Diversity Impact

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Diversity Impact

Ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sex. Important words, typical words associated with diversity. Unfortunately, these words aren’t enough and often lead to divisiveness at varying levels within an organization. They lead to an arbitrary focus on quotas and compliance rather than focusing on opportunities for growth and scale.

These words alone don’t adequately describe how diversity impacts an organization or why diversity is necessary. We’ve been drilled with the fundamentals – diversity produces more creative solutions to complex problems, diversity creates a greater sense of belonging for a greater number of employees, and in turn diversity leads to greater financial returns. But little energy is spent discussing why diversity leads to such great returns and how to cultivate a culture which embraces diversity.

Innovation through diversity of thought

I find it fascinating that as a society we’re still struggling to execute and embrace a diverse workforce. I can’t help but wonder if part of the reason we struggle, is because we haven’t come to appreciate the true concept of diversity and the ways in which it benefits the bottom line.

Thought, experience, perspective, personality. To me, these words go farther to describe why diversity enables corporate growth opportunities. They are actionable words which can be used in recruiting talent, developing corporate culture, mentorship and innovation.

Organizations that lack diversity of thought, experience, perspective and personality, suffer from a ‘like me’ mentality where the organizations leadership isn’t challenged, isn’t forced to think broadly, nor do they take the time to consider alternative solutions to their business challenges.

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Organizations which fail to embrace diversity of thought, experience, perspective and personality, struggle to understand alternative views held by their customers, to understand the varying types of risks their business faces, or to have an appreciation for why alternative perspectives are important. These organizations often experience high turnover, slow growth and ultimately do not reach their full potential.

Organizations which embrace and implement diversity of thought, experience, perspective and personality, are better positioned to make insightful strategic decisions based on the different perspectives each employee brings to the table as compared to organizations who fall into a ‘like me’ mentality. The root of diversity is to spark debate, leading to better solutions and innovative ideas which position your organization for future success. Organizations which effectively execute on creating a diverse workforce are aligned for long-term growth and success, while those who don’t toil away, never making progress and always wondering why they’re falling behind.

Thoughts on thinking differently

As you (hopefully) seek to embrace diversity and make a concerted effort to integrate diversity into your organization, I offer you these thoughts:

Live authentically
Your employees, your customers, your investors and your competition are watching you. Creating a goal which states you value diversity looks good on paper, but if you aren’t authentically living up to that value proposition people will see through it and believe you to be disingenuous. Take the time to speak to your team members about the type of organization you’re creating, about the value of cultivating different viewpoints, let them see you work through an operational challenge with someone who possess a different mindset. Give your team members an opportunity to work for and with leaders who are different from you. Live authentically and take visible actions toward accomplishing your goals.

It’s more than a checklist
Don’t create a checklist or governance process based solely on the physical attributes of a person. Create an insightful selection process which must be followed before you begin to identify new talent. An insightful selection process will look different for each team, however the most critical element is to consider the mix of strengths you need to be successful such as:

  • Creative thinking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Introspective thinking
  • Entry-level experience
  • Years of experience
  • Collaborative personalities

Don’t create a checklist simply based on how you preserve a person to look, act or pray. Create a process which will cultivate the mix of strengths needed to move your organization from where it is today, to where you need to be tomorrow. Remember no one person possess all of these strengths.

Embrace the power of individuality
Let those around you be their authentic self. It’s through embracing the power of individuality that you will unlock the true potential of your organization and create a sense of belonging for your employees. Through that sense of belonging your employees will be committed to bringing their best self to work every day.

Be Purposeful
Actions speak louder than words. If you don’t have diverse backgrounds across your teams, from the top down, the organization won’t care what words you’re using. They will believe that your lack of intention in surrounding yourself with people who look, act, think differently from you represents how you really feel, and the words you’ve used hold no value.

Key takeaways

I encourage you to take the time to assess your current team and the needs you have for this team in the future. Have you surrounded yourself with people who constantly agree with you, who never challenge your ideas or positions, who seem to always have the same answers or thought process you would have? Do they all fall into the same category on the physical diversity checklist? When you look around the table at a team meeting, do you see different versions of yourself? Creating a diversity mentality is not a one and done activity. Diversity must be constantly assessed and fed with new, relevant, information.

Ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sex. Words we need to understand the very baseline of what diversity is.

Thought, experience, perspective, personality. Words we need to evolve our thinking about what diversity should be.

Let’s create an equal playing field that integrates physical diversity, with intellectual diversity and finally begin operating as a collective community seeking to reach our true potential. After all, not all diversity is skin deep.

