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  1. 1. G R O W I N G “Sometimes it's about less is more. It's about the seed. Thinking about this gigantic tree that you think is so beautiful but it started with this just seed.” Fred Durst 1 Growth Rings Teresa Henry, PhD, is Director of CMC with Sequoia Consulting. She leads global projects and initiatives at Illumina to drive best-in-class standards, and also is the Sequoia site lead for about 30 team members, helping to guide data collection, create new tests and find ways to optimize efficiencies and processes. We asked her how our new mission statement (page 3) lives and breathes in her actions and those of all Sequoia team members. On Success A big part of our success is in the people we recruit and their ability to lead and guide our clients to their organizational goals. Ultimately, we succeed only if we provide guidance that clients accept and that helps them succeed. It’s all very much about the team and how do we get to where we need to go together. If we aren’t open and honest with people, our reputation is lost. So we have to come in and be completely up-front. On Marketing Our people are our best marketing tool. Clients come to me and say ‘I want another Mary, or so- and-so.’ They ask for them by name. That means they think very highly of that person. It also means that we are doing our job and creating demand for our Sequoia Specialists and services. On Communication Communication is key. When we come into a new environment, we figure out the culture and how to move in one direction to achieve goals. You can’t do that without open communication. Our job becomes 10 times harder when we stop reaching out. On Roles Often, when there is a large task to accomplish and a large team in place, you need a facilitator. Everyone is speaking the same language, but they don’t hear each other. So you have to become that third-party neutral, a translator who takes a back seat and lets everyone around you shine. On Passion Our people are some of the most outgoing versions of what we do. There is laughter, engagement and energy. That comes from selecting the right personalities. We exude passion because we are the more expressive types for each of these roles. We are not all extroverts, but our people tend to be outgoing, and good communicators. On Leadership The best advice I ever had? Wherever you go, your job as an employee is to make your boss look good. If you become the boss, your job is to make your employee’s job easy. Sequoia Consulting Group is a world-class provider of technical, professional and construction services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industry Business Development Have you checked out our new tool with tips and techniques for promoting the Sequoia brand? This “cheat sheet” will help you develop your own networking style. As part of that, we give you some tools to get LinkedIn and Socially Aware. Page 2 That’s Uber-Helpful! We encourage you to use Uber when traveling to and from nearby job sites. You’ll save time by not having to find parking, and you can safely catch up on phone calls, email or social media while your Uber driver whisks you from one location to the other. Did you know you can even link your Uber account to your Expensify account? It will make your expenses a snap! Summertime and the livin’ is breezy. The Sequoia Summer Social is Aug. 3! Page 3 Mission Accomplished It’s official; Sequoia Consulting has an official mission statement to guide us as we grow. Page 3. We asked Teresa Henry, Sequoia Director of CMC, to tell us how she and her team put these words into action. Below My Favorite Things Does is get any better than summer in San Diego County? We asked our Founder and CEO to share some of her favorite activities. Page 2 Issue No 1 Summer 2016 “Our job becomes 10 times harder when we stop reaching out. If email isn’t getting the job done, try face-to-face conversation. Just keep communication open.”
  2. 2. S E Q U O I A C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P 2 We want your feedback! Tell us what you think of our newsletter, and what you would like to see more of. MY F AV O R I T E TH I N G S So often, the simple things in life are my favorite things. A newsletter? That’s something our parents or grandparents relied upon before email, social media, texting and all things electronic. However, I got the memo: you are hungry for connection and communication! We are working on various tools and systems to help all our Sequoia Specialists get and stay connected, including development of a company intranet. In the meantime, we’ve had some requests for a newsletter and decided to give it a try. Of course, ours is electronic, but the focus remains pretty much the same as it did back in the day--inform, engage and maybe even entertain you with news, updates and some fun-to-read content about our people, our teams, our company and our industry. We will celebrate and applaud success, connect members of the Sequoia family and introduce new tools and programs designed to help you do your job better and more efficiently. I hope you like it! Send me a text or email to let me know what you think and what you would like to see more of in future issues. Speaking of favorite things, what are yours for enjoying summer in San Diego County? Here are a few of mine. I hope you are all having a fantastic summer. