Hiring Matters

Ken Schmitt

Welcome to 'Hiring Matters,' the podcast where Hiring and Human Resources transform from a tactical process into a collaborative art form! Join Ken, a seasoned expert with nearly three decades in executive recruiting, and his executive guests as they unveil the secrets of Recruiting, Retention, and Real HR Strategies, sharing their ‘secret sauce’ for building and retaining top-performing teams. They’ll dissect the art and science of building exceptional teams, retaining top talent, and implementing effective HR strategies that work in today's competitive landscape. But that's not all – brace yourself for our "Recruiter Rant" episodes, where Ken unveils the industry's hidden secrets, sharing unfiltered insights and behind-the-scenes revelations. Get ready to gain more than expected as he delivers authentic perspectives on the challenges, triumphs, and quirks that make the hiring game both exhilarating and unpredictable. This isn't just another run-of-the-mill podcast about hiring; it's a refreshing exploration, offering a unique blend of expertise, humor, and real-world anecdotes. Tune in twice a month for tactical advice and industry insights, empowering you to confidently navigate the intricate world of executive recruiting. 'Hiring Matters' is your go-to resource for elevating your hiring game, providing you with the tools to build, grow, and lead truly exceptional teams. Hiring matters — don't mess it up! ABOUT OUR HOST: Ken Schmitt is an industry veteran boasting nearly three decades of expertise in executive recruiting. Ken shares the wealth of knowledge he gained from working with a large regional agency, the globally renowned Heidrick & Struggles, and founding TurningPoint Executive Search—a distinctive firm dedicated to fostering high-touch partnerships. With a wealth of experience and a passion for elevating the executive recruiting landscape, Ken brings a unique perspective that enriches every episode of "Hiring Matters." Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping businesses hire the right people. Visit turningpointrecruiting.com read less
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Recruiter Rant: The Truth about AI and Hiring
Jun 10 2024
Recruiter Rant: The Truth about AI and Hiring
Are you at the crossroads of traditional hiring methods and the allure of AI technology? Wondering if embracing artificial intelligence could be the magic bullet your recruitment process needs? Join me, Ken Schmitt, as we unravel the tangled web of AI in recruitment. From the seamless automation of candidate screening to the intricate analysis of facial expressions, we'll delve deep into the pros, cons, and complexities of integrating AI into your hiring strategy. But beware, for amidst the promises of efficiency lie the pitfalls of relying solely on algorithms. Discover why relying solely on algorithms can backfire and why maintaining a human touch is the linchpin to ensuring effective, unbiased recruitment outcomes. Get ready for a journey into the heart of modern recruiting, where technology meets humanity, to find your next superstar employee! Hiring matters — mess it up! About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is an industry veteran with nearly three decades of expertise in executive recruiting. He shares the wealth of knowledge gained from working with a large regional agency, the globally renowned Heidrick & Struggles, and founding TurningPoint Executive Search—a distinctive firm dedicated to fostering high-touch partnerships. With a wealth of experience and a passion for elevating the executive recruiting landscape, Ken brings a unique perspective that enriches every episode of "Hiring Matters." Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping business hire right.
Hiring (and Telling It Like It Is) Matters with Chelsea Grayson
May 27 2024
Hiring (and Telling It Like It Is) Matters with Chelsea Grayson
Ever wondered how top leaders master the delicate dance between empathy and accountability, seamlessly weaving them into their leadership fabric to inspire, guide, and drive results? Today, we embark on a journey of discovery with our distinguished guest, Chelsea Grayson. With a rich tapestry of experience helming iconic brands like American Apparel, True Religion Jeans, and Spark Networks, while serving on multiple private and public boards, Chelsea has honed her expertise to navigate the intricate balance between empathy and accountability. As we delve into her insights, we'll uncover how she cultivates trust, fosters engagement, and harnesses the transformative power of executive coaching to shape a culture of success. Join us as we unravel the secrets and strategies essential for becoming not just a leader but a respected leader in today's dynamic business landscape. Hiring matters — mess it up! About our Guest: Chelsea A. Grayson made history as the first female CEO of True Religion and chaired its Audit Committee. She also led American Apparel as CEO, a $650M apparel manufacturer with a 50-country footprint, overseeing significant operational improvements before its successful sale to Gildan Activewear Inc. Currently, Chelsea serves as interim CEO and board member of Spark Networks, and on the boards of Xponential Fitness, Morphe Cosmetics, and Goodness Growth Holdings. She is also an Executive in Residence at Wunderkind. With a background in law, Chelsea's expertise spans corporate governance and M&A. She holds Board Leadership and Corporate Governance Fellowships with the NACD and advises UCLA's Department of English. She is a recipient of the In-House Impact Award from The Recorder (The American Lawyer) and of the 40 Under 40 Recognition Award from the M&A Advisor. She was also named one of "L.A.'s Top 40 Dealmakers" in the Los Angeles Business Journal's "Who's Who in L.A. Law". About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is the CEO and founder of TurningPoint Executive Search. He is also the author of "The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneur's Journey through Life's Turning Points". Ken was raised in an entrepreneurial family and brings a uniquely authentic voice to his podcast, blending life, family, and business together. Ken is a seasoned expert with almost three decades of experience in executive recruiting. In his podcast, he focuses on revealing the secrets of recruiting, retention, and real HR strategies. The podcast is not preachy, academic, or theoretical. It provides authentic perspectives on the challenges, triumphs, and quirks that make the hiring game both exhilarating and unpredictable. Twice a month, Ken offers tactical advice and industry insights to empower listeners to navigate the intricate world of executive recruiting confidently. "Hiring Matters" is your go-to resource for elevating your hiring game and equipping you with the tools to build, grow, and lead truly exceptional teams. Brace yourself for Ken's "Recruiter Rant" episodes, where he shares unfiltered insights and behind-the-scenes revelations about the industry's hidden secrets. Get ready to gain more than expected from this informative and engaging podcast. Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping business hire right. Chapters: 03:05 Introduction to Chelsea Grayson and her Leadership Journey 08:33 Challenges of Traditional Approaches to Marketing 10:19 Defining Innovation in Different Industries 13:01 Transition from Board Member to CEO 18:41 Training Leaders to Manage Vulnerability and Accountability 22:00 Imparting Leadership Style and Approach to Others 23:25 The Value of Executive Coaching for Leaders 24:21 The Importance of Effective Communication in Leadership and Crisis Management 32:16 Understanding Perspectives: Making Decisions on Social Issues 47:02 Advice for Up-and-Coming CEOs: Running Larger P&Ls and Engaging with the Board 48:22 Being Proactive, Decisive, and a Good Listener: Valuable Leadership Traits 36:23 The Role of Social Media in Communication and Brand Management 39:13 Consistency with Company Values and Brand in Communication 41:05 Building a Diverse Board for Different Perspectives 44:11 Making Difficult Decisions and Taking a Stand 45:05 Continuous Learning and Staying Informed 48:51 Empowering Employees as Brand Ambassadors   Keywords: leadership, vulnerability, accountability, engagement, executive coaching, fresh perspectives, communication, leadership, crisis management, CEO, employees, board members, stakeholders, social issues
Recruiter Rant: Friends Without Benefits (AKA Don't Hire Your Friends)
May 13 2024
Recruiter Rant: Friends Without Benefits (AKA Don't Hire Your Friends)
Ever felt the sting of a hiring decision gone awry? What if I told you the culprit might just be lurking in your inner circle? Strap in for a reality check as we uncover the dangerous allure of hiring friends over qualifications. Prepare to uncover the hidden biases and pitfalls lurking in your hiring process as Ken navigates the treacherous terrain of hiring based on friendships instead of merit. Ken reveals the hard truth that unconscious bias often leads us to hire individuals who resemble ourselves, hindering diversity and innovation within teams. Get ready to revolutionize your approach with Ken's practical insights. Discover actionable strategies you can implement in your hiring process right away, ensuring you're building teams that bring fresh perspectives to the table and driving success. If you're ready to build stronger, more diverse, dynamic teams, tune in now. Hiring matters — mess it up! About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is an industry veteran with nearly three decades of expertise in executive recruiting. He shares the wealth of knowledge gained from working with a large regional agency, the globally renowned Heidrick & Struggles, and founding TurningPoint Executive Search—a distinctive firm dedicated to fostering high-touch partnerships. With a wealth of experience and a passion for elevating the executive recruiting landscape, Ken brings a unique perspective that enriches every episode of "Hiring Matters." Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping business hire right.
Hiring (and Radical Transparency) Matters, with Global Medical Response VP Innovative Practices, Matt Dusa
Apr 29 2024
Hiring (and Radical Transparency) Matters, with Global Medical Response VP Innovative Practices, Matt Dusa
Are you tired of navigating the murky waters of leadership, constantly extinguishing fires as you strive to build your team and acquire new customers? If these challenges resonate with you, it's time to explore a different approach and consider the power of radical transparency. Join host Ken Schmitt and special guest Matt Dusa, VP of Innovative Practices for the Specialty Fire Rescue Division of Global Medical Response as we embark on a journey to revolutionize your leadership style and business strategy. In this episode, we delve into the philosophy of radical transparency, where honesty and openness reign supreme, fostering trust, accountability, and collaboration at every level of the organization. Tune in now and discover how embracing radical transparency could be the key to unlocking unprecedented success in your organization. About our Guest: Matt Dusa is the Vice President of Innovative Practices, overseeing business development, growth, and strategy for the Specialty Fire business, supporting Rural Metro and Capstone Fire & Safety Management.  Matt's academic journey includes earning a Bachelor’s Degree from Western State College and a Master’s Degree from San Jose State University. Beyond academia, he is a published author, reflecting his dedication to sharing knowledge and insights within his field. Matt's commitment to serving others traces back to his upbringing and family motto, "Men for Others," which he adopted from his Jesuit High School. This ethos has guided his diverse career path, which began with training as a firefighter and paramedic at the Fire Academy. His early aspirations to help people led him to work as a lifeguard, EMT, and certified Athletic Trainer in sports medicine. Though he transitioned from the public safety sector, Matt's passion for making a positive impact on others has remained steadfast. Today, he channels this passion into coaching, mentoring, and leadership roles, striving to empower individuals to become the best versions of themselves. Drawing from his rich life experiences as an athlete, medical practitioner, business owner, and investor, Matt continues to embody the spirit of being a "man for others," shaping the lives of those around him with wisdom and compassion. About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is the CEO and founder of TurningPoint Executive Search. He is also the author of "The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneur's Journey through Life's Turning Points". Ken was raised in an entrepreneurial family and brings a uniquely authentic voice to his podcast, blending life, family, and business together. Ken is a seasoned expert with almost three decades of experience in executive recruiting. In his podcast, he focuses on revealing the secrets of recruiting, retention, and real HR strategies. The podcast is not preachy, academic, or theoretical. It provides authentic perspectives on the challenges, triumphs, and quirks that make the hiring game both exhilarating and unpredictable. Twice a month, Ken offers tactical advice and industry insights to empower listeners to navigate the intricate world of executive recruiting confidently. "Hiring Matters" is your go-to resource for elevating your hiring game and equipping you with the tools to build, grow, and lead truly exceptional teams. Brace yourself for Ken's "Recruiter Rant" episodes, where he shares unfiltered insights and behind-the-scenes revelations about the industry's hidden secrets. Get ready to gain more than expected from this informative and engaging podcast. Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping business hire right.