Implications of Poor Data Quality Management

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Implications of Poor Data Quality Management

Dealing with Dirty Data – Implications of Poor Data Quality Management

It’s no secret that data has an impact on the future of an organization based upon the vast insights that can be derived. However, if decisions for the organization are being made based upon inaccurate data, the missteps that can occur have the ability to debilitate the future of an enterprise.

Having recently worked with an entertainment company whose corporate executives had been told they had $400M in cash locked up in their organization, we’ve seen the devastating aftermath of poor data. After an extensive investigation and cleansing of any irregularities, or anomalies, the data actually revealed the company had less than $100M in cash to unlock. Needless to say, heads were on the line as much of the newfound, never to be realized, $400M had already been spent in the minds of the corporate leaders.

To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, it is critical to establish data quality standards and governance principles to ensure accurate data based upon the integrity, validity, accuracy, and consistency of your data. So, what are the top implications of poor Data Quality Management?

Inefficient Operations
Once the integrity of an organization’s data is in question, stakeholders will begin to double check the data themselves resulting in wasted time, increased workload, and slower time to completion and decreased quality. Because they don’t trust the data, they spend their time hunting for inaccuracies, correcting errors, and searching for more reliable sources, instead of analyzing, and building stories based on the data.

Data scientists and information technology departments should spend time curating new projects and overseeing the strategic direction of the enterprise, not cleaning and organizing the data.

Strategic Missteps
Business leaders and other decision makers rely on data to make important decisions that can change the trajectory of the business. Strategic decisions based on data that prove to be inaccurate, such as penetrating a new market, investing in a new product, or spending money on a new acquisition, can send your business in a downward spiral that will be difficult to recover from.

Financial Loss
According to Gartner, an average of $15 million per year is lost due to poor data quality. We encourage you to also measure the annual financial costs of poor DQM for your operation. It is beneficial to discover the data error rate in your industry and compare it against your internal data error rate to gain the overall big picture of where your organization lies in the spectrum of costs associated with poor data quality. Imagine the savings, investments, and financial stability that you can bring to your organization by improving the quality of your data management.

Lack of Focus
Too much data can cloud your vision, making it impossible to remember your strategy or the mission you set out to achieve. With the abundance of data available, it is imperative to cut through the noise to reach a timely conclusion. Not only is data plentiful, but it is almost obsolete the minute it is reported. Time is of the essence.

The benefits of improving the quality of data go far beyond building trust, productivity and reducing costs. They extend to employee engagement, your reputation with consumers and focusing on the right strategy for growth. The goal should always be progress toward better data and improved decision making for the sustained long-term growth of your organization.

The accelerated adoption of digital platforms by companies of all sizes, operating in all industry segments, combined with the automation of common business processes, is driving increasing volumes of data for business leaders to curate, validate and organize. The explosion in the generation of data not only presents analytical challenges but also steals valuable time from the strategic operations of many organizations. Liberty Source’s harmonized approach to automation and human capital uncovers the underlying pain points that are impacting your organization and curates a personalized data experience to improve your data quality management.

Liberty Source’s data solutions are tailored to our client’s unique needs. We meet these needs through understanding our client’s strategic direction, assessing their use and need for data and ensuring alignment on the expected outcomes. We provide the cognitive service layer essential to enabling accurate and meaningful business decisions.

Hybrid Service Delivery: Safeguard your Bottom-line During a Pandemic

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Hybrid Service Delivery: Safeguard your Bottom-line During a Pandemic

The severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is becoming painfully obvious to many organizations around the world. The lasting global economic impact that this crisis will have remains to be seen yet has already changed the way we live and work. This past week, in particular, has changed the very way that businesses operate and has forced them to re-think contingency plans. Unfortunately, not all enterprises have the ability to switch to a work from home model, especially in an offshore business service delivery model. The established business continuity practices of moving operations from one center to another located thousands of miles away aren’t enough to satisfy today’s operating demands. The impacts of COVID-19 are felt globally and despite the resulting economic slow-down, work must continue.

One can often point to economic circumstances, seasonality of your business, or other external factors affecting your market position, however even in times of economic downturn, your talent, including outsourced talent is what will make you stand out above your competitors and help you to overcome the downturns faster than others. During an unprecedented circumstance such as COVID-19, having both an onshore and offshore operating model with partners who understand this, and stand ready to face all challenges with you, ensures peace of mind and safeguards your bottom-line during a pandemic.

