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Mar 29, 2018

I’m always on the hunt for untapped sources of great talent. With record-low unemployment, you’ve gotta dig deep.

And I found one.

Allison O’Kelly created Mom Corps out of necessity. In 2003, she was a mom with 2 kids under 2. A talented MBA & CPA, she realized that full-time work wasn’t practical at the moment.

So, she created the perfect job for herself. Then, she made it her mission to help other experienced professionals so the same. 

Today, Mom Corps has grown to a nationwide talent advisory, search, and staffing firm.

Allison’s received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Woman Award, and been featured on The Today Show.

In this 20-minute interview, she reveals what she’s learned along the way. How to tap into this massive talent pool. And the biggest mistakes to avoid.

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Mar 27, 2018

Once you’ve worked your tail off to recruit a team of Rockstars, how do you manage them around projects?

Yes, even Rockstars need to be led & held accountable. Our goal is to get the best work from them.

So I sought out an expert on how to do it. And I found him… in Estonia 

With just 1.3M population, it’s the home of Skype and has some fascinating things to teach us about leadership. 

Jüri Kaljundi is Co-Founder of Weekdone, a team management, weekly reporting, and internal communication tool for hassle-free weekly employee status reports. Weekdone makes managers & employees more productive. 

In this 20-minute discussion, Jüri shares what he’s learned about best practices & the biggest mistakes when leading your team.

Mar 22, 2018

After you work so hard to win the war for talent & hire Rockstars, how do you keep them engaged & happy? 

Let’s be honest.

Your employees are overwhelmed. And like most managers, you’re likely stuck in a rut of managing meetings, slipping deadlines, and frustration about the nature of work.

I didn’t want the 50,000 foot hoity-toity strategy. I went looking for practical & actionable tactics.

And I found it in Sacramento, of all places.

Shawn Murphy is the author of “The Optimistic Workplace” and a weekly columnist in Inc. He’s also the Founder & CEO of WorqIQ.

Shawn has identified potential levers that can help you dramatically improve the experience of work. 

In this 20-minute interview, he shares actionable ways to hang on to your most talented folks.

Mar 20, 2018

In this over-heated market, finding an investor isn’t hard.

But finding an investor who adds Real value to your business is another matter.

The difference between dumb money & value-added money can’t be overstated. So I tracked down a brilliant woman who recent did just that.

Amanda Lannert is CEO of Jellyvision, the progressive & legendary business based in Chicago. She’s been a key figure in driving its growth since its founding in 2001.

She recently sealed a sizable funding for the company. In this 20-minute interview, she shows us how. Amanda started with a unique recruiting approach: “The board works for me.”

Under Amanda’s leadership, Jellyvision has grown to serve 1,300 mostly Fortune 1000 clients with ALEX, the most helpful employee decision support platform on the planet. Meanwhile, the company has been recognized as a best place to work.

Amanda has been named CEO of the Year multiple times.

This interview helps explain why.

Mar 15, 2018

If you’re like most business leaders - woman or man - you’re trying to figure out how to recruit more women. 

At all levels. In all roles. 

From software developer to board of directors.

So, I sought out an expert to show us the way…

I’ve been a fan of Joann Lublin for a long time. For 15 years, she’s been at The Wall Street Journal as its Managing News Editor.

Joann covers leadership & management issues, including a monthly career column called “Your Executive Career” She also knows a ton about improving the gender balance, which she wrote about in her 2016 book "Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World”

In this 20-minute conversation, Joann reveals what’s truly important to women. Best practices to bringing more into your company. And the biggest pitfalls to avoid.

Mar 13, 2018

If your company recruits creative types, you need to know how to pursue them the right way. You know, designers - artists - writers - software developers.

Because they think completely differently, and need different things than your left-brained folks.

So, I sought out an expert to show us how.

Marc Landsberg is CEO of SOCIALDEVIANT, the native social media agency he started 5 years ago in Chicago. They create cross-platform engagement & content to help companies tell their brand stories.

He began his creative career at Leo Burnett, the legendary ad agency, as EVP Corporate Strategy. Marc’s even worked in private equity.

In this 20-minute interview, Marc reveals the best practices for finding & landing right-brainers. And the biggest mistakes to avoid.

Mar 8, 2018

Can I be honest with you?

If your company is like most, your job descriptions stink.

Boring. Lifeless. Uninspiring.

And about as likely to attract Rockstar candidates, as a fishing hook with no bait on it.

So, I sought out the foremost expert on job descriptions and it turns out there’s one simple way to dramatically improve them:

Video !

Kristoffer “KC” Carter mastered his craft during 9 years with Centro, the ad-tech start-up with a *legendary* workplace culture. Centro won one “Best Place to Work” award after another. 

Now as a culture advisor, KC teaches companies how to attract, onboard, and retain their ideal people.

And he’s mastered the “culture definition video” which shows your prospective employees why they should come meet with you.

If you’re gonna be hiring during 2018, this 20-minute episode will make your job far easier.

Mar 6, 2018

Let’s be honest. 

In today’s hyper-transparent & controversial world, something is gonna blow up at your company. The question isn’t if… it’s when. 

Then, the next question is how will you handle it? (It’s a true test of your leadership)

Today’s guest shows us the way. Dan Hill is CEO of Hill Impact, the top-ranked crisis communications firm.

Dan is trusted by world leaders, CEO’s, and celebrities to defend & repair brands. He is America's most quoted & sought-after expert on brand positioning and reputation, appearing in the New York Times, USA Today, L.A. Times, and Washington Post.

For 25 years, he’s advised public & private sector leaders. Dan is known as a true "fixer," routinely navigating complex challenges to deliver positive outcomes against seemingly impossible odds.

In this 20-minute episode, Dan shares the best practices you need to know, and how to avoid making your bad problem worse.

 

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