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Opportunities for Personal Growth in a Growing Market

Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2016

At Orchid, everything we do is driven by our Core Values.  When you think of our core value, “Growth Brings Opportunity,” what does it mean to you?

Certainly, we are fortunate to be in a growing market.  The orthopedic industry has been growing, and will continue to grow as the general population gets older and emerging markets around the world mature and demand improved healthcare.  This growth is providing opportunities for our customers and, in turn, our company. 

When Orchid grows, this can provide opportunities for you to grow in your jobs and careers.  There are many examples in our company where we have seen this happen.  However, at times it may seem difficult to connect with how we can influence growth and therefore, garner the corresponding opportunities that growth brings.  So, I would like to focus on an area of growth that we all can control and has a very good chance of bringing you enhanced opportunities - personal growth.

As we continue to work at our jobs, we are often presented with many challenges.  These challenges can be related to technology, quality, safety, productivity, teamwork, etc.   Being prepared to face and overcome these challenges is something we can all impact.  Personal growth is the process of enhancing the value that you can bring to a situation.

Each of us has a unique ability to contribute to Orchid in many different ways.   How are you preparing yourself to meet the challenges of today…and tomorrow?   What is your plan for personal growth?

Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

Education

Do you have the initiative to grow through additional education?  Perhaps a certificate or degree in technology or business?  Non-degree training is available as well.  Many local colleges and universities offer afterhours and online programs.  Orchid is willing to help by utilizing our training partners or through our tuition reimbursement program where appropriate.

Experience

Can you broaden your experience within Orchid?  Look for job postings that could give you opportunities to work in different areas.  Different departments may offer opportunities to work with different people, equipment and software.  Can you volunteer for taking part in a Kaizen?  Ask your supervisor how you can broaden your experience within Orchid.

Skills training

Many times new and improved skills can be learned with online courses or after work seminars.  Perhaps brushing up on Microsoft Office, GD&T, Project Management or CAD/CAM software would be helpful.  There are many options to consider, and Orchid has teamed up with training partners that offer these opportunities for learning.  Why not be the best at what you do?

Leadership

Take initiative to do more.  Demonstrate a willingness to help and lead others.  Perhaps you can volunteer to help train the next new employee.  Those who go above and beyond are easily recognized.  Don’t be afraid to stand out!    

These are just a few examples.  I am sure there are many other approaches that you can think of.  The key point is to invest in you and find opportunities to personally grow.

So please realize that your personal growth can bring opportunity for you, your family and Orchid.       

Growth Brings Opportunity – what will you do?

[ READ MORE ABOUT OUR CORE VALUES IN ACTION THROUGH OUR OTHER BLOG POSTS ]

By Steve Maguire, General Manager, Orchid Design


Steve Maguire
Mr. Maguire has played a key role in the growth and development of Orchid Design since it was founded in 2004 where he currently holds the title of General Manager. With 35 years of experience in the medical products field, Mr. Maguire has held senior management positions in both large and small medical products companies. His product experience includes orthopedic, cardiovascular, general surgical, critical care and diagnostic and biomedical instrumentation. Mr. Maguire holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. from the University of Bridgeport.