When we look at enterprises that align to a hybrid delivery strategy, we begin to uncover their ability to maintain capability and productivity despite the circumstance. However, knowing what to look for can be quite a challenge.

As you undoubtedly will begin to question and design life after COVID-19, it’s vital to understand the attributes of an onshore service delivery partner that are necessary to safeguard your bottom-line during a pandemic. While we can’t predict what the world will look like in a few months, here are a few points to consider:

Dedication to the health and well-being of all employees
The way your partner treats their employees will have a direct effect on how well those same employees approach the work they’ve been assigned as well as how they treat your consumers and business stakeholders.

Ability to meet client needs while executing onshore BCP
You must understand how much downtime your partner will need to activate their chosen BCP. The resulting will be a direct hit to your operating capacity and your bottom line.

Top-tier remote technology infrastructure
In a world where we must act quickly and pivot often we must all have a responsive technology platform. Our ability to pivot quickly and ensure continuity of service will depend greatly on our ability to stand up remote access on the fly.

Flexibility and experience with dispersed teams
Most operating centers are governed by boots on the ground. Leaders feel they need to physically see each employee in order to believe the employee is being productive. The effects of COVID-19 and work from home mandates are going to truly test this philosophy. Some leaders will make it through and adjust their approach. Others will fail and experience great attrition after this has passed.

Resilience in a time of world panic
Now is the time when your best leaders and partners will rise to the top. Those you can rely on will be steadfast and strong. They will listen to your fears, understand your needs and create a plan to help you through. Most importantly they will provide hope that your operations can withstand the test of time.

Liberty Source CEO, Cindy Gallagher, shares thoughts and insights on establishing automation goals

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Liberty Source CEO, Cindy Gallagher, shares thoughts and insights on establishing automation goals

Truly Integrating Artificial Intelligence Throughout Your Global Enterprise

In 2019 Robotic Process Automation has quickly become a pre-requisite for any larger organization. Now the adoption and use of artificial intelligence is the new battleground for companies wanting to stay ahead of the pack and the opportunities that lie within it are endless. Whether you want to increase profits, streamline project management, or better serve your customer, AI can be employed in almost every area of your operations to create startling results. In a sphere where innovation must be continuous in order to stay competitive, this event looks at how to go beyond basic automation, and into the AI promised land.

AI Live Americas an online summit from the AIIA Network Is expected to draw over 1500 registrations. Free to attend, you can dial in from the comfort of your desk and listen to global AI experts live or ondemand. Together we will tackle a range of topics including; cognitive wins from the front lines, chatbots, AI at scale, Big Data vs. Dark Data, AI powered CX and the human to machine handover. New to this year, we will be looking into AI applications in both the front and back office, to enable you to explore the full 360 degrees of AI opportunities.

Key Themes:

  • Cognitive And AI Wins (And Disasters) From The Front-Line
  • Big Data Vs. Dark Data: Using AI To Process And Analyse Structured And Unstructured Data
  • Revolutionising Omni-Channel Customer Experience With AI And Chat-Bots
  • AI At Scale: Building A Pathway To Global Group Adoption Of Cognitive Technologies
  • Talent, Leadership And Hybrid-Teams: Building A Culture That Is AI Ready

Post Cable Business Network Aggregates the Day’s Top Business Headlines for 26M Americans

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Post Cable Business Network Aggregates the Day’s Top Business Headlines for 26M Americans

GotUrSix TV Partners with Military Spouse Led Company on New Mission

Washington, DC – January 12, 2019 – GotUrSix TV launches the first news headline website for the 26 million Military, Veterans, Military Spouses and Reservists worldwide. The new digital platform aggregates all of the day’s top business headlines including topics such as healthcare, technology, career, U.S. Corporation Military Program, Mergers, Acquisitions & Investment, influential military contracts, and more.

The launch of the new digital service is well-timed to address the gap in the market. While there are hundreds of websites and blogs featuring business and military related content, until now, there has not been one site to aggregate all the days business headlines impacting Veterans, Military Spouses, active duty and Reservists.

“We are excited to launch this new platform to bring together the day’s relevant business stories impacting 26M Americans,” said the GotUrSix TV Founder and son of two Air Force Veterans, Keith Trippie. “The business model has already been proven with sites such as Drudge Report, Cheddar and Wired to name a few, and we wanted to create a fun, informative site for our audience read with their cup of coffee every morning,” the retired Department of Homeland Security Executive continued.

