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What you don't know can hurt you and what you do know can set you free. That's why we interview Subject Matter Experts for your Small to Medium-Sized Business and Personal Finances. Because KNOWLEDGE is POWER, but EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING. The Tipping Point is brought to you in part by Tehrani & Velez, LLP, your tax and accounting subject matter experts. www.tandvllp.com/podcast
 
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One bad hire in your startup negatively affects your balance sheet and is the fuel to future boardroom conflict. Often, we entrepreneurs feel the pressure to fill our roles at the expense of elevating our people's performance. This disintegrates the company values and results in the exit of your strongest players. Today is about hiring “gravitators…
 
There needs to be a deliberate cadence to your interview process. Just like a first date, you wouldn't say “hi, I'm Rick. before we start the date, I’d like you to complete this sexual survey and if I like your answers, we can continue the date.” Now it may work on some people. But the question you need to ask yourself is who exactly are you weedin…
 
CEO campfire horror stories often start with “In the beginning, I hired a few friends of mine”... then the story digresses from there. Sometimes the situation works out but most of the time it is a disaster resulting in a severed relationship. Today we are discussing lessons learned in hiring from your inner circle and how hiring for growth lands g…
 
“We really need to hire a person from xyz company and they need to be from a top tier school.” Words that make every recruiting professional cringe. This criteria is the perfect storm for making the worst hire of your career. The Truth is, Your ego WANTS these things but the business needs a person with the RIGHT DNA to fuel company growth. Our gue…
 
Please, please, please wear pants during your video interview! Both parties, not just the person being interviewed. Just yesterday, Jessie filled me in on the horror story of her last interview. The interviewer spilled his coffee, jumped up really quickly to reveal he was in his holiday boxers. While it makes for a hilarious story, it did not win t…
 
Skills can be learned, but who a person is, is what determines a successful hire. This all comes down to core value alignment with the organization. Shared values create a much tighter bond and a more engaged team member. The correct answer is rarely hiring for skills. So consider alternative hiring initiatives like an apprenticeship program design…
 
Imagine having to staff 250 roles... just as many companies were laying off and scrambling to get their PPP loans approved. Our guest today had 2 weeks to hire 250 people to handle the demand for PPP loans and is here to share his story. Our guest today: Brock Blake, Co-Founder & CEO of Lendio Brock spent the last nine years developing technology t…
 
Can we all agree that the people you hire determine the success of your company. It is not enough to just “fill a role”. Especially if you're a smaller, growing company. Every hiring mistake that your company has made is due to your focus on the wrong ego driven priorities. (Ie: the work to be done, what I think I need, image for the company) Focus…
 
Data Driven Insight into Your Video Interviews. “Look, I just need to hire someone who can do the work so we can get this product done” Said Peter. A CEO for a newly funded startup. “Besides, there is no way to really know if someone fits into the company until you experience working together”. Not true at all! Your interview process, when structur…
 
Entrepreneurs, take your mental health seriously because the life of your company depends on it! Our guest today: Sally Spencer-Thomas, President of United Suicide Survivors International Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide p…
 
Values are the foundation of what your company is built upon. As we all know, without a foundation, the structure that is built can be destroyed at any time. Too often the foundation is poured after the structure has been built. Our guest today: Darius Mirshahzadeh (Mir Shah Zaday), Founder of The Real Darius & Host of The Greatness Machine Podcast…
 
The keys to attraction and retention are transparency and process. Just like having a strong interview structure, Compensation structure is just as critical. Having clearly defined salary thresholds allows people to be comfortable with your environment while eliminating uncertainty in the minds of your employees. Our guest today: Louis Beryl, Found…
 
We are in the greatest time for opportunistic hiring! An unprecedented number of talented people are on the sidelines and now is your time to hire the people that will take your company to the next level. All it takes is some creative thinking and a plan. Our guest today: Scott Hamilton, President & CEO of Executive Next Practices Institute (ENP) S…
 
Consider the possibility that giving may be the answer that propels your business through challenging times. There is nothing more alluring to talented people than a leader who finds cause to support. Especially when most businesses are hanging by a thread. Today we are talking to four business leaders who are giving back to the community and exper…
 
Our guest today: Jodi Duva, Vice President of Cox Business Jodi is responsible for leading a world-class team delivering customized communications solutions to local business communities. Duva oversees sales and service delivery across all sales channels and has been leading one of the organization’s largest and fastest growing sales teams and cons…
 
