CareersFast Track Program
Some of us are well suited for big corporations, others for our own at-home solo operation. Still others thrive in the stable midsize manufacturing facility. Others excel in the fast growing high-tech startup. No single work environment is ideal for everyone.
But nearly every work environment is an ideal match for someone. Over the past one and a half decades, Executive KnowledgeWorks seems to have been an especially good environment for individuals who:
What these individuals have often received in exchange for their hard work and dedication has been:
Executive KnowledgeWorks has never been the ideal organization for everyone. But it has been a valued environment for a small number of admittedly unique individuals. As we conduct our 16th year of business, we continue to search for and welcome the newest of those individuals.
Our Project Associate positions are entry-level, heavy immersion, Fast Track career opportunities. The hours are long, the projects and assignments are varied and challenging and the opportunities for rapid professional growth are exceptional.
Each of the programs we design, develop and help implement are customized for the client and built around that clients key emerging business issues. While we sometimes incorporate "soft skills" training into our programs and processes, our work starts with and is heavily grounded in the clients most strategic and critical emerging business issues. Project Associates quickly become immersed in these cutting edge issues.
Executive KnowledgeWorks programs and processes utilize world-class university faculty, corporate CEOs and government leaders. Our clients tend to be justifiably demanding and, in our 15 years, weve had the good fortune of seldom disappointing them. That has required an intense commitment to quality. Project Associates are expected to continue to build on our commitment.
There are two complementary parts to our business. In addition to our consulting, we also conduct large-scale, nationwide, interview-based research on emerging human resource development trends. Our studies help corporations understand the cutting edge and best practices in executive and human resource development.
Project Associates are immediately and regularly involved in both aspects of the business -- our custom-built executive development interventions and our nationwide benchmarking studies. Because we are a small firm, Project Associates are also involved in many other aspects of the business. Our Fast Track Program is intended to provide a breadth of general business experience over time (e.g. marketing, public relations, information technology, finance, etc.).
Our interest in diversity includes the academic preparation and/or work experience of our associates. While we seek Project Associates for our Fast Track Program that have an interest and/or experience in human resource development, it is a plus if those individuals also have a background (education, training and/or experience) in related or supportive fields such as computers, programming, graphic arts, marketing and finance.
Skills, Knowledge and Attributes of Executive KnowledgeWorks Project Associates
Executive KnowledgeWorks also offers positions at the Project Manager and Project Director levels. In
addition to retaining the qualities described above, individuals in these positions possess more experience and tend to hold more
responsibility than a Project Associate.
Additional strengths that would bring value to our firm include:
Our firm is a meritocracy -- we are committed to recognizing and rewarding performance, regardless of age, experience or pedigree. Employees of Executive KnowledgeWorks have every opportunity to earn steadily increasing responsibility and reward.
Candidates interested in EKW intern opportunities may contact Sara Slocombe at (815) 356-3557.
Since we first opened our doors some 17 years ago, Executive KnowledgeWorks has been committed to growing our own future leaders. While we have successfully hired a number of talented and strong contributors at the middle and upper levels of our firm, the majority of our management team was consciously and aggressively prepared for increasing responsibility starting early in their EKW career.
A key to the development of our associates has always been our functional rotations. When combined with early and significant responsibilities on both the consulting and research/publishing sides of our business, those functional rotations represent the heart of our Fast Track Program.
Weve learned that our Fast Track Program is not only attractive to our associates on a personal level but that it also makes great sense for our business. It has consistently paid for us to take the development of our associates seriously. When we have, weve been able to bring greater value earlier and more often to our firm and our clients. We also end up realizing greater retention of our most valued associates, correspondingly lower recruiting costs and probably greater client retention.
Because the Fast Track Program is so good for the business, weve taken great pains to insure that it has substance. All of our project associates and project managers are invited to participate in the program. All participants in the program engage in functional rotations -- taking on new responsibilities in finance, human resources, systems, marketing, public relations or operations / logistics every six months.
Every functional rotation begins with a clarification of performance and developmental goals for the assignment, and ends with a detailed review of accomplishments and learnings. In addition to the reviews in each of the functional rotations, during each consulting and research/publishing assignment there is regular feedback for both the individual and the participating team. We model those feedback sessions on the "after action reviews" initiated and refined by the military -- with a focus on understanding and archiving what has transpired so that we might strengthen our performance in the future.
Finally, to insure that the entire organization makes the development of each associate a high priority, we aggressively tie compensation to Fast Track and developmental performance. As a result, the Fast Track Program has become the cornerstone of our strong emphasis on Executive KnowledgeWorks as a meritocracy. We enthusiastically pay for and promote performance.