GotUrSix TV’s target audience is the 26M Americans who have served and sacrificed for the United States. Of the 26M, 200,000 transition from service each year, 4M are Veteran Owned businesses, nearly one million are Military Spouses and millions of Veterans are in the workforce.

To build this service GotUrSix TV has partnered with Liberty Source, a leading managed business services firm led by a Navy Spouse. Liberty Source has nearly 50% of its workforce as Military Spouses and Veterans.

“Liberty Source is thrilled to partner with Keith and the GotUrSix TV team. Liberty Source was founded on the belief that we should be doing more to support Military Spouses, Veterans and active duty service members,” said Cindy Gallagher, the CEO of Liberty Source and Navy Spouse. “We feed this mission by providing long-term, sustainable careers for Military Spouses, Veterans and active duty reservists, while GotUrSix TV feeds this mission through aggregating relevant and entertaining business news stories directly applicable to this community.”

GotUrSix TV’s website went live in January 2019 and looks like they have a bright financial future.

“Partnering with Liberty Source is key to providing timely, high-value information for the Community.” Trippie said. “As the saying goes… go fast, go alone; go far, go together.”

About GotUrSix TV:

GotUrSix TV is the post-cable business platform aggregating the day’s top business headlines and shares the personal stories of active duty, Veterans, Military Spouses, and Reservists. In addition to the business headline service, GotUrSix TV goes behind the headlines with another 80 hours of original programming featuring more than 130 influencers and leaders from the Military, Veteran and Military Spouse community.

How Harmonization Leads To Higher-Value Workstreams

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How Harmonization Leads To Higher-Value Workstreams

It’s human nature to be afraid, unsure of how digital transformation (Dx) fits in our analog lives. We project our fear onto the Dx before us and instead of leveraging its potential, we make small, incremental changes to our processes and our products, while keeping an arm’s length away from the scary new technology threatening our lives and our livelihood.

The extent to which Dx will replace jobs performed by humans is unclear, but it is clear that Dx is changing the way we work. To alleviate the mounting anxiety, leaders must create a clearly defined strategy to harmonize their new workforce.

Develop your duel strategy

  • Without a thoughtful duel agenda (digital and human) any strategy you deploy will be one-sided and fail
  • We no longer live in a world where human skills out-power digital capabilities; the two go hand in hand

Define expectations

  • There is a lot of hype around Dx, its potential and its fail points
  • The capabilities Dx offers are not one-size fits all
  • Spend the time developing expectations for your organization; otherwise it won’t be the Dx that failed to deliver, it will be you

Business outcomes

  • Customers are demanding new solutions to ease their daily activities, provide insights, and drive decision making for the future
  • Your Dx strategy should be built with this in mind as demand increases for solutions which provide a ‘when I want it, where I want and how I want’ product

Organizational outcomes

  • Dx is hyped for its external implications to your organizations stakeholders and customers, however it’s also about creating a more engaging work environment for your Human talent
  • When implemented properly, Dx will free up time spent on menial tasks while also creating flexibility for people to work when, where and how they want to deliver the most desirable business outcomes

Understand motivations

  • You have to understand the “why” of your Dx initiatives
  • And your people won’t buy-in to the “why” of your Dx initiatives unless they understand the “why”!
  • Naysayers have the potential to pull your strategy offline, sabotaging your efforts
  • Dedicate the time necessary to uncover the motives and drivers of others
  • Use this information to your advantage as you set your strategy and communicate milestones
  • Engage them in defining the future, empower them to make incremental improvements, and work alongside them to create disruptive advancements, forever changing the trajectory of your industry

Exploit the softer side

  • DX is specifically designed to understand and learn the technical aspect of any profession
  • However, it falls on its proverbial face when presented with the concept of uncertainty
  • Human talents such as navigating change, creative thinking, visualizing the future and empathy are not yet matched by any Dx initiative

Life-long learning

  • Dx played a large role in reducing the concept of ‘jobs for life’
  • Leaders today must cultivate a culture of learning, ensuring employees have new and creative opportunities to advance their skills, creating a liquid workforce allowing employees to learn, flex and evolve

Organizational mapping

  • Create and communicate the future organization; including leadership, accountability, span of control, inputs, information flow and capacity planning
  • As you develop your future organization, you should find that your most valuable assets (your people) will be redirected to higher value workstreams
  • This clarity will help to align your Human talent with your Dx efforts, giving all stakeholders an understanding of their position within the new organization, reducing questions and unrest

We are at the tipping point of unleashing the formidable power of a harmonized Dx and Human workforce. It is up to the Humans in this equation to embrace change and optimize the power of the new workforce.

