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Jun 22, 2017

What’s it really like to work at your company?

Kristy Nittskoff is one of the nation’s foremost experts on creating a compelling Employer Value Proposition. This is the Real reason that rockstars stay at your company (or leave).

To keep rockstars, you simply must set yourself apart as an employer. In this 20-minute conversation, Kristy reveals how to tell your company’s story with authenticity.

Employer Value Proposition … What is it? How 

how do you create one? Does it cost anything? And why does it matter anyway? How can you compete with Apple & Google for talent?

You’re about to find out.

 

Jun 20, 2017

Once you’ve worked super-hard to hire a team of rockstars, how do ensure they stay? And keep out the B & C Players?

Adam Ochstein founded StratEx Partners 16 years ago. 

With 100 employers, they’re now a leader in providing HR software & services to small/mid sized businesses. They handle your compliance & legal stuff, to reduce your administrative burden.

But what really impresses me about Adam is his passion for - and commitment to - creating a remarkable culture. It’s his #1 priority and the results have been off the charts.

In this 20-minute interview, Adam reveal’s the role of the CEO in creating the culture, how to protect it, and the mistakes to avoid along the way.

Jun 15, 2017

Imagine having a line outside your door of talented Rockstars who want to come work for your company.

You can make it possible, but you’ll have to treat Recruiting like Marketing, not like H.R.

Shaunda Zilich is the Global Employment Brand Leader for GE. In this 20-minute interview, she shows us the way.

She’s an expert at developing a pipeline of candidates by creating a compelling message & employer value proposition.

Shaunda’s also created a remarkable candidate experience & brand ambassador program, both of which are necessary if you’re going to attract the best.

Do these things, and you’ll never post a job or hire a headhunter again!

Jun 13, 2017

How'd you like to recruit more women to your firm? If this isn't one of your talent imperatives, you're missing the boat.

Fortunately, this episode will help. Romy Newman is President & Co-Founder of Fairygodboss, the leading website for women professionals. Prior, she enjoyed a hugely successful career at The Wall Street Journal, where she was head of digital advertising sales.

She's just completed a study of 300 women - what truly drives them, how they choose an employer, and why they stay or leave.

Turns out that women & men look for new roles in completely ways.

In this episode, Romy reveals the secrets that her research uncovered. And what you need to do in order to attract women rockstars, and keep them.

Jun 8, 2017

The importance of getting the ‘people part’ right can’t be overstated. 

Fail to put the right people in the right seats on the bus, and your company won’t stand a chance.

As head of MediaTech Ventures, Paul O’Brien works with startup CEO’s & Venture Capitalists. Along the way, he’s uncovered the huge mistakes that entrepreneurs make when it comes to Talent.

In this 20-minute discussion, Paul shares his findings - including a surprising analysis of what investors look for in different cities - and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Jun 6, 2017

When unemployment is near a record-low 4.5% - and when candidates report their interview experiences in real-time on Glassdoor - you can’t afford not to treat them like royalty.

After a successful career at Groupon, Heather Corallo co-founded CTO2. She works with companies on improving their organizational agility, including re-thinking the recruiting process.

In this 20-minute episode, Heather reveals step-by-step how to provide a remarkable process for candidates, the best practices, and the most common mistakes that employers make.

So many companies just stink at the candidate experience. Don’t be one of them. Ignore this at your own peril.

Jun 1, 2017

I finally bagged the elephant… and I had to go to Australia to do it.

I just interviewed Axel Koster, based in Melbourne. 

He’s built an audience of 675,000 Twitter followers & 140,000 YouTube followers. He’s now ranked in the Top 1% of all Linkedin profiles worldwide.

And you can do the same.

In this 20-minute interview, Axel reveals how he amassed such a large audience so quickly. And how he activates all these followers to fill his searches 3 times faster than other recruiters.

It’s a game changer. Social media recruiting is here, and Axel is the world’s expert.

May 30, 2017

Before you can recruit great people, you first have to find them. This means building a consistent pipeline of candidates, an artform known as Sourcing.

There’s nobody better-qualified to show us how than Shally Steckerl, who essentially invented the craft over 20 years ago. He’s President of The Sourcing Institute, which teaches the best practices. He even teaches a sourcing class at Temple University.

By sourcing the right way, Shally shows executives how to double or triple their recruiting efficiency in a few months. And now you’ll know the secret.

