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Prepare for WA's paid family-leave benefits

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Jan 21, 2020 8:26:34 AM

Download our Leave of Absence Coverage Playbook

As of January 1, Washington state employees can apply for 12+ weeks of paid family and medical leave benefits. 

Thanks to this new benefit, more people will be taking leave than ever before. As a manager, you want to support those taking leave—without overburdening yourself or your team.

Get ahead of it: Put a plan in place now, so you can support those taking a leave of absence and those covering during their leave. 

Download the Leave of Absence Coverage Playbook.

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Topics: News & updates

FFA x Simplicity: Sponsorship in action

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Dec 9, 2019 10:44:33 AM

2019 was transformational for the Female Founders Alliance (FFA).

The organization tripled its membership, launched its programming on a national scale, inked a deal with WeWork, honored an incredible group of women and allies at the Champion Awards gala, and successfully completed its second Ready, Set, Raise Accelerator cohort—which collectively raised $2.7M and counting.

We’ve been proud to sponsor FFA as it works tirelessly to support female and non-binary founders of venture-scale companies. To show our support, we funded a marketing resource—the talented and values-driven Sara LeHoullier—for 2019 to help FFA expand its reach. As the year rapidly winds to a close, let’s take a look back at all the organization accomplished in 12 short months.

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Topics: News & updates, Women & work, Community

Tech Impact Awards 2019

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Sep 30, 2019 11:25:39 AM

We’re honored to receive a Tech Impact Award alongside our region’s top tech leaders like DreamBox Learning, Smartsheet, TomboyX, The Riveter, and Zipwhip.

One of the PNW's most distinguished tech honors, the Tech Impact Awards recognize companies in Washington state that are using technology to have a significant impact on business, industry, or society.

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Topics: News & updates

(un)Gala at a glance

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Sep 25, 2019 8:09:48 AM

Team Simplicity recently attended the UW Bothell School of Business' annual (un)Gala. It was a celebration of the people who make the school great, and a chance to hear from alums and students on how the program has shaped their lives. 

We're proud to support the school and proud of our CEO & founder, Lisa Hufford's, commitment to the school's programming and students—as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the past seven years, a former professor, and an employer. 

Read Lisa Hufford's recap of the fundraiser event on LinkedIn. 

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Topics: News & updates

13 years of Simplicity

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Aug 8, 2019 1:28:59 PM

Simplicity turns 13 today. 

Our founder and CEO, Lisa Hufford, reflected on where we've been—and where we're going. Read her LinkedIn article: Grateful & Inspired

Thanks to everyone who made Simplicity what it is today. Cheers to 13! 

#WeAreSimplicity

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Topics: News & updates

Daring Woman Lisa Hufford

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Aug 2, 2019 9:48:51 AM

We love daring women.

We religiously follow Seattle Business magazine's Daring Women series—featuring local inspirations like the Riveter's Amy Nelson and DreamBox Learning's Jessie Woolley-Wilson—and we were a proud sponsor of this year's Daring Women event

So we were thrilled when our own Lisa Hufford, Simplicity CEO and founder, was featured in the Daring Women series. In her profile, Lisa talks leadership, confidence, personal brand, and the importance of building relationships. 

Here are a few of our favorite takeaways: 

  • On humility: "Good leaders … have the humility to surround themselves with experts who fill their gaps and lift them up, along with empathy, integrity and the perseverance to continue even when the obstacles feel insurmountable."
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Topics: News & updates, Women & work

Here's why we're supporting FFA

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on Jul 29, 2019 1:45:17 PM

This year, we're funding a pro bono marketing resource for the Female Founders Alliance (FFA). 

Learn why, from our founder Lisa Hufford, in this excerpt from the FFA blog

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Topics: News & updates, Women & work

Building your on-demand team: low-risk and flexible

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:41:34 AM

 “This new structure allows team members to focus on leveraging their unique set of expertise to deliver greater results…”

Michael, like many managers, is in meetings almost every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and triple-booked much of the time. Michael is a rising star in the company and is highly valued by executives who often ask him to work on important projects. As a result, everyone wants a piece of him. His team values him as their manager and trusts him to be a great advocate for them. Michael’s professional success has opened many doors and new relationships, but has come with a cost—huge burdens on his time and priorities. He runs an important but relatively small team that has many responsibilities.

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Topics: Talent shift

The on-demand workforce: agile, adaptable, accountable

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:41:03 AM

Because businesses increasingly are required to do more with less, companies large and small are beginning to see the critical need for project-based, on-demand teams to drive business outcomes.

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Topics: Talent shift

The SPEED solution: delivering at the speed of digital

Posted by Simplicity Consulting on May 31, 2019 11:39:58 AM

 SPEED is about defining your business needs and goals and determining what talent and skills you’ll need to achieve success.

Several years ago, my team invented a new approach to work. SPEED stands for Success, Plan, Execute, Evaluate and Decide. It changes the way most managers traditionally look at things. First and foremost, SPEED enables you to have a much broader viewpoint than simply placing names on an organizational chart. SPEED is about defining your business needs and goals and determining what talent and skills you’ll need to achieve success. Here’s some of the feedback we hear:

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Topics: Talent shift

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