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From the Desk of Brad Smart: How To Recruit A Players When They Are Hard to Find

You want to hire high performers, A Players, right? But what can you do if: Seven million Americans capable of working are choosing not to work, Help Wanted signs everywhere, Quiet Quitting is almost an epidemic, Studies show that most workers don’t like their job, and Chances are you raised pay to stop employees from …

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From the Desk of Brad Smart: How HR Can Sell Ideas to CEOs

In a recent blog, we addressed the reality that Human Resources is usually the lowest paid, under-respected function that reports to CEOs, and suggested that improving Quality of Hire is the fastest path toward accelerating a career in HR. In this blog I share my personal conclusions about how to best “sell” CEOs on anything …

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From the Desk of Brad Smart: For HR to Earn More CEO Respect, Here’s a Proven Method

This blog features the #1 most important step HR managers can take to increase the respect of their CEO. If you’re in HR, you know all too well that HR, for decades, has been widely perceived to be the least respected business function. It does not have to be that way. Before continuing, let me …

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From the Desk of Brad Smart: How to Get The Best Service From Recruiters When Candidates Are Scarce

Over the decades, clients have dramatically improved the service they get from recruiters. You can too, whether you use: Contingency recruiters (low level jobs, you pay only if you hire someone they present), Executive search firms (executive level, you pay up to 30% of first year pay, and if you don’t hire someone they present, …

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From the Desk of Brad Smart: How to Recruit When “Help Wanted” Signs Are Everywhere

Hiring talent remains the number one concern of CEOs in the most recent (2021, just before the pandemic) Conference Board Annual Survey; it’s also the top concern of the entire executive suite. PwC’s 2017 CEO survey reports that chief executives view the unavailability of talent and skills as the biggest threat to their business.  – Harvard Business Review  Worker …

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