MPS Awarded for Innovative Solution

M Powered Strategies is proud to have been selected as one of the winning candidates for an innovation award hosted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the American Council on Education (ACE), the Lumina Foundation, and Credly.com for Closing the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials. The solution proposed by M Powered Strategies was selected as one of the top three winners out of more than 200 submissions.

Digital credentials are a method for verifying an individual’s abilities and accomplishments through accessible and portable digitized certificates. They are similar to traditional certifications (such as PMP or CAE) but narrower and more responsive to evolving skill requirements in any industry. The concept behind these credentials was pioneered by the Mozilla Foundation and Peer 2 Peer University in 2011, but the credentials have not gained much traction outside of the programming and computer science communities since then.

First, MPS identified four essential components of a successful digital credential:

  • A credential must be applicable and provide meaningful information about an individual’s capability.
  • A credential must by adopted by enough individuals who have demonstrated high performance to warrant acknowledgement by others in the field.
  • A credential must be recognized as legitimate and valuable, and issued by a trusted authority.
  • A credential must by portable between organizations,.

Secondly, we stipulated that all of these components need to be addressed simultaneously. Efforts spent addressing only one would be overwhelmed by deficiencies in the other three, which is what has frustrated efforts to develop digital credential programs in other fields.

We proposed to expand the reach and relevance of digital credentials via:

  • A social extranet platform to encourage adoption, through active and continuous engagement, and immediate recognition of credentials.
  • An accreditation system to encourage recognition.
  • A system of federated digital authority to encourage portability, and community building to reinforce applicability.

To develop this solution, the MPS team synthesized our expertise in IT governance, performance management, certification program design, educational program development, and implementation of social extranet solutions. We look forward to developing innovative solutions to industry challenges as we continue to expand our services in the nonprofit sector.

For more information about how MPS can support your organization with creative solutions to challenging integration problems, contact our Account Manager for Association Consulting, Davin Hattaway, CAE.

MPS’s Quality Management System is ISO-9001-2008 Certified

Posted in Corporate Updates on February 02, 2017

ANAB-ASRMPS’s Quality Management System (QMS) was recently certified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) – internationally recognized as the gold standard for quality management. ISO-9001-2008 certification means that MPS maintains a QMS that adheres to the best practices as prescribed by ISO.

The requirements for ISO certification are stringent, and the process arduous, culminating in an intense 3-day audit. According to MPS staffer Wes Cronkite, who, along with Hoor Jangda, worked for over a year to prepare for the certification, “Many firms bring in external resources to obtain an ISO certification. At MPS we did it in-house, working with our internal management team. Our firm’s commitment to a quality, process-based corporate structure has long been in place so we decided to document and translate what we were already doing in a manner which enabled us to gain the certification. We simply built on our existing strategy and structure.”

The ISO certification ensures that quality permeates our organization at all levels: from hiring and performance management, to business development and service offerings, all the way through to client delivery and follow-through. At MPS we are proud of our Quality Management System, which is designed to fulfill our firm’s commitment to public service.

New from MPS: Total Insights

MPS recently added a new service: Total Insights. One of our reporters sat down with Jimmy Church, Business Development Manager, to learn more about it.

MPS Reporter: What is Total Insights?

JIMMY: Total Insights is all about providing leaders and decision-makers with the complete picture so they can make informed decisions. What we do is a) gather the relevant data; b) analyze, synthesize, and turn that data into useful information; and c) to top it off we deliver specific and actionable recommendations.

MPS Reporter: What inspired you to develop this service?

JIMMY: We noticed that in many organizations, leadership either doesn’t pay attention to the needs of their customers and stakeholders, or they simply lack the data they need to make informed decisions.  Leaders need a quick way to acquire the information they need so they can make decisions to move their organization forward.

MPS Reporter: Who is the target customer?

