The Talent Wins podcast features top CEOs and business leaders as they share their stories of the trials, tribulations, and successes in building great teams.
How to Hire and Retain “A Players” During Periods of Growth With Kristine Jacobson
Kristine Jacobson is the CEO, Founder, and Chief Marketing Strategist at Conveyance Marketing Group, a Virginia-based consulting firm that helps entrepreneurs achieve measurable success through comprehensive marketing solutions. Kristine founded the company in 2009, bringing years of experience in the marketing field.
Before Conveyance Marketing Group, Kristine was the Vice President of Marketing for Surety and an independent consultant for various companies, including Concert Technology, Inc and Digicon. Currently, she volunteers her time as an Advisor for Loudon County Chamber of Commerce and Warriors4Wireless, a Board Member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and an Instructor for Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Inc.
In this episode… What are the top strategies for attracting and retaining top talent? And how should you plan to hire and strengthen your team during times of growth?
Kristine Jacobson knows these challenges all too well. Her company, Conveyance Marketing Group, grew 65% in the last year alone. Amidst bad hires, adoption of virtual tools, and the difficulties of shaping a collaborative team during a pandemic, Kristine figured out what works in attracting and retaining “A players.” The key factors include intentional culture, team-building initiatives, and living out your core values. So how can you do this, too?
In this episode of the Talent Wins Podcast, Chris Mursau is joined by Kristine Jacobson, CEO, Founder, and Chief Marketing Strategist at Conveyance Marketing Group, to talk about the best ways to hire (and keep) top talent — even when you’re a growing company. Kristine discusses the recent challenges she’s faced around hiring and recruiting, the tools she uses to improve the hiring process, and the no-fail strategies for strengthening your team through times of growth.
[Year in Review] The Best Strategies to Strengthen Your Team
Chris Mursau is the President of Topgrading, a proven system that helps organizations build and maintain high-performing teams through hiring, development, and promotion strategies. Since 2001, Chris has been consulting and teaching organizations and individual managers how to pack their teams with A Players.
Chris has conducted over 2,500 in-depth Topgrading assessments for internal and external candidates, helped hundreds of people achieve their A potential, and trained thousands of people in the guaranteed methods for improving their success. His client list is broad and diverse, including Fortune 500 companies, small to medium-sized businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
In this episode… What makes a good leader? How do you hire and retain the right people for your company? What steps can you take to strengthen your entire team?
Over the last year, Chris Mursau has been digging deep into these questions and talking with successful leaders, from CEOs to business coaches, to get the answers. Whether you’re looking to scale by hiring new talent or focusing on growing your current team, there are many factors that can impact your success. Tune in to Chris’ must-listen interviews to learn how to lead, hire, and strengthen your team the right way.
In this episode of the Talent Wins Podcast, host Chris Mursau is interviewed by Dr. Jeremy Weisz, Co-founder of Rise25, to talk about the top lessons learned throughout the past year. Together, they go back into the podcast archives to highlight top tips on hiring practices, culture work, communication techniques, leadership models, and more!
Resources Mentioned in this episode Chris Mursau on LinkedIn Topgrading on LinkedIn Topgrading Dr. Jeremy Weisz on LinkedIn Rise25 Talent Wins Podcast archives
Driving Growth Through a People-Centered Approach
Nick Araco is the Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of AchieveNEXT, a provider of talent development performance solutions and peer learning networks. Nick is an expert at making connections that count, and he’s used this skill over the past two decades to empower leaders and grow their organizations.
Nick is also the host of the Level Up podcast, where he has conversations with business and industry trailblazers on how to take growth, diversity, and leadership to the next level. Before founding AchieveNEXT, Nick served in senior leadership roles at leading global law, accounting, and business advisory firms.
In this episode… What’s the secret sauce for a successful company? How can organizations improve their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives? What’s the number one driver of shareholder value and performance?
According to Nick Araco, the answers lie within your people. Whether it’s your employees, clients, or peers, it’s always helpful to gain feedback and create a dialogue around the things that impact your business. That’s why Nick’s company offers executive coaching and access to peer advisory networks — because it’s difficult to tackle the big questions and challenges alone. What other advice does Nick have for achieving next-level growth?
In this episode of the Talent Wins Podcast, Chris Mursau sits down with Nick Araco, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of AchieveNEXT. Together, they discuss how Nick’s company helps others drive performance through talent acquisition, the importance of reaching out to peers and partners, and how companies can take action towards better diversity, equity, and inclusion structures. Stay tuned!
Resources Mentioned in this episode Chris Mursau on LinkedIn Topgrading on LinkedIn Topgrading Nick Araco on LinkedIn AchieveNEXT Level Up podcast Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want From Your Business by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters
How to Become an Innovative Leader
Kevin Akeroyd is the CEO of PROUnlimited, a workforce management solution that leverages AI, machine learning, data visualizations, and analytics. The company is the first vendor-neutral managed services program (MSP), employing the most innovative vendor management software.