Recruiter Rant: Interviews that Don't Suck
Apr 15 2024
Recruiter Rant: Interviews that Don't Suck
Fed up with companies asking irrelevant interview questions, Ken is dropping some truth bombs about interviews. He challenges the status quo and reveals that years of experience are about as useful as a paper umbrella in a hurricane when it comes to predicting performance. With nearly nine out of 10 new hires crashing and burning due to issues unrelated to their tenure, like motivation and emotional intelligence, Ken pulls no punches in calling out the obsession with irrelevant metrics. He shreds the myth that past experience is a golden ticket to success, emphasizing that it's not about what you did in your past job. Instead, companies should interview for experience within the context of the company's culture, rather than experience alone. In this fiery rant, Ken challenges companies to ditch the outdated interview questions and replace them with structured behavioral questions. But don't worry, Ken has more than just a rant to share; he reveals common mistakes and some primetime solutions you can implement now. It's time to get real about hiring and stop scaring off potential rock stars with your archaic criteria. Hiring matters — don't mess it up! About Our Host:     Ken Schmitt is an industry veteran with nearly three decades of expertise in executive recruiting. He shares the wealth of knowledge gained from working with a large regional agency, the globally renowned Heidrick & Struggles, and founding TurningPoint Executive Search—a distinctive firm dedicated to fostering high-touch partnerships. With a wealth of experience and a passion for elevating the executive recruiting landscape, Ken brings a unique perspective that enriches every episode of "Hiring Matters."  Follow Ken on LinkedIn   Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping businesses hire the right leaders. Visit https://turningpointexecsearch.com/
Hiring (and Onboarding) Matters: Leadership Insights from Target & Cencora with Michelle Byers
Apr 1 2024
Hiring (and Onboarding) Matters: Leadership Insights from Target & Cencora with Michelle Byers
Ever feel like you've hired someone only to watch them vanish into the Bermuda Triangle of new hires? Well, the mystery of successful onboarding is about to be solved! Michelle Byers, a seasoned expert with 17 years of fine-tuning her craft in human capital management at top-tier organizations like Target and Cencora, is going to show you how to guide your new hire toward a smooth landing with air traffic controller expertise.  Michelle reveals how to use your team as your co-pilot and unveils the single most crucial activity every leader must undertake within the first 30 days of a new employee's journey. Get ready to glean insights on issues like navigating the multi-generational workforce and discover Michelle's three buckets of effective onboarding strategies firsthand. Tune in and fasten your seatbelts for a masterclass in setting your team up for success from day one! About our Guest: Michelle Byers is an accomplished HR and Learning & Development Leader with extensive experience across retail, distribution, technology, and pharmaceutical sectors. Currently serving as Senior Director of Learning & Development at Cencora (formerly AmerisourceBergen), Michelle drives operational success by aligning learning programs with business objectives. With a master's degree in Management and a bachelor's in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University, Michelle excels in strategic planning, leadership development, and fostering strong business partnerships. Prior to her current role, she led HR initiatives at Target, achieving notable improvements in operations, talent management, and diversity leadership. Michelle's expertise lies in crafting tailored solutions that elevate organizational performance and drive growth. About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is the CEO and founder of TurningPoint Executive Search. He is also the author of "The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneur's Journey through Life's Turning Points". Ken was raised in an entrepreneurial family and brings a uniquely authentic voice to his podcast, blending life, family, and business together. With almost three decades of experience in executive recruiting, Ken is a seasoned expert. In his podcast, he focuses on revealing the secrets of recruiting, retention, and real HR strategies. The podcast is not preachy, academic, or theoretical. It provides authentic perspectives on the challenges, triumphs, and quirks that make the hiring game both exhilarating and unpredictable. Twice a month, Ken offers tactical advice and industry insights to empower listeners to navigate the intricate world of executive recruiting confidently. "Hiring Matters" is your go-to resource for elevating your hiring game and equipping you with the tools to build, grow, and lead truly exceptional teams. Brace yourself for Ken's "Recruiter Rant" episodes, where he shares unfiltered insights and behind-the-scenes revelations about the industry's hidden secrets. Get ready to gain more than expected from this informative and engaging podcast. Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping businesses hire the right leaders.