JIMMY: Really any organization could benefit from this service, but right now we are looking to serve nonprofits and industry associations. M Powered Strategies is an Employer of National Service, and part of our mission is to help nonprofits and service-oriented organizations realize their goals.

MPS Reporter: How is information gathered?

JIMMY: We gather data from two types of sources. First we talk to the decision-makers in the client organization. Based on those interviews, we reach out to the other stakeholders, members, and beneficiaries, with specially designed anonymous surveys. This way we avoid issues of personality and politics.

MPS Reporter: Can you tell us about any specific cases where Total Insights really impacted an organization?

JIMMY: Well a few months ago, an executive at a leading association needed external information so he could help the management team make some key decisions. We had a meeting with the whole senior management team to learn about their vision – their needs and their objectives. Based on that input, we were able to determine the types of information they needed from their membership base.

We sent specially tailored surveys out to 12,000 members. Once the data was collected, we held facilitated sessions with each of the management teams to review the raw data and the analysis. Then we came up with a list of 50 very specific recommendations – all supported by data that came directly from customers or staff members – that the organization can implement to enhance the value they provide to their members.

The results of our work essentially became half of the agenda at their annual flagship conference, where prominent government and financial leaders were in attendance.  The COO presented the findings, calling it “The Future of the Industry,” because that was one of the sections in the survey. (The COO, by the way, said it was the best membership survey she had seen in her entire career.)

MPS Reporter: That’s fantastic! It must be so rewarding to bring Total Insights into an organization.

JIMMY: What I like is that, by doing this kind of data-based re-set, Total Insights gets senior leaders excited about their mission again.

 

 

 

M Powered Strategies Adds Training Services to GSA MOBIS Contract

gsa-logoAfter successfully completing two projects for the Federal Government in direct alignment to the services included under GSA MOBIS SIN 874-4, M Powered Strategies (MPS) formally applied for and was awarded this key addition to our MOBIS contract. MPS is now poised to offer its extensive Professional Development Services, which include Executive & Leadership Coaching, Team Building & Development, Apprenticeship Programs, Portfolio of Skills Development Training Courses, and Curriculum & Instructional Systems Design, to our Federal clients.

M Powered Strategies® Gets HUBZone Certification

Posted in Business Development / Corporate Updates on January 05, 2015

Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) logoConsistent with its mission to increase the effectiveness of organizations and the communities surrounding them, M Powered Strategies, Inc. (MPS) has been awarded HUBZone certification status as recognized by the Small Business Administration (SBA). Having employed some of the best and brightest talent from up and coming urban DC communities for over the past 13 years, MPS is proud to be recognized as a new member of the SBA HUBZone program and looks forward to contributing to continued economic development in historically underutilized business zones. MPS sends a warm thank you to the SBA for this tremendous opportunity and looks forward to an exciting 2015!

M Powered Strategies Kicks Off The PACE Program

Posted in Corporate Updates / PACE Program on February 22, 2013

PACE Program inaugural class On February 18, 2013, M Powered Strategies welcomed the inaugural class of its new Professional Apprenticeship for Consulting Excellence (PACE) Program.  Erin Bankey, the Program Manager, has spent the past year designing and organizing the program, which aims to accelerate the career potential of transitioning professionals interested in management consulting.  At M Powered Strategies, apprentices will gain hands-on client experience, skills training, and networking opportunities. The long-term vision of the program is to pipeline top talent into Federal Government consulting and improve the standard of human capital in service to our clients. 

M Powered Strategies’ Nic Turrentine is the Team Lead for the PACE team, which will be working in partnership with Deloitte on a project for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Veterans Benefits Management Systems (VBMS). They are tasked with facilitating business architecture, business process management, and requirements elicitation and definition. Nic, who acted as Team Lead for the Applied Management Professionals (AMP) Program last summer, is excited to be working with the PACE team.  “The group we have assembled is top notch,” he remarked.  The new apprentices hail from a range of backgrounds and experience: international work, small business development, think tanks, and military service.  What they share is an energetic and enthusiastic approach to their work for the Federal Government and a commitment to their own professional development in the field of management consulting.

