Startup Hiring- Starts & Stops

Startup Hiring- Starts & Stops

For many startups, the first year is often its most challenging and volatile. Trying to gain momentum in the market, developing a value proposition, and trying to figure out what you are even doing is daunting. Furthermore, the stats around successful startups are certainly not encouraging. While there are studies providing varying data, it is fair to say that many startups fail within the first few years.  This study provides an industry breakdown of startups by year and cause of failure. I have an abundance of admiration for those who are courageous and take the leap. It takes grit, courage, passion and a lot of personal sacrifice.

The secret sauce for success that is not much of a secret is securing the right talent.  This becomes challenging when you are a startup, a bit scrappy and in lack of two important resources:  time and money.  But, let’s consider the true opportunity cost of getting the most important thing wrong: the PEOPLE that ultimately join you in your mission. Here are some simple ways to engage and secure the talent that you want along for the ride.

Values creating Value

Values creating Value

Values Create Value

When we think about a company's value, we often think about it in monetary terms – what the company is worth. While these values are important in running a business, the real focus should be on the core values of the company. These fundamental values are perpetual and at the heart of an organization. Unlike the financial worth of a company that fluctuates with the ever-changing economy, core values should be concrete and enduring.

The Missing Leadership Competency

The Missing Leadership Competency

Great leaders possess many qualities that have attributed to their success. However, the one trait that sets select leaders apart is not often defined nor spoken about. The missing piece is COURAGE. It is also not easy to find someone who will take the harder path, fire bad managers, open up difficult conversations, etc. While hard to find, the right talent is out there and can elevate your company to the highest levels.

How to Build a Culture of Originality

How to Build a Culture of Originality

All companies – both emerging and established strive for innovation.  They secure cutting edge technology platforms and build out their annual business goals. They look to hire talent who can execute the strategy as proposed. This is where companies have to think a bit differently when hiring. They interview candidates and screen out those who do not appear to “conform”.  These original thinkers are who prevent companies from going stale. These are the folks who are going to drive innovation, and those who we should be continuously seeking.

Workplace 2025: Five Forces, Six New Roles and a Challenge to HR

Workplace 2025: Five Forces, Six New Roles and a Challenge to HR

Where is the next generation of HR taking us?  More than ever, HR is linked to business strategy and delivering services that address organization’s most critical challenges. As we look to build out, enhance and transform HR teams we can take a futuristic approach by considering some of the roles that may be more prevalent in coming years – Cultural Architects, Social Policy & Community Activists, etc. This article provides excellent insight into the function and design of these roles.