Our guests today: Dan Moore, Co-Founder & CEO of Vaporware Dan is a trained computer scientist who helps clients craft ideas into scalable products. Always one for over-communication and compulsive attention to detail. Dan co-founded Vaporware to help entrepreneurs take their software ideas to market. Over the past 7 years he has helped Vaporware d…
 
To Cultivate Employee Engagement Focus on Performance Management & Personal Development Our guests today: Michael Caito, CEO, Management Action Programs Michael and two business partners launched Restaurants on the Run (ROTR) with a mere $6,000. His company experienced explosive growth after Michael attended a workshop hosted by Management Action P…
 
Our guests today: Anne-Marie & Chuck Lerch, Co-Founder & CXO’s of HI Tech Hui Chuck heads up Cybersecurity. been the CIO and CTO at numerous companies with great emphasis on security. His passion for secure networks is what led him to his love and vision to bring cybersecurity solutions to the Hawaiian islands. Anne Marie is the CXO & Head of Count…
 
Today's Guest: Jerri Rosen, Founder & CEO of Working Wardrobes Jerri’s organization helps over 5,000 men, women, veterans and young adults each year re-enter the workforce with career development services and professional wardrobing. Today we are discussing: The hidden gem that is the veteran pool How to find and hire veterans to diversify your tal…
 
Local hiring market is now gone! Guess what! Today, your best people will be hired outside your geographical location. Our guest today: Bradley Clark, Co-Founder & Product Strategy of RecTxt Bradley Clark, who is both a recruitment leader and an actual entrepreneur himself. He’s the Co-Founder of Rectxt, a text recruiting platform, and after a long…
 
Why Hiring through the pandemic is a strong Indicator of a innovative business. “We have all been forced to pivot and now we are weathering the storm” for most businesses. Our guest today: Jay Connor, Founder & CEO of Learning Ovation Recognized as an early thought leader in collective impact, Joseph A. “Jay” Connor, JD/MBA, is the Founder and Chie…
 
Thank you for having me back, but you know the unwritten rule of being on a show three times? What's the unwritten rule? The unwritten rule being on the show three times is I get to ask you questions today. So I'm taking the laptop. So Kelly is hijacking the episode. Is that we're doing? I am. I'm hijacking it because I want to be host today. And I…
 
What's your story? "Well, we are funded by Greylock and we are disrupting a $30 Billion dollar industry. What else do you need to know?" This is good information to know but it is not your story. I quickly became a very bored audience with this CEO. Ultimately your story is what draws people in and invites us to work with you. When communicating wi…
 
But we have unlimited time off! Why would anyone not want to join a company with such a progressive time off schedule? Asked founder Sanjeev. Two reasons, One PTO is a perk not a reason for joining a company. People will join and stay at your company when they believe in your vision and experience professional growth. And Two, your company is a sta…
 
“I want to work with really smart people and here is a list of schools that this person will have graduated from” said Lawrence, the CEO. “I do not want to interview anyone who has not come out of one of these schools”. My gut reaction was to simply say, “no thanks” and exit the meeting. Afterall, this CEO was going to be difficult to work with. My…
 
Key Points for Episode: Timeline for Video Interviews - 72 hours 1- 45 minutes 2- 45 minutes 3- 45 minutes 4- 45 - 60 minutes Decision - 24 hours from Final Interview You must have your questions pre-written and assigned to the individual Interviewer Questions designed to gain evidence of cultural alignment ** DO NOT just pick random behavioral que…
 
We are now remote. And we are learning so much about what it takes to keep your people engaged and productive. The balance between communication and micromanagement is often the Biggest challenge. Here’s what we’ve learned: Consistent communication with ultra flexibility is working. Encouragement to take care of yourself first: ie: a walk, bike rid…
 
High performing individuals come in every flavor. They can not be identified by looking at a resume! They can only be discovered by understanding who the person is, the values they hold dear and the track record of the impact they have made in the past. Every day, your company loses money when you allow personal bias to influence your hiring decisi…
 
Not having a clearly defined corporate culture document is a recipe for failure. Why? The culture document is a business plan for how your people are expected to behave, interact and resolve conflict. It is your saving grace when things go sideways! You must provide a clear and accurate picture to everyone you interview about the good, the bad and …
 
Marketing and hiring are far too often major failure points because they are started too late. The right time to start marketing is before you launch your product. Just as the right time to hire is before you feel the pain of needing the work to be done. It is never too soon to to proactively start your marketing or hiring process. The key to not f…
 
