Shannon Johnson: Having the Right Mindset to Get Hired

January 31, 2019

A great hire happens when Career & Hiring objectives are in alignment.

Now more than ever, people want to feel whole in their careers and personal development has taken the lead in the decision-making process. Today we are going to look at hiring from the Interviewee’s perspective.

Today’s Quote:

"The things that bring you the greatest joy are in alignment with your purpose" - Jack Canfield

Show Guest: 

As a Success Mentor, Shannon Johnson's passion for people has been the common denominator of her success throughout her 25 year career in corporate America. Today she is founder of her company, Stand Out and Get Hired, inc...taking one of her most successful achievements in launching best-in-class products to market, to now, launching the most exciting product of all...our future leaders.

Shannon worked for leading Fortune 500 companies in the retail, staffing, and pharmaceutical industries. Holding positions in marketing, management and sales, she has always been attracted to innovation and addicted to influencing others to think differently and get better every day.  

Her mission is to inspire ambitious, driven, college students to take action in preparing to embark on their careers where they will thrive. She knows that Everything is possible when you believe in YOU FIRST & take action!

Episode highlights:

  • How to hire & get hired in the right role
  • The 3 pillars to “Stand Out & Get Hired”

Mindset

  • Getting your game plan together to successfully get hired
  • Settling for a “job”
  • How do you get the interview first?

Preparation

  • Not performing at 100% in an interview kills your confidence
  • Interviewing burns people out, then you lose momentum
  • Emphasis on the Resume- important but not
    • The resume is really a screening tool for the company!

Why is this important

  • Being sold on the Mission!
  • Bring your value and strengths to life
  • Mastering the skill of interviewing
  • Prepare for what will happen
  • Practice- mock interviews
  • Put your “Game face” on

How does a person/company stand out to make the right decision

  • Know your values
  • Your Why
  • Target what you Desire
  • Take Action

Shannon’s plan

  • Building your Brand

    • Expert in You… values, vision, strength building  
    • Strength dashboard- strength finder assessment
  • Grow your quality network
    • Linkedin network, utilizing, leveraging and maximizing relationships that already exist
  • Sharpen your Interview Skills
    • Skills to beat your competition
    • Fundamentals:  approach the opportunity, preparation (dress, execution)
    • Interviewing is a behavioral test. (highlight stories around 10 different behaviors)
      • Practice, follow up (stand out and be memorable)
      • Be relentless with follow up!

Rick’s Input

  • Identify target companies (no spray and pray)
  • Utilize Linkedin, Separate yourself from the pack (rise above)
  • Be pleasantly persistent & ask for the Interview

Key Take Aways

  • Align with your purpose
  • Take action to beat your competition
  • Self Awareness, Grow your Quality Network, Sharpen your Interview Skills
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Craig Weber: Interviewing for Conversational Capacity

January 10, 2019

Conversational Capacity is the ability to balance Candor and Curiosity under pressure. Critical elements to every entrepreneur and business leader who are building an organization. And yet this element is often overlooked in the hiring process.

The great news is, it can be taught!

Today’s Quote:

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw

Show Guest:

Craig Weber is the author of the best-selling book, Conversational Capacity: The Secret To Building Successful Teams That Perform When The Pressure Is On (McGraw-Hill, 2013) and Influence In Action: How to Build Your Conversational Capacity, Do Meaningful Work, and Make A Powerful Difference (McGraw-Hill, 2019) (Amazon.com). He is also the founder of The Weber Consulting Group, an alliance of experts committed to helping people build more resilient, healthy, and agile organizations. He helps people and teams dramatically improve their performance by treating dialogue as a discipline.

He works with people and teams from such diverse organizations as Boeing, The Royal Bank of Canada, Kaiser-Permanente, PWC, The CDC, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and Los Alamos National Labs. He’s also working with legislators in an expanding list of states to help them engage in more constructive policy debate.

Episode highlights:

  • What is Conversational Capacity & Why is it important
  • How do you interview someone and accurately evaluate their conversational capacity
  • What our audience can implement today to hire & manage stronger

What is conversational capacity?

  •      Definition 1: Constructive, learning-focused dialogue about difficult subjects, in challenging circumstances, and across tough boundaries.
    ·      Definition 2: The Sweet Spot. Where candor and curiosity are in balance. Open, honest, direct, yet open-minded, humble, and eager to learn. This is where the best learning occurs. Smart people working smart.
  • Elements / Communication Traits
    • When triggered: MIN Low candor.  WIN Low curiosity.
    • Need the ability to remain balanced. Everyone struggles, but often in very different ways.

Why is it important?

  • Defines teamwork. A team that can’t communicate when the going gets tough isn’t a team.
  • Why good intentions are never enough: The gap between how people believe they behave bow they actually do.
  • Work the issue on both sides: Hire for Attitude and personality (fit) and then build your team’s conversational capacity.
    o   Hire right, then create a “Conversational Code of Conduct” – clear behavioral norms; formal or informal– to align team behavior with organizational strategy.

How do you recognize and evaluate

  • Evaluation of the process

    • Well thought through the process
    • Preparation emphasis- prep call beforehand

Interviewing for Conversational Capacity

  • Locate evidence of past experience
  • Personality Assessment
  • Behavioral Interview - questions
    • Tell me about a time you had to give negative information up the chain to your boss. How did you handle it? What did you say?
    • With a colleague?
    • To someone who you managed?
    • Tell me about a time you were really wrong about something or someone.
    • What was your family dinner table like growing up?
  • Mock Interview!
  • People can learn to converse in a more disciplined, balanced manner. There are skills.
  • To be good at working in the sweet spot, everyone needs to do some work. If someone is UNWILLING to do that work, well, let’s just say there are some people you’d prefer were working for your competition.
    • CCOC

Key Take Aways:

  • conversational capacity needs to be on your management dashboard
  • It affects every aspect of your organization’s performance from decision-making, to managing change, to running meetings, and implementing strategy.
  • Hire the right people and then make sure you manage them in a way that allows them to bring their best work to your business.
  • Get the right people around the table (ability to learn; right temperament, etc, and then build CC of team. Each person will have to do some work to stay balanced.
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Brenan German Part Deux: Overcoming Your # 1 Hiring Failure for 2019

December 28, 2018

The One change you must make for 2019. Overcoming hiring failures. Spoiler Alert: it is your Interview Process… 1950 called and they want their process back!

Today’s Quote:

"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean

Show highlights:

  • Divulge the secret of an effective interview
  • Halos & Horns
  • Layout our interview structure

Up front, What is the secret to an effective Interview?

  • Process
  • Alignment
  • Engagement

Halo’s & Horns

  • Bias, Conclusions & Assumptions

    • Your attitude determines your altitude
  • Gut decisions
  • Coin flip methodology

Effective Interview Structure

Brenan’s Format

  • Plan
  • Build
  • Decision
  • Scoring methodology
  • Practice

Rick’s Format

  • Structure (Organized, Timed, real time feedback)
  • Pre-determined questions
  • Give & Receive Feedback

Differentiate your company by closing the process with Everyone you decide not to move forward with!

Brenan German is Founder and President at Bright Talent Resources, Inc., a boutique Human Resources Advisory, Project Management, Training, and Recruiting Services firm.

As lead consultant, Brenan acts as an advisor to organizations wanting to re-engineer or develop a high performing, measureable, technology enabled, human resources function. Brenan has over 20 years of hands-on Human Resources leadership experience developing intelligent and successful talent management functions within some of the country’s most respected and well-known companies such as The Gallup Organization, Edwards Lifesciences, and Black & Decker. Brenan’s particular expertise involves the alignment of talent management strategies to business goals, and the implementation of systems and processes to reach measureable objectives, demonstrating clearly the bottom line impact expected of strategic Human Resources programs.

A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Brenan is an active participant in a number of organizations: Chair of the Orange County Employment Managers Association (OCEMA), Founding Board Member of the Talent Acquisition Group of San Diego (TAGSD), Member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), and Advisor to Sigma Pi International Educational Foundation.

 

 

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Charles Antis: Discovering Your Company’s Purpose

December 13, 2018

It’s all about Purpose... Why? Because if your model exists just to make money, you won’t be relevant anymore. What is your companies purpose? Today we are going to help you discover your purpose and share ways to build purpose into to your hiring process.

Today’s Quote:

“When you're surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” - Howard Schultz

Show highlights:

  • Discovering your purpose
  • Getting others to rally around your company’s purpose (super power)
  • How to hire Purpose-driven people

Let’s start by talking about how you discovered your companies purpose

  • Origin Story:
  • Reason to exist other than making money
  • you have to have a Why
  • “We exist to keep families safe and dry” - Antis purpose

Why is it important to have a purpose?

