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My name is Russ Hovendick and my life has centered on helping others. To me there is no greater fulfillment than being able to play a part in positively impacting an individual's life.

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Employer Spotlight – Foremost Farms USA Interview #3 2-19-15

Employer Spotlight Interview with Foremost Farms USA. In today’s interview Directional Motivation’s founder Russ Hovendick speaks with Joan Behr Director of Corporate Communication and Brand Management at Foremost Farms USA.

Topics Include:
– It’s an exciting time to join Foremost Farms.
– Product Development

Employer Spotlight – Foremost Farms USA Interview #2 2-19-15

Employer Spotlight Interview with Foremost Farms USA. In today’s interview Directional Motivation’s founder Russ Hovendick speaks with Joan Behr Director of Corporate Communication and Brand Management at Foremost Farms USA.

Topics Include:
– A quick history of Foremost.
– New President and CEO Mike Doyle and his global vision for the company.
– Overseas growth especially in China and Southeast Asia markets.
– Sustainability–state of the art waste water treatment plant that generates electricity.
– Giving back to the community and support of organizations.

Employer Spotlight – Foremost Farms USA Interview #1 2-19-15

Employer Spotlight Interview with Foremost Farms USA. In today’s interview Directional Motivation’s founder Russ Hovendick speaks with Joan Behr Director of Corporate Communication and Brand Management at Foremost Farms USA. Joan discusses Internships and career opportunities with Foremost.

Topics Include:
– Foremost Farms internships.
– Technical careers offered including: Network administrators, Engineering, Accounting, Marketers, Food Scientists, Maintenance, Logistics, and Supply Chain roles.
– The importance of new idea generation.

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just completed a bulk purchase of books!

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just completed a bulk purchase of the books “Deployment to Employment: A guide for military veterans transitioning to civilian employment” and “How to Interview: What employers want to hear in today’s competitive job market” for our transitioning Wounded Warriors. We thank them for this purchase and we also thank our civilian sponsors for making this happen.

*If you would like to help in sponsoring in future book distributions for our veterans just call Russ Hovendick at (605) 362-8176 ext 101 or email him at russ@directionalmotivation.comwalter reed

Career Corner: Overcoming a Downsizing or Firing

On today’s Career Corner Russ discusses steps you can take to overcome a downsizing or firing. 

Many of us have struggled due to a bump in our career, whether it be down-sizing or getting fired.

But just because you lost your job doesn’t mean you should lose hope.

On Friday morning, author and career expert Russ Hovendick, stopped to provide advice and insight to help you bounce back.

Russ says the biggest hindrance for someone experiencing a recent job loss is lack of confidence. He says without confidence in yourself, it’s extremely difficult for employers to put their confidence in you.

For someone recently downsized, Russ says the emotions can be overwhelming, but they can be overcome. He has a great exercise on his website that can help you get back on track.

Here is a link to the exercise

Santa Sighting!

Just had a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus before they left to spread some Christmas cheer to the elderly in our community. Thank you Santa and Home Instead Senior Care! #homeinstead #Beasantatoasenior


Six Sigma Scholarship for Veterans Pays Off

Authored By: A.T. Houston

The Marines have a saying, Semper Fidelis, which means always faithful. Former Marine and the co-founder of Six Sigma, Dr. Mikel Harry continues to sponsor a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt scholarship program to help veterans transition to six-figure positions by offering companies their mastery of business process improvement skills.

Dr. Harry has many success stories regarding the program which commenced in early 2013. He shared a Gulf War Veteran’s letter recently on his blog,

“Within weeks of completing the certification and working with you, I accepted an offer of employment today for a full-time permanent supply chain project manager position. My starting salary is $100,000.00 per year with a $5,000.00 signing bonus, plus excellent benefits. The bar is very high, and now it is time to get to work.”

Through, Six Sigma Wings for Heroes (SSWH) is awarding scholarships to Marine veterans, reservists, active-duty personnel, and family members.

SSWH is not asking for any donations, matching contributions, or economic pledges. Rather, Dr. Harry has dedicated himself to fund the scholarships as his way of making a difference to those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. is asking Marines to submit a personal letter via email, stating the reason(s) they want the scholarship and how they feel it would impact their chances at finding work and advance their post military careers.

Letters should be sent to Leaders and SSWH will review all submissions and award the scholarships based on the impact and creativity of the entries. The program will continue until all 300 scholarships donated have been granted.

About Six Sigma Wings for Heroes

A dimension of Six Sigma Management Institute (SSMI) is about giving back to the men and women that have safeguarded our great nation and sacrificed so much on our behalf. ​

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#ExploreVA Education and Employment Facebook Chat

Join VA, representatives from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and Student Veterans of America, and other Veterans for a Facebook chat about VA education and employment benefits and services.

