-long learner who believes every day and every situation in the workplace is an opportunity to get better at what I do.
This is what I can bring to your team as a Management Sciences Mechanic:
- Critical thinking skills "honed" by the daily tasks and the emergency management situations that I dealt with during my 30+ years as a firefighter/paramedic and fire officer.
Leadership and management skills acquired through work experience and education (Both my undergraduate and graduate degree programs were steeped in leadership and management theory and practice). I'm equally adept at being a leader or a follower as required by circumstances or needs.
- Knowledge management skills and experience that I developed while working with the U.S. Army and its 12 Principles of Knowledge Management and its all-weather portal, Army Knowledge Online (AKO) which has now become the model for the Department of Defense enterprise portal, Defense Knowledge Online (DKO).
"Tech savvy" end-user who effectively uses software like MS Office® and SharePoint® to meet the needs of the customer.
Social media practitioner with active accounts on LinkedIn® (600+ connections), Twitter®, and a personal blog on WordPress®.
- A wide range of technical writing skills that enable me to prepare business documents, e.g., letters, memos, reports, proposals, etc., as well as create content for social media, e.g., write blogs, discussion boards, compose Twitter feeds, etc.
- I'm an accomplished public speaker with many years of experience in delivering outstanding media-supported presentations that met the needs of the target audience;
- I'm an adult educator and instructor with the ability to effectively connect with student audiences and help them reach their learning goals.
One of my former bosses and mentor, Jim Graham, was frequently heard to say, "I have my PhD. from the school-of-hard knocks." While I may not have yet earned my doctorate from that "esteemed" institution, it's only because I haven't figured out what to base my thesis upon. Take a look at the "curriculum" I've been following:
- I served the citizens of Chesterfield County, Virginia for twenty-five years alongside the men and women of the Chesterfield Fire & EMS Department, retiring at the rank of battalion chief;
- I've been a planning and operational consultant for a small, but up & coming, medical transportation company in southeastern Ohio;
- I've been an Instructor and Course Developer for the Georgia Fire Academy on the campus of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia;
- I've been an employee/owner at a management and information services company where I've:
▪ Provided staffing augmentation to the U.S. Army's Fire and Emergency Services Branch Chief (part of the Army's Installation Management Command) serving as one of two staff officers for the Chief.
▪ Been a senior analyst for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, working to improve the usability and accessibility of electronic voting systems for military and government personnel deployed away from their place of permanent residence.
▪ Been a senior analyst working with the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy (an office under the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness).
▪ Been a part of proposal writing teams that developed company responses, i.e., proposals, according to Shipley Associates guidelines, to Requests for Quotations (RFQ) issued by federal and military agencies. (I've developed the Past Performance narratives for four proposal teams).
▪ Been a senior analyst and SharePoint analyst for a contract team working with the Veterans Administration to implement the VA's new Strategic Plan, Refresh, 2012-2; and
- I've also been an instructor for training programs-at the local, state, and federal level--targeting student populations ranging from entry-level providers through chief officers.
Experienced public speaker, presenter, and facilitator; enterprise risk management; strategic planning and quality improvement; coaching and mentoring of supervisors and managers; training and development of emergency responders; and experience using Web 2.0 technologies, e.g., blogs, wikis, and discussions, and social media to improve organizational communications for both internal and external customers.