Recruiter Rant: Quit Jacking Up Job Descriptions
Mar 18 2024
Recruiter Rant: Quit Jacking Up Job Descriptions
Are your job descriptions repelling potential rockstar employees faster than you can say "Monday morning meeting"? Do they read like a laundry list of demands or a cryptic puzzle that even Sherlock Holmes couldn't solve? In our latest Recruiter Rant, Ken challenges the status quo of job descriptions by diving headfirst into the absurdity of ridiculous requirements and outrageous expectations. (Read: degrees, specific industry experience, arbitrary skills such as "good communication skills" or proficiency in Word and Excel.)  He confronts the gaping chasm between these archaic job specs and the vibrant reality of the modern job market, where overly restrictive criteria act as a giant "KEEP OUT" sign for qualified candidates. Don't worry, Ken's has more than a rant to share. He has some primetime solutions you can implement now to rewrite the job description rulebook and bring some sanity back to hiring! Hiring matters — mess it up! About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is an industry veteran with nearly three decades of expertise in executive recruiting. He shares the wealth of knowledge gained from working with a large regional agency, the globally renowned Heidrick & Struggles, and founding TurningPoint Executive Search—a distinctive firm dedicated to fostering high-touch partnerships. With a wealth of experience and a passion for elevating the executive recruiting landscape, Ken brings a unique perspective that enriches every episode of "Hiring Matters." Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping business hire right.
Hiring (Raving Fans) Matters: What Nike Taught Me with Tim Mitchell
Mar 4 2024
Hiring (Raving Fans) Matters: What Nike Taught Me with Tim Mitchell
From the iconic halls of Nike to the dynamic landscape of Boost, our guest, Tim Mitchell, is sharing the secrets behind building global empires and the transformative power of passion-driven leadership. Join host Ken as he delves into Tim's incredible journey, spanning from his early days in the Midwest with a journalism degree to leading Nike's matrix organization and overseeing the company's evolution from $5 billion to $40 billion. Tim shares insights on Nike's strategic shifts and the importance of adaptability as Nike transitioned from wholesale to a category-focused approach and later emphasized direct-to-consumer.  He talks lessons-learned from his observations on how different leaders approached transformation. Tim's transition from the behemoth of Nike to the nimble tech company Boost offers unique insights into the power of hiring for passion and vision. Tim candidly shares how his exposure to diverse cultures and leadership styles shaped his approach, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and mentorship. From Nike's strategic shifts to the secrets of Tim's own culture playbook, this episode unpacks the challenges and rewards of personal and professional growth within a dynamic global brand. Discover how stepping outside one's bubble and embracing change can lead to unparalleled success. Don't miss out on this captivating conversation that's sure to inspire and enlighten. Listen now! About Our Guest: Tim Mitchell is a seasoned professional with over two decades of diverse experience. Following 20+ years as a global Nike executive, Tim's "next flight" focuses on applying their Swoosh consumer, brand, product, and digital foundation to the IT Services & Consulting industry, with an emphasis on sports technology. Currently serving as the Chief Commercial Officer at BOOST since 2022, Tim's mission is to create the future of sport through AI, content, brand, e-commerce, and championship teams. Prior to this role, they excelled as an Executive Mentor at San Diego Sport Innovators. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Tim is dedicated to driving innovation and making a lasting impact in the sports technology industry. About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is the CEO and founder of TurningPoint Executive Search. He is also the author of "The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneur's Journey through Life's Turning Points". Ken was raised in an entrepreneurial family and brings a uniquely authentic voice to his podcast, blending life, family, and business together. With almost three decades of experience in executive recruiting, Ken is a seasoned expert. In his podcast, he focuses on revealing the secrets of recruiting, retention, and real HR strategies. The podcast is not preachy, academic, or theoretical. It provides authentic perspectives on the challenges, triumphs, and quirks that make the hiring game both exhilarating and unpredictable. Twice a month, Ken offers tactical advice and industry insights to empower listeners to navigate the intricate world of executive recruiting confidently. "Hiring Matters" is your go-to resource for elevating your hiring game and equipping you with the tools to build, grow, and lead truly exceptional teams. Brace yourself for Ken's "Recruiter Rant" episodes, where he shares unfiltered insights and behind-the-scenes revelations about the industry's hidden secrets. Get ready to gain more than expected from this informative and engaging podcast. Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping businesses hire the right leaders.
Recruiter Rant: Exorcising Ghosting in Hiring
Feb 19 2024
Recruiter Rant: Exorcising Ghosting in Hiring
Ever feel like you're stumbling in the dark when it comes to understanding why candidates or hiring managers vanish into thin air? Ken is tackling one of his biggest pet peeves and one of the most irksome frustrations in the business world: ghosting. From seasoned executives to top-tier job seekers, ghosting continues to plague the hiring process, leaving professionals scratching their heads. But fear not! Ken is here to shine a bright light on this elusive phenomenon, offering invaluable insights and strategies to tackle it head-on. Join Ken as he delves deep into the heart of the matter, uncovering the hidden truths and consequences of ghosting. With his expert guidance, you'll gain the knowledge and confidence needed to navigate the murky waters of hiring with ease. Don't let ghosting haunt your recruitment efforts any longer. Tune in to Ken's transformative advice and revolutionize your approach to hiring, forging stronger connections and fostering a culture of accountability along the way. Hiring matters — mess it up! About Your Host: Ken Schmitt is an industry veteran with nearly three decades of expertise in executive recruiting. He shares the wealth of knowledge gained from working with a large regional agency, the globally renowned Heidrick & Struggles, and founding TurningPoint Executive Search—a distinctive firm dedicated to fostering high-touch partnerships. With a wealth of experience and a passion for elevating the executive recruiting landscape, Ken brings a unique perspective that enriches every episode of "Hiring Matters." Follow Ken on LinkedIn Powered by TurningPoint Executive Search: Helping business hire right.
