Pariveda Family Helped Raise over $50,000 at the Annual Occasion for Education Fundraiser


Hoku Scholars is an integrated, merit-based scholarship program that helps kids from vulnerable communities get into college.

A total of 12 volunteers from the Pariveda family helped Hoku Scholars with their annual 2015  Occasion for Education fundraiser by helping with everything from setup, to carnival games, to running a bean bag tournament.  While there was plenty of hard work setting things up and contending with some incredibly excited children as they lined up to play carnival games or get their prizes, the team had a great time at the event and was able to help Hoku raise over $50,000, which is 43% more than their previous year’s fundraiser. 


New York Pariveda Team helps out at The Family Center’s Annual BLOOM Fundraising Event


Once a year The Family Center hosts their annual BLOOM fundraising event. The event is a silent auction of items donated by event sponsors and used to support the Family Center’s Buddy Program – which pairs volunteers with a child in need of a positive role model. At this year’s event NY fins helped with the setup, greeted guests, facilitated the silent auction, and helped out with the checkout process. Pictured below, the NY Team learns about the Buddies Program.

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Generalist or Specialist: Resolving the Paradox at Pariveda

Most people think of becoming either a generalist or specialist, which creates a paradox. Each type is critical of each other. Generalists believe specialists are too narrow in their knowledge. Specialists believe generalists are too shallow in theirs. At Pariveda Solutions we believe both are valuable to develop in each of our Fins.

Generalization requires a breadth of knowledge to master the integration of concepts across many domains such as general problem-solving and communications skills. Specialization requires a depth of knowledge to thoroughly master in any given knowledge domain. Shouldn’t generalists honor specialists for their deep knowledge and awesome skills in a particular area? Shouldn’t specialists celebrate generalists for their broad knowledge that allows them to be adaptable to the ambiguous and unknown?

By the time someone enters college, most have decided their preferred area of study. People tend to divide into two paths. One is for those interested in generalization, such as mechanical engineering, management information systems, economics, or philosophy. The other is for those interested in specialization, such as computer science, biology, electrical engineering, or accounting. Regardless of their chosen path, most people need to find entry-level positions to launch their careers. These tend to be specialist roles, particularly those that pay well. Early in one’s career, specialization is valued over generalization. So generalists need enough specialization in their tool kits to qualify for the best entry level jobs. As people advance in their careers, the trend is to generalize out of necessity to meet ever-changing client needs and job requirements. In one’s mid to late career, generalization is valued over specialization. Here again, we see the paradox impacting everyone. Is either pole inescapable during one’s career?

Through our mission of developing people to their fullest potential, we strive to integrate the best of generalists and specialists in the same individual. This is a requirement for mastery of any domain. To master anything, one must not only thoroughly know the domain, one must understand and embrace its connections to other domains. We support an infinite game of career development to grow each Fin into a “T” type person: an individual who is both broad (—) and deep (|), which combine into a “T”.

We grow the “T-person” through a lifetime of learning because it is critical to our mission to develop our people into solution and enterprise architects. Our individual scans the client’s environment using their generalist skills looking for unknown/unmet problems, understanding the complexity of a problem and deconstructing it as a specialist into appropriate parts. Pariveda’s “T-person” is a priceless asset to our clients and their organizations who need broad thinking and deep skills to resolve their most challenging problems.

Bruce Ballengee, CEO

Why the Individual Misses Out

Hear from our CEO as he responds to a Harvard Business Review article!

“We commend Deloitte for experimenting with new performance management practices that move away from single digits and forced rankings.  While a comfortable practice in many organizations is to utilize a numeric scoring system, objectifying people into a number tends to be dehumanizing. Deloitte’s new system incorporates a very practical approach with weekly check-ins and standard assessment tools.

At Pariveda Solutions, a management consulting firm specializing in improving the performance of our clients, we are in the twelfth year of innovating employee development. We place the highest value on developing our employees to their fullest individual potentials. We have accelerated career growth by 30% compared with other best in class management consulting firms, and our people consistently engage at higher levels (top 15 percent) reflected through independent survey benchmarks.

Performance management should be continually evaluated to produce intended results and align with the organization’s objectives. For Deloitte, spending almost 31 hours a year per employee on performance management seemed inefficient. We average 24 to 26 hours per year per employee. We value effectiveness (return on invested human capital) over efficiency (hours per employee) as a measure of performance management system health. Employees are not airline passengers to impose less legroom, extract more baggage fees, or charge for peanuts in the name of efficiency and profit. Shouldn’t the primary criteria for effectiveness be accelerating the individual’s development? From this, so many good things flow for an organization and its people…”

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Pariveda Solutions Recognized as a Best-of-the-Best Organization


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DALLAS, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Pariveda Solutions, a leading provider of strategic consulting services and technology solutions expertise, is pleased to announce that we have been named to the SPI Research 2015 Best-of-the-Best List. We have used the resource from SPI for many years to improve the operation and performance of our firm and are honored this year to be recognized.

Each year SPI research does a thorough in-depth analysis of over 200 service organizations. Those that outperformed the benchmark average are named to the ‘Best of the Best’. Pariveda measured in the top 5% and went above the average across SPI’s 5 performance dimensions: Leadership, client relationships, Human Capital Alignment, Service Execution and finance and operations.

“We are pleased to be named a “Best of the Best’ service organization,” said Bruce Ballengee, Pariveda CEO. “Our leadership has benefitted greatly from this invaluable resource as we seek to further improve not only the 5 dimensions within the benchmark but also in Pariveda’s mission of developing a person to their fullest potential.

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