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Does military and business have a common ground?

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Does military and business have a common ground?

VIP Interview with Cindy Gallagher, Liberty Source CEO.

Cindy Gallagher joined Liberty Source in 2018 as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. As a Navy spouse, she was one of the company’s pioneers in 2014. Liberty Source has established the onshore managed business services model as a competitive alternative to captive and offshore shared service centers, while creating long-term sustainable careers for military spouses and veterans. We ask her about her experience in the field of modern outsourcing business and how leadership skills and values that come from the military field can be adapted to business reality.

What is the role of women in today’s business? What are the aspects of modern business and life that women can make the biggest difference in?

Today, women are corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, data scientists, individual contributors and board members. There is no limit to the role women can, and should, play in business. Unfortunately, business history demonstrates a clear delineation of the value organizations have placed on male vs female leadership. Women are still all too often giving up family life in order to prove their worth to the business community, and yet, despite this dedication, they struggle for equal leadership positions and equal pay.

Today, women leaders are well positioned to rewrite the storyline related to the intersection of a successful career, family life and the value of a blended leadership team. Women and men both seek to find harmony between the demands of a long, successful career, and a happy, fulfilling family life. There is still a widespread belief that this is primarily a women only challenge and that women with families can’t devote the necessary time to excelling at work. Luckily, that mindset is starting to change and we are seeing more and more organizations place women at the leadership table, and more and more men taking on family related responsibilities. It is often found that organizations which embrace women leaders have greater diversity of thought, resulting in a stronger corporate culture and greater market share.

One of the biggest differences women leaders can make is to not give up on their dreams. It’s easy to give up on a dream, but a lot more rewarding to push through and achieve it. We must also continue to celebrate the benefits of a diverse workforce and inclusion at all levels of the organization. We have a responsibility to coach and mentor young men and women on this topic, shaping the future for those who come after us, and working to create parity at all levels of the organization.

My son was asking me this morning about my work and about this interview. When I told him that one of the topics we were discussing is the role of women in business he inter-

rupted me and said “why does that matter, it’s just the same for men and women”. I love his response because that is an indication to me that the next generation won’t see a difference in the capabilities of men vs women. My hope is that the next generation is telling a story of leadership, talent, sustainability and harmonization, not one of men vs women and the struggle for equality.

Please tell me what does it mean for you to be a true leader nowadays, and how has it changed since you started your career?

To be a true leader means to motivate people. To compel people to be better than they are today, to leverage their strengths, to dig deep and find new opportunities to challenge the status-quo. We must let our teams take risks, we must be ready to course correct if they go astray, and we must always offer alternative solutions to complex problems. We need to coach, teach and guide. We can’t give all the answers and we can’t be in every meeting or situation with our teams. We must instead be role models in our words and in our actions, treating each of our team members with equality and giving them comfort in knowing we are there for them every step of the way.

Corporate social responsibility driven mission of Liberty Source is surely inspiring and important – how does it help you find new clients, if at all?

Liberty Source was founded on the belief that business operations can, and should, be blended with a meaningful social purpose. For us, that social purpose is creating long-term, sustainable careers for US military spouses and veterans. In the competitive managed business services landscape, we believe dedication and commitment to our social mission is a market differentiator.

Military spouses and veterans are dedicated, self-motivated and possess an unmatched fortitude, as compared to the traditional civilian workforce. These are qualities all employers demand, yet struggle to find. Liberty Source is focused on creating a culture for military spouses and veterans to grow, learn and leverage their inherent strengths. We understand the unique challenges of military life and are able to provide benefits to

support these families, whereas traditional corporations must appeal to a broad base of employees, often leaving military families feeling lost and misunderstood.

We have found that clients turn to us first for our social mission and commitment to a uniquely underserved population, and then for our ability to provide a blend of services, our cost structure and for our dedication to client service.

Our vision is to become the largest US based impact sourcing firm by transforming the way corporate executives engage with the outsourcing industry and revolutionizing the career paths for military spouse and veterans. Our clients buy into and engage in this vision directly.

We stand by our dual mission strategy and believe this is a true market differentiator for us:

1. Commercial Mission: To run a profitable outsourcing business by earning the trust of our clients and delivering reliable, flexible and competitive on-shore business services.

2. Social Mission: To provide long-term sustainable careers for military spouses and veterans, throughout and after their military service.

Does Liberty Source hire former military commanders too? And if yes, how does this “rigorous & hierarchical” leadership work in a very agile outsourcing & shared services world?

