Screening For Strategic Thinking

How do you hire for strategic thinking? Not every candidate is wired with the ability to be a creative and visionary thinker.  How do you evaluate for that skill set? Most every executive believes they have that capability but in reality most successful people are either great thinkers or great doers.  Many jobs require both […]


SourceCon Roundup: What’s New in Sourcing?

  I spent a few days at ERE Media’s 2017 SourceCon in Austin, Texas. SourceCon is the premier annual event focused on sourcing and recruiting technology.  I found Hiretual (pronounced: hiretool) particularly impressive – because it could replace costly alternatives such as LinkedIn Recruiter.  Here are 4 reasons Hiretual has the potential to replace or outperform other costly […]


Hiring Mistakes Will Cost You: 5 Ways to Avoid Them

There is no hiding from a hiring mistake. One HR professional once told me that a controller’s mistake is tucked away in a financial report but an HR mistake is walking around the company. The costs of these mistakes are significant. Just search “cost of a bad hire” on Google and read about the consequences. […]


4 Steps for HR Professionals to Secure a Seat at the Table

Human Resources professionals are integral leaders in today’s workplace. While all HR roles are vital to the company, not all of them ensure a “seat at the table.” What is a “seat at the table?” Simply – being a recognized member of the executive team. Human Resources professionals can earn this position by adding value […]


3 Tips for Winning with Talent

It seems like we are at a point of transition when it comes to the war for talent. It is true that “talent” is the most talked about challenge for business in 2017. Clearly, this war has spread from a “front line” talent acquisition battle to multiple battles involving engaging and retaining staff. Creating a […]


West Michigan Ties to Family Business

Great video showcasing the Family Business Alliance and one of my favorite stores! Over 80 percent of businesses owned in West Michigan identify as family owned. This is a common thread that contributes greatly to our local culture.      


Spotlight – Family Business Alliance

We attended a Family Business Alliance (FBA) panel event this week featuring four generations of family business owners. The companies represented were S2 Yachts (Tiara Yachts), Custer Office Environments, Wesco and Grand Rapids Metrology. West Michigan has a rich concentration of great family businesses! FBA is a unique organization that offers tremendous support for those navigating the challenges that face business owners and […]


CHROs Reveal Serious Gap In HR Talent

A Korn Ferry study finds that more than half of CHROs say a tolerance for working with uncertainty and change is the most important competency for their role. We explore what skills are most lacking when searching for HR talent. This is a great article. While it relates specifically to the HR profession and skills needed for […]


The Biggest Mistakes New Executives Make

Avoiding some common pitfalls at the beginning of an employment relationship can make the difference between success and failure. This is a great article if your a hiring executive or family business owner on-boarding a new executive. Of course this is a must read if your starting a new executive role.  How you approach your […]


Women’s Resource Center 28th Annual Pillar Award Winners

We had the privilege of attending the Women’s Resource Center 28th Annual Pillar Awards earlier this month, where they honored local organizations who empower women in the workplace. The 2017 award winners were GE Aviation, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, and Mercy Health, who were all praised for being innovative in their efforts to improve workplace opportunities for women. Each organization […]