  • The purpose of a company is to make money!
  • Involved in changing people’s lives
  • Benefits of Purpose
    • Retention
    • Increased productivity

Hiring with Purpose

  • Have a reason why
  • Getting others to buy in
  • Knowing your “Why” and building it from the inside out.
  • Helping employees discover their “Superpowers”

Tribal leadership- when the culture goes wrong. survival

Demonstrating that as a leader, you are there to serve them

Interviewing for Purpose

  • Messaging

    • Clear and consistent with how the leaders lead
  • Interview
    • Core values alignment
    • Hire for alignment over skills
    • Discovery of superpowers in the interview

Results

  • 20% culture lift in a month- gift card that they can donate to a cause that is near and dear. To someone who did
  • Retain 93%
  • Melt away silos builds a stronger bond between individuals and departments

Charles Antis, Founder & CEO of Antis Roofing & Waterproofing is a well-respected and widely known roofing expert, entrepreneur and humanitarian. Charles began his career as a roofing professional in 1984. Since then, he has become one of the most trusted names in the Southern California roofing industry, as well as an inspirational business leader championing social corporate responsibility.

Charles has been the recipient of many prestigious awards over the years and was recently honored with the 2017 US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizen Award, Small and Mid-Size Business. In 2017, he was also named as National Philanthropy Day Honoree, Outstanding Corporation or Business, Mid-Size; the Civic 50 Orange County Honoree; and received the top honor with the CNA Insurance/National Roofing Contractors Association (CAN/NRCA) Community Involvement Award.

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Lindon Crow: The Anatomy of a Recruiting Call. Stop Triggering Fight or Flight!

November 8, 2018

The Anatomy of a Recruiting Call. People do not respond to you because you are sending the wrong message! What do You Say that is Triggering a person’s Fight or Flight Response?

Today’s Quote:

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”. - Plato

Show highlights:

  • What happens in the brain when someone is trying to recruit you
  • What Triggers Fight or Flight response
  • Techniques to approach the conversation to avoid triggering negative responses

I call you to recruit you for a new job.

  • What happens in the brain
  • What is naturally desired by people - intrinsic desire
  • What choices or options mean to a mind. What too many/too few options means
  • What motivates people - primal instinct, reptilian brain
    • Tune out to the sales pitch
    • How do I get rid of this person?

What triggers Fight or Flight response?

  • Recruiting is disruptive to the brain. It breaks safety
  • Create environment of loving, self esteem, self actualization

The Conversation

  • Creating a process that creates a sense of Familiarity & Achievement
  • Authority (achievement) Daniel pink's Drive
    • $ is a motivator up until $70k
  • Positioning:
    • Purpose of the call is to get to the Truth
    • It’s not about you!
  • Listening:
    • Stop Fishing
    • People are busy and don't care about what you are selling
    • “What's happening in your current role…”
    • Test the waters - Question the timing & the Why
  • Lead the Path:
    • What problem needs to be solved?
    • How they desire it to be fixed?
    • Wound, Desire, Achievement - like Plato’s emotion, desire, knowledge
    • Celebrate their wins

Lindon Crow is the President of Productive Learning. As a workshop facilitator and trainer, he has helped more than 2,500 clients achieve higher levels of emotional awareness, self-mastery, and personal fulfillment. Lindon is known for his provocative, straightforward, and compassionate communication style and his keen ability to forecast potential outcomes. This helps his clients make better educated decisions about their current directions and opportunities for growth.  

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Sherry Benjamins: Build a Strategic Plan to Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes

October 25, 2018

Do you and your company have a strategic hiring plan? If you are like most companies, you don’t. Today we are going to help shift your model from a reactive to a proactive hiring model and change your world!

Today's Quote:

“Everyone chooses how to approach life. If you're proactive, you focus on preparing. If you're reactive, you end up focusing on repairing.”

John C. Maxwell

 Show highlights:

  • Why you hire poorly
  • A structure to build a strategic hiring plan

The problems with a reactive hiring process (why you can't hire):

    • Transactional
    • Paying too much for people
    • Not solving a problem
    • Your company is just a paycheck
    • High failure rate
    • 67% of people earning $100K+ plan to make a job change in the next 12 months.
  • Companies in React mode all the time
  • Forecasting recruiting like you forecast your finances

Creating a Strategic Plan for Talent

Five elements you must have to develop a solid strategic plan:

  • 1) Define your value agenda –

    • what is the source of value in your business?  Is it in operations
    • How you structure the teams,
    • Where the highest value resources are in the organization?
    • How are you dealing with automation, big data, AI, innovation, customer satisfaction.
  • 2) What is your leadership agenda?

    • Do you have the right people in the highest impact roles
  • 3) Strategic priorities –

    • what is the hottest priority for success given where the value will be most critical?
    • Does the leadership team agree on these?
  • 4) A Winning culture – with this focus, is everyone ready and believing and   behaving in what it takes to win?

    • Energy required – where is the energy and if there are “vampires” sucking the energy from the team, truly evaluate the pay off or drain
  • 5)  Road map

    • Specific & Actionable… Need to get some early wins
    • Send a message to the organization
    • Accountability & results

Ricks Input:

  • Know who you are- Company values
  • Break down the work that needs to be accomplished & timeline
  • Establish Performance metrics 90/180 day
  • Establish Interviewing strategy and process
  • -Closing the hiring managers and candidates for mutual success

Sherry Benjamins has over 25 years of experience in business management, HR, consulting services and helping companies solve for their talent challenges. Her expertise is helping clients shift from the old model of reacting to talent needs to starting a new conversation that is forward looking and focused on adding value to their business.

Sherry is the President of S.Benjamins & Company. Her company does three things; they find management talent for their clients, they help clients create a strategic talent plan and lastly, she brings talent together in quarterly executive learning sessions.  Her experience includes work in the HR corporate world, P&L leadership of a regional career services firm, and founder of her own firm for the past 21 years. She has an MBA from Pepperdine and speaks frequently to new MBA graduates about the world of work today.

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Rocky Romanella: Define and Build Your Core Company Values

October 11, 2018

Define and build your core company values. Companies with clearly defined values & purpose consistently outperform their competitors by as much as 10x. Today’s episode is focused on helping you define who you are.

Today's Quote:

"Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose." - Edward de Bono (1933 - ), Author and Inventor

Show Guest:

Rocky Romanella is currently the Founder and CEO of 3SIXTY Management Services, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in Executive Speaking, Leadership Development, and Consulting Services.  

Rocky is an experienced CEO who led one of the largest rebranding initiatives in franchising history – The UPS Store, revolutionizing the $9 billion retail shipping and business services market. He steered UPS’s entry into the healthcare industry and created the mantra, “It’s a patient, not a package. ®”  

He also led the integration of more than 20 acquisitions to improve financial performance, capabilities and global network footprint. Rocky has the rare ability to see a clear vision of the changing business landscape, the passion to develop strategies, tactics and metrics to drive desired results. He is the Author of Tighten the Lug Nuts: the Principles of Balanced Leadership(Amazon.com). 

Episode highlights:

  • Who you are?
  • Defining your company values
  • How to align your hiring with your values

“Without a strong set of values, the best leadership strategy can go awry. With a good value structure in place, the worst leadership approach can right itself and eventually lead to the desired outcome.” - Rocky Romanella

Why is this  Important?

  • People desire a sense of purpose to really thrive
  • Core values are the Foundation for defining your Mission & Purpose
  • Attrition issues/bad hires
    • *small business don't believe they need to have values well defined... Wrong!

How do you define who you are?

  • Start with your personal brand

    • “Your true character is defined by your honesty of purpose”
    • Ask peers
    • Company Survey
    • What won't I compromise

Step by step of how to define and build your core company values:

Rick’s process:

  • Start with Personal values first
  • KPI driven VS. People driven
  • Established Leadership Team
    • Define everyone’s core values and build from there.
    • Prioritize top values
    • Own your Values!
  • Understand your values? You must:
    • Articulate clearly in writing.
    • Test your values through daily decision-making.
  • Rocky’s Structure:
    • Mission
    • Vision
    • Strategy
    • Roadmap

 How to transfer your values into your hiring:

  • Values Alignment

    • Values drive hiring
    • Behavioral interview process
    • Assessments: Disc, Predictive Learning
    • Don’t compromise on hiring!

 

 

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Shawn Andrews: What Is Emotional Intelligence (EQ) And How Is It Relevant To Hiring?

September 20, 2018

Why should we care about EQ when building a company today? People with high EQ, work better with others, manage customers more effectively and cultivate an accepting company culture.   

Today's Quote:

“Emotion is more powerful than logic” - Albert Einstein

Show Guest:

Dr. Shawn Andrews is a keynote speaker, organizational consultant, and the founder and CEO of Andrews Research International. She serves as adjunct professor at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, where she teaches courses on Organizational Behavior, Women in Leadership, Diversity in Organizations, and Leadership and Ethics. She was the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion columnist for Training Industry Magazine, and is the author of the book, The Power of Perception: Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and the Gender Divide (Amazon.com)

Episode highlights:

    • EQ, What is it?
    • How to you get it?
    • Incorporate into your hiring

What is EQ?

Set of emotional and social skills that collectively establish how well we:

  • Perceive and express ourselves
  • Develop and maintain social relationships
  • Cope with challenges, manage stress and make decisions
  • Use emotional information to guide our thinking and action
  • Managing emotions
    • Manage stress
    • Overcome obstacles
    • Inspire toward collective goals
  • Self perception, Self expression, interpersonal, decision making, Stress Management
  • Tied into core company values

Why is it Important?