Liberty Source seeks to hire military spouses and veterans regardless of the position they held while in the military. Our talent pool was trained by the US military to accept nothing short of top quality during their time in the service. This training stays with them in their post-service life, including their time at Liberty Source. The training they received in the military and leverage while at Liberty Source, translates to top quality performance for our customers. Former military officers and service members alike provide rigor around the integration of new processes, and maintain control through a structure governance process throughout the life of a client engagement.

The military also trains its service members to prepare for the unknown. On the battlefield things may not go as originally planned and those in the fight need to think on their

feet in order to divert the enemy and win the battle. This flexibility and strategic thinking plays very well in the outsourcing and shared services world. In the outsourcing world, each client will have their own goals and objectives. They’ll have their own way of doing things, which may be different to the way some in shared services were classically trained. The team at Liberty Source is able to quickly identify these nuances, understand our client’s perspective and assess a path forward which will be most beneficial for a long-term engagement with the client. Our clients value the skill sets and fortitude this community brings to their relationship with Liberty Source. They know they can trust our team and rely on us to press forward and resolve problems.

The same is true for the military spouse community. Military spouses must be detail oriented, flexible, organized and able to provide structure as needed. These strengths are critical to a successful shared services career and are all strengths we leverage at Liberty Source.

Would you shortly describe client profiles that are particularly receptive and inspired by the CSR driven mission of Liberty Source?

Demand for our services typically comes from CFOs, corporate controllers, shared services executives, data analytics leadership and strategic procurement executives. These leaders are focused on finding the best value for their operations, including skill set, location, cost and more recently social impact.

There are several organizations supporting diversity in the corporate supplier base, including the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition (GISC). The GISC recently published an interview with the Rockefeller Foundation which highlights their challenge to the managed business services industry to hire 100,000 new impact workers by the end of 2020. Through our customer centricity focus and our commitment to military families, Liberty Source provides corporate executives with a simple solution to their cost and skill set demands, balanced with their need to fulfil this social challenge.

Additionally the Veteran Jobs Mission, here in the US, is a coalition of 200+ companies who have pledged to hire 1 million veterans by 2020. Several of our current clients are members of this coalition, and we are looking to expand our footprint with other coalition members, offering them a unique opportunity to demonstrate and fulfil their commitment to this important mission.

Your company provides outsourcing services from an onshore location, which supposedly might be not price competitive. Please tell me what is your Value Proposition then towards your competition. And who is actually your competition?

As you know, the managed business services industry is highly competitive. managed business services firms have historically positioned themselves for growth based on offering a lower cost labor market and the

south of Washington DC. We look at our price competitiveness from a total cost of ownership perspective, which includes the cost per widget or annual employee cost (depending on the client engagement), along with travel time, lower retraining needs, and management structure. We also compare our cost structure to others within the US and are able to provide clients a clear cost reduction from their captive operations.

In addition to cost, our competitive advantage includes the strengths of our people, our ability to leverage technology, our proximity to our clients and our cultural affinity. We bring the strengths of the US military to the commercial marketplace offering our clients resiliency, strategic thinking, dedication and hunger to serve.

Military spouses must be detail oriented, flexible, organized and able to provide structure as needed. These strengths are critical to a successful shared services career and are all strengths we leverage at Liberty Source.

promise of business transformation. Liberty Source is a US based firm, which is actually more price competitive than you might think. We are headquartered in Hampton, VA, on an old Army Base named Ft Monroe.

Ft Monroe was decommissioned in 2011 and is now a National Monument. It is the largest stone fort ever built in the US and it hosted many US Presidents including Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, James A Garfield, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft and Harry S Truman. Ft Monroe is steeped in American History, which you can feel the minute you step foot onto the property. It is also located in a very cost competitive part of the State of VA, approximately a three hour drive

Tell us a bit more about Liberty Service. What does your existing pool of clients look like? What is your exact offering? How many employees does Liberty Source have now and where? What are your growth plans ? Where do you want to be in 3-5 years from now?

Liberty Source has just over 200 employees. Our clients today are all multi-national corpo rations who came to us seeking an onshore alternative to serve their US market.

Our model of employing military spouses and veterans enables us to scale very quickly. Those who are familiar with military service understand the mobility and flexibility which is required of military families. In the US, a military family could be asked to move every 2-3 years. They may move to a different state, or across the world. Our model allows our military spouse employees to keep the work they are doing for Liberty Source no matter where their family is stationed. This flexibility not only ensures we are meeting our social mission, but it also provides longevity and consistency for our clients who can rely on the team members assigned to their account for a very long time.