M Squared Strategies becomes M Powered Strategies

Posted in Corporate Updates on January 16, 2013

Over the years, as M Squared Strategies has matured, our scope and mission have evolved. To celebrate our growth, we have decided to change our name. On Sunday, January 20th,  M Squared Strategies, Inc. will officially become M Powered Strategies, Inc. We are excited about the change. The new name better reflects our mission, empowering executives and managers to achieve their goals through our consulting and professional development support.  With our AMP and PACE programs we empower apprentice professionals by giving them the tools and hands-on experience for success.  Watch our website as we continue to implement our suite of professional development programs to support the public sector, teaching others to be effective in public service.

We look forward to operating under our new name, as we continue to provide our clients and contract teams with a first-class team of motivated consultants, trusted advisers, and reliable partners.

How Much Do You Know About Organizational Design?

Posted in Corporate Updates / Professional Development on December 13, 2011

Organizational Design SymposiumThe Organizational Design Symposium, led by Nic Turrentine, was designed to educate the participants about the subject and explore avenues to outline the M Powered Strategies Organizational Design Service Line. Brian St.Sauveur, Andrew Slawter, and Wes Cronkite prepared and delivered presentations based on literature they reviewed regarding the subject. Each of them gave informative and engaging presentations that delved into the specifics of Organizational Design, including various models used.

The symposium also consisted of a variety of brainstorming and discussions sessions exploring areas of Organizational Design that M Powered Strategies is currently providing and future areas to grow. These outputs will help develop the core documentation when we are designing how the Organizational Design Service Line will operate. This Symposium was exceptionally educational to all the participants and valuable to the company.

A special thanks to Brian St.Sauveur, Andrew Slawter, and Wes Cronkite for taking extra time beyond their normal work schedule to prepare materials for the symposium and to all participants for attending!

Preparing our Organizational Leaders and Facilitators to Better Serve Government Clients

Erin Bankey led a training session on group dynamics to better inform the company’s work with organizational design, project management, and facilitation. In collaboration with Dr. Sam Steen of The George Washington University, the course covered the five stages of group development and useful techniques to mitigate group problems. Examples raised during the group discussion demonstrated that an understanding of how people interact in groups is essential in client delivery and relevant for our work.

Offering internal training sessions is part of the FSL’s effort to provide professional development for M Powered Strategies employees. The slide deck and presentation notes can be found under Corporate Meetings on SharePoint.

Be looking for more upcoming training offerings from FSL, including strategic communications, interest-based problem solving, leadership development, and conflict resolution! Based on the feedback received so far, project management, process design, proposal writing, and organizational change management are also popular requests for future trainings.

Please feel free to email the FSL team with additional suggestions or requests for desired trainings. We look forward to your valuable input!

Meeting Managers Showcase & Training

Can a meeting that only gets half way through the scheduled agenda be considered successful? Absolutely!

The Meeting Managers Training in September is an excellent example. The afternoon training was a great success, despite only finishing half way, as it showcased current M Powered Strategies supported meetings by each Meeting Managers. These presentations described each meeting’s significance, benefits, and where M Powered Strategies has brought direct value. We also documented a long list of the various tools that M Powered Strategies uses to support the meeting. In total, M Powered Strategies has seven Meeting Managers (and counting) supporting 19 meetings!

Andrew Slawter brought forth his vast M Powered Strategies experience in meeting management and facilitated an informative and entertaining training session on meeting minutes, proper documentation, and procedures. Hard to believe meeting minutes could actually be fun!

Outputs captured from the meeting will help M Powered Strategies develop common standards and train future Meeting Managers. With time shortened from the original schedule, we were only able to get through half of the agenda. The second half of this training session resumed in mid-October and focused on further improving M Powered Strategies meeting management through using technological tools and writing clearer, more effective action Items. Thank you all for your participation and feedback!

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