  • Low Emotional Intelligence breeds bad cultures
  • “Hire hard, manage easy”

What if you don’t have EQ? How do you get it?

  • Get EQ assessment
  • Read a book

EQ for different roles:

Leadership:

  1. Interpersonal relationships
  2. Assertiveness
  3. Self-awareness

Sales:

  1. Self-actualization
  2. Assertiveness
  3. Happiness

Marketing / Creative:

  1. Optimism
  2. Reality testing
  3. Independence

Customer Service:

  1. Stress tolerance
  2. Assertiveness
  3. Happiness

Product Development /Manufacturing:

  1. Flexibility
  2. Problem solving
  3. Independence

Interviewing for EQ

  • Behavioral Interviewing

    • Comfortable candidate- feel conversational, warm & informal
    • Start: difficult challenge that was solved, commend… then go granular
    • Hire hard, manage easy”
  • Deep reference checking
    • Evidence of low & high EQ behaviors

 

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Darrell Gurney: Breaking Bad, Career And Hiring Habits!

September 13, 2018

Why is it that we put more thought into lunch choices than we do our career or hiring decisions?

Today we are going to discuss the top three bad habits that both candidates and companies do throughout the hiring process that kill their ability to make a smart decision.

Today's Quote:

To change habits, we must study the habits of successful role models.” – Jack Canfield

Show Guest:

Darrell Gurney is a career expert, executive coach and authority in supporting people through successful transitions. He brings back the power of social connection by teaching professionals that you’re simply one face-to-face relationship away from your dream job life.

He is the author of the Amazon bestseller “Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest."

As founder of both CareerGuy.com and TheBackForty.com, Darrell’s motto for both career and life is, as Frank Sinatra sings, “the best is yet to come, and won’t it be fine!”

Episode highlights:

  • The top 3 bad habits we need to stop right now!
  • Why these habits are so detrimental
  • Good habits to replace the bad

Hiring bad habits from both sides:

Darrell’s top 3:

  • 1. Looking to see what jobs are available & Going through the front door by applying for open positions.          

    • Take charge of their career path vs be at the effect
    • Get out of your box: the house, the computer screen, the phone, and get in front of people.
    • 80% of all jobs are filled before they are ever advertised by the people in the know bringing in the people they know
  • 2. Failing to develop relationships beyond the job search process.
    • Never submerge in your job or your life. Get out, be making connections, be talking to people about your interests and passions
  • 3. Not treating yourself like a business
    • Realize that you have your own business, and you always have -- you simply lease out your employable assets
    • A business owner is always concerned first and foremost about two measures: ROI (Return on Investment) and ROE (Return on Equity). You want to similarly always watch, manage and monitor your own Return on Individuality and Return on Effort.

Rick’s top 3:

  • Winging it-

    • company values -clueless
    • Not clear on what the business needs
    • Work that needs to be accomplished
    • Listening!
  • Interview Process
    • Not clearly defined
    • Following the pack -
    • Accepting the Status quo
    • Testing people before engaging
  • Transactional relationship
    • Not understanding the person across from you
    • Focus on skills
    • Protective of the culture

Why are these habits bad?

  • How can you get where you are going when you don’t know where you are?

How do we fix these habits?

  • Winging it- not clear on what the business needs

    • Build preparation time into your schedule
    • Define what the business needs (not your wants) and who you need to take you there
  • Interview Process
    • Structured, Organized, Timed & Purpose Driven
    • Get to the Truth!
  • Transactional relationship
    • Heal the person’s wound with your opportunity

 

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Erin Wilson: The Power of Feedback in Your interview Process Stops Ghosting and Glass Door Fears

August 9, 2018

Don't underestimate the power of giving and receiving feedback in the interview process. Feedback helps your company improve your hiring process and it provides a positive “candidate experience” for the interviewee!

Today's Quote:

“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Ken Blanchard (one minute manager books)

Show highlights:

    • The Whys’ of interview feedback
    • Giving & receiving feedback
    • Provide the tools to create feedback channels into your Interview process

You must first have an interview process:

  • Feedback is process improvement
  • Candidate Experience
  • Time management &
  • Candidate Attraction

Feedback Challenges:

  • Don't have it - Go get it!
  • Have it but not sure how to deliver it
  • Companies not required to provide feedback
  • Legality of feedback - fear of litigation
    • Fear of Discrimination lawsuit
  • Not everyone can accept feedback - low EQ
  • CASE STUDY: 70% of  companies do not provide unselected job applicants with any feedback
  • Make feedback a constant throughout the process- give & receive
    • Is there any reason why you would not hire me
    • Is there any reason why you would not accept an offer with our company

*Mystery creates distrust

What you can and cannot give as feedback:

  • Skills
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Interview Preparation
  • Alignment with Cultural/Values
  • Evidence based feedback
  • Discriminatory in nature
  • Your too Old
  • Never give a woman feedback that she is not assertive enough
  • Body odor

Aaron’s process for giving & receiving feedback:

  • Balanced
  • Build in feedback time (10 minutes after the interview has ended)
  • Feedback based on competency - bullet points, not short stories

Rick’s process for giving & receiving feedback:

  • Feedback starts at the first contact  (gauge ability to give/receive feedback)

    • discuss concerns & fit between career & company goals
  • Ask Questions:
    • What are your thoughts?
    • How do you feel about that?
    • Why is that important?
  • Assign a facilitator of Feedback
    • Ie: recruiter or admin
  • Provide something constructive
  • Give & Get feedback in Real Time -interview wrap up

How to professionally release a person from the process:

  • Call Them!
  • A 5-10 minute phone call to ensure a positive image of your company.
  • Be specific. Facts without any value judgment.
  • Help people to learn. Focus on improvement & help them to find the right fit
  • Be empathetic.

The candidate experience: Integrity & Transparency in the hiring process creates less likelihood of a lawsuit, especially when you leave the door open.

Erin Wilson is the Co-Founder & Talent Engineer of Hirepool, Inc. He has personally interviewed more than 10,000 job seekers. Erin has helped build a company that exited for $640M, and just released a consumer Interview preparation software product (Hirepool.io) being used by job seekers around the world.  

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J.C. Ruffalo: Team Chemistry Either Attracts or Repels Investors, Customers and Top Talent

August 3, 2018

Today we are talking about the chemistry of your team! Look, you can have the greatest product in the world but without a strong team chemistry, your company will ultimately fail.

Today's Quote:

"Skills are Cheap. Chemistry is expensive" Mal Pancoast

Show highlights:

  • Why chemistry is so important
  • How to Monitor your team chemistry
  • What to do to encourage or change the chemistry 

Elements of good team chemistry:

  • Constructive Chemistry
  • *Good chemistry, Your brains produce more Oxytocin, which is the hormone that helps us feel more connected to other people. Higher levels of Oxytocin produce more pleasure, deeper trust, and stronger intimacy.

Warning signs of bad chemistry:

  • Destructive Chemistry
  • Identify bad chemistry early on… disrespectful, not being productive, dropping the ball, personal issues.
  • Adding value or afraid of adding value
  • Lieing,  false information or not saying anything.
  • Personal Issues- ie: How do you deal with someone involved with drugs? (JC’s Story)

Monitoring your chemistry:

  • Proactive, Honest
  • Best Monitor: Praise is the most important element of a team. People will give more because they feel valued
  • checks and balances, always questioning

Interviewing to uncover chemistry:

  • Understanding Yourself & Your business needs…. Vision - opposing working styles
  • How to identify in the interview - Wound, Desire, Accomplishment
  • Best job in vetting people. Honesty is not that common. People can turn in a heartbeat
  • Optimistic pessimism 
  • Behavioral Questions - Evidence & Knockouts!

Ways to omit bad chemistry:

  • Communicate
  • Identify & change with minimum impact to the organization
  • Hire slow, fire quickly 

J.C. Ruffalo joined the OCTANe OC team in June 2014 and is the Director of LaunchPad SBDC and Investor Relations. JC Mentor's hundreds of companies each year and has assisted LaunchPad companies to achieve over $750 million in capital infusion and, as a result, create over 3,500 new jobs in Southern California.  

Prior to Octane, JC co-founded a small startup (Double Splash Media), which was involved with email marketing. He also worked for LKQ, a large corporation that is the world’s largest supplier of automotive replacement parts, as a buyer and general manager.

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Hank Levine: Gamifying Your Entire Organization - Accounting Needs to Have Fun Too!

July 27, 2018

 According to Wikipedia, Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. Gamification commonly employs gamedesign elements to improve user engagement, organizational productivity, employee recruitment and evaluation, and more.

We are all used to being gamefied. In fact, our lives have been programmed to do things based on reward. Everything from our GPA to buying a new iPhone pulls from principles of Gamification.  A lot of Companies Gamify pieces of the organization, mainly those associated with revenue.  It is not commonly implemented throughout the whole organization, especially the operational side of the organization. Full organizational gamification has increased employee engagement by 92% and productivity is hitting record strides!

