Info

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!
RSS Feed
Strong Suit Podcast
2017
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March


Categories

All Episodes
Archives
Categories
Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

Make no mistake. The war for talent is on. You’re competing for talent with Uber, Facebook, and Google. And their pockets are deeper than yours.

So how to do it?

Roger Panetta runs the firm Nimble At Work, which provides executives with tools to attract rockstar talent. 

In this 20-minute interview, Roger reveals the secrets to using non-$ rewards to attract rockstars. How to build a culture that keeps them. And the mistakes to avoid along the way.

Feb 23, 2017

My guest today is a legend. Christie Hefner is Chairman of Hatch Beauty, a brand & product innovation company. Previously, she served as Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises.

From 1988 to 2008, Christie led Playboy Enterprises, making her the longest serving female Chairman & CEO of a U.S. public company. For three years she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women”

She led Playboy onto the Internet, making it the first national magazine on the web. Christie greatly expanded the leveraging of the Playboy brand via licensing. In 2008, Playboy generated close to $1 billion in global sales.

Christie is a passionate advocate of equal rights & opportunities for women. She was the first woman elected to the Chicago chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization & has worked hard to increase the number of women serving on corporate boards nationwide. 

In this 20-minute interview, Christie shares what it takes for a business to finally balance the gender mix of its executive team & board of directors, and how women can accelerate their careers.

Feb 21, 2017

Did you know that Google has a series of programs called “Moonshots” ? These are some of their biggest bets … self-driving cars, personalized medicine, and stuff I can’t even mention.

My guest today is Amy Vernetti, Director of Leadership Recruiting for those Moonshots at Google. She hand-picks & recruits CEO’s & their direct staff. These people will literally shape our future lives.

Previously, Amy spent 20 years in executive search with Heidrick & Struggles, Korn/Ferry & True Search.

In this 20-minute interview, Amy reveals how she does it, and the pitfalls to avoid.

Feb 17, 2017

My guest today is Josh Inglis, who runs Propllr Public Relations in Chicago.  He’s one of the P.R. pioneers for Startups.

In this 20-minute interview, Josh reveals:

– Why PR is such a vital marketing component for Startups

– When to hire (or not hire) a PR firm

– How to use PR to directly increase revenues

– How to not blow your big break on CNBC

Feb 13, 2017

Brad Feld was my first guest, and he returns today for an intimate Valentine’s Day episode #100. Brad is Managing Director of Foundry Group, a leading venture capital firm with a storied track record.

Outside of work, Brad enjoys a fruitful long-term marriage with a remarkable woman, Amy Batchelor. They even co-wrote the book “Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur”

In this special 35-minute interview, Brad reveals:

- How to stay in love

- Small ways to show your partner that they come ahead of your work

- Making sure that work travel doesn’t kill the magic

- How to build a cadence into your relationship

- Keeping a healthy, vibrant relationship despite the stresses of entrepreneurship

Feb 10, 2017

I had the amazing opportunity to interview Tom Blaisdell. Tom is one of Silicon Valley’s top Venture Capitalists focused on consumer/small business-facing startups.

It’s hard to believe that I first met Tom 2 decades ago, when he ran the QuickBooks business at Intuit in Palo Alto (now a $B+ business). 

He switched to VC about 15 years ago, and is General Partner with DCM Ventures (with $2B under management)

In this 20-minute interview, Tom reveals:

  • What VC’s really look for in an entrepreneur
  • How to know when you’ve made a hiring mistake, and what to do
  • Sole Founder or Co-Founders?
  • How do VC’s & Founders really think about “exit” (sale, IPO, etc)
  • The “must-read” list he gives to each of his portfolio companies
Feb 9, 2017

Did you know there are over 300,000 recruiters in the US?

When it’s time to get outside help hiring a candidate, how can you possibly select the right one?

My guest is Henry Miller, Global Life Science Practice Leader at Diversified Search. He began his search career with Heidrick & Struggles in Healthcare.

Henry has successfully led global searches in US, UK, Germany, France, China & a bunch more.

In this 20-minute interview, Henry reveals the things you Must know when selecting a search firm. Including the inside secrets that headhunters don’t want you to know.

 

Feb 8, 2017

Jim O’Malley recruited much of the amazing leadership team to Fifth Third Bank. Now he’s Partner at TalentRise, a fast-growing talent firm based in Chicago.


He’s got over 20 years of recruiting executives to companies large & small.


In this revealing interview, Jim shares:

– The 3 characteristics that define a Rockstar

– A real-life example of behavioral interviewing

– When & how to sell a Rockstar on the position

– How to onboard a new hire, and set them up for success

Feb 7, 2017

In nearly 100 podcast episodes, Parker Krex is my youngest guest ever.

Parker is CEO of BrickLoot, the Lego subscription service for brick-lovers. Believe it or not, a huge chunk of his customers are grownups.

In this 20-minute interview, Parker reveals: How he came up with the idea / How he acquired 2,000 paid subscribers / How to be scrappy without outside capital / How to ace your classes while running a business.

Feb 6, 2017

Dave Mayer is CEO of Technical Integrity, one of the fastest-growing recruiting firms in Denver/Boulder. 

When he's not snowboarding, Dave is finding the best Software Developers. That's all he does... and It's not easy.

In this 20-minute interview, Dave reveals:
- How to "test drive" a Developer before extending an offer
- When it's a good (or bad) idea to hire an existing team of 5 Developers 
- Why compensation is often the least important thing to a Developer
- How to find Developers these days (many are pulling their profiles off LinkedIn!)
- Interviewing Developers for culture fit, even when they're introverts

Feb 2, 2017

Few people are more qualified to teach growth companies the secrets of recruiting than Betsy Tilkemeier.

Following successful careers at the 3 top headhunting firms – Korn/Ferry, Russell Reynolds, Heidrick & Struggles – she ventured on her own to start North Line Partners.

There, she’s successfully filled key roles for high-growth companies: Revolution Foods, Plum Organics, KIND Snacks, Omaha Steaks, See’s Candies, The Pampered Chef.

In this 20-minute interview, Betsy reveals:

– How to figure out what skills you truly need in your next hire
– The biggest mistakes people make when hiring
– How to interview candidates for cultural fit
– Why Rockstar talent won’t move for a lateral position

 

1