Hire a Vet. Here’s Why.

Let’s get right to it, as they’d say in the military. Every organization is fiercely competing for top talent—the people with the right mix of skills and values to grow a business to new heights. One often overlooked category of top talent is veterans, who are: fine-tuned to do things right; wired to be polite; convinced […]

Culture + employment brand = talent advantage

  Culture permeates every workplace, but it’s invisible if you don’t pay attention to it. How would you describe yours? Would employees say the same? Becoming a “best” company, “cool” company, or whatever you want to be, will not happen by default. You have to make it happen based on your particular mix of values, […]

Valuing sexuality while keeping our heads

I believe in men and women leading together. Everything is better when we do. That said, if you’re a woman you probably have a #metoo story of one kind or another. Me too! And that fact complicates things. My fear is that if we don’t keep our heads and resolve workplace harassment issues together, it […]

Do you have the right people to meet your 2018 goals?

Do you have the right people to meet your 2018 goals? Ask yourself these questions… Do we have a culture by default or do we have a culture by design? That’s the first in a list of questions whose answers may well determine your future success. If you hope to meet your goals in 2018 […]

How to make workplace diversity happen with big benefits

  One of the many factors that the best and brightest weigh before accepting your job offer is the level of diversity in your company. The candidates you want most on your team understand that the highest performing, most engaging companies are some of the most diverse. And that’s where they choose to work. In […]

It takes a strong head – big heart leader

    We could argue forever about whether great leaders are born or made, or about whether a benevolent dictator or laissez-faire leadership style is more likely to create success. What matters most about leaders today, though, is that they have both a strong head and a big heart. That’s what it will take to […]

Championships Are Won at Practice—in Baseball and Business: Equip Your Managers with the Tools for Successful Hiring

  You wouldn’t send your kid off to join Little League without at least buying a mitt and tossing a ball around in the backyard a few times first. You might even take in a game or two together so you could share that special baseball spirit while you explain the nuances of the game. […]

How many planes do women have to fly?

Myths about women probably started about the time of Adam and Eve, creating dilemmas and dichotomies of every sort ever since. Women’s History Month, marking its 30th year, is a prime example of our persistent issues around women. Every March, we honor women for their achievements, which are easily as substantial as men’s. At the […]

Don’t Trust Your Gut—Assess and Be Sure

  Your people are your greatest assets, and the people you hire to create and manage all of your other assets. Thinking about it in this way, who can argue that there is anything more important to your business than who you hire? It used to be that we chose candidates based strictly on their […]

The ageless workplace: let’s rebrand retirement

by Kathleen Quinn Votaw “I’m 55-years-old … do you think they’ll hire me?” asked the candidate tenuously. “Why wouldn’t they hire you? You’ve got the credentials,” I assured him. But I knew he had a point. Many candidates and companies burden themselves with filters that cripple their mutual opportunity. Luckily, in this case an enlightened […]