Today's Quote:

“The Game gives you a Purpose. The Real Game is, to Find a Purpose.”

― Vineet Raj Kapoor

Show highlights:

  • Discuss the benefits of gamification to your business
  • What's needed to gamify your company?
  • The structure to implement gamification into your company

Why did your company decide to gamify?

  • Our lives are gamified
  • Isn't gamification a form of behavioral modification or conditioning?
  • Skinner’s Radical Behaviorism or Pavlovian response
  • Benefits to the company?

The gamification you use at iPlace. How does it work?

  • Launchpad
  • Customer, Employee & Company goals
  • *Launchpad: each person earns a star each week for successfully completing tasks. Each week mini performance review- Agile sprint?
  • 40 stars = pay raise, 120 stars promotion.

Why does gamification work in terms of Engagement?

  • Build a culture of performance and healthy competition
  • UNDERPERFORMERS CAN NOT HIDE
  • Put management on auto pilot. Unscheduled leaves have declined over 93% since they have eliminated by escalations (they and all of team loses stars)
  • Sets expectations up front

Hank Levine is the President and CEO of iPlace USA, which is widely regarded as the highest quality company providing professionally managed sourcing and recruiting services for US-based companies from India. Over the past twelve years, he has helped over 240 American companies establish offshore recruiting operations.

Hank spearheaded the development of a very innovative “company operations system” based on gamification. He was the keynote speaker last May at the StaffingTec conference where he spoke about how progressive companies are using gamification to scale their operations, align company and client goals, improve the health and wellness of their employees, and even eliminate performance reviews.

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Dane Petchul: College Debt Is Hindering Your Ability To Hire the Strongest Talent!

July 19, 2018

 Student loan debt is certainly a major issue and yet it is not often addressed in the hiring process. Some would argue that the overwhelming pressure to start paying back the loan often results in a person making the wrong career decision out of necessity. Companies could do more to alleviate some of that pain by targeting talent out of their specific industry and creating benefits or incentives to help with this burden.

“When you get in debt you become a slave.” - Andrew Jackson

Show highlights:

  • The effect student loans have on career choices
  • How companies might capitalize on debt to help attract talent

Ways in which an individual can reduce the amount of student loan debt:

  • Planning
  • Cost reduction programs
  • Hidden gems of free money?

What are the inherent challenges related to student loan debt:

  • Default on the loan -7 million people are in default
  • Limits ability to get a job- ie:govt related
  • License suspension -nursing, teachers, lawyers, realtors emergency technicians
  • Shackled to what you hate to pay the bills

When people make poor career choices because of necessity it impacts the company that they join. The regret over poor job choice does not only impact the employee but the employer as well. Job regret leads to:

  • Apathy
  • Low motivation
  • Poor employee performance
  • Spend work time searching for other employment

How might companies be able to attract the right people by helping to alleviate the student loan debt wound?

  • benefits
  • Recruit people from outside industries (look outside the box)- accomplishment based hiring
  • Opportunity
  • Provide an avenue
  • Look at the debt as an opportunity to provide performance incentives to offset the debt

Dane Petchul is the Founder and President of Oracle College PlanningWith a long history of helping people with their retirement in the finance world, Dane shifted the focus to help families – parents and children – identify the best path to take for a financially responsible college experience..

Dane committed himself to helping families carefully protect their life-savings from soaring college costs while ensuring that a proper financial pathway would be in place so that students wouldn’t be saddled in debt after graduating. Therefore enabling them to make better career decisions.

 

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Anita Kanti: Abolish the Resume!

July 13, 2018

 A majority of the most talented people have terrible resumes. Why? Because they are busy making things happen!

Companies miss out on great people because they never make it past the resume screen. Automating the process and screening for buzzwords is just not an effective tool for finding the right people for your business. We are in the people business when we recruit. So, pick up the phone and judge based on your conversation and not the resume.

Today's Quote:

"Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it."

- Elizabeth Wurtzel

Show highlights:

  • Positive points of resumes
  • Everything wrong with a resume
  • Alternate solutions to resumes - solve the resume black hole

What resumes are good for:

  • Contact information
  • Career History
  • The “white space”

What is wrong with the resume:

  • Keyword dependent -wrong keywords or no keywords
  • Designed to match with wish list of skills
  • Too heavily relied upon in the interview process
  • People lie

 Alternate options to a resume:

  • Video clips
  • Video talent snapshot (resume) - Why is this a good idea?
  • -discrimination bias?
  • - how can a 1 minute video give you an accurate picture?
  • AI
  • Actual assessment - conversation
  • Wound, Desire, Accomplishment

Effective use of a resume and how to identify great people:

  • Just a tool, not a wall
  • A  guide to formulate skills based questions - Transferable skills

Anita Kanti is the Executive Talent Manager of Huawei Technologises. She is a global business partner and senior manager supporting executive leadership deliverables' for leadership talent acquisition needs for the US and China marketplace.

As both a motivational life coach and strategic talent manager, Anita Kanti offers progressive solutions to help her company and clients optimize their strengths and create a pathway of success. Anita is a proven expert in  talent recruitment, both in leading corporations such as Broadcom Inc., and United Healthcare, as well as building a company of her own, Anita K Solutions. Anita K has combined her expertise in talent development and leadership with her training in motivational techniques to create a unique and effective life coaching philosophy.

 

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Mark James: Preparing for Your Interview is the Key to Winning a Great Hire!

June 21, 2018

Today’s show is all about Preparation! Preparation is the first step in conducting an effective Interview. Both interviewer and interviewee parties need to be prepared. Just showing up without an idea of where you are going is the quickest way to lose an opportunity. An Interview without Preparation is really just PreparationH! In this episode we stressed the importance of preparation and how it needs to happen.

Show Guest:

Mark James is the Founder and President of Hire Consulting Services and the author of his new book, “Keys to the C Suite”. (Amazon.com) Mark is a Certified Personnel Consultant and has been providing executive career transition coaching and executive search consulting services for over 20 years. He is also a Certified Partner with the Predictive Index suite of behavior assessments. Mark coaches executives in career transition on a daily basis which makes him an expert in today's topic.

Episode highlights:

  • Interviewee/candidate preparation
  • Hiring manager preparation
  • Provide a process for how each party needs to prepare

 Why is it important to prepare for an interview?

  • Preparation puts you in the right MINDSET … sets the tone, eliminates surprises
  • Set proper objective - get the offer/make the hire
  • Being prepared = being impressive- demonstrates success

 Interviewee:

  • Research the company to determine something that the company may not know themselves
  • Not prepared to tell their story
  • Ask for the interview schedule & format

 Hiring Manager (company):

  • Research the person
  • Knowing what needs to be accomplished
  • Prepare your interview team

 The dangers of not preparing for the interview:

  • Wasted time, frustration
  • Inaccurate picture of who you really are
  • Lose the person
  • Increase the likelihood of making a bad decision

 How to best prepare to get hired:

  • Self-assessment, presenting yourself, researching the company
  • Research company
  • Ask targeted questions
  • Know how to showcase your accomplishments to make them relevant to the company mission
  • Proactive

 Best preparation practices to attract the right talent:

  • Schedule time to prepare - assuming all else has been covered
  • Review assessment notes, LinkedIn profile, social channels, resume- look for commonalities, interests &  data points to cover
  • Prepare interview team- provide targeted behavioral questions

Look for cultural fit, evidence of success & transferable skills:

  • Performance Metrics- what needs to be accomplished
  • Have a plan: Connect the dots- competitive advantage
  • Give & receive feedback -in real time

 

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Event Interview:Paul Pickle From Octane OC’s Technology Innovation Forum

June 13, 2018

Paul Pickle, Former President & COO, of Microsemi & MC of Octane OC's 2018 Technology Innovation Forum. We discussed the future of Semiconductor and whats on the horizon. 

 

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Event Interview: Ryan Permeh From Octane OC’s Technology Innovation Forum

June 11, 2018

Ryan PermehCo-Founder & Chief Scientist of Cylance I had the pleasure to sit down with Ryan for a quick interview at Octane OC's Technology Innovation Forum Event. He shared some great Insight on Leveraging the Cybersecurity hub in SoCal.

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Tom Chaparro: How To Pick The Best Search Partner For You And Your Company (a somewhat biased perspective)

June 7, 2018

Picking the right recruiter partner is not easy. Today’s episode is all about the different options available and how to find a search firm who has your company’s best interest at heart. Start by establishing the following.

Show highlights:

  • Defining & understanding your company - values, culture, & plan
  • Expectations of your team, company goals, needs
  • How to evaluate a search firm and chose the one that best fits with your organization

Begin with the root of where we should start. As a company, who are we?

  • Company’s core values
  • Culture
  • Plan for success

Understanding your Company’s “Needs” and defining expectations:

  • Needs vs. Wants - your company needs trump ego
  • Speed vs. quality
  • Recruiting mentality Driver vs. Order Taker

Determining the best type of search for your specific needs:

  • Staffing
  • Contingency
  • Retained
  • In House

How to pick the right recruiting partner:

  • Process
  • Cultural & Business understanding
  • passion

Tom Chaparro is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Newport Group - Executive Search Consultants.

