Cornish Commons Wins DJC Building of the Year

CornishCommonsInt1So excited that Cornish Commons, serving the students of Cornish College of the Arts, has been named Seattle Building of the Year.  Congratulations to the Capstone Development Partners team for developing such a beautiful building.

Daily Journal of Commerce Selects Cornish Commons at Seattle’s Building of the Year


Considering Good Business Writing and the Flaws With How It’s Taught

wilmadavidsonJoining us on the podcast today is college instructor, and veteran business writing and presentation skills coach, Dr. Wilma Davidson.  Dr. Davidson is an instructor of Professional and Technical Communication at the University of South Florida and author of the Third Revised Edition of Business Writing:  What Works, What Won’t, published by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Dr. Davidson spoke with us on the topic of good business writing; its necessities and the flaws in how it is taught.

She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in English Education from State University of New York at New Paltz, a C.A.G.S. in Journalism from American International College, and an Ed.D. in English / Business Communications from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – NewBrunswick.

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COCM – a GREAT place to work!

COCM_logo_notag-01In 2012, COCM kicked off an annual employee survey and we completed our fourth one recently. It started out as an effort to understand what all our employees, not just directors, think and feel about us a company. What it has become, is a way for our leadership team to quickly assess where we excel or fall short, can better expend resources to provide the largest impact, and need to focus for the future.

Over the last four years, the most surprising result is how consistent our data has been for many of the categories and questions. This consistency provides a solid base for engagement and employment factors so we can truly see if a new initiative is detrimental to our overall health as an organization or provides a positive outcome.

This year’s results show:

  • Almost 68% of our non-student employees are interested in growth with us; a boon for COCM since we tend to promote from within and have communities all over the country.
  • A majority of employees:
    • Would recommend working for COCM (84.9%)
    • Are comfortable with their colleagues (83.6%)
    • Believe their suggestions are considered by supervisors/colleagues (83.6%)
    • Believe COCM cares about their employees (81.9%)
    • Feel supported by their supervisor (81.2%)
    • Feel they are treated fairly by COCM (80%)
    • Believe their contributions are recognized (74.4%)
  • Two stats we are very proud to see are:
    • 87.7% of our employees feel they are a part of a team fulfilling the mission of COCM,
    • 87.6% of our employees believe COCM cares about our partner schools.

Both of these are really a BIG accomplishment– they mean our culture of customer service and relationship building, at all levels of the organization, are indeed felt, believed in and noticed.

There are other highlights since our first survey. We’ve made a real dent in making sure our employees have the training they need to do their jobs (79.5% answered positively in 2015) as well as providing professional development opportunities (79.5% have taken advantage of opportunities in 2015). Both items have had significant improvement since our first survey in 2012. It doesn’t mean our job is done, but does tell us we are heading in the right direction.

Since there are a number of other pieces of information we want to know, we’ll be launching quarterly surveys in 2016 to supplement our annual fall survey. The fall survey will remain an “employee temperature” survey, but each quarter will focus on different aspects of employee engagement, development and leadership. Our goal is to round out our information to provide an even better environment for COCM’s employees.

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The Buzz: Promises – January 2016

The Buzz is a feature on the blog where we ask multiple people to give their thoughts on a single topic.  This month we’re bringing you another edition where we focus on the COCM company promises.  We did a similar version back in September (read it here: The Buzz – Promises Sept 2015), but now take a look at some different perspectives on the same promises, from different people.

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Fantastic Infographic on Millenials


A well done infographic is one that can visually tell a story. I ran across one the other day that I thought was very interesting, and applicable to things we talk about on this blog: Millenials. It gives  statistics on who they are, how they spend, where they live, etc. You may be able to guess some of the things you’ll read on here, but I guarantee you’ll be suprised by others.  Take a look.  Click on the image to the left to get the full version.



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