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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 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.

Mar 8, 2017

The French call it Raison D'être. Every company - raw startup or Fortune 100 - must figure out its ‘reason for being’

This isn’t just mission, vision, values. It’s the whole enchilada - WHY are we doing this?

If you get this wrong - or don’t have one at all - good luck recovering. Because you’ll never be able to build an energized team of Rockstars.

Mert Iseri is CEO & Co-Founder of SwipeSense, a VC-funded company. His company has a HUGE mission: To eradicate medical errors & infections in hospitals. This would save countless lives every year.

In this 20-minute interview, Mert reveals how he & his team crafted this Raison D'être. And how they operationalized it.

Dream big. Mert is.

Mar 2, 2017

Balance is everything when building a company.

My guest today is Divey Gulati, Co-Founder of one of Chicago’s fastest-growing companies, ShipBob.

ShipBob provides a direct-to-consumer fulfillment service for websites that want to ship directly to customers.

In this 20 minute interview, Divey & I discuss 2 topics:

  1. Co-Founders - how do you start a company with someone who’s been a friend for 30 years & still stay that way
  2. How to build & lead a startup that has 2 distinct subcultures (white collar & logistics warehouse)
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

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