The Value of Local Learning: RecruitDC

Regardless of the business you’re in, learning has to be a regular part of your routine. Otherwise you miss technology, innovation and quite simply, what’s happening all around you. It’s one thing to engage in online content, but another to hear it live, engage, ask questions and hear what others think about what you just heard.  But while conferences have value well beyond our online selves, they’re often overwhelming or hard to navigate. That’s where local comes in. Every locale, ...

5 Reasons Recruiting Is Like Dating

There’s a great scene in Sex and the City where Charlotte proclaims she’s exhausted with dating. Constantly trying to find “the one” is tiring. And while there’s no real limit on the time we can take to find the right spouse or partner, if you’re a recruiter, you don’t have the luxury of taking your time. The proverbial clock is always ticking. It’s a constant game of matchmaking and starting over again. Sometimes a good metaphor can be the best ...

Dealing With Difficult Employees When You Don’t Have Time

There’s a great scene in Shrek when Lord Farquaad breaks off the legs of the Gingerbread Man, basically torturing him for information. Gingy refuses to divulge anything until Lord Farquaad goes for the jugular reaching for his candy buttons. “NO! Not the buttons! Not my gumdrop buttons!,” Gingy cries and gives in. This is how leaders of growing companies deal with talent problems. You wait until it’s going to cause you real pain. Fundraising or new hire? Client problem or ...

Talent and HR News Roundup: Supporting Your Employees Edition

Last week we talked about the oft-overlooked yet major necessity in startup and high-growth companies: employee feedback. This week, we’re taking that a step further. Feedback is just the baseline requirement with your employees. You also owe them some support, coaching and development along the way.  That’s not to say they shouldn’t take ownership of their own careers and development. They should. But you need to show them how.  Supporting your employees is part of your job even if your ...

Talent and HR News Roundup: Supporting Your Employees Edition

Last week we talked about the oft-overlooked yet major necessity in startup and high-growth companies: employee feedback. This week, we’re taking that a step further. Feedback is just the baseline requirement with your employees. You also owe them some support, coaching and development along the way.  That’s not to say they shouldn’t take ownership of their own careers and development. They should. But you need to show them how.  Supporting your employees is part of your job even if your ...

Talent and HR News Roundup: Supporting Your Employees Edition

Last week we talked about the oft-overlooked yet major necessity in startup and high-growth companies: employee feedback. This week, we’re taking that a step further. Feedback is just the baseline requirement with your employees. You also owe them some support, coaching and development along the way.  That’s not to say they shouldn’t take ownership of their own careers and development. They should. But you need to show them how.  Supporting your employees is part of your job even if your ...

Talent and HR News Roundup: Startup Leadership Edition

A key part of growth for every startup and high-growth organization is talent. The people. That’s how we make our living here at exaqueo. But sometimes the best examples are right in front of us — growing startups every day. This week we’ve been paying attention to some of those leaders and pass along their lessons in growth, innovation and scalability to you. Here we pass along four stories and four different perspectives on startup leadership, growth and what to ...

Work Rules: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Every company wants to be cool in some way — more specifically, be known for something: a great place to work, a cool thing to be part of, a place people brag about joining. That’s where the values come in. Whether valuable or not (pun intended), core values are the hot topic when it comes to culture. You have to have them. And whether you’re Toms Shoes, Whole Foods or Teach for America, your values set the stage for your ...

Why Hiring the Best Can Make Your Company Fail

I once had a very successful startup founder say to me, “I don’t get it. I hired all of the smartest people I could find. And they all hate each other now.” There’s a clear path to startup success: killer idea, strong funding, high growth, impressive valuation. But many startup founders get to that point and finally turn around and look at the company they’ve built with disappointment. The culture’s not there. Teamwork’s sorely lacking. And debates are getting more ...

Talent and HR News Roundup: Technology and Tools Edition

When you make strategic recommendations for a living, it goes without saying that you have to know your technology and tools. The organizations relying on exaqueo for broad guidance also need help with execution. And that often means bringing in help in the form of technology and tools. What we’re seeing in the market lately is a real trend in personalization — HR and talent technologies that help startup and high-growth companies start to execute on HR and not just ...