  • Hear from Veterans using VA benefits for education, training, and career advancement.
  • Learn how to tap into VA education and employment benefits.
  • Ask questions about these benefits and share post-service success stories.va_chats

Be the Coach You’ve Always Wanted

Guest Blog
By: Morag Barrett

Morag Barrett






Coaching is normally thought of as something that is bought in. You need a coach? You go out and get one. Maybe you always wanted one; and maybe you could only watch as your peers received the advice that you wanted from one, but didn’t.

You know, there are likely to be people who work for you who feel the same way. While there may not be coaches within your company and which they have no access to, no doubt they have friends in other companies who are benefiting in this way.

Although external coaches can bring in outside expertise as well as a fresh perspective, you are in the best position to coach your people. You see them every day. Why not take advantage of that opportunity?

In order to understand how coaching fits into organizations today, we need to revisit traditional supervision.

It started life as close supervision. It’s still used to a certain extent today. Any place where the employee has comparatively little skill compared to what is needed at the moment. It’s been said that every new employee is incompetent for six months. That’s because it takes time to learn how the organization does things. Even within the same one, different locations have their idiosyncrasies. But close supervision shouldn’t last for very long. If it does, then there will be for just one of three reasons: you’re a micro-manager; you’re a poor teacher, or you hired the wrong person.

The second type and most popular type of supervision is what might be called laissez-faire. Instead of pointing out every step, as you do with close supervision, this type is more like “course correction.” In it, your goal is to get people up and running as quickly as possible, and then to let them get on with whatever it is that they need to do. Of course, you make yourself available for help. All they have to do is ask. But for the most part, you try to leave them alone. Most employees prefer this approach, too.

The third type is coaching. This could be called a strategy for excellence. It’s using the idea of “letting people get on with their jobs” as a means, rather than an end. The end is excellence in everything: To be the best they can be so that they can be promoted so that they can develop their career so that they can coach others. The end with laissez-faire is just to let people get on with their jobs; but there’s no goal beyond that.

You may be thinking, “So what’s wrong with that? Why bother to coach people? They’ll just leave anyway, and I’ll have to start all over again.”

You may even be thinking that there are a lot of people waiting in the wings who’d be all too happy to take the job of your employees, and that because of that you don’t need to coach anyone. If that’s what you’re thinking, then you need to be aware of something. There’s a shortage of people who are skilled to the level that you want them to be. There aren’t enough to go around. And if it really does take six months to bring someone who already knows for the most part what to do up to a level where they can contribute real value to your organization on their own, then you can see already that it’s essential for you to hold onto the people you have.

Most people don’t really want to leave their current place of employment. They want to be happy where they are. Moving is a hassle at the best of times. You have to sell the house, pack your stuff, move it yourself or give it to a moving company. You have to find a place to live at the other end, buy or rent, move your stuff in, and deal with the utility and internet companies. It’s a nightmare. If you have children in school, it’s worse.

The only reason that people will leave is if they feel that you’re holding them back. As long as they feel they’re being sufficiently challenged, that they’re advancing, that they’re being compensated fairly for what they do and that you respect and value them, they’ll stay with you. And that means that you need to be their coach. In fact, you should always be coaching them.

Close supervision is simply telling people what to do. At the other extreme is laissez-faire – hardly ever doing so.

Coaching is different. In it you’re tailoring your guidance according to the needs and abilities of the individual employee; not just the organization; and when you do that, both you and those you coach benefit more than if you did nothing.

Coaching demonstrates that you value your employees. There simply is no substitute for providing individual help and encouragement.

Do you think that you’re too busy to do this? This is the most important part of any day you care to name.

Whatever else you have to do, it won’t happen without the people in your charge. You can do it with them, or you can do it alone.

It’s up to you.


Morag Barrett is the best-selling author of Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships and CEO of SkyeTeam, an international HR consulting and leadership development company. Morag’s experience ranges from senior executive coaching to developing leaders and teams across Europe, America and Asia. SkyeTeam works with clients in a range of industries including: Healthcare, Telecoms, Mining, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology.

Landing Your Dream Job at Any Age

Guest Blog by
Nicole Abrahams 

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These days, it is quite common to hear people complain about age discrimination in regards to seeking employment. Younger job seekers feel that they are brushed over by hiring managers because they lack experience. Older job applicants feel that they are disregarded because they are viewed as outdated. However, it is likely that many members of both groups are not being hired for reasons other than their birth dates. With this in mind, read the following for tips on how to land your dream job at any age.

Maintain the Right Image

Perhaps in a perfect world appearances wouldn’t matter. However, in today’s competitive business environment, they do. As such, whether you are young or old, you need to be aware of what the current trends in business dress are. If you are fresh out of college, make sure you don’t look like a kid pledging at a fraternity. Likewise, if you have a few more years under your belt ensure that your wardrobe is up to date and that you don’t appear to live in a retirement home. Regardless of your birth date, you should:

  • Get a modern, professional haircut
  • Professional accessories
  • Modern business attire

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