As EVP & GM, Tom is responsible for firm-wide management of day-to-day operations and quality control, as well as providing leadership and training to managers and staff.

Mr. Chaparro combines deep, hands-on expertise in a variety of verticals, with an uncanny business insight for the international marketplaces in which his business partners operate. With proven executive search experience, and an unmatched knowledge of the real estate development, construction and oil & gas industries

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Ron Herrera: Benefits Strategy For Attraction And Retention. Thoughtfully Crafted To The Demographic Of Who Your Company Is Attracting

May 24, 2018

Is your benefits strategy the right one to land great people? Highlights discussed on the show: 

  • How Benefits drive Retention
  • Effective vs. Ineffective benefits
  • How Benefits can help land Talent

How benefits drive retention

  • Hard for employees to leave when employers demonstrate the value. Employee feels like they can not get as good of a package somewhere else.
  • Total compensation statements- powerful tool

What benefits are Effective? Ineffective?

  • What people expect & at what level?
  • Strategy for different company sizes
  • Botique benefits- pet insurance, Financial well being.

How do benefits help land talent?

  • Reduces days to fill
  • Impact cost to hire associate
  • Strong release pitcher role.
  • Medical needs

Ron Herrera is Vice President of Consulting Services with the Precept Group, a national employee benefits consulting firm and insurance brokerage.  Precept offers a variety of services including health and welfare consulting, health management programs, benefits administration and technology, retirement plan services and more.

Ron partners with employers across the United States to reduce healthcare expenditures and stimulate organizational culture.  Prior to joining Precept, Ron led Human Resources operations in Vice President and Director roles with multiple healthcare organizations.  

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Richard Franzi:Unintended Consequences Of A Poor Hiring Process

May 17, 2018

Bad hires are the negative effect of a unstructured hiring practice and will manifest itself in the performance of your company. So how do you minimize the risk of bad hires? A hiring structure needs to be in place to drastically increase the chances of making a great hire.

Show Guest:

Rick Franzi is the Founder & CEO of Critical Mass for Business. He is the author of the best selling book “Killing Cats, Leads to Rats” -Mitigating the unintended consequences of Business Decisions.(Amazon.com)

Rick currently chairs CEO Peer Groups® throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, CA through his partnership with Renaissance Executive Forums.  He is the host of Critical Mass Radio Show & Podcast here on OC Talk Radio.

He is a nationally recognized thought leader on the power of peer learning for CEOs and business executives. Rick's work has been featured in national media forums such as Forbes & Inc.com

Topics covered in “unintended consequences”:

  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis: the disease is not Hiring with a process
  • Secure Model for Hiring
  • Prescription

What are the symptoms (issues)?

  • Company’s hire for Skills
  • Winging it
  • Asking the wrong questions
  • Down hiring

The diagnosis: disease is not having a hiring process. Why?

  • Repels great talent (unstructured is unimpressive)
  • Unstructured interview (only a 6% chance of making the correct hire)
  • Bad hire will infect 30% of the people around that person - drop in performance

Prescription/solution - implementing the SECURE Model  

  • S stands for slow down the decision-making process.
  • E stands for expand your knowledge.
  • C stands for clarify the desired outcome.
  • U stands for unify the team
  • R stands for retain control of the process.
  • E stands for ensure you stay outcome focused.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Ville Houttu: Maximizing Transparency And Trust. This Bold Step Thrust One Company Toward Massive Success!

May 10, 2018

True transparency maximizes trust and enables a company to thrive! Vincit promotes proactive leadership and a bottom up leadership approach. The results: a rediculously successful business with no attrition and incredible engagement and productivity. 

Episode highlights:

  • True Transparency- what it looks like to a company that is thriving
  • Proactive leadership
  • How this structure attracts outstanding people!

Explain what transparency looks like in you company

  • Publish Salaries openly- colleagues nominate for raises. Twice a year
  • Satisfaction guarantee for new employees. Pay people to leave within first two months
  • Eliminated middle management
  • Company credit card

How does transparency Maximize Trust?

  • Bottom to top approach to leadership - focus on listening and reacting. Leadership as a service- created a platform. LaaS
  • Increase Management workload? - lowers load because you are not predicting situations to handle situations. Individualize the model. People end up managing themselves

Transfer into your hiring process?

  • What do they do in hiring?
  • Screening to eliminate the mediocrity? they test interviews in teamwork based situations.
  • Look for collaboration, skills and cultural fit. Have to be able ask questions, “having dialog”

Results?

  • Attrition
  • Engagement
  • Productivity

Ville Houttu is the Founder and CEO of Vincit California, Inc. Previously, he helped to take it public in Nasdaq First North marketplace. After the IPO, Ville moved to California to start Vincit’s local subsidiary. During the first year of operations he built a team of 20 developers in Irvine and acquired OC’s hottest digital branding agency, XTOPOLY. The team operates in Irvine and Palo Alto, where they help companies such as Logitech and Yamaha to develop their mobile apps and digital services.

Ville is passionate about creating lean working environments and scaling operations without creating policies. He is also one of the few Ironman triathletes who plays steel guitar on several albums on Spotify.

 Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Chris Steely: Unconscious Bias And How To Eliminate It From The Hiring Process

May 4, 2018

We all have unconcious bias. It is important to recognize and identify them, especially in the workplace.  When we acknowledge these biases, then they can be  eliminated in the interview process, creating smarter hires for your business.

Episode highlights:

  • What Unconscious bias is
  • How to acknowledge it
  • Eliminate it from the hiring process

What is Unconscious Bias?

  • Relative to gender, race, age
  • We all judge but the key is not to pass judgement until…
  • Unconscious (or implicit) biases are learned stereotypes that are automatic, unintentional, deeply ingrained, universal, and able to influence behavior

How do we recognize and identify our bias?

  • EQ, Self Awareness
  • Roots

The value of Bias in the workplace

  • Diversity in thinking
  • Leverage Enlightenment

How do we Eliminate Unconscious bias from the interview process?

  • Understand the value around bias in the workplace
  • Harvard Business Review:
  • Seek to understand- “Organizational conversation”,
  • Job descriptions- perception words, gendered words-balance:”build and create”
  • Blind resume review- ignore the name
  • Accomplishment focus
  • Structure Interviews
  • Value fit
  • Diversity goals

Chris Steely is the Managing Director of GPS Business Group. He is a transformational business leader, author, trainer, and business coach, who has trained thousands of business leaders worldwide on how to refine and apply optimal capabilities to their business.  Chris focuses on delivering business effectiveness services to clients across the globe. He’s co-authored two books, and has been featured as a business expert on countless international stages.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Nick Livingston: Improving Communication For The Interview Process Will Increase The Likelihood Of Making A Great Hire!

April 26, 2018

Insights on Proper Interview Communication and the ways to incorporate them effectively for the Hiring Process:

  • What are the broken issues in the Interview communication
  • Fix the crucial areas 
  • Utilize Solutions and Tools that are available to enhance communication and overall candidate experience

With all the technology & tools available, Why is this still a problem today?

  • We try really hard to take out the human element from the process
  • Lost art
  • Transactional

Where the challenges lie

  • Recruiter & Interviewee
  • Recruiter & hiring manager
  • Interviewee & hiring manager

Forms of Communication & Issues

  • Video interviewing vs phone interviewing, Video cons: implicit bias
  • Chatbots- engagement /screening tool
  • Text messages

How do we make interview communications effective?

  • Recruiter & Interviewee
  • Recruiter & hiring manager

Tools

  • Interview Data/Evidence
  • Remember your Conversations
  • Reduce misinterpretation and bias
  • Remove redundant interview steps
  • Other Tools:videos, Chatbots
  • Technical tests
  • Take home tests

Nick Livingston is CEO of Honeit Software. He has been scaling recruiting teams and companies in San Francisco and New York City for 15 years. Nick started his career as a technology headhunter in NYC. After a successful IPO at TubeMogul (now Adobe) while attending business school at UC Berkeley, he co-founded Honeit Software to rethink interview communication and simplify the hiring process. At MTV, Nick was the Recruiting Director responsible for digital media and interactive technology talent. Nick worked at HR Technology companies Taleo and NextSource. He received his MBA from Berkeley, with BS in Applied Mathematics.  

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

 

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Todd Raphael:Hiring Practices That Are Driving Great People Away From Your Company!

April 19, 2018

Companies complain that they can’t find people yet they do a lot of alienating of potential hires through their actions. Identifying and fixing what drives people away in each stage of the interview process, looking at data of where the best hires are produced, and learning the trends in the Industry will increase the pool of better candidates for your business.

Episode highlights:

  • What drives candidates away?
  • How do we fix these issues

What drives people away?

  • Job description- selfish, not engaging,
  • First contact - too selling job focused
  • Interview - prepared, structured, Format
  • Follow up process

Hurdles in Applicant tracking systems/Interview process

  • Tests
  • Missing human connection

Job boards are getting less traction  

  • Evolution of video interviews & ai… matching
  • Candidate experience- cannot do @ scale
  • Automated process & gaming

Look at your data. Where are the best hires produced?

