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Apprenticeships Work!!!

August 22nd, 2016 // Tom Doescher //

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Recently, I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with Brad Nycek at Clips & Clamps in Plymouth, Mich. General Manager Jeff Aznavorian provided a wonderful tour for a group of us, and when we arrived in the dimly lit Design Department, we were introduced to Nycek. He showed us, on his 3-D screen, a problem he was solving with a clip. I was amazed as he explained the situation in a way that even I could understand. I won’t attempt to explain the fix to you, but suffice it to say it was brilliant.

I couldn’t resist interviewing Nycek, a 2007 high school graduate, to find out his story, and I’m glad I did. While he was in high school, he said everyone encouraged him to go to college, but it just didn’t feel right. (By the way, no one suggested that he might want to consider going into the “trades.”) He did take some classes, including general studies, business and auto body at two community colleges, but his “Big Break” came through family friends — the Aznavorian family.

One day, Jeff Aznavorian called and told Nycek his business was booming, and he wondered if Nycek would be interested in coming to work at Clips & Clamps. Nycek started out in assembly and, after less than six months, Aznavorian offered the Clips & Clamps three-year apprenticeship program to Nycek, who quickly accepted.

Today, while still working at Clips & Clamps, Nycek has entered the University of Michigan’s mechanical engineering program — sponsored by, you guessed it, Clips & Clamps. Nycek told me, “The real world experience is making school easier, and more enjoyable.”

This is one of the best examples I’ve seen of “Building Your Own Dream Team.”

Congratulations to the Aznavorian family and Brad Nycek!

Do You Know Your “Why”?

August 8th, 2016 // Tom Doescher //

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Recently I read The Art of Why, written by Steve Luckenbach. It reminded me a lot of Start With Why, by Simon Sinek, which I wrote about in this Food for Thought:

Words, words, words — like vision, mission, purpose, and others. Why not just use “Why”?

Many people have mentioned how upbeat, cheerful and joyful Barbara and I are. I now know how come we’re perceived that way: We have figured out our “why.”

After 40 years at Plante Moran and 30-plus mission trips, Barbara and I know our “why,” or “calling.” According to Luckenbach, your “calling” is what you believe, down deep, you were put on this earth to do. According to Louis Nizer, “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”

At Doescher Advisors, we have a “why.” Our mission statement, which appears on our website, says, “Doescher Advisors was founded to help businesses increase profits & jobs through practical and sound advice.” We want our clients to be extremely successful, so they are able to hire lots of associates and pay them great wages.

Do you know your “why”?

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