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It's important for companies to think about their talent needs not only for today, but also the future. Use your downtime to plan and reboot with practical advice from Kelly Renz, President & CEO of Novo Group. She provides insights on you what…
June 2020 Written by: Mike McElherne, Managing Director I remember when I first started out in recruiting, I worked for a company that was using assessments during their hiring process (for anonymity I will leave names out of it). The hiring…
June 2020 Written by: Kelly Renz, President & CEO Top talent is always in demand. Novo has been sharing best practices and ideas about how to approach talent during your workplace recovery and “normalization” to the new environment. In a…
May 2020 Written by: Kelly Renz, President & CEO We have experienced significant industry disruptors in recent years:  the on-line travel booking aggregators impact on travel agents, the entrance of UBER and its impact on taxis, and Amazon’s…
May 2020 Written by: Kelly Renz, President & CEO Crafting and maintaining a personal leadership brand is a game-changing asset in advancing and succeeding in one’s career. However, the amount of time leaders spend on their brand tends to be…
May 2020 Written by: Mike McElherne, Managing Director Is it right to be hiring when you are laying employees off... in one word YES!  It is not only right, but it is a must, and I will explain why.  One of the most challenging things for an…
May 2020 Written by: Kelly Renz, President & CEO For organizations with 500 or fewer employees, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was a short-term lifeline.  Designed to provide forgivable SBA loans to businesses while preserving employment…
May 2020 Written by: Stephanie Benesh, Director, Talent Insights Center Client Concern: We can’t personally meet the candidates that we’re interested in, so how do we know we’re making the right choice? As if hiring the perfect person for their…
May 2020 Written by: Andy Kindler, Managing Director Many times, companies only provide coaching for their most senior executives.  Yet during our pandemic crisis, I have spoken with several organizations who commented on how mid-level managers and…
Watch our CEO, Kelly Renz talk about succession planning.
Webinar - Original air date: 9.28.17 Kelly Renz, President & CEO and Andy Kindler, Managing Director, discuss how and when to use assessments in the recruiting process.
Webinar original recorded on 08.03.17 Watch and listen to Kelly Renz, President & CEO, and Christy Schwan of HUB International Midwest Limited, talking about how to use benefits to attract and retain top talent in today's competitive talent…
Success in business means something different to everyone. Here are three things to think about from Natalie Forward.
As leaders, it’s sometimes easier for us to hold others accountable to their goals than it is to apply this much-needed discipline to ourselves. Watch Natalie Forward provide insight on how she keeps herself accountable.
COVID-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge for hiring managers and recruiting teams across the globe. Here are some helpful tips for adopting virtual hiring & interviewing practices to keep your recruiting funnel moving during this…
Watch Kelly Renz describe a fun and unique way Novo Group employees maintain connections.
During times of organizational change and transformation, how we help employees move forward to find future career opportunities is deeply rooted in our company's core values. Novo prepares individuals to move forward by helping them understand…
Watch Mike McElherne, Managing Director, provide three key ideas to think about and practice while you manage your career through times of adversity.
Joy Duce, Chief Operating Officer, provides a simple tip on making sure you're embracing the Do Not Disturb principle while working from home. Novo Group hopes you're practicing self-care and leaving room in your schedule to get things done.
Novo Group's President & CEO, Kelly Renz, discusses employee mental wellness best practices while working from home.