  • Changing the mix of were you recruit.  *do the opposite of what you are doing now!
  • Job ads- alienating people….need to Engage people, *contact & follow up
  • Blind resumes?  *eliminate bias
  • Messaging- party environment
  • Getting past bias

What needs to be fixed?

  • Job description
  • First contact
  • Interview
  • Follow up process

 Trends in the Industry

  • What’s working & What’s not

Todd Raphael manages global publications and conferences for ERE Media, a global community of recruiters and others in the talent field. He has appeared on Sirius XM, VoiceAmerica.com, Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, and more.

Todd was named DevSkiller's 2016 "50 Most Game-Changing Influencers In Recruitment." Named Glassdoor's "2015 HR & Recruiting Thought Leaders" and HR Examiner's "Top 100 Influencers" list in employment/human resources and its top 25 Online Influencers.

He was listed on Mike Vangel of TMP's "60 Or So True Influencers In Social+Mobile Media and/or Recruitment."

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Leisa Reid: The 3 Keys To Transformation For Yourself And Your Business!

April 12, 2018

 The 3 keys to transformation and how to apply them for success:

-Understanding of yourself (past)

-Awareness (present)

-Compelling vision (future)

Leisa Reid is a presenter with Productive Learning, a boutique personal growth company founded in 1992, and has trained thousands of people on the power of the mindset. After 20+ years of Management, Sales and Executive Leadership, Leisa dedicated her life to assisting others invest in their personal development. Why? Because she personally experienced the powerful results as a client of Productive Learning. She loved the company so much she joined them in the pursuit of living an extraordinary life.

Leisa is also the Author of the book “Manage to Success: A Guide to Cultivating Happy & Productive Employees” (Amazon.com)

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Ken Schmitt: Building Your Talent Bench. How To Develop Strategies For Planning, Building Pipeline And Developing Relationships With A-Players!

April 5, 2018

It is important to have a proactive talent strategy when planning and building your pipeline for your hiring process. Know when and how to tap into the pipeline. Developing a solid foundation, always recruiting by using your referral resources, and utilizing the tools and changes that companies can make promotes successful hiring searches.

Show Guest: 

Ken Schmitt grew up in an entrepreneurial household with a father who was a Jack in the Box franchisee for 25 years, and a mother who left the accounting world to become a real estate agent.  After spending 9 years working for a local boutique firm and one of the world's largest Executive Search firms, Heidrick & Struggles, he launched TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007. The past two Years, TurningPoint has been ranked one of the Top 150 Fastest Growing Private Companies in San Diego (SDBJ).

Ken is also the Founder and CEO of the Sales & Marketing Leadership Alliance (SMLA), and the annual Sales & Marketing Leader of the Year Awards (SMLYs). Ken is a thought leader in executive search and takes a high touch, concierge-style approach to placing first class talent. Which makes him the perfect guest for today’s topic! He is the Author of LinkedIn Hiring Secrets for Sales and Marketing Leaders.  (Amazon.com)

Episode highlights:

  • The importance of a proactive talent strategy
  • Building your pipeline
  • When & How to tap into the pipeline

The Why… Process is Reactive

  • Starting at Ground zero (Avoid reinventing the wheel with each new search)
  • Pre plan questions
  • Organize- time, pace, resume/profile

Foundation -  Developing The Plan

  • Proactive mindset
  • Always be recruiting (ABC….)
  • Consistent message, not being transactional
  • Look at recruiting as a revenue generating or sales process.

Building the pipeline. Always be Recruiting

  • Employee referrals
  • Industry leaders
  • Top performers

Tools & Tweaks that companies can make to succeed

  • Simple spreadsheet on excel
  • Poor job of mining their own data.
  • Someone owning the process.
  • Employee referral program- on going notification

 

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Hicham Semaan of Tech Coast Angels: Metamorphosis From Solopreneur To Entrepreneur

March 30, 2018

What is needed to attract investors, the importance of a team, and how to enagage the right people for your company.  Develope a plan that will scale. Hire the needed technical, marketing and leadership expertise to raise capital and to build the business.

Episode Highlights:

  • What is needed to attract an investor
  • The importance of the team
  • How to attract and scale your team

The Foundation -  What really needs to be in place to attract seed round investment?

  • Pick up 1-2 key customers with a working prototype
  • Seed round: Have team, some customers, some revenue, working model. & need funds.

What is typically the right scenario for a TCA investor?

  • TCA- a 20-40% small percentage are open for execution delivery role.
  • *Understanding, awareness & belief

What is the biggest hurdles you see from entrepreneurs?

  • Giving up equity is often the big issue.
  • Angel members open to teaming up as a co-founder.

Building the Team - How do we attract the right person?

  • Resources
  • How to scale a team. Long term engagement, needs of the business.
  • Operator, needs to give up “control”.
  • Use advisors to vet talent, first reluctant to bring in the help.

Scale

  • When to start?
  • Evaluation & Planning
  • Analogy of championship sports teams- key pieces of the puzzle but not all the right pieces at the right team.

Hicham Semaan is an experienced CEO, GM, senior executive, angel investor, senior, and board member to CEOs, management teams, private equity, startup companies. He is a respected leader with strong vision, value creation, turn around, and acquisition expertise, and has successfully grown and exited businesses. Hicham is considered an expert in the technology, education, and real estate industries and has been a featured speaker at several industry events.

He is the newly elected Tech Coast Angels-Orange County President and has received the “Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award” from the OCBJ and was recently named “New Investor of the Year” by Tech Coast Angels.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Deborah Kantor: How To Treat People In The Interview Process. An Interview Is A Two Way Street. You Need To Sell The Person As Well As Them Selling You

March 22, 2018

All interviewees should be treated with the same positive hiring experience, rather they be an active or passive job seeker. When you eliminate pre-judging and biases, build rapport, and follow up with your candidates, it creates positive results: brings the truth, leads to referrals, and produces positive reviews.  

Episode highlights:

  • How to treat all candidates
  • Contact & Feedback
  • Results

What is a Active job seeker vs. a Passive job seeker?

Why do we treat an active job seeker and a passive job seeker differently? What are companies missing?

  • Eliminate: Pre judging & Bias
  • The Resume… laziness by not calling. Leads to referrals if not a fit.

Why no feedback when I apply to an ad?

  • Eliminate: Pre-judging & Bias

Act as if you are the candidate… Process for relationship building.

  • Looking for value in the conversation.
  • Follow through… set timeline, being considerate

Results

  • The truth
  • Referrals
  • Positive feedback (Glassdoor)

Deborah Kantor is the President of Kantor Sales Associates. She has mentored and trained countless sales professionals in her four-decade-long sales career path. Deborah has been a student in every aspect of the sales cycle, from prospecting to close, and in the building of trusted partner relationships along the way.  She has been a top performer in the staffing and real estate industries prior to her current coaching/training business. Beyond the sales skills necessary to open doors, Deborah is passionate about knowing how to present VALUE PROPOSITION, and communicate the WHY.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Scott Kuethen: Structure Your Interview For Success! Plan, Prepare And Execute A Process That Gets To The Truth Of Who The Person Is Across The Table From You

March 19, 2018

What should a proper Interview Structure should look like, how to Prepare and Plan the candidates for the Interview, and the right way to Execute the interview process. Having the right hiring structure will audition the interviewee for the company's cultural fit and determine those that may or may not be congruent to your organization's core values.

Episode highlights:

  • What a proper Interview Structure should look like
  • Preparing & Planning for the Interview
  • How to Execute an outstanding interview process

The Foundation - How should an interview be Structured?

  • Timed with a person leading the process
  • 3-5 individuals, auditioning for cultural fit

Preparation

  • Pre plan questions
  • Organize- time, pace, resume/profile

What does an interview plan look like?

  • Share the plan with the candidate before hand

Executing the Interview

  • Alleviate the pressure … keep congruent with your environment
  • Conversational
  • Knock out questions
  • Testing & digging
  • Wrap up… set timeline

Checking References & Referrals

  • Challenge the white space

Scott Kuethen is the CEO at Amtec, Inc., a professional recruiting organization specializing in placing professionals in Contract and Regular-Full-Time positions with companies ranging from small entrepreneurial start-ups to the fortune 100. He is an avid teacher, and writer in the areas of talent acquisition and selection, organizational planning, and business management. Scott’s life purpose is helping people find meaning in their work.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys photography, SCUBA diving, swimming, drone flying, and other activities that keep him young-minded.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

 

 

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Jordan Ritter!: Hire For The 3 C’s In Your Company! Culture, Capacity For Mastery, And Craft

March 8, 2018

A 5x tech entrepreneur and his unique approach to hiring great people for his  companies, using the 3 C’s: Culture, Capacity for Mastery, and Craft. Utilizing this interview methodology can take your company from good to great!