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our clients and team! A peaceful walk on the beach; finding shells & sea glass. Breakfast; a Swami’s pancake is a favorite! A workout at CorePower Yoga; even better? Yoga on the beach! Enjoying beautiful San Diego city views and watching a Padres game at Petco Park with special people. Brandy Bullen Sequoia Founder & CEO Business Development We don’t sell; we solve “Sequoia does not have traditional salespeople; we all promote our business. Our ʻproductʼ is our people, and they are our most valuable resource. Our subject matter experts represent our brand and the Sequoia Suite of Solutions. By networking with current and potential clients, we discover how we can help solve a problem or fill a need—thatʼs good for clients, good for our people and good for our business.” Brandy Bullen For Sequoia, every client problem is an opportunity for our organization. We network, listen and look for ways to help; in fact, we ask colleagues to join us for lunch at least twice a month! Itʼs a relationship and conversation, and every conversation is an opportunity to discover needs that our Sequoia Specialists can fill. Looking for help with your networking conversations? We’ve developed a tool to help you hone your own networking style and deliver an “elevator pitch” that’s personal and unrehearsed, but effective and consistent to the brand. You can find it in the Black Box, or ask your manager about it. Socially Aware We’re a social bunch at Sequoia and we encourage you to engage through social media. Let us know if you have ideas to improve our social presence, and thanks for joining the conversation. There are no real rules; just keep it friendly and professional. Let’s connect! Be sure to check out and follow Sequoia on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter:   https://www.linkedin.com/company/2965615   https://www.facebook.com/sequoiasolution   https://twitter.com/SequoiaSolution To update your LinkedIn profile with Sequoia Consulting Group, LLC, choose +add position on your profile, enter your title and choose Sequoia Consulting Group, LLC from the drop-down choices. Make sure to choose the rising sun logo. Here’s a company description if you’d like to add it: Sequoia Consulting Group is a world-class provider of technical, professional and construction services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industry.   After you add Sequoia to your profile, and to ensure you are listed as a Sequoia employee, you will need to do the following: 1.      Move your cursor over Profile at the top of your home page and select Edit Profile. 2.      Scroll down to the Experience section and click the Edit icon next to the position listed at your current company. 3.      Click Change Company and type the full company name. 4.      This step is crucial: Click the correct company name in the drop-down list. 5.      Fill out any additional fields as prompted. A website address is not required. 6.      Click Save.    Mission Accomplished We’ve developed a Sequoia Mission Statement and have listed our Values to guide us in our growth. These are more than just words; they are the core of who we are and what we stand for as a team and as individuals in the Sequoia family. Tell us, in your words, how you are living and promoting our mission and values. And reach out to talk with Teresa Henry, Sequoia’s Director of CMC, to learn ways that she and her team at Illumina are putting our mission and values into action. Our Mission Guiding growth, integration, sustainable solutions and leadership in life sciences. Our Values Passionate Nimble We-Love-A-Hot-Mess Honest Direct Transparent Inclusive Accountable Humble
  3. 3. S E Q U O I A C O N S U L T I N G G R O U P July 2016 3 What the Flock!? Coming onboard as a Sequoia Specialist just got a whole lot easier and more efficient. This leading-edge HR platform solution simplifies and streamlines the process of onboarding, benefits, time off and engagement. Welcome to Flock! Complete Solution In the past, new Sequoia team members received several emails during the hiring and onboarding process, and all forms were sent as attachments. The new Flock system is a simple, all-in-one solution for Sequoia that will roll out over the next few months. “Our old system was a very old-school system, not contemporary and certainly not the most efficient,” said Nicole Wissemann, Senior Manager of Human Resources. “Flock is incredibly green, compliant with federal and state labor laws and regulations and it will optimize our resources and reduce data entry errors while increasing the capabilities of our accounting team. It’s a great tool for us.” Simplified Onboarding An automated process replaces a stack of paperwork. Flock’s onboarding tools help employees quickly integrate into Sequoia by making it easy to sign up for benefits, create an employee profile and complete other administrative tasks. Engagement Flock enables broadcasts, polls, anniversary and birthday announcements and more to help our team members engage. Broker Managed Benefits Preferred vendors will configure a plan design that’s specific to Sequoia for everything from open enrollment to life events. Even updating your address is easy! Track the Flock Flock will allow Sequoia to create bios with employee photos and skill sets, helping team members better connect. Track Time Off Policies and tools help track complex accruals, carryover caps, tenure, employee milestones and time off. Birds of a feather ... Want to know more? Contact Nicole Wissemann in HR or log on to www.helloflock.com Nicole Wisseman 858-227-4301 nicole.wissemann@sequoiaso lution.com Event Details San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday, Aug. 3 12:40 p.m. Petco Park, Sun Diego Beach in Centerfield If you’ve responded and secured your ticket, please pick it up at the will call booth on Park Blvd. at Petco Park. You didn’t RSVP? There may still be tickets available. Contact Courtney Klepsch. Courtney Klepsch 858-367-5992 courtney.klepsch@sequoiasolution.com We’re Hosting a Sequoia Summer Social Sequoia Consulting Group is taking its team members and clients out to a ballgame! Entry to Petco Park, food and drink will be provided. If you take Uber home, Sequoia will even reimburse you! It’s our way to say thank you to all those in the Sequoia family and celebrate one of the great things about our home. We look forward to seeing you there!