May 2020 Written by: Kelly Renz, President & CEO The phrase, “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste” has a completely new meaning to us now.  My cohorts from grad school and I keep in touch still, and have asked each other, “Who took the notes…
April 2020 Written by: Joy Duce, Chief Operating Officer It is Tuesday. I wake up and per my normal protocol, grab my cell phone to check my calendar for the day. 13 Zoom meetings in a 10-hour period. YIKES! It is going to be a very long day. Before…
April 2020 Written by: Natalie Forward, Managing Director, Sr. Talent Strategist We’ve all heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, right?  It’s hard to admit – but I seem to be  closer to an “old dog” these days and the problem…
The Essential Talent Acquisition Blend: Efficiency and Engagement Talent Acquisition In part one of this blog series, I made the case that the cost of one- size-fits-all recruiting—approaching every candidate and hire the same—is far too high. With…
The Great Recession changed talent acquisition landscape in big ways. In fact, looking at today’s barebones and often overworked recruiting and HR teams, you might think the recession was still going strong. Don’t worry, the U.S. economy and job…
Congratulations you’re rich! That’s what I like to tell HR directors who worry they don’t have what they need for strong succession planning. The fact is today’s HR departments are sitting on a goldmine of succession planning data. Amassed from…
It’s never fun to find out you’re wrong (If only I were speaking theoretically). However, it can lessen the sting when you know that you’re not the only one. That is the case with succession planning across the corporate landscape today. Succession…
Over the past decade, talent realities have changed in the U.S. manufacturing sector demanding a new approach to recruiting. Manufacturers are up against a critical talent gap as more and more of the skill- sets they need do not align with those in…
I am not pulling any punches with this one. If you are unwilling to consider that you might be making some costly IT recruiting blunders, stop reading now. This article is not for you. With IT unemployment averaging 2-4% depending on the role, (…
When emotional intelligence first appeared in 1995 (Goleman), it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with the highest levels of intelligence (IQ) outperform those with an average IQ only 20% of the time, while people with…
At the end of HC Foundations, Part 1,  I left you with a couple of big questions:  What’s  next  for a business that has established a strong human capital foundation (alignment with the business, critical assets in place and an employer value…
While flying back from Rochester New York, I was sitting in the one-person aisle seat smashed up against the window of a small regional jet. We were flying into a major storm front 300 miles east of Chicago. Twisted like a pretzel in the unusual…
Recently I had lunch with a high capacity leader and asked him the question, “What is leadership to you?” He didn’t even blink before saying, “Leadership is all about character.” I have a great deal of respect for this leader and he has shaped…
While I didn’t recognize it at the time, I learned a valuable lesson while working on my dissertation many years ago. I didn’t own a computer as a graduate student, so I had to use the one at the hospital where I was doing my residency. Needless to…
April 2020 Written by: Joy Duce, Chief Operating Officer There it is…staring at me at midnight.  My laptop.  Just feet away from my bed in a makeshift office I created now that I am working 100% remote as a result of the COVID-19 virus.  I have…
April 2020 Written by: Mike McElherne, Managing Director I was recently out in the driveway giving my son a haircut (this is not a normal occurrence) and it was not the Sports Clips experience he was used to. This is surprisingly not the first time…
April 2020 Written by: Kelly Renz, President & CEO If you’ve thought to yourself that you’re ready to focus on something besides COVID-19, you are about to move into the next phase of this challenging time:  the recovery and return to work…
April 2020 Written by: Natalie Forward, Managing Director I love what I do.  Connecting with organizations and helping them solve complex people challenges is energizing, rewarding and impactful work.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to positively…
April 2020 Written by: Mike McElherne, Managing Director Anyone who has been on one of my teams, or was a career coaching client of mine, has probably heard me say, If you don't manage your career, someone will end up managing it for you. What…
Written by: Andy Kindler, Managing Director March 2020 In the best of times for working parents, finding a balance of work/life integration is a nearly impossible challenge.  So, what do we do when Mom, Dad and the children are all jockeying for the…
A Human Capital department is just like any vehicle on the road.  Regular maintenance i.e. tire rotations, oil changes, gasoline fill ups; monetary investments, i.e. new brake system, engine repair; and car ownership compliance i.e. insurance,…
Personal Leadership development can be a bit like the horse races; picking the top three can produce big payoffs. To keep your leadership impact, a diversified approach will give the best bang for your buck.  The big three on the leadership ticket…
In the age of disruption, everyone wants to know “What’s Next?”  What trends and technologies are ahead? What’s going to change next in my industry, my company, my job? Because people are connected to every business objective, “What’s Next?”…