Episode highlights:

  • What the 3 C’s are?
  • Apply this methodology to your hiring for your company

A really unique approach to hiring, the 3 C’s

  • Culture: Values- evolution of culture, Ethos (montrose), Traits
  • Capacity - critical thinking & problem solving skills
  • Craft- skills (not defined by)

How to apply this methodology

  • Narrative arc interview
  • White space interview

Jordan Ritter is an accomplished entrepreneur and technologist, having co-founded several companies including music company Napster, messaging security platform Cloudmark, labor-as-a-service platform CloudCrowd and most recently, personal digital search engine Atlas Informatics. He also served as the CTO of entertainment company Columbia Music Entertainment, as well as fan interaction platform Zivity.  Jordan is also a regular open-source contributor, having authored free software commonly included in modern Linux distributions as well as Windows software licensed by Microsoft.  Several of his projects have been featured in well-known publications and books, and incorporated into University-level curricula.

His works have won numerous nominations and awards spanning across Comdex, DEMO, SIIA, PC World, PC Magazine, and WIRED. Jordan speaks at technology conferences around the world on topics ranging across entrepreneurism, startup culture, AI, computer and messaging security, and the music industry.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Jean Latu: Fractional Leadership As A Viable Option In Building Your Business!

March 1, 2018

The benefits of fractional help in your organization. Fractional work can bring important value while companies are experiencing change, such as a new leadership, merger and acquisition, or a resignation. Knowing when and how to engage a fractional person will provide the solutions needed for your company.

Episode highlights:

  • What is Fractional  - High end Temps!
  • When & how to engage fractional help

Jean Latu is the Founder & CEO of Ingenio Solutions, a consulting firm focused on accounting and finance. She leads a talented team of experts in finance and accounting who work with clients to solve problems, create efficiencies, and improve the bottom line.

Jean has worked on projects for companies like CarrAmerica, Coldwell Banker, and Marriott as a consultant.  She joined Jefferson Well as a Director of Finance Operations and led their finance and accounting practice. She grew the practice to 40 consultants from 5 and increased annual revenues to $10M from $1M in 3 years.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Robert Curtis: Using Analytics And Behavioral Models To Attract And Retain Great Talent!

February 22, 2018

How to use analytics tools to first understand the role you are needing to fill. The importance of placing the right language to attract the right person to your job description. We share a format to make your company stand above the pack in impressing and engaging passive talent!

Robert Curtis is the Founder and CEO of Alpha Quantix, a leading provider of people analytics, metrics, performance solutions, and consulting and training. Alpha Quantix is a certified partner with Predictive Index. Robert actively engages business owners and senior management, both direct to management and jointly with industry-specific consultants, in a variety of capacities focused on: hiring the best people, developing employee engagement and delivering employee performance, and generally shaping organizational culture to help companies be the best they can be.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

 

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Brian Andersen: Gamification! Improve Employee Engagement, Provide Better Customer Interaction, And Enhance Productivity In Your Company

February 15, 2018

Gamification is leading by using the best ideas from games. Companies are using loyalty programs and behavioral economics to drive performance and engagement in their employees. Gamification in the workplace has been around for a long time but what's new is the introduction of tools, technologies, design disciplines and frameworks that are allowing us to do gamification in the workplace in a more scalable and repeatable way. 

Brian Andersen is Founder and CEO of Telecomprehensive Solutions, a telecommunications & technology brokerage headquartered in Orange County. Brian is a keynote speaker and Chair of the Business & Workforce Development Committee for the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce.  He leads Business Attraction & Retention efforts to unify our local Startup Ecosystem, connect business & provide education to empower Orange County's Workforce and other strategic Economic Development initiatives. In addition, He also serves on the Advisory Council for the Southern California Hospice Foundation.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Stephanie Paul: Communicate Your Message. The Keys To Crafting An Effective Presentation!

February 8, 2018

Ineffective communicators can shut down an audience in seconds! Especially with nervous, outdated or too technical presentation styles. This translates throughout your business and can definitely kill your ability to raise funding and hire top talent.  

Stephanie Paul is the Founder and CEO of Stephanie Paul, Inc.. Stephanie has an expertise in Working with people who have a significant message that needs to be inspirationally transferred to a variety of audiences. Helping clients get away from "Selling" to Storytelling and turn facts and figures in to "Edutainment". All this with a professional, entertaining, funny and unique style of coaching. Her clients have FUN while being coached ultimately learning how to communicate on a deeper more connected and entertaining level. Bringing a new refreshing air to the culture of the traditional corporate "Bored Room".

From an international background as an actress and a comedienne, including producing and directing Stephanie Paul has combined her knowledge and experience with writing, acting, presentation and production for both on camera and the speakers stage, to bring the “Mastery of the Message” to her clients. Executive Producer and Co-Organizer of TEDx Mission Viejo 2016, Official TEDx Orange Coast Presentation & Connection Coach 2014, 2015, and Official TEDx - Kish (Iran) Presentation & Connection Coach April 2015/16.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Robert Yonowitz: Bad Job Descriptions Breed Bad Hires! Success In Building An Outstanding Organization And Mitigating Legal Risk Starts With The Quality Of Your Job Description

February 2, 2018

It is imperative to have comprehensive job descriptions! Robert Yonowitz and I discuss why this is important and how they are used in the workplace. Lawsuit prevention, ADA accommodation, Performance Reviews and disciplinary action are the cornerstones of why.  Learn the components of an effective "defensive driving" job description and a description that attracts top talent!

Bob Yonowitz is a partner in the Irvine office of the national law firm of Fisher Phillips, one of the oldest and largest firms in the country practicing exclusively in labor and employment law representing management.  Prior to practicing law, he also worked for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts. Yonowitz has proven expertise in many aspects of labor and employment law including litigating harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination and wage hour class action claims, drafting key executive employment agreements and incentive compensation plans. Robert developed and is the co-chair of the firm’s nation-wide Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group and has published numerous chapters, articles and lectures on the benefits of arbitration, drafting employee agreements, and prevention of employee theft of trade secrets.  

He is a member of the California Bar, and the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Rodney Burris: Prioritize And Hire For EQ Over IQ! Mastering The Identification Of Emotional Intelligence In The Hiring Process

January 25, 2018

Emotional Intelligence, or EI, describes an ability or capacity to perceive, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self, and of others. Our EQ, or Emotional Quotient, is how one measures Emotional Intelligence. EQ is the Motivation, Empathy, Self Awareness, Self Regulation, and  Social Skills. Emotions have the potential to get in the way of our most important business and personal relationships. But understanding the importance of EQ and having an in-depth process in place to evaluate each component, will  uncover the truth and reveal any red flags of your candidates, preventing a hiring mistake for your company. 

Rodney Burris is the President, COO and Co-Founder of Care Partners at Home. Founded in July 20, 2016, Care Partners At Home and its parent company, Post-Acute Care Partners Inc., was a career-long vision of Rodney's, a healthcare leader looking to turn his personal stories of caregiving and love into a completely different approach. His professional philosophy focuses on compassion and love, yet is built on a foundation of skilled associates with true expertise, delivering exceptional care.

Over the past 15 years, Rodney has had the opportunity to serve as a leader in Regional, Executive and Board Member roles across a spectrum of Healthcare organizations.  These ventures have spanned from large corporate structures to small start-up companies. His intensity, drive and passion to care for others is a derivative from playing the role of “patient” many times throughout life.  These events have inspired Rodney to build high performance teams that desire to broaden their positive impact through creation and innovation.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Craig Cooke: Knock Out Startup Pains By Learning How To Properly Evaluate The People You Are Looking To Hire!

January 18, 2018

How do you REALLY discover if the person you are trying to hire is competent? Great incites shared by today's guest to avoid this major hiring mistakes that those before you have made. Besides having a Hiring Plan in place, providing in-depth evalution of your candidates, and implementing the right questions, will help hire the right people for your company. 

Craig Cooke brings more than 20 years of interactive, marketing and management experience to Rhythm. As CEO, Craig drives the direction of the company through his vision, strategic planning and execution. He is actively involved in marketing initiatives, research and development, business development, vendor selection and strategic partner development. He also participates in hiring and producing high-quality solutions that deliver true value to clients. Craig takes a consultative approach to problem solving with clients. Essentially, he believes in helping people, delivering quality, demanding excellence and being accountable.

Craig’s leadership has driven Rhythm to be recognized as a fastest growing private company for five years in a row by Inc 5000, Orange County Business Journal, as well as a “Top Places to Work” in Orange County by OC Register and Orange County Business Journal.

 Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

 

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Karl Hardesty: Feel The BURN! Burn Rate Management At Various Stages Of A Company’s Life Cycle!

January 12, 2018

It is pertinent for companies to manage properly the rate of their spending through the varies stages of the business life cycle.  Each level of growth, development/seed, startup, growth, expansion, and maturity has its monetary and talent challenges. But incorporating specific plan of expectations at each stage, hiring and delegating experts, and monitoring the burn rate accurately will encourage growth and success of your business without breaking the bank.

