20 episodes

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

Hiring Matters Ken Schmitt

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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

    Hiring (without Crushing Careers) Matters, with Adam Weber, Chief Evangelist, 15Five

    Hiring (without Crushing Careers) Matters, with Adam Weber, Chief Evangelist, 15Five

    Ever had a job that felt like it sucked the soul right outta you? Struggling to find the right fit or to create a dynamic and engaged team? Let's dive deep into the world of hiring, careers, and leadership to explore how to break free from soul-crushing jobs and build a fulfilling work environment.
     
    In this best-of-episode, we're revisiting one of our favourite guest interviews featuring Adam Weber, the Chief Evangelist of 15Five and Co-Founder of Emplify. Join us as Adam imparts his invaluable insights on discovering fulfillment in your professional journey and cultivating a vibrant, empowered team culture that ignites positivity and energy. We explore the concept of Radical Clarity—what it really means and why it’s a game-changer in setting and achieving goals. Adam’s insights will make you rethink team dynamics as we uncover how to unlock your team’s hidden superpowers. By creating a sweet spot where goals are clearly set, organizations can cultivate a more productive and engaging environment.
     
    We also dive into understanding your company’s mission and values, and what sets you apart in the marketplace. Knowing these core elements is essential for aligning your team’s efforts and creating a cohesive, motivated workforce.  Adam shares his experiences on how clear, well-communicated values can drive a company’s success and help employees find deeper meaning in their work.
     
    Discover the secrets to uncovering your team’s true capabilities and learn practical takeaways that blend professional wisdom with personal passion. This eye-opening conversation is filled with insights that will help you create a more successful and impactful organization by focusing on the right goals, fostering a supportive environment, and embracing personal growth.
     
    About our Guest:
    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.
     
    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.

    • 54 min
    Hiring (and Having Difficult Conversations): Insights from Former Kia and Deloitte HR Leader Jennifer Pikoos

    Hiring (and Having Difficult Conversations): Insights from Former Kia and Deloitte HR Leader Jennifer Pikoos

    Welcome to a world where progress hinges on the courage to engage in tough conversations. In our captivating season finale, join host Ken Schmitt as he delves into the transformative potential of these dialogues with seasoned HR leader Jennifer Pikoos. Embark on Jennifer's journey from finance to HR, gaining invaluable insights into fostering engagement, navigating challenges, and driving workplace transformation.
    Throughout the episode, Ken and Jennifer explore the vital role of difficult dialogues in hiring and leadership. They delve into the profound impact of these conversations on shaping organizational dynamics, igniting meaningful change, and fostering a culture of growth and innovation.
    As they uncover the critical importance of HR leaders in cultivating a supportive internal environment that values and empowers employees, they also address the human capital side of mergers and acquisitions, the evolving expectations of the younger workforce, and the imperative for leaders to adapt to new ways of managing and communicating.
    As Season Three draws to a close, prepare to be inspired and empowered to lead with compassion and purpose.
    Hiring matters — mess it up!
    About our Guest:
    Jennifer Pikoos boasts over two decades of leadership in Human Resources across various industries including automotive, banking, and biotechnology. With a recent shift to consulting after nearly 30 years in corporate roles, she notably served as Head of HR, DEI, and Corporate Facilities for Kia America, overseeing 12 locations and 600 employees during the pandemic while driving growth and rebranding initiatives. Prior, she led HR at IndyMac Bank and OneWest Bank through the 2008 financial crisis and held roles at Deloitte & Touché and Amgen, transitioning from finance to HR driven by a passion for organizational relationships and business success.
    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.

    • 49 min
    Recruiter Rant: The Truth about AI and Hiring

    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.

    • 12 min
    Hiring (and Telling It Like It Is) Matters with Chelsea Grayson

    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: Va

    • 49 min
    Recruiter Rant: Friends Without Benefits (AKA Don't Hire Your Friends)

    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.

    • 10 min
    Hiring (and Radical Transparency) Matters, with Global Medical Response VP Innovative Practices, Matt Dusa

    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.








     

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

GhostTown6668 ,

Wonderful!

Intelligent, thoughtful and very helpful for anyone looking to succeed in business and life. I’m very impressed with Ken and his podcast!

A16fromSAN ,

A Glass (more than) Half Full

Ken and his guests mix advice, ideas, and stories that are personal as well professional, emotional as well as tactical. In so doing, we get to hear all we need to live another happy and balanced day/week/month/year!

RosenFamily ,

Wit and Wisdom

Listening to Ken and his guests is like listening to a great conversation between two old colleagues. Genuine and funny, the stories are delightful. The advice and wisdom shared apply to both professional and personal situations.

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