Kevin began his career at R.R. Donnelley, eventually rising to VP of Sales and leading the company’s first software division. He later took on sales leadership roles at several marketing, technology, and e-commerce companies. Kevin would go on to become the CEO and GM of Data.com at Salesforce, the GM and SVP of the Oracle Marketing Cloud, and the CEO of Cision, a $780 million SaaS company which he eventually sold back into private equity for $2.8 billion.
In this episode… How can leaders embrace change and guide their teams through challenges? What goes into successfully implementing new systems and programs?
Kevin Akeroyd, who became the CEO of PROUnlimited in the midst of the pandemic, knows how to lead effectively and help a company evolve. Before making any changes as the new CEO, Kevin spent two months listening and learning from the team. Within a year, he’s been able to develop a five-year plan, foster growth, and implement innovative systems. How did he do it? By declaring his objectives, communicating clearly, investing in his ideas, and measuring success.
In this episode of the Talent Wins Podcast, Chris Mursau is joined by Kevin Akeroyd, CEO of PROUnlimited, to talk about powerful leadership techniques. Kevin shares how his company has been successful in the COVID era, the four key tactics leaders need to follow for effective innovation, and tips for improving company culture and welcoming change. Stay tuned!
Resources Mentioned in this episode Chris Mursau on LinkedIn Topgrading on LinkedIn Topgrading Kevin Akeroyd on LinkedIn PROUnlimited
Improving Leadership Style and Hiring Top Talent with Jill Belconis
Jill Belconis is a strategic business coach and business leader who helps CEOs and other business leaders reach new heights and scale their companies through her practice, Jill Belconis Enterprises. Jill has more than 30 years of experience growing and scaling companies, developing leadership teams, and enhancing strategic planning and organizational alignment.
Jill is the former International Chairman of the Board of the Young Presidents Organization. She speaks at professional conferences, including TEDx, where she gave the talk “Succeed Like a Man, Lead Like a Woman”. Jill is also Scaling Up Certified as a member of Scaling Up Coaches.
In this episode… Are you a CEO struggling to scale your company? Does your team contain top talent? How can you ensure that your new hires fit your company culture? Jill Belconis can help.
Jill is a strategic business coach with over 30 years of experience growing companies and being a successful leader. She has helped countless CEOs and business leaders with their leadership, scaling, and attracting top talent. Today, she’s here to give you some top tips for making you a better CEO.
On this episode of the Talent Wins Podcast, Chris Mursau talks with strategic business coach, Jill Belconis, all about scaling companies and hiring top talent. They discuss what it takes to be a successful CEO, strategies for attracting top talent that fits your company culture, the evolution of leadership in the digital age, and much more. Stay tuned!
Resources Mentioned in this episode Chris Mursau on LinkedIn Topgrading on LinkedIn Topgrading Jill Belconis on LinkedIn Jill Belconis Enterprises “Succeed Like a Man, Lead Like a Woman” TEDx Talk The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni CAPA PRO by Table Group The 6 Types of Working Genius by Table Group Young Presidents Organization
Identifying Top Talent and Strengthening the CEO
Sean Magennis is the CEO of Capital 54, a private equity firm that focuses on investments in boutique professional service firms. Sean started his career at Dow Chemicals before running a professional services firm that focused on organizational development consulting and executive search for 14 years. His expertise includes real estate platforms, electricity infrastructure development, and financing.
Previously, Sean was the global President for both Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and YPO (once known as the Young Presidents’ Organization). He is now Chairman of two professional membership organizations, LUMINI and Collective 54. Sean also co-hosts a podcast, The Boutique, with Greg Alexander, the Chief Investment Officer at Capital 54.
In this episode… Did you know that top players and exceptionally high performers always want to work in companies with great cultures? What is the value of building rapport with new employees from the time they are hired? Do you have strategies in place for building a top-tier team?
Sean Magennis, the CEO of Capital 54, knows the priorities that leaders need to have. Sean says that it’s paramount for CEOs to build an attractive culture in their organizations and provide employees with a quality working atmosphere. From his storied career in management, Sean understands how to develop healthy and valuable working relationships with his teams — now you can, too.
On this episode of the Talent Wins Podcast, Chris Mursau interviews Sean Magennis, the CEO of Capital 54, about his process for identifying and hiring top talent. Sean also explains how LUMINI helps with strengthening CEO-EA partnerships and talks about the benefits that come with joining a leadership community.
Resources Mentioned in this episode Chris Mursau on LinkedIn Topgrading on LinkedIn Topgrading Capital 54 Sean Magennis on LinkedIn LUMINI The Boutique podcast The Boutique: How To Start, Scale, And Sell A Professional Services Firm by Greg Alexander Greg Alexander on LinkedIn SBI Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) YPO (formerly known as Young Presidents' Organization) Vistage The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman Do What Matters Most: Lead with a Vision, Manage with a Plan, Prioritize Your Time by Rob and Steve Shallenberger Robert Ludlum's books