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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?”…
January 2021 Written by: Natalie Forward, Managing Director, Senior Talent Strategist 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…
January 2021 Written by: Mike McElherne, Chief Operating Officer 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…
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: 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…
November 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.…
December 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…
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…
December 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…
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…
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.
Watch Mike McElherne, Managing Director, provide three key ideas to think about and practice while you manage your career through times of adversity.
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.
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,…
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…
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…
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, (…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Success in business means something different to everyone. Here are three things to think about from Natalie Forward.