Liberty Source currently delivers a suite of services which include finance and accounting, data sciences (data research, data curation and analytics) and project management. Our services are transaction based, judgement oriented and analytical. We add value to our clients’ organizations by first understanding and preforming a process in the same manner as our client, immediately adding a layer of cultural awareness they may not have in other locations. We work closely with our clients to understand their objectives and long-term growth plans to create a tailored, fit for purpose service delivery program which is unique to their operating model and internal goals. In providing these services we are able to earn the trust of our clients, and therefore the privilege to introduce new service offerings throughout the life our engagements.

We work closely with our clients to ensure a smooth transition; addressing their concerns, understanding their goals and remaining flexible throughout the process. We seek to integrate clients quickly to ensure they reap the benefits of an engagement with Lib erty Source from the very beginning.

Over the next five years we project a 4x growth in our business. Our target clients are those who have proclaimed their support for the US military service men and women, and those who are seeking an alternative to sending work offshore. There will always be specific bodies of work that make sense to send offshore, however there are also certain bodies of work that corporations look to keep closer to home. We aim to be the onshore complement to those businesses which are sophisticated in their outsourcing capabilities today, as well as be the strategic partner for those who are just starting to dip their toe in the outsourcing waters and want someone to stand beside them along the way.

Having military spouses as your workforce is different to a typical managed business services provider. What are your top 3 challenges & opportunities within the People Agenda?

There are over 750 thousand military spouses and millions of military veterans looking for post service careers. Over 88% of military spouses have post-secondary education and all veterans are educated, job trained individuals, however they are often overlooked for steady corporate roles due to their military commitments. These commitments include relocation every 2-3 years. For a military spouse this results in a resume that may appear spotty as they must change jobs every 2-3 years. This does not translate well into the commercial environment. As a result, military spouses and veterans experience unemployment and underemployment rates which are exponentially higher than their civilian counterparts.

Our commitment to people includes continuous training on customer service, commercial leadership and evolving technical trends. We have embedded commercial experience into our leadership teams to ensure we mentor and coach our team members in the right way; harmonizing civilian commercialization with the structure and strategic planning of military service.

We seek to instil job related confidence into our employees, working with them to understand their long-term personal and professional goals. We seek to provide long-term sustainable careers for our employees, which implies we are able to expand our footprint with our clients, constantly challenging the status quo related to the impact a service provider is able to have on a client’s operations and long-term objectives.

Technology revolution is a fact in our industry, what is the approach of Liberty Source to technology adoption ?

In this headlong rush to intelligent automation, we believe there is more opportunity than ever to layer judgement based, culturally empathetic work on top of process automation. To build upon our current base of services we must learn to work with automation, not against it. We must leverage the power of automation to help future proof our organization and meet the expanding demands of our clients.

As we explore automation opportunities, we believe the greatest payback will be found in the digital transformation of the entire operation, not a single-threaded robot over a single process step. The quickest automation wins will be achieved in automating those process steps which are the most cumbersome, transactional and error prone for a human to process. However the longer-term impact will come from analyzing the process end-to-end and repositioning our human workforce at all points where judgement and empathy are required.

The life cycle of a Liberty Source engagement which is enhanced through automation follows a standardized growth cycle:

1. Human touch, transaction based engagement.

2. Automation assumptions identified, inventoried and discussed with the client.

3. Partner supported automation build.

4. Digital workforce management and exception handling.

And finally, do you have any experience with specialists and leaders from Poland? What do you think about our skills & capabilities? Do you see us joining 1st league of Global Leaders soon, next to our colleagues from US, UK, NL and India?

I have worked with leaders and teams in Poland for many years. Prior to taking the role at Liberty Source, I opened a captive operation in Poland to serve our European operations. We selected Poland in part due to the cost structure, but more so due to the leadership, experience, work ethic and transformation capabilities of the Polish workforce. Even though I’m not part of that organization any more, I am proud of what the team in Poland has been able to accom plish and their impact on the larger outsourcing and shared services marketplace. There is no doubt in my mind that the Polish market will continue to expand, the capa bilities of the talent will continue to evolve and the global marketplace will see Poland as a formidable player.

Coping Mechanism: Keep Smiling!

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Coping Mechanism: Keep Smiling!