In this 20-minute interview, he lays out how to find candidates, how to engage with them, and how to get them to respond your recruiting inquiry. I convinced him to share the step-by-step foolproof system that he’s refined over the past 20 years.

If you’re going to hire even one person this year, you don’t want to miss this interview. You’ll learn how to fill your funnel with rockstar candidates.

May 25, 2017

In this episode, I share 20 minutes with Jonny Imerman, Founder of Imerman Angels. After beating cancer at age 26, he was inspired to create the ground-breaking & life-changing organization Imerman Angels.

His team connects cancer patients with cancer survivors worldwide, to inspire them & give them hope during their toughest days. He’s truly a godsend.

The connection to Recruiting & Retaining talent? Yes. How Jonny’s been able to recruit 8,000 (!) volunteers globally. And how he trains those volunteers to inspire people whose challenges make your employees’ issues look like nothing.

Simply a remarkable story of a remarkable young man. One of my favorite podcast episodes ever!

May 23, 2017

You know that your company is unlike any other. And now - for the first time - we know exactly why.

My guest today is Maddie Grant, founding partner of WorkXO which pioneered the Workplace Genome.

Just as with a human gene, Maddie has dissected workplaces for years to discover the 8 unique Markers that describe the DNA of a company.

Once you know them, you can activate your culture to attract the right people, increase employee engagement, and unleash human potential.

In this 20-minute interview, Maddie reveals the 8 markers, and how to use them for your competitive advantage. You can’t afford to miss this one.

 

May 18, 2017

Groupon is one of the biggest names in technology. Yet, finding great talent isn’t easy for any company.

Stacey Kraft is Groupon’s Global Head of Talent Acquisition & HR Operations. 

So she’s responsible for filling the funnel with amazing candidates. I was fortunate to have Stacey keynote at my recent Talent Conference - she’s the real thing.

In this 20-minute session, Stacey reveals what to look for, where to find it, and how to engage candidates that aren’t even looking.

May 16, 2017

You’ve recruited a bunch of rockstars to your company. Now what?

Put the right people processes in place early. Because the longer you wait, the harder it becomes.

My guest today Mike Prokopeak tells us which ones & how to implement them.

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of a number of publications…Chief Learning Officer, Diversity Executive, Workforce Magazine, with millions of readers. So, he knows today’s best practices.

In this 20-minute interview, Mike reveals the people processes that you’ve got to setup early in your business - such as learning & development, succession planning, and how to protect your culture.

Hiring great people is not enough.

 

May 11, 2017

Strong Suit Podcast is the playbook for recruiting Rockstars.

My goal is to teach people how to hire twice as fast... With half the mistakes... Before paying a headhunter.

In this 15-minute episode, I reveal the 8 immutable truths of recruiting. These are the painful lessons I’ve learned through hiring & placing thousands of people.

Get these things right, & your business issues will largely take care of themselves. Or ignore them at your own peril.

May 9, 2017

What must you do after the interview to ensure that you hire a rockstar every time?

My guest today is Mary Beth Wynn, SVP of People at Jellyvision, one of Chicago’s hottest technology companies.

Jellyvision’s been recognized as having one of the most unique & healthy cultures in the tech industry.

In this 15-minute segment, Mary Beth walks through the “job audition” that made Jellyvision famous. Every candidate for every role completes a real-world task, relating to the actual function of the job.

It gives Jellyvision & candidates the chance to see what it would be like to work together. And it’s highly-predictive of success. Skip it at your own peril.

May 4, 2017

Want to know how to build a rockstar culture at your company? And the pitfalls to avoid?

PowerReviews, one of Chicago's fastest-growing companies, is known for its healthy vibrant culture.

As VP of Human Resources, Kira Meinzer has fostered a collaborative & innovative environment through strategic hiring and training.

In this 15-minute episode, you'll hear words like accountability, transparency, and collaboration. But more importantly, Kira reveals how to actually operationalize it.

When you create a strong healthy culture, it's far easier to attract Rockstars to your business.

May 2, 2017

Ever wonder what venture capitalists actually look for in the CEO’s they fund?

Sach Chitnis, Managing Partner of Jump Capital, tells us in this episode. 

Chicago-based Jump Capital invests in data-driven technology businesses. Average investment range is $3M-15M, typically in Series A or B

Sach is one of the midwest’s most active investors, completing 19 deals in 2 years. They include big-data software maker Narrative Science, parking-app provider ParkWhiz, and marketing software seller SIM Partners.

