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Nov 30, 2017

Jay Goltz is the legendary Chicago Entrepreneur. He even has a block named after him … street sign & all.

He’s the successful - and often blunt - CEO behind Goltz Group, which consists of 5 companies, including Artists Frame Service (the country’s largest picture frame store) and (an online destination for business-appropriate artwork on a budget) 

His company’s culture is often cited by experts. And I’m a customer - the place is remarkable!

Jay doesn’t attribute his success in building a first-class culture to luck or chance. Instead, he points to 4 crucial characteristics of culture. He methodically put them in place over the years, and his companies are bulletproof.

Side note: I highly recommend Jay’s bestselling book, “The Street Smart Entrepreneur” - pick up a copy


Nov 28, 2017

Let’s get real. It’s a buyer’s market.

And you’re not the buyer.

The candidate is. With 4.3% unemployment (actually, 2% amongst college-educated knowledge workers), the war for talent is underway.

And you have to fight like hell to land the best talent. I call ‘em Rockstars… the top 5% in any given category.

I’ve received my fair share of rejections over time. It comes with the territory, being in executive search for 25 years.

So I sought out an expert who could set us straight.

Based in Ontario, David Perry is a fellow executive recruiter. Managing Partner & Founder of Perry-Martel, he’s been doing it for 3 decades. He’s also a fellow author, of the wonderful “Hiring Greatness.”

In this 20-minute interview, David reveals how to seal the deal. How to close even the most hesitant candidate. He explains why addressing the intrinsic needs of the candidate must come first … Even Before Compensation!

If you hope to have a chance of recruiting Rockstars in 2018, you can’t miss this episode.

Nov 21, 2017

There’s a holy grail of recruiting?

No way.

Yep, no joke. This is both faster and less expensive. And the candidates stay longer, and perform better.

What is it?

The Employee Referral Program. Unfortunately, only 66% of companies have one. And the ones that do, really make a mess of theirs.

50% (Yes, half!) of your new hires should come via your Employee Referral Program. If they don’t, this episode is for you. Because you’re missing a trick (or your culture stinks… in which case you have far bigger problems).

Laura Bilazarian shows us the way. She’s CEO of Teamable Software, based in San Francisco. She started the company 4 years ago to help employers hire faster & smarter thru their employees’ social network. Teamable’s clients now include Uber, Lyft, Oracle, and ESPN.

Invest 20 minutes with me & Laura, and you’ll never look at recruiting the same way again.

Nov 16, 2017

Let’s face it. You’re not the perfect leader. You know it. I know it. 

And your team knows it.

And they’re telling other people.

Yikes. Anonymous employee review websites - like Glassdoor - are booming. Call it the “Yelpification” of leadership. Your employees rate you publicly for the world to see. How vulnerable!

And this isn’t going away. So, what to do?

I tracked down the authority on this topic - Joel Cheesman in Indianapolis. Joel’s worked in the online job business for 20 years. And now, he’s the Founder of Ratedly.

Ratedly monitors Glassdoor & all the other employee review sites so that you don’t have to. He’s studied this topic inside-out.

In this 20-minute conversation, Joel reveals what you should (and shouldn’t) do. How to handle the reviews - especially the negative ones. Do they matter? What are the misconceptions? And what to do about that one employee that you never seem to make happy?

If you’re planning to hire during 2018, you can’t afford to skip this episode. Because Glassdoor has become the first place your prospective candidates check you out.

Nov 14, 2017

I’ve known Lynn Perkins for 20 years & she’s the real thing.

7 years ago, out of personal need (yet another babysitter cancelled for her baby twins), she created UrbanSitter. 

It’s the San Francisco-based online service & mobile app that allows parents to search for, book, pay, review, and recommend babysitters & nannies.

Fast forward to today. She’s successfully built a robust 2-sided model … with sitters on one side and parents on the other.

But how did she do it? 

How do you recruit Rockstar talent when they’re not employees? How do you build a healthy culture that pervades both sides of the marketplace? And how do you land the early believers when the business model is still just a concept?

In this 20-minute discussion, Lynn reveals the secrets of how she pulled it off. 

By the end, I’m sure you’ll agree she is the epitome of a Rockstar.


Nov 9, 2017

There are tens of thousands of recruiting and HR technology platforms & applications. Whew!

But, are any of them actually worth the investment? Will they help you recruit better? faster? cheaper?

I sought out the one person who would know.

John Sumser is a legend of the recruiting world. He's the principal analyst for HRExaminer, the independent analysis firm covering HR Tech.

So, John conducts deep research into the nooks & crannies of all these platforms, to identify rapidly-evolving trends.

And figure out which ones are actually worth your investment.

In this 20-minute interview, John tells us where to start, what to buy, and what to skip. So, don't skip this episode.

Nov 7, 2017

I have a confession to make. And it may come as a shock.

I’ll just come right out and say it.

I’m a white male.

That’s right. White. And male.

I’m not terribly embarrassed. But sometimes I’m flummoxed. And a lot of my podcast listeners are too.

What do you do if you lead a company or a department, and you’re a white male trying to improve gender equality?

It’s well-documented that achieving gender equality isn’t just the right thing; it’s the smart thing. More than half of your customers are likely women.

So, how to know when you’ve achieved gender equality, and how do you get there? What’s the first step to get you on the path?

I went in search of a guru on the topic.

And I found one, in Sangita Kasturi. She’s CEO of Action Inclusion, which consults with organizations to build diversity strategies, cross-cultural intelligence and high impact communication. She’s an expert in leveraging female and diverse talent.

Sangita is on the board of directors of the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee and is a board director of Chicago’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is a founding member of the Chicago chapter of Women on Boards 2020.

In this 20-minute conversation, Sangita helps this bumbling white male with some of the most important questions.

Nov 2, 2017

Wanna ruin your day?

Hire a B-Player.

You invest all the time and effort and capital landing the candidate you thought was a Rockstar. And instead…

…he turns out to be a B

I want to help you avoid this ugly surprise. 

So I traveled halfway around the world. To Edinburgh Scotland.

There, I found Matt Alder, author of this year’s book “Exceptional Talent”  Matt is the Recruitment Marketing expert with Metashift, a talent attention consultancy that can help you stand out from other employers.

He’s also host of the Recruiting Future Podcast. 

But today, he’s our guest. Don’t miss this 20-minute episode.  No More Bad Hires.