Cindy Gallagher from onshore Managed Business Services Liberty Source on ‘having it all’

In our continued series on Women and Shared Services Careers, Emma Beaumont, MD of Global Strategy and Analytics at SSON, interviews Cindy Gallagher, CEO of onshore Managed Business Services firm Liberty Source (and previously SVP Global Business Services Controller at Discovery Communications) about some of the challenges faced.

Emma Beaumont: If you had to identify one singular skillset that motherhood has given you which has gone on to help you perform better in the workplace, what would that be? (mine is patience BTW! )

Cindy Gallagher: Mine is patience as well! Kiddos definitely test your patience to the end and you need to find a deeper reserve than you ever thought possible. Same is true in the workplace. The calmer you can be, the more you can listen (Listening would be number 2…) both at home and at work; and the stronger you will be and the greater respect you will earn from others.

At the end, you’re also more likely to be the one getting your point across and convincing others to follow your path.

EB: Indra Nooyi famously talks about “coping mechanisms” to overcome working-mom guilt, can you share ONE practical tip you’ve engaged to keep you focussed on the job (and sane!) when children push the guilt buttons?

CG: Knowing that I’m doing the best I can for my kids and for me. I love my kids (as we all do), but I also love what I do. My work keeps me grounded and engaged on a different level which makes me a better and stronger mom.

Like motherhood, shared services leadership is a demanding and time-intensive role, with the potential for 24/7 shifts that at times can blur boundaries with domestic downtime.

“The biological clock and the career clock are
in total conflict with each other.”
Indira Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo

EB: What is your MOST USEFUL TIP for how to balance the needs of the business and your kids – when both are screaming for your undivided attention?

CG: There are so many different ways to look at this. Some try to balance, some totally divide their time (when they’re at work they’re only at work, when they’re at home they’re only at home). Dividing sounds like a dream many of us don’t believe is possible – but for some, in certain roles, it’s absolutely feasible.

For me, it’s integration. There are times when I need to get work done, even when the kids are screaming and there are times when I need to be there for my kids but work is screaming. I’ve actually been known to take the computer to a baseball game to crank out a quick brief (wouldn’t recommend that all the time but in a pinch it’s easy to do).

I also set the ground rule at work that my kids do come first and with my kids that if I need to get something done I can set a time limit on how long I think it will take – communication there is critical.

I’ve been pretty lucky to have (for the most part) leadership who also understand and respect this. I’ve been known to work strange hours at times and have set the ground rule with my team that just because I’m online at a weird time doesn’t mean they need to be and certainly doesn’t mean I need a quick response.

EB: Finally – do you believe working mothers in Senior Leadership roles can ‘have it all’?

CG: It depends on how you define ‘having it all’. That definition should be unique to everyone. I don’t believe we should try to be super woman all the time – we need to lean on our families and on each other to make everything come together.

We also need to define our limits, as well as the limits for our organizations and our kids. We all like to believe there are no limits, or the sky’s the limit, but what does that look like before something or someone breaks?

Personally, I’m satisfied with what I’ve done/what I have at this point in my life. I’m always striving for the next thing, always wanting to grow and learn, to do more and see more, but the key to all of that is taking a moment at each step to look back and be proud of what you’ve accomplished, knowing that at each step, you do actually have it all.

My final thought would be to keep smiling through it all. A smile goes a long way!

Shared Services & Outsourcing Network

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Shared Services & Outsourcing Network

Cindy Gallagher joins us and shares her decision-making around taking the position of CEO at Liberty Source. With “a shortage of woman leadership” Cindy feels that it’s important to train and show the importance and need for a blend of talent at the highest levels of all organizations. Regarding her organization, she’s focused on a highly educated and underemployed segment of the population. And considering that quality talent and a lack of understanding of how to implement the future of work is in short supply, Cindy and her team are happily finding placement for US veterans and their spouses. And Cindy gives us her thoughts on intelligent automation: as opposed to taking jobs away, it’s going to change the landscape of work. Over-communicate on your journey. Ensure leadership has a long-term vision regarding intelligent automation. Put your human workforce in a leadership and ownership position of your digital workforce. Focus that digital workforce on delivering tangible goods and your human workforce on delivering quality of service.

Liberty Source hiring 70 workers at Fort Monroe

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Liberty Source hiring 70 workers at Fort Monroe

Liberty Source PBC is hiring for at least 70 more workers this year and plans to expand into a third building on Fort Monroe in April, company officials said.

The company got its start in two buildings at 355 and 351 Fenwick Road at Fort Monroe in 2014 when the governor announced the startup aimed to bring nearly 600 jobs to the area by recapturing contracted back-office work for large corporations that had been going overseas.

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