Navigating the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from GlaxoSmithKline, Labcorp, J&J, and The Appalachian Trail with Cris Howard
Feb 5 2024
Navigating the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from GlaxoSmithKline, Labcorp, J&J, and The Appalachian Trail with Cris Howard
This week, you're invited to venture beyond the boardroom into the wilderness, daring to challenge the very essence of comfort zones. Join Ken and our distinguished guest, the true trailblazer Cris Howard, as they navigate uncharted territories, embrace discomfort, and uncover the striking parallels between success in leadership and the courage to confront the unknown.  Join us on a captivating exploration of Cris's illustrious three-decade career, where she honed leadership skills in Fortune 500 companies like J&J, GlaxoSmithKline, and Labcorp. Mastering the art of building and managing global teams, Cris shares real-world experiences, emphasizing that leadership is more about asking the right questions than having all the answers.  But the adventure doesn't stop there. Cris's narrative takes an unexpected turn as she leaves her prestigious position at Labcorp. Experience the awe-inspiring tale of resilience and determination, where someone with zero hiking experience embarks on a 2200-mile odyssey through the Appalachian Trail—14 states, 5 months, and a profound journey into the unknown. Cris's transition from the boardroom to the trail becomes a testament to universal leadership principles, showcasing how resilience, adaptability, and strategic thinking prove indispensable in both worlds.  In this thought-provoking discussion, Cris leaves us with a powerful takeaway: leadership thrives when you push beyond your comfort zone. It's about asking the right questions, not having all the answers. Cris challenges the conventional notion of failure, presenting it as an ongoing narrative rather than a final chapter. She advocates for viewing challenges as opportunities for personal and professional growth, highlighting the importance of perseverance and continuous problem-solving.   Join us for an episode that challenges norms, inspires change, and proves that true leadership happens when you step into the unknown.  About Cris Howard: Cris Howard is a seasoned clinical operations executive with 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. As the Global Head of Project Delivery at Labcorp Drug Development, she led a team of 300 professionals across 24 countries and 29 locations, delivering operational excellence and strategic innovation for drug development projects. Cris is passionate about transforming the clinical research landscape through agile and patient-centric solutions. She created and scaled the PM Academy, a pioneering initiative that optimized project team performance and achieved $11.7M in savings ahead of schedule. She also inspired employee loyalty and retention, winning the HERO's Award and being selected for the ELEVATE Women's Executive Leadership program. Cris is a globally recognized speaker, educator, and board member in the field of project management and holds multiple degrees and certifications. She is also an avid hiker and a retired elite triathlete, who founded the Women for Tri Foundation and completed 12 IRONMAN competitions.
Behind the Curtain: Wisdom from Zappos and Netflix with Rico Nasol
Jan 22 2024
Behind the Curtain: Wisdom from Zappos and Netflix with Rico Nasol
We’re unraveling the essence of leadership with a true pioneer in the field, Rico Nasol. With over 14 years of leadership experience at Netflix and Zappos, Rico has spearheaded creative teams for groundbreaking organizations and brings a wealth of insights. He unveils the wisdom from his latest book, 'The Seven Figure Leader,' emphasizing that knowledge is free, but implementation is the true challenge for leaders. Join us as Rico delves into the importance of confidence, clarity, and culture for today's leaders, drawing from his journey of problem-solving and impactful leadership. Rico explores why it's more important for leaders to understand than to be understood. He dismantles the myth that leaders are made, not born, asserting that leadership is a mentality, not a title. This episode is a symphony of insights where leadership emerges as a powerful melody, resonating through the mindset of individuals. Don't miss this engaging conversation that transcends conventional boundaries, fostering a culture where collaboration and innovation flourish. Tune in and discover why, in the world of leadership, it's not about commanding from the top but empowering from within. About Guest Rico Nasol: Rico Nasol is a creative executive, entrepreneur, and investor who has been shaped by some of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the world. His journey includes pivotal roles at Zappos and Netflix, where he spearheaded the Netflix Creative Studio. Throughout this journey, he has had the privilege of being mentored by some of the brightest minds, fostering a desire to pass on that knowledge. He is dedicated to shaping future leaders, fostering engagement, and helping individuals unlock their potential.     Having successfully built and led small teams of 1 to large organizations comprising 165 people, Rico emphasizes the importance of empathy, humility, and courage for effective leadership. He believes that possessing these traits is essential for building high-performing cultures and nurturing team development. Rico asserts that the ultimate goal for leaders should be to elevate everyone in their sphere of influence, contributing to the collective improvement of those around them.
