Strong Suit Podcast

Strong Suit is the playbook for recruiting Rockstars. You'll learn how to hire twice as fast. With half the mistakes. No more bad hires. ... Ready! Aim! Hire!
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May 31, 2016

There’s no harder candidate to recruit than a tech & software development leader. But today’s guest does it all day every day. Jason Kranz leads the Silicon Valley & San Francisco offices of Heidrick & Struggles, the world’s preeminent executive search firm. His focus is on recruiting rockstar CTO’s and CIO’s, and in this episode, he walks us through how he does it step-by-step. Avoid the posers! If you’re going to recruit a technologist for your company in the next year, you’ve got to listen to this 20-minute interview with Jason.

May 27, 2016

I just had a chance to interview Stuart Frankel. Stuart is Co-Founder & CEO of Narrative Science, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing Startups. He’s hired 80 employees & raised $30 million in venture capital to build this artificial intelligence company. So cool: their enterprise software instantly turns piles of data into fully-written investment research reports. In this 20-minute interview, Stuart reveals: How Not(!) to build a Startup culture / How the kind of employees you need changes as your Startup grows / What to look for when recruiting Rockstars / How to know when to raise outside capital, and how much.

May 26, 2016

I know you’ll enjoy this candid conversation with Mark Achler, Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners, the $28M venture fund based in Chicago. Mark pulls back the curtain on: What VC’s really look for in an entrepreneur / What sets apart the entrepreneurs who make it & those who don’t / The single-most vital skill of an entrepreneur / And how Founder/CEO transitions can go smoothly… or terribly

May 23, 2016

Mark Jacobson is a Partner at True, the nation’s 12th largest executive search firm. In this role, he’s retained by companies to find only the top talent. In fact, Mark has interviewed thousands of executives. In this 25-minute interview, he reveals what sets apart the Rockstars… top 10% performers. How to identify them quickly in an interview. When is your candidate’s failure a good thing. When to pick the up-and-comer over the seasoned veteran. And Mark busts many of the myths of successful recruiting. If you’re going to hire at least 1 person in the next few months, you can’t afford to miss this interview.

May 20, 2016

Imagine banning all annual employee performance reviews from your company...forever. Jennifer Shoop CEO of Fizz shows us how to do it. No more scrambling to write reviews for each employee between Christmas & New Years. She's pioneered a much better way to assess & manage people.

May 19, 2016

Entrepreneur & CEO Art Papas has built Bullhorn to 600 employees. Because many of his 10,000 customers are Recruiters, he's seen hiring from so many angles. In this 20-minute interview, he reveals the biggest recruiting mistakes that people make & how you can avoid them.

May 17, 2016

Reid Carr is Founder & CEO of Red Door Interactive, the 90-person firm based in San Diego. He's built a robust & vibrant culture that's been recognized nationally. In this 20-minute interview, Reid reveals how he did it, how he keeps near-zero turnover, and how to build a jerk-free culture. You can do the same... recruiting begins with retention of your Rockstars.

May 13, 2016

Lisa O’Keefe is Talent & Engineering Culture Advisor at Pritzker Group, Chicago’s leading VC & PE investment firm. She’s also served as VP Talent & Culture at Signal, the fast-growing tech company based in Chicago. She joined when Signal had 4 employees and it’s now over 150, thanks to her incredible recruiting skills. Despite Lisa’s modesty, she’s achieved remarkable success with both recruiting (96%+ offer acceptance rate) and retention (virtually 0 undesired attrition). In this 20-minute interview, Lisa reveals: How to spot an A-Player in just minutes / How she reaches out successfully to engage candidates that aren’t actively seeking a job / The exact step-by-step of her recruiting process / How to handle those delicate compensation discussions

May 12, 2016

She’s placed 100’s of rockstars at Google. In 1996, Martha Josephson founded the digital media practice at Egon Zehnder, one of the world’s top executive search firms. After McKinsey & Harvard Business School, Martha pursued her passion for recruiting. Since then, she’s interviewed thousands of top digital experts, and placed many of them… Including hundreds at Google! So, she’s uniquely qualified to tell us about how to recruit gamechangers, the disrupters that can help your company remake your industry. In this 20-minute interview, Martha shares: Conducting an interview that is predictive of a candidate’s success / How to do reference checks the right way / If personality tests have changed the hiring game / The importance of the 5-minute “Sniff Test” / How Google has remade its recruiting process

May 10, 2016

Susan Rosenstein has been recruiting marketing rockstars for her clients for 30 years. Big CPG companies, startups... she does it all. From CMO to Brand Manager, Susan reveals the secrets in this 20-minute interview. What to look for in a Rockstar? How to assess culture fit? Should you care about the candidate’s education? What interview questions to ask? If you’ll hire a marketing person in the next year, you can’t miss this interview. Susan is one of the nation’s top marketing headhunter.

May 6, 2016

Legendary executive coach Marty Nemko reveals how to be a great entrepreneur. Today, I had the opportunity to interview Marty Nemko. He’s worked with nearly 5,000 executives, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian named him 'The Bay Area’s Best Career Coach.'  Marty’s written 7 books on the subject.  We discuss: who should and should not become an entrepreneur / whether entrepreneurs are born or made / the no-bulls*it way to interview candidates / how to build a culture that your staff will love & never leave

May 5, 2016

Over 25 years, Cassie Marrone has interviewed tens of thousands of candidates. She's Head of People at LOYAL3, the groundbreaking FinTech company that lets regular people invest in IPO's at same time & price as Wall Street. In this short interview, Cassie reveals where to look for Rockstars & how to know when you've found one.

May 2, 2016

Rich Lear is Managing Director of Vantage Partners, a leadingS.F. headhunting firm. He's completed over 300 searches &specializes in recruiting people to help scale early-stagecompanies. In this short interview, you'll learn the secrets torecruiting rockstars to take your business to the next level.