Ever finished an interview with a great person and just felt unsure or maybe you need more data to make the decision either way? This all too common scenario is caused by a poorly executed interview process and not asking intentional questions designed to gain the evidence to support a decision either way. Today we will be discussing how to avoid t…
 
Why you need to hire trusted talent to build and scale your startup. Referrals are still the strongest way to stack the deck with talent for your organization. But you cannot shortcut the interview process. Just because a person worked well in another organization does not mean they will be successful at yours. Diligence in gathering evidence of va…
 
Will a subject matter expert be a better solution to hiring a leader for your company? We can all agree that there are different types of leaders. I am going to contend that the wiring of the leader you are hiring is more important than the pedigree that is brought to the table. Our guest today: Ed Tyson, CEO of PerSynergy Consulting. Ed Tyson is t…
 
The vast majority of companies still do not have any policy in place to support work from home. As the majority of companies have switched to remote work and plan to implement this new system going forward - companies need to understand how to make an effective switch that will align with their company goals and business development strategy. Our g…
 
A remote workforce has proven to be challenging to a lot of companies who have traditionally run operations from a centralized location. Aside from the technical issues (ie:security and connectivity) productivity, engagement and mental health become more difficult to manage. Today we take a dive into how we can utilize policies, tools and data to c…
 
There is a flood of great talent on the market and the competition for those limited positions is heating up. With this rise in the talent pool the ability to properly access applications is a major challenge. The bar has been raised! Are you leaving good people on the table? Our guest today: Shawn Sheikh, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Pivot CMO…
 
The remote work mandate is still proving to be challenging for a lot of companies. Work from home is here to stay and we have to embrace the changes - there’s more to it than just making sure your employees are getting the job done. Today we are discussing how to get your IT infrastructure dialed in to increase performance in your business. Our gue…
 
The key to successful hiring is in uncovering evidence in a person's ability to align culturally and professionally with your unique company. … None of this evidence is on a resume! How do we gather evidence? First, not short cutting the interview process. Focusing on deep behavioral questions then confirming your conclusions with data through asse…
 
How can you tell if someone is good just through a phone screen? A BIG thanks to our guest today: John Driscoll, Co-Founder & CEO of Naked Development. Part 1: Outlining Key Points for Episode: Phone Screening: From reviewing the application to proceed to scheduling a call should be between 2-4 days (MAX) Ideal timing for phone call: 45-60 minutes …
 
We are now living the new normal.....And that normal is a mostly remote workforce, work/life/self balance and a heavy reliance on technology to lead the business. It is not about keeping what you have but changing who you are to adapt your business to the new world. Companies who will thrive are those who are embracing the change and committing to …
 
Is AI the future of recruitment? Better yet, will AI replace the need for a resume? Tools are available to utilize AI in improving workflow and screening applicants. The question lies in their accuracy and viability in identifying the strongest people for your unique organization. Our guest today: Neil Sahota, AI Expert & Author of “Own the AI Revo…
 
Special Episode! Video Interviews are the new necessity. But what is the best way to run an effective process? Today we breakdown the framework to run a strong, evidence based video interview. Through partnerships with fully remote based companies, we are sharing what has proven to produce the strongest hires. RIGHT NOW is your opportunity to eleva…
 
Remember that person who you really wanted to hire but they took a job somewhere else? Now is the time to reconnect. Through no fault of their own, great talent is being displaced due to the pandemic. Now is the time to proactively hire and raise the level of performance through opportunistic hiring! This crisis will pass. And when it does, emerge …
 
Fundraising is difficult especially when you are missing a hiring process! Understanding who you are and defining your process are critical in bringing confidence to your investors. It is NOT difficult to solidify a process! Bring confidence to your team and your investors by demonstrating that you understand the importance of getting the right peo…
 
One of the most powerful tools in your hiring process in the phone interview. The challenge that we have is that it is treated as a screen just to find out if someone has the skills needed. And this process takes on average 5-10 minutes. It is such an opportunity loss because your first point of contact should be about establishing the connection w…
 
With the drastic changes in the current work environment we are pivoting a bit from hiring for today’s episode. We are discussing how to transition your staff to a “work from home” force by conquering some of the IT challenges. Today’s Quote: “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” - Stephen Hawking I’m Rick Girard and welcome to the Hire…
 
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