EQ vs. IQ and Ego in Leadership with Zach White
Jan 8 2024
EQ vs. IQ and Ego in Leadership with Zach White
The interplay between emotional intelligence (EQ), intellectual prowess (IQ), and the delicate dance with one's ego creates a symphony that either propels or hinders leadership. While a high IQ may open the door to innovative ideas and strategic thinking, it is the often underestimated EQ that holds the key to unlocking genuine connections and navigating the complex landscape of human emotions. In this episode, we delve into the complexities of effective leadership with my captivating guest—Zach White, the visionary founder of Oasis of Courage, a global coaching firm committed to shaping leaders. Zach brings a refreshing and dynamic perspective to leadership—one that recognizes the indispensable roles of both heart and mind on the path to becoming an influential and effective leader.  Explore a range of fascinating topics, from leadership intricacies to the foundations of knowledge. Zach shares valuable insights on how leaders can adapt to their team dynamics. Discover the impact of blending EQ and IQ as Zach draws insightful parallels. Finding the right balance between intellect, emotional intelligence, and ego is key for exceptional leaders who not only predict the future but also inspire their teams. Get practical tips and strategies to bridge the gap between intellectual strength and emotional understanding, creating a roadmap for excellent leadership. Join us as we go beyond the surface of leadership, questioning the traditional belief that intelligence alone guarantees success. Zach unravels the secrets to making a lasting impact within your team by emphasizing the crucial role of emotional intelligence. This episode offers a fresh perspective on leadership, showcasing how cultivating emotional acumen is a key ingredient for leadership success. About Our Guest, Zach White: Meet Zach White, a trailblazing engineer, career transformation coach, and the vibrant host of "The Happy Engineer" podcast.  Zach kickstarted his academic journey at Purdue University, earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering before pursuing an M.S. in the same field at the University of Michigan. With over 11 years of dedicated service at Whirlpool, Zach honed his engineering skills in various roles, showcasing his prowess in the corporate landscape. However, fueled by a passion for guiding professionals towards success, he took a bold step and transitioned from his thriving corporate career to establish his own coaching business. Zach's keen insights into major shifts and strategic approaches for career success have empowered him to make a meaningful impact on the lives of leaders. Join Zach White on his journey as he inspires and transforms the career trajectories of individuals, making waves in the world of coaching.
Swapping Seats and Shaking Up the Org Chart – Where Leadership Takes the Reins with Sidd Vivek
Dec 25 2023
Swapping Seats and Shaking Up the Org Chart – Where Leadership Takes the Reins with Sidd Vivek
We are challenging the notion that leadership is neatly outlined on the organizational chart. This pervasive misconception often limits our understanding of what effective leadership truly entails. Leadership goes beyond titles and positions, permeating every level of an organization. It's not confined to the hierarchy; it's a dynamic quality found in individuals who inspire, collaborate, and guide others toward shared goals. Our guest, Sidd Vivek, the accomplished CEO of Junior Achievement San Diego, challenges this notion and unveils the universal truths about leadership, whether in the for-profit or nonprofit sector. Sidd shares his wealth of experience, highlighting that every step up isn't necessarily a step forward. The discussion revolves around the importance of envisioning your ultimate destination and how critical it is to understand that leadership isn't confined to a specific title or position—it happens at every level. We explore how effective leadership is about moving people forward, overcoming challenges, and embracing opportunities. The organizational chart is dissected, emphasizing that while there may be numerous positions, removing just one, even the CEO, doesn't halt business operations. Sidd stresses the significance of recognizing that leadership extends beyond a single individual—it's about the collective efforts of a team. Life, as Sidd notes, is multi-dimensional and far from linear. We explore the concept of taking larger exits, understanding that career paths are diverse and unique to each individual. The podcast delves into hiring practices, emphasizing that it's not about filling positions but about bringing in people. Sidd encourages us to listen to our employees and teammates, allowing them to shift seats on the bus as they grow and develop. Leadership isn't about titles; it's about moving people forward. Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion that challenges traditional notions of leadership and highlights the dynamic, multi-faceted nature of leading, no matter where you are on the organizational chart. Leadership truly happens at every level, and this episode will inspire you to rethink your approach to leadership in your own journey.   About Sidd Vivek: Sidd is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement of San Diego County, joining the organization in January 2019. He was born and raised in Boston.  He graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in Political Science. Before joining JA, Sidd spent the last 11 years working for the YMCA of San Diego.  He worked as their Director of Marketing, then as Development Director, then finally as their Director of Strategic Partnerships.  He has been immersed in youth development programs throughout central San Diego, including robotics in underserved communities and gang/drug prevention.
