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The latest insights from Harkcon team members.

June 20, 2018

The things you do and decisions you make on a daily basis will dictate how you perform during the intense stress of a crisis

First 15TM works because it includes planning and training well in advance of an incident.  You never know if today is going to be “the day,” and you can’t wish yourself out of a crisis.  It is important to be prepared and First 15TM allows you to face your next crisis with confidence. 

First 15TM hel...

June 13, 2018

"All problems become smaller when you confront them instead of dodging them."

                - William F. Halsey, Fleet Admiral, US Navy during World War II

The First 15TM Incident Response System is active from long before an event occurs and continues to remain active until the organization is fully recovered.  The four main phases include

  1. Preparing for...

June 6, 2018

The decisions you make and the actions you take in the first 15 minutes of an incident will determine the outcome. 

Harkcon Academy is making our world safe, one workplace community at a time.  History shows that it will take at least 5 minutes and maybe as many 15 for first responders to arrive on scene.  Therefore, you must be prepared to do what you can to mitigate the impacts of an incident in your workplace.  Your response...

April 12, 2017

By John Knox | Harkcon’s Senior Program Manager

In my January blog post entitled “How to tell the difference between Programs and Projects"

(, we discussed the differences between programs versus projects.  Recall the program manager has a broad, strategic view of the entire program and all projects within it, while the project manager is specifical...

March 22, 2017

By Jen Emswiler | Harkcon’s Program Control Analyst

How do you control changes to your projects? When there are approved changes within the scope of your project, what are you doing to ensure that these changes are controlled? Rory Burke states, “The project manager must be able to develop a fully integrated information and control system to plan, instruct, monitor and control large amounts of data, quickly and accurately to fa...

March 14, 2017

By Ali Waterman | Harkcon’s Financial Specialist

Invoicing can be a tedious process for any company, but there are ways to simplify the process and breeze through it every month. Here are some tips and tricks I use to manage the invoices for Harkcon.

  1. Create an invoice template that can be used across multiple contracts. It will save time when creating new contract invoicing and helps standardize all the invoices. At Harkcon,...

March 9, 2017

By Kristin Ghanem | Harkcon’s Contract Management Specialist 

Government contracts may be set-aside for small businesses who meet the following certification and socio-economic category requirements:

  • 8(a) Business Development

  • HubZone Program

  • Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program

  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program

In the next series of posts, we are going to spend some tim...

March 3, 2017

By Marty Jenkins | Harkcon’s Communications Specialist 

Something totally unforeseen has happened and my marketing plan has stalled! Should I throw out my plan and try again next year? Maybe I will just sweep it under the rug because…eh, I wasn’t that serious about it anyway. After all, it was more of a suggestion! What is the real benefit of following it? It has already started to crumble and fall apart, right? WRONG!

It i...

February 22, 2017

By Brian Roche | Harkcon's Vice President and Director of Harkcon Academy 

Successful local businesses, multi-national corporations, or government agencies are run by senior leaders who excel as visionaries, communicators, and decision makers.  One of the keys to an organization’s success is investment in human resources at or above the level of investment in infrastructure. 

Change is constant.  That applies to a...

February 15, 2017

By Ann Martin | Harkcon's Vice President and Business Development Specialist 

So you’ve built your capture plan, done a lot of research and now it’s time to establish or strengthen your relationship with the client staff, specifically the decision makers for the opportunity you are positioning to support. This means scheduling, preparing and conducting a face to face meeting with the client. While email and telephone...

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