December brings us many things. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is among us, the final quarter draws to a close, many businesses are preparing year-end reports, and thoughts of the upcoming New Year are in our heads. Many people take the time to reflect, both personally and professionally, on the past year and look forward to 2013. On a personal level, many look at what they have accomplished over the year and make new resolutions for 2013. Corporately, businesses may draw up year-end reports and analyze numbers to determine their goals for the upcoming year. At ABG Capital, we do all of those things. We utilize our ideals to enhance our work and personal lives. Our ideals are to cultivate ideas and people through our C.O.R.E. (Cultivate, Overcome, Respect, and Evolve) Values for the purpose of Giving Back.
Employees of ABG Capital utilize these ideals personally in many ways. We participate in various activities throughout the year, where we are given an opportunity to Give Back to our community. These activities include working at the food bank, fundraising for Make-A-Wish, and cleaning headstones at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. In addition to Giving Back, employees also are encouraged to live healthy lifestyles. We do an annual Biggest Loser contest, where interested employees weigh-in on Fridays, and the biggest loser receives a cash reward. Also, we bring in an inspirational speaker/author in on a regular basis to educate our team about healthy eating habits.
In terms of business, we take our goals, or New Year’s resolutions, very seriously. Every year around this time, our companies participate in Strategic Planning Sessions, where goals for the upcoming quarters are brainstormed and strategized. These 2-day sessions employ strategic planning and executive education adopted from the Gazelles Growth and Leadership Summits. As discussed in this earlier post, http://blog.abgcapital.com/?p=141, ABG Capital sends key employees to these Gazelles Summits to gain valuable training on how to lead and grow their companies. This education, along with a Gazelles coach, enables each of ABG Capital’s portfolio companies to evolve solid annual strategic plans.
As 2012 draws to a close, employees at ABG Capital are busy preparing for holiday festivities, gathering gifts and monies for Giving Back causes, and focusing their energies on having a productive 2013.