Workplace Bullying – A Failure of Leadership with Catherine Mattice
Dec 11 2023
Workplace Bullying – A Failure of Leadership with Catherine Mattice
Workplace bullying and toxic cultures pack a powerful punch, leaving individuals and organizations grappling with its repercussions—drained morale, stifled creativity, and a work environment overshadowed by fear. It's not just personal; it's a direct hit on innovation and productivity, challenging the very essence of a thriving workplace. Catherine Mattice is the Founder and CEO of Civility Partners, a renowned expert on workplace dynamics, and the author of three insightful books. Catherine is also a captivating TedX speaker and the mastermind behind a LinkedIn Learning Course that addresses toxic cultures and workplace bullies. Join us as Catherine delves into the concept that each of us is constantly operating in Fight or Flight mode within the workplace. The key lies in understanding why this happens and how it affects our productivity, innovation, and overall well-being. Catherine passionately shares her insights into the crucial link between respect, productivity, and employee retention. Learn how fostering a culture of respect can lead to increased productivity, a boost in innovation, and longer employee tenure. In this episode, Catherine also explores her philosophy on the possibility of change in people, even those who may have engaged in workplace bullying. Discover why she believes in the transformative power that individuals hold and how this perspective can positively impact workplace dynamics. But the conversation doesn't stop there. "Leader(shi*) Happens" takes a hard look at accountability, emphasizing why leaders must be held responsible for addressing and preventing workplace bullying. Catherine sheds light on the role of leadership in shaping organizational culture and how a failure in leadership can contribute to the toxic environments that foster bullying. Tune in to this thought-provoking episode to gain valuable insights from Catherine Mattice, an expert who has dedicated her career to creating healthier, more respectful workplaces. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of workplace dynamics and the pivotal role leaders play in cultivating a culture of respect. It's time to explore the intersections of leadership, workplace culture, and the fight against bullying on "Leader(shi*) Happens."   About Catherine: Catherine Mattice is the founder and CEO of Civility Partners, an HR consulting firm focused specifically on helping organizations create respectful and positive workplace cultures. Catherine is an HR disrupter and has had the pleasure of being cited in USA Today, Entrepreneur, Bloomberg, CNN, NPR, and many other national news outlets as an expert. She has 50+ courses reaching global audiences on LinkedIn Learning. She's also an award-winning speaker, blogger, and book author. Catherine’s award-winning book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, was hailed by international leadership-guru, Ken Blanchard, as, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” Catherine is active in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH) and one of the four founding members of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on ending workplace bullying.
The Leadership Equation: One-Size-Doesn't- Fit-All with David Newman
Nov 27 2023
The Leadership Equation: One-Size-Doesn't- Fit-All with David Newman
Brace yourself for a paradigm shift as we debunk the myth that outstanding employees automatically translate into great leaders. Guest David Newman, a world-renowned speaker, trainer, and author of the empowering "Do It" book series, joins host Ken Schmitt to unravel this and more. This eye-opening discussion challenges common leadership myths and highlights the crucial need for emotional mastery and self-awareness. David and Ken tackle the impact of "short attention span theater" on leadership in our fast-paced world.  They explore dynamic shifts in leadership styles and share actionable strategies for engaging and guiding teams effectively. David shares his powerful philosophy on leadership – it's not just about what you say, but how you say it. Learn why leading a team is like being a parent, influencing through mood, body language, and tone. Get ready for a dose of "David-isms" – pearls of wisdom from David Newman that will reshape your approach to leadership and personal development. Listeners are in for a treat as they gain practical takeaways to enhance their leadership skills and create a positive impact in their professional lives. Join host Ken Schmitt and the brilliant David Newman as they unravel the secrets to successful leadership in the modern age. This isn't just a podcast; it's a revolution in leadership thinking. About our guest David Newman: David Newman is a nationally-recognized marketing expert and author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits and Crush Your Competition.  David Newman runs a marketing strategy firm dedicated to making thought-leading entrepreneurs and executives more successful. David's clients and audiences include Oracle, IBM, American Express, and Wells Fargo in addition to trade associations, non-profits, and entrepreneurial businesses of all sizes.  David has always worked at the intersection of speaking, technology, and professional services. As a corporate insider, David worked for global professional services firms like Towers Perrin and software maker PeopleSoft (back when they were #6 on Fortune's Best Places to Work list) as well as a 70-person IT consulting firm and a really cool publishing and training company where he served as the Vice President of Product Development. David has presented over 600 keynotes, seminars, and strategic work sessions since 1992, and his client roster includes 44 of the Fortune 500. David is a blogger for Salesforce.com and for Vistage, the world's largest CEO peer group organization, and his entrepreneurial marketing advice has been featured and quoted in The New York Times, Investors Business Daily, Sales & Marketing Management, Selling Power, Entrepreneur Magazine, and hundreds of media outlets throughout North America.
Leadership Doesn't Have to be Soul Crushing with Adam Weber
Nov 13 2023
Leadership Doesn't Have to be Soul Crushing with Adam Weber
Ever had a job that felt like it sucked the soul right outta you? We've got the one and only Adam Weber in the hot seat—Chief Evangelist of 15Five, and Co-Founder of Emplify. We're talking Radical Clarity, soul-crushing jobs, and how to unlock your team’s full potential.   We dive into the nitty-gritty of those soul-crushing jobs and how to break free from their grip. Adam's experiences bring a unique perspective on finding fulfillment in your work life and fostering a positive, energized team culture. Our conversation about uncovering your team's hidden superpowers will make you rethink team dynamics. Adam also breaks down what Radical Clarity really means and why it's a game-changer in setting and achieving goals.  Ready to discover the secrets of uncovering your team's true capabilities? Join us for an eye-opening conversation filled with practical takeaways that blend professional wisdom with personal passion.    About our guest Adam Weber: Adam Weber is not just a corporate wizard but also an Author, Podcast Host, retired pastor, former musician, and aspiring comedian. Adam is the Chief Evangelist at 15Five, the performance management platform that drives business results.   Adam also previously co-founded Emplify, an employee engagement measurement platform, and Bluebridge Digital, a mobile app platform. He sold the companies in 2020 and 2016 respectively.  Additionally, he is the host of 15Five’s HR Superstars podcast, and the author of the Amazon best-selling book on leadership and culture, "Lead Like a Human". In 2020, Adam was named to Business Insider’s list of Rising Stars in HR.