In this 15-minute episode, Sach reveals what he looks for in CEO’s, and what he expects CEO’s to look for in their teams.

Apr 27, 2017

Your candidate did great in the interview. But how do you know if the story was fact or fiction?

Reference checks. They’re not fun, but they’re vital. So if you’re going to do it, do it the right way. At the right time. 

Katie Lieber Grinberg heads H.R. for Narrative Science, one of Chicago’s fastest-growing company.

In this 15-minute episode, Katie reveals the secrets to mastering the reference check. Who to speak with. What questions to ask. And the most common mistakes to avoid.

Apr 25, 2017

At roughly half my age, Neal Sales-Griffin makes me feel woefully inadequate  :-(

He’s a two-time CEO (both of leading coding schools), a Professor at Northwestern University, a former venture capitalist, and one of the nicest guys you’ll never meet.

But more importantly than what Neal does is who Neal is. His backstory is remarkable, filled with obstacles & adversity. The kind of man that I’m proud to call a friend  :-)

In this 20-minute interview, Neal shares his incredible story and what he’s learned about creating a vibrant culture, hiring Rockstars, and keeping life in perspective.

Apr 20, 2017

Katy Lynch is a Chicago legend. She’s Co-Founder of Codeverse, the just-launched world’s first fully interactive coding school for kids. Her mission is to teach 1 Billion kids to code.

Before that, she was CEO of Techweek, the nation’s largest traveling tech festival. And CEO of SocialKaty, Chicago’s largest social media marketing agency.

So she’s uniquely-qualified to teach us about building a winning culture. In this 20-minute interview, Katy shares her secrets to recruiting rockstars, even before you’ve got revenue or funding.

Apr 18, 2017

Recruiting rockstars software developers may seem like an impossible task. There's infinite demand.

But you can do it, if you follow Allison's advice.

Allison DiDominick heads talent acquisition at Civis Analytics, the rocketship company based in Chicago.

She finds & hires the best developers for Civis. And she's done the same for Groupon, Avant, and Enova.

In this 20-minute interview, Allison reveals her secrets. If you'll hire at least one software developer this year, you can't afford to miss this episode.

Mar 23, 2017

Derek Nelson is founder and head of Clique Studios, one of the fastest-growing website creation firms in Chicago.

With 400 new websites under his belt, Derek has mastered the science of converting visitors into qualified leads.

In this 20-minute interview, he reveals:

- The first thing to do when designing your next website

- The myths of website conversion

- Why video is so important to driving conversion

- How to avoid groupthink in website design

 

Mar 21, 2017

If job postings aren’t working like they used to, and headhunters are too expensive, you can use your existing employees to attract more rockstars.

Erin Wilson is Co-Founder of Hirepool, the online CRM tool for job seeker. Previously, he was Talent Engineer at Yahoo

In this 20-minute interview, Erin reveals how to leverage your existing employees into a vibrant community to attract more top performers.

Mar 17, 2017

Reverb.com is the super-cool eCommerce platform for buying & selling musical instruments, with a swelling community of musicians & content.

Gina Contella, Director of Talent, has built most of the team. In fact, she's already recruited over 100 folks to this fast-growing Chicago company.

In this 20-minute interview, she reveals how she built the amazing Reverb.com team, and the mistakes to avoid as you build yours.

Mar 14, 2017

No doubt… Millennials are a very different breed. Aged 18 to 34, they have some unique characteristics & preferences

My guest today is Aaron Levy is CEO of Raise The Bar, a boutique firm that advises employers on recruiting & keeping Millennials.

In this 20-minute interview, Aaron reveals the best practices for captivating this important group, and the key mistakes to avoid.

Mar 9, 2017

What’s it like to start a business from scratch & build it to acquisition by Salesforce.com

Until recently, Jon Roa was CEO & Founder of AKTA, a leading digital experience and engagement consultancy based in Chicago. 

In 2010, he started AKTA, which led initiatives for top multinational brands to help innovate, design and engineer forward-thinking mobile products

After 6 years of growth, last year AKTA was successfully acquired by Salesforce.com

In this 20-minute interview, John reveals the people part of that story … how he shaped the culture, recruited rockstars, and executed his people playbook.

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