Commenda Capital Announces Affiliation With The Dash Group
Press Release (ePRNews.com) - ATLANTA - Nov 15, 2017 - Commenda Capital has announced an affiliation with The Dash Group, a boutique consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development. Through its affiliation with Commenda, DASH will address two critical areas of concern for executive leaders seeking to grow their companies: 1) Identification of leadership and organizational strengths and vulnerabilities 2) Optimization of human capital. Identification of organizational and leadership strengths and vulnerabilities – Critical to growth of a company is ensuring the leadership and organizational foundation necessary to sustain growth. Vulnerabilities affecting that might include the company’s culture, leadership, proper succession planning, dysfunctional operational teams or poor organizational practices and habits. The Dash Group has expertise in uncovering those areas and offering recommendations to close gaps so that the organization functions more efficiently and effectively. Resolving these issues positions the company for accelerated growth and transformative value creation. Optimization of human capital – The second area where The Dash Group will add value is by executing developmental strategy in order to optimize human capital. The Dash Group has more than a decade of experience and expertise in leadership development, culture change, team building, succession planning, and shoring up human capital issues that may be causing dysfunction within a company. Dash provides certified executive coaches and other methodologies to help companies maximize productivity and functionality assuring optimal value and profitability. The Dash Group affiliation with Commenda enables the team to deliver both human capital solutions as well as financial capital solutions to support healthy growing companies. Both Commenda and The Dash Group are excited about their expanded service offerings that will assure the ongoing organizational, operational and financial success of their clients’ business strategies. # # # # The Dash Group: The Dash Group is a boutique consulting firm passionate about helping its clients achieve organizational fghz health and develop effective leaders. Over the past decade, Dash has found that unhealthy companies are sluggish and have an organizational drag that decreases the productivity and capacity of their most valuable resource, their people. Much like a healthy person, a healthy organization has higher levels of energy, is more productive, and is capable of reaching its full potential. For additional information please visit: www.thedashgroup.net or contact: Cindy Barber email@example.com, 770-906-7117 Commenda Capital, LLC is a merchant banking firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA. It supports lower and middle-market companies seeking capital for growth, recapitalization, shareholder liquidity, and restructuring. Commenda supports its clients with services that go beyond financial capital, including targeted marketing plans, strategic planning, and operational resources. Commenda calls this “Capital+”. It’s the “+” that is critical to our clients’ success as they create long-term sustainable value. For additional information please visit www.commendacapital.com or contact: John Runningen,JRunningen@CommendaCapital.com, 770-858-0085 Source : Commenda Capital
The Dash Group Partners with NATP to Get School Bus Driver Safety and Risk Index™ Into School Systems
NAPT Announces School Bus Driver Safety and Risk Index™Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. Frankly and this Site make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you are affiliated with this page and would like it removed please contact firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE National Association for Pupil Transportation Testing will assess driver judgment ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- School bus drivers are among the most scrutinized drivers on the road; their performance is expected to be near perfect, every time, which means they must consistently make the right call in challenging situations. But how do we know if they will – or won't? The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) has partnered with an Atlanta-based consulting firm called The Dash Group to create a unique, customized way for employers to assess a school bus driver's capacity for sound judgment. The School Bus Driver Safety and Risk Index™ is tailored to measure a school bus driver's decision-making ability. The assessment is available online and should take most job applicants no more than 10-12 minutes to complete. Afterward, employers receive a confidential, downloadable report that gives them a sense of a candidate's:
Problem solving ability
Task accomplishment, dependability and work ethic
Capacity to deal with difficult people and situations
Ability to notice, sense, absorb clues
Focus and concentration
Personal and work stress, coping skills and attitude
ATLANTA — In response to the November 2016 Chattanooga school bus crash that killed six children, a consulting firm is working with a school district on a program that assesses the judgment skills of potential school bus drivers. The Dash Group, an Atlanta-based organizational consulting and coaching firm, has created a private-public partnership with the Cleveland City Schools (CCS) district in Bradley County, Tennessee, to implement the program. Aimed at understanding the judgment skills of potential school bus drivers, the initiative grants funding to give the online Judgment Index Safety/Risk Assessment to 100 applicants. The assessment was put into place on Feb. 1. “We have chosen this particular school district because they are showing they are already doing everything they can in terms of safety and risk, but didn’t have a strong assessment protocol for hiring drivers,” said Catherine Hickem, founder and CEO of The Dash Group. With an enrollment of approximately 5,400 students in nine schools, CCS transports 2,448 general-education students and 80 special-needs students each school day. Upon applying, aspiring bus drivers must pass three background checks — with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Division of Children’s Services, and the Abuse Registry — before being interviewed. The grant will add the Judgment Index as the next step in the process.
“We’re not just looking for people who want a job,” explained Hal Taylor, director of operations for the district. “We want people who understand the responsibility and know that they are affecting someone’s life every day.”
A nationwide bus driver shortage is exacerbated in certain states, including Tennessee, where the level of funding commonly allows for part-time drivers only. Drivers may, as a result, work at least a second job, as was the case with the driver in the Chattanooga crash.
“The Dash Group felt compelled to initiate this grant because of our sadness and indignation at the useless loss of children’s lives in the Chattanooga bus accident,” Hickem added. “We believe that careless driving could be significantly reduced if school system leaders would put this assessment protocol in place to ensure their drivers have the capacity for good judgment.”
The Judgment Index, a scientific instrument that has reportedly been validated in studies and through ongoing use in business settings for four decades, was developed by Robert S. Hartman. Stewarded today by the Chattanooga-based company Judgment Index, the safety and risk assessment tool is quick and easy to use at a cost of $40 per person, according to The Dash Group. The Dash Group, which is certified to administer the tool, uses it routinely in its work with corporate clients.
“We believe that for anyone directly working with children, be they teachers or coaches, chaperones, or drivers, we need to understand the kind of judgment that may guide their actions and decisions,” said Steve Byrum, president of The Judgment Index. “It is compelling to know that National Safety Council data strongly suggests that upwards of 70% of accidents in business and industry are caused by errors in human judgment.” The assessment is designed to reveal an individual’s beliefs and values based on two questions that ask the respondent to rank 18 topics. The resulting analysis and report is said to provide insights that point to one’s likely use of judgment on the job. The grant is one part of a proposed Bus Driver Safety Initiative and National Qualification Protocol that has been drafted by The Dash Group. The six-point process recommends a combination of background checks, Judgment Index assessment, vehicle training, a GPS safety tracking system on board each bus, annual refresher training courses, and legislation at the state and/or federal level that sets an age limit for drivers, similar to what is in place for airline pilots, according to The Dash Group.