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Just Do it. Take the risk. Now.

Just Do it. Take the risk. Now. These short, yet powerful phrases permeated the presentations, panel discussions, lessons learned and the overall “attitude” at this years’ TechServe Alliance Conference 2017. It was a welcomed and refreshing contrast to the “present the facts and information” only conferences of years past. The message was clear; we need to TAKE ACTION, TAKE RISKS, and EXECUTE.

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Rejection Therapy with Jia Jiang

Would you walk up to a total stranger and request $100? How about knock on someone’s door you don’t know to ask if you can play soccer in their back yard? Or hitting up a policeman to drive their car?

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Economics for the Real World

Despite the fact that all his news is decidedly not good (there’s another great depression coming in 2030!), Alan Beaulieu knows how to work a crowd. It was a lively audience at Friday’s afternoon keynote to hear the data-driven insights Alan and his firm ITR Outlook bring to bear.

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Lessons Learned from Executives at the Top of their Games

One of several priorities that have emerged from this year’s conference is how to differentiate and grow your business in this very commoditized industry. In breakout sessions, keynote addresses, and even conversations in the hall, staffing executives have been sharing ideas on how to best compete and break out in this challenging workforce environment.

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Negotiating Client Contracts

Although negotiating client contracts by necessity requires an understanding of complex topics such as indemnities and leverage, don’t be fooled into signing agreements without carefully reviewing them. That’s how today’s TechServe 2017 session on client contracts started off, and it continued to deliver terrific tips and tactics.

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Keynote Session Recap: Teams of Teams

Before Chris Fussell became Partner at McChrystal Group Leader Institute, he spent over 15 years in the U.S. Navy. After transitioning into the corporate world from the Navy, Chris started to see a common issue that not only military leaders face, but also organization leaders as well: we have powerful small teams that are able to adapt to change in external environments, but we’re incapable of operating with the same agility as an enterprise and therefore lose to external risks.

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Staffing Leaders Share TechServe Experiences for Our 30th

This year’s Conference will be extra special to us as we celebrate TechServe Alliance’s 30th anniversary. We are so thankful for the commitment of our members, the insights of our speakers, and the support of our event sponsors. To mark the occasion, we sat down with a handful of members to hear their TechServe stories and the impact membership has had on their companies and careers.

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Does the 2017 Conference Sales & Recruiter Track Have Something For You?

Leave your preconceived notions about who should attend the Sales & Recruiting track sessions at the door. According to sales and recruiter trainer Barb Bruno, anyone -- in any area, on any level -- can benefit from attending these information-packed sessions. “That goes for the sales team, recruiters, account managers, company owners and more. There really is something for everyone within this track,” she says.

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How Immigration Uncertainty Impacts the IT Talent Shortage

Just look at the way Wall Street stocks drop in the wake of unanticipated global events and you get a good sense of how toxic uncertainty is in business. Healthy economic growth needs predictability, and the professional staffing industry is no different. While the long-term fate of high-skilled immigration sits in limbo, staffing and solutions firms are naturally going to struggle as the future of a key candidate source is unclear. Here’s what we anticipate happening to the IT talent shortage in the future and what some of our firms are doing in response to the uncertainty.

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Collateral Damage: Your Firm’s Access to Talent

As a kid, your experience was probably similar to mine where you were at some point in the vicinity of bad behavior.  Not your bad behavior (of course), but you were in the same zone as those who broke the rules or norms of acceptable conduct.   Perhaps it was on the playground or in class, or perhaps it was at home with a brother or sister, but someone else did something that violated what the authority figure, be it teacher or parent, felt crossed the line.  In response, you were called out or perhaps punished despite not having done anything wrong.  You no doubt protested loudly, declaring your innocence.  You tried to argue the facts to establish you were not to blame.  It wasn’t right, but there you were facing the same punishment as the transgressor.

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