Frank Russell, CEOI am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies”—a timeless quote made by Lawrence Bossidy, an industry veteran and author who definitely left his footprints on the sands of time. The biggest challenge organizations are facing is, they don’t have enough qualified and experienced people to step up and assume leadership positions. On the forefront of this challenge, Prositions helps organizations find, develop, retain, and transition talent in unique and cost effective ways. As a serial entrepreneur, having started three other companies in the Human Resource space, Frank Russell’s extensive experience in the HR technology field helps him create some of the most innovative solutions for organizations. “At Prositions, we provide a variety of tools at every phase of an employee’s lifecycle within an organization—talent acquisition, development, retention, and transition,” says Frank Russell, CEO, Prositions.
Headquartered in Urbandale, IA, Prositions offers software applications and services that allow organizations to manage their entire talent lifecycle. Prositions combines these products with world-class mentors and coaches to provide a complete solution set.
Prositions’ new flagship product, MentorString is a cloud-based application that combines a virtual mentoring platform along with a social collaboration capability. The software comes with a robust set of tools that allow organizations to develop their coaching and mentoring capability and help people collaborate within an organization between those who have information and those who need it. “Our system helps in identifying the strengths of people in the organization. MentorString makes information available to every employee in the organization, which in turn opens up and creates ‘democratized’ coaching and mentoring. This literally lets people share and record knowledge virtually,” says Russell.
The company differentiates itself from its competition because its engagement rates are much higher. “Some systems create a lot of ‘lurkers’ and not a lot of real ‘workers’, says Russell. Because MentorString is used to help employees grow and advance within an organization, they are much more likely to want to actively participate and use the application.
Our new software system, MentorString helps organizations leverage the latest virtual and mobile technologies to solve some of their toughest challenges regarding employee growth and development
“Sometimes it would take years for senior level executives to know about and recognize some of their high potential talent. But with the virtual and social capabilities of MentorString an employee can rapidly become a significant contributor and potentially be recognized throughout the organization,” adds Russell.
The company has an impressive list of clients consisting of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. For instance, Prositions is working with a large technical company who has a workforce of 85,000 employees. The company has sales people, technicians, and customer service reps in the field who get asked tough questions they can’t answer. Using traditional social collaboration tools won’t help, because the employees have to post general queries and may get dozens of responses that may or may not be correct. With the help of Prositions’ MentorString the reps can identify the one or two experts who have the knowledge and experience to answer the questions correctly, then reach out virtually to get the help they need.
Moving forward, Prositions plans to grow rapidly as a cloud-based software provider and improve its product offerings. “We will continue to combine the power of advanced technology with an international network of leadership and career experts in order to achieve the desired goal,” asserts Russell.