Letting Go with Gratitude

It has only been three months, so I’m still in the traumatic mind-frame of an empty-nester. My son John, blissfully off at college, is stepping into his adult life with the world at his feet. Letting go of someone or something precious, or a situation that’s comfortably familiar, is hard. Viewing your loss through the […]

Clues That You’re Not Recruiting Strategically

If your answer to the question, “what’s your recruiting strategy?” is “LinkedIn” or “Indeed,” then you don’t get it. Posting jobs is a recruiting tactic, and one that you should use, but it’s a long way from a recruitment strategy that incorporates multiple tactics to ensure you compete successfully for the talent you need now […]

Do You Know Who’s On Your Bus Or Are You Guessing?

As Jim Collins famously advises in his book Good to Great: “It is better to first get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats, and then figure out where to drive.” Assessments help organizations follow this wisdom by taking the guesswork out of hiring. But […]

MARVELous Ways To Rethink Your Work Culture

“If you cage the beast, the beast will get angry,” said Wolverine. As we saw in the movie X-Men 3, this bit of wisdom helped “cure” the issue of mutant monsters. It can also cure an outdated workplace culture. The fact is, today’s employees (who are not monsters) demand increasingly flexible and personalized work environments. […]

Signs That You’re A Great Place To Work

You may have given up on becoming one of the best places to work because you can’t afford to offer the crazy-expensive perks you’ve read about over the past few years. If so, you’ll be happy to know that now the best companies, the ones with the strongest engagement scores, prioritize the most human elements […]

The Wild West Of Hiring: What, Why, & How To Measure Results

Who’s the best hire? Where does the best talent come from? Who will stay the longest? Who’s thinking about leaving? An entire new industry of vendors has sprung up to answer your every question about hiring talent. Employers are spending about $20 billion a year on these new tools—most without knowing whether they work. Recruitment […]

The Wrong Way to Hire

“Businesses have never done as much hiring as they do today. They’ve never spent as much money doing it. And they’ve never done a worse job of it.” I agree. This opening statement from Harvard Business Review’s spring article, “Your Approach to Hiring Is All Wrong,” by Peter Cappelli, is a much-needed eye opener. Everyone […]

Choose Data over Gut for a Winning Team

By Kathleen Quinn Votaw I’m a baseball fan—okay, maybe baseball fanatic. I travel to the Rockies spring practices; throw an annual party in a stadium suite; and am a baseball mom who rarely misses a game. Yeah, I love baseball. For those of you who share my love of this sport, and for those of […]

Top Priority in 2019: Improving the Candidate Experience

What’s it like to apply for a job at your company? Despite our current fierce competition for top talent, nearly 60 percent of job seekers say they have a poor candidate experience. Typically, it feels like their resume and carefully crafted cover letter went into a black hole. They’re usually told “no phone calls” and […]

Lead By Reaching For Your Best Self

I’ve discovered that vulnerability is the most fundamental and hardest-to-learn trait on the path to exceptional leadership—the path I’ve tried to follow for the past 30 years. It’s with this in mind that I admit to you, at age 52, that I know I have not always been kind or patient, and if I have […]