Karl Hardesty is the CEO and Founder of Hardesty LLC, a national executive services firm providing both executive search services and on-demand executives to companies.  The Hardesty firm has built their reputation in the CFO space based upon their rapid deployment of experienced financial management resources through interim and project based engagements.  Hardesty also specialized in other C-Suite rolls including CEO, COO, CIO and VP of HR.

Hardesty has grown rapidly since its inception in 2011, making Orange County’s Fastest Growing Company list for 2014 and 2015.  The firm and it’s affiliates currently have offices in 10 major markets in the US.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Paul David: Start Caring About Your People! Watch Your Business Thrive!

January 4, 2018

To build an outstanding Company, you need to start caring about your people. That is to listen, understand them and achieve mutual loyalty. Caring about your employees can be incorporated through Leadership, Investing time to get know the person at the Interview Process, having an Interview Structure with Behavioral Questions, and focusing on Engagement and Growth. When you really appreciate your employees, it transfers to your customers and the business!

Paul David is the founder and CEO of Identified Talent Solutions, an Irvine, California-based recruitment and human resource consulting firm. Paul has been featured in numerous business publications, and his firm was named one of the "Fastest Growing Private Companies” by the Orange County Business Journal and listed on the “Inc. 500” by Inc. Magazine as part of its annual list of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.”

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Dr. Deena Brown: Eliminate The Complaints About The Millennials! Learn To Properly Engage Talent To Elevate Into Valuable Employees!

December 21, 2017

There are two types of engagement, before the hire and while employed. Recruiting is not about you or your needs anymore. The proper engagement in the recruiting process is focusing on work life balance, social consciousness, benefits… opportunity for growth. 

To retain talent once you have a person as an employee, you need to build the right cutlure by providing growth, communication, and having a Purpose, Intention, and Execution process in place.

Deena Brown is an Executive Director and certified speaker, coach, and trainer with The John Maxwell Team. She is an international best-selling author, The A-Z Guide to Mindful Leadership (Amazon.com) and has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox as a highly sought keynote speaker, business and leadership growth expert.

She is affectionately known as The Millennial Whisperer. Her clients have identified her as The Catalyst because she makes Shift Happen. She is the founder of the Millennial Leadership Institute that provides leadership development and lifestyle coaching to Millennials. Her signature C3LeadershipTM Program helps professionals have more Clarity, Confidence, and Consistency by teaching how to Communicate with Influence, Connect Authentically, and Collaborate Strategically.

Dr. Brown’s expertise helps organizations and individuals build a clear path to significance that bridges their philosophy, vision, mission, and goals to their optimal organizational identity.

Check out Blog A and Blog B on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Scott Krawitz: The Trials And Tribulations Of Finding The Right Technical Leader For Your Company

December 13, 2017

It is important to have a strong technical leader for the success of your company. Entrepreneurs often make the mistake of bringing in the wrong type of person. Today we discussed best options for technical leader for your business.How do you get a strong leader to join your company? You need to know what a strong technical leader looks like and have a plan of action to make sure the right ingredients are present in a person to ensure their success.

Scott Krawitz is the Founder and CEO of People Driven Solutions (PDSI), a technology services firm specializing in fractional technology leadership, curated technology solutions, along with talent acquisition and retention. For over 20+ years, Scott has consulted executives and lead teams through all project phases from strategic planning, analysis, design, and development to implementation, iterative improvement and ongoing support. Industries served include: Financial Services, Healthcare, Software, Retail, Business Services, Legal, and Education Technology. 

In addition, Scott passionately serves on the Technology Advisory Board of the National Foundation for Autism Research supporting a software quality assurance training program. His greatest satisfaction is creating a win-win situation orchestrating the hiring of graduates.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

 

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Karen Bajanov: Two Major Changes In California Law That Will Impact Your Interviewing Process In 2018!

December 7, 2017

As of January an employer can no longer ask a person's salary history. They also can not ask about any form of compenstion and benefits. This includes 3rd party recruiters and reference checks. Companies with 5 or more employees will also be required to Ban the Box on job applications. This means that the criminal history section will be omitted and can no longer be asked during the interview process.

With over 15 years in the “People Business”, Karen Bajanov is a seasoned Human Resource Compliance Specialist. After graduating from Cal State Los Angeles with a degree in Health and Human Services, Karen began her career as Director of HR for a major corporation that had over 500 employees. 

While in the corporate environment, Karen realized that small and medium businesses had a real need for human resource solutions in order to grow and protect their business. After 13 years as the Director of Human Resources with a corporate firm, she began KEB Business Consultants. KEB Business Consultants now serves small and medium businesses, across a variety of industries, with all of their human resource, talent management and benefits administration requirements.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Ash Kumra & John Reed of Youngry: The Secret To Creating A Movement Around Your Company!

November 30, 2017

If you can find a purpose for your company above and beyond just making money… You will ignite passion in your Influencers & Advocates.

YOUNGRY™ - an united community of entrepreneurs that hustle, profit, expand, and inspire with original content, events, and e-commerce.

Ash Kumra, CEO and Co-Founder is an award winning entrepreneur, author, speaker and syndicated radio show host. He has been recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30.

He is the author of book series "Confessions from an Entrepreneur" (Volume 1) & (Volume 2) (Amazon.com), spoken to over 10,000 people on entrepreneurship, over 100 articles and conducted over 1000 interviews with business mavens, entrepreneurs and celebrities.

John Reed is the COO of Youngry.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Dalip Jaggi: Investing In Your People Above And Beyond The Standard!

November 22, 2017

We learned about a company that was truly built by: Valuing people more than anything else. Invested in people first. Foster education first, allowing room for growth. Doesn't cut corners and gives benefits freely. He caters to the company and is big on creating value for company and clients.

Dalip Jaggi has been recognized as a young entrepreneur, an active soul who is always looking to do more and do better. He is the founder of the respectable brand and digital agency, Devise Interactive. Inventor, he co-founded the world’s first smart shower device, EvaDrop Smart Shower and an interactive kiosk for brick-and-mortar shops, Fraxtion. He co-founded Forge54, a non-profit, that hosts a  54-hour hackathon weekend to provide a marketing makeover to one non-profit every year. Dalip enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing chess or even the saxophone, and snowboarding.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

 

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Rod Swartwood: Human Capital Return On Investment! HCROI

November 16, 2017

Most companies look to HR for Compliance and today we take a look at how Human Resources can positively affect profit rather than holding down costs. 

Rod Swartwood is the Founder and President of HR Prime, a full-service HR consultancy specializing in the strategic and tactical creation of best-in-class talent management practices and world-beating teams.  From HRIS roles with government agencies in the early days of LAN based business computing through his strategic HR leadership roles at startups and Fortune 300 companies. His 26 years of practical HR leadership in a wide variety of verticals, coupled with his degrees in organizational psychology and business give him the unique opportunity to guide both young organizations and established entities to greater productivity and profits.  

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview. 

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Peter Polydor: The Importance Of A Strong Team When Shopping To Investors!

November 1, 2017

One of the most critical elements to being funded is the team who are leading the charge. Know your weaknesses and have a plan to fill those gaps! Be honest in your approach and realistic in how your company will grow.

Points covered:

  • - Importance of a strong team
  • - Having a Plan & When to Pivot
  • - Strategy for how and when to engage a recruiter
  • - Position your team to be attractive to investors

Peter Polydor is the CEO and Founder of ERGO Capital and the startup accelerator Ergo AccelIn 2014, he founded the Eureka Building, a three-acre startup and tech community based in Irvine, California, designed to foster innovation and house entrepreneurs. The site is home to over 30 companies ranging from startup to a large public company. Peter sits on the Boards as well as Advisory Boards of a number of portfolio companies and startups. Further to his work at ERGO, Peter is a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, is a Charter Member of the Canadian C100, recipient of the Greek 40 Under 40 award and the Power 30 Under 30 award. He received his BA from Occidental College and his MBA from the University of Oxford, Said Business School.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

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Brad Hendricks: Creating An Environment That Fosters Personal Growth And Smashes The Glass Ceiling!

October 26, 2017

The results can be astonishing just by giving people the opportunity to learn & develop new skills!

Take Aways:

  • Maintain “family culture” & Creativity
  • Daily/weekly engagement, focus on keeping people involved
  • Promote creation of games through contests. Pitch ideas, if they are not interested, the IP is the employees to develop on their own. Use the company’s resources to build.
  • Winning with uniqueness: family environment,  they play where the big companies can not offer. Ambidextrous, ie: take and engineer & teach rendering, AI, leaders are willing to teach.
  • Career manager- making sure people are learning what they need/want to learn.

Brad Hendricks is the CEO and a serial entrepreneur/business development specialist who started up Blind Squirrel Entertainment, Inc. in 2010, a AAA game studio that creates original content and provides full game development services to various publishers and developers.  Under his leadership, BSE has quickly become the top collaborator for industry leading titles such as Disney Infinity 3.0, Bioshock: Infinite, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Borderlands 2, Sunset Overdrive, and Evolve.

Check out the Blog on the Stride Search, Inc site for the supplementary “show recap” article with detailed takeaways/insights from the interview.

 

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