That’s the easiest sentence to finish as a sitting CEO – “getting and keeping talent”!
Even in an economy growing as slowly as this one is, it seems you never have the right people in the right seats at the right time to keep up with the demands of doing business. As a result, I’m constantly recruiting both inside the Bank as well as outside. Here at First County Bank, we have an articulated goal of promoting and recruiting folks from within the organization who are “ready.” In a small organization that’s difficult to do as opportunities may not arise as frequently and when they do, the skill set of our employees may not match up completely. We do, however, have an obligation to make it work.
Our senior leaders have undertaken an initiative to learn more about the educational backgrounds of our staff and quickly identified a number of MBA and CPA candidates who are currently working at the Bank while going to school at night. Good for them and for us. Balancing work, school, family and life makes that degree much more meaningful.
It’s interesting to note that, in lower Fairfield County alone, we have seven colleges and universities actively increasing their reach to match education to the growing work force. At UCONN Stamford for example, you can now get a degree/certificate in Digital Media, Digital Marketing, Risk Management and Financial Management and Norwalk Community College (NCC) offers an associate degree in Business Office Technology – all are relevant to our business and most other businesses in town.
One of the most critical traits of being a good manager is being a life-long learner. For anyone who is career-minded and interested in newer areas of development, take a look at these educational opportunities down the block because you never know when you’ll be called to step up and take on more responsibility.