BONUS: Ignore the 'Adults in the Room': Defying Conventional Leadership Wisdom with LaSean Smith Part 2
Nov 6 2023
BONUS: Ignore the 'Adults in the Room': Defying Conventional Leadership Wisdom with LaSean Smith Part 2
In this thought-provoking bonus episode, LaSean Smith, dives even deeper into his unique leadership philosophy, including his focus on freedom over status and why leaders will need to adapt to the disappearance of middle management.  LaSean's extraordinary story begins with his exceptional coding skills as a teenager, allowing him to graduate from high school at the tender age of 16 and complete his associate degree by 18. His unconventional path led him to the military and eventually to corporate giants such as Motorola, Amazon, Microsoft, and Deloitte.  In a groundbreaking move, LaSean founded CAGR Investments,  a private investment firm with a distinctive approach to backing companies that harness the power of audience engagement and automation. His unique perspective on investment strategies adds another layer to this multifaceted conversation.  About LaSean Smith  LaSean is a seasoned tech executive with a diverse background. He began coding at the age of ten, kickstarting his tech journey. He's held various roles in engineering, product management, and strategy, including work in the Navy, entrepreneurship, consulting at Deloitte, and stints at Microsoft and Amazon. He's also the founder of CAGR Investments, a private equity firm. With multiple patents in AI and media, he's an expert in behavioral economics and systems engineering. He's produced indie films and has a wide skill set in content production and software development. He's a UCLA screenwriting program graduate, holding degrees from SIU, Arizona State, and Georgetown. His book, "Values-Based Business Design," focuses on high-growth product development in the modern global marketplace.
Ignore the 'Adults in the Room': Defying Conventional Leadership Wisdom with LaSean Smith
Oct 30 2023
Ignore the 'Adults in the Room': Defying Conventional Leadership Wisdom with LaSean Smith
Ever thought, maybe I shouldn't listen to this advice? Get ready to challenge conventional wisdom. LaSean Smith shares his journey from being a gifted teenage coder, finishing high school at 16, earning an associate degree by 18, and working at major corporations like Motorola, Amazon, Microsoft, and Deloitte.  LaSean emphasizes the importance of encouraging open communication and trust. We challenge the notion of blindly following the advice of so-called "Adults in the Room" and underscore the importance of creating psychological safety in leadership.  LaSean explains why he passionately advocates for employees to explore the right kind of side hustle and promotes viewing career choices as a buffet.   This conversation is so rich and enlightening that we had to split it into two parts. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on this bonus episode.  About LaSean Smith  LaSean is a seasoned tech executive with a diverse background. He began coding at the age of ten, kickstarting his tech journey. He's held various roles in engineering, product management, and strategy, including work in the Navy, entrepreneurship, consulting at Deloitte, and stints at Microsoft and Amazon. He's also the founder of CAGR Investments, a private equity firm. With multiple patents in AI and media, he's an expert in behavioral economics and systems engineering. He's produced indie films and has a wide skill set in content production and software development. He's a UCLA screenwriting program graduate, holding degrees from SIU, Arizona State, and Georgetown. His book, "Values-Based Business Design," focuses on high-growth product development in the modern global marketplace.
Intuitive Leadership: Maya's Cookies' CEO on Trusting Your Gut
Oct 16 2023
Intuitive Leadership: Maya's Cookies' CEO on Trusting Your Gut
This is a tale of empowerment, intuition, and a whole lot of scrumptious inspiration! From the humble beginnings of her black, female-owned, vegan cookie startup, we explore how Maya Madsen transformed her small business into a flourishing cookie empire, all by leading with her gut. Join us as Maya shares her journey, from putting on those big girl pants to trusting her instincts. From recruiting talented student-athletes to embracing the evolution of leadership, this episode unveils the delightful secrets that have shaped her extraordinary path to sweet success.   Here is Today's Takeaway... As your business blossoms and expands, mastering the art of delegation becomes imperative! Without a candid voice to keep you in check when micromanaging tendencies arise, the road to failure becomes all too likely. It's essential to cultivate a culture of open communication and honest feedback to thrive in the journey of growth.   About Maya's Cookies: Maya Madsen is the founder and CEO of Maya's Cookies, America's #1 Black-Owned Gourmet Vegan Cookie Company. Maya's Cookies is known for offering a variety of delicious and high-quality vegan cookies in a range of flavors.   Maya Madsen, a Black female entrepreneur, started Maya's Cookies with the aim of providing vegan alternatives without compromising on taste and quality. The company has gained popularity not only for its delectable treats but also for being a Black-owned and woman-owned business.   Maya's Cookies has received positive reviews for its commitment to sustainability, using high-quality ingredients, and offering a diverse selection of flavors, from classic chocolate chips to unique and creative options. Alongside providing the highest quality product that appeals to everyone, Maya's Cookies is committed to superior customer service and community engagement, with a focus on youth and underserved communities.