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Robert (Bob) Blumenthal is an Independent Human Capital Consultant who consults for companies and investor funds on everything related to people and talent acquisition. He has over two decades of experience in leading C-suite talent acquisition and human capital strategy, and has recruited senior executives and board members for major corporations and private equity and venture-funded companies within the industrial, consumer, retail, healthcare, and technology industries. Before this, Bob began his career in sales and marketing at IBM Corporation where he was a platform speaker and motivational marketer. As a branch manager, Bob ran the number one branch in ...
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Customer have more power than ever--which means companies must do more than ever to understand and meet their expectations and to forge relationships that last. To get the latest insights, Thomas A. Stewart invited Douglas Longenecker, Patricia O’Connell, and Tara Baumgarten to join him on The Leading Edge — a place where new ideas emerge and are sharpened, and where leaders look to find the edge that brings success for themselves, their teams, and their enterprises. The customer experience encapsulates everything a consumer sees, feels, and touches — and it’s up to companies to design a winning experience strategy across all tiers of their organization--not ...
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Below is an excerpt from a recent peer discussion within the AchieveNEXT Networks - CFO Alliance and CHRO Alliance.
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Ruby Newell-Legner is a Fan Experience and Employee Engagement Strategist and the Founder of 7 Star Service. She specializes in inspiring new service cultures in sports, leisure, and entertainment industries to create the ultimate fan experience. Ruby has worked with over 66 professional sports teams and several international sporting events ranging from the Olympics to the Super Bowl. Ruby has presented approximately 3,000 staff development sessions in 24 countries and has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 1995. Previously, she was a swimming coach and recreation facilities manager for over 20 years, which taught her the importance of ...
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Terence Craig is an startup investor and advisor with expertise in AI, SaaS, Big Data, and more. He works with organizations like Astia, The Capital Network, the Investors of Color Network, and Toyota Ventures to support diversity and boost growth. His specialty is investing in and creating opportunities for diverse teams and companies. Terence graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in information systems. He started his career as a pioneer in the technology space before taking on the role of advisor for startup entrepreneurs. Here’s a glimpse ...
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How does an enterprise turn innovation from a one-time thing into a sustained part of its business model and culture? Most businesses begin with a creative spark; a few manage to be innovative over years or decades. But only a handful have managed to keep sparking for decades. One of those is the Boston Consulting Group. Long admired as the most innovative of the great strategy consultants, BCG has kept new ideas coming for more than half a century. How? To find out, Tom Stewart sat down with Martin Reeves, a senior partner of BCG who runs the firm’s Henderson Institute, the internal think tank named for founder Bruce Henderson. A leading strategist and thinker ...
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Amidst the “Great Resignation, the War for Talent , the “ She-cession ,” and 2022 budget planning, the role of the chief performance officer (CPO) is becoming increasingly critical. Performance is the key indicator of an organization’s health and success. With the exodus of top talent, the fight to retain and find talent across the board, and the moral imperative of cultivating a diverse workforce and inclusive culture , the CPO role is becoming a necessity in the C-suite. But who should fill the position, and what are the needed skillsets? In addition to companies hemorrhaging talent and missing the mark on meaningful DE&I initiatives, the growing ...
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The challenges middle market companies face, the actions they are taking. Number one with a bullet : That’s where talent ranks among the challenges facing senior leadership of mid-market and emerging enterprises. Because of the “Great Resignation” and the need to staff and fund strong growth, these businesses face a shortage of qualified, available people, an insufficient internal capability to develop talent on their own, and a critical need for a new talent strategy and a differentiated, sustainable way to attract and keep the people they need. Talent far outweighs other issues like cost, supply chain, or shifting industry dynamics, with ...
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Insigniam is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Daniel Heller. PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 20, 2021  -- Insigniam , an international management consulting firm that specializes in breakthrough performance, innovation, transformation, and corporate culture, is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Daniel Heller. Daniel Heller joins Insigniam with 20+ years of progressive leadership experience directing corporate finance, accounting, IT/Technology, private equity, and portfolio company operations. Additionally, ...
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How do you encourage people to share information? In the wake of the pandemic, when collaboration among groups is more crucial than ever, is there a way to overcome the barriers to communication? Hybrid and remote workplaces are changing the ways knowledge is shared — and it’s up to leaders to find new ways to enhance connection and problem-solving within teams. One of the world’s leading experts on how knowledge is shared, Nancy Dixon knows the importance of facilitating effective communication in and between teams. With an evolving workplace, leaders are left questioning how to connect strategy with what employees know and do — at a time when “normal channels” ...
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JJ Laforet is the Senior Director of Operations at Good Eggs, an industry-leading grocery brand that delivers sustainable and fresh products to your door. His first job out of business school was with Carpedia International, an implementation consulting firm, where he learned the skills and techniques to make businesses and company cultures better. JJ earned his BS in operations and political science from Stony Brook University and his MBA from Marymount University. He is also a former Division I lacrosse player and Division III coach, which taught him the importance of leadership, teamwork, and performance. ...
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Dr. Yung Lie is the President and CEO of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that supports the next generation of leaders in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. She is an experienced scientist, an advocate for cancer research, and an executive board member for The Chemical Probes Portal and Health Research Alliance.  Dr. Lie began her professional journey with a degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley. After earning her PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University, her passion and the thrill of discovery led her to pursue postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University ...
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What makes some leaders so much more effective than others? How can changes in leaders/ behavior release more power and energy from their teams? Eric Herrenkohl and Milton Corsey talk about this and more as they join Thomas A. Stewart on The Leading Edge — a place where new ideas emerge and are sharpened, and where leaders look to find the edge that brings success for themselves, their teams, and their enterprises.  Understanding leverage is the key to success for leaders, say Herrenkohl and Corsey, experts in leadership and growth development. When leaders don’t give their teams room to operate and act, both become less effective. Think about a lever, Herrenkohl ...
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New AchieveNEXT Study Digs into the Data Shaping Mid-Market Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Culture From manufacturing to healthcare and every industry in between, the competition for talent continues to escalate. Attracting and retaining talent is the single biggest area of concern for mid-market CFOs and CHROs, according to AchieveNEXT’s 2021 Mid-Year Sentiment Survey. It’s in this volatile landscape that AchieveNEXT releases the 2021-2022 Mid-Market Talent Acquisition, Executive Compensation, and Culture Study, Powered by Insperity. Based on a survey of more than 5,000 finance and HR leaders across North America, the study provides a reliable, ...
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Diane McGraw is the President and Executive Producer at McGraw Productions and the Producer for The Dare to Dream Experience, a mentoring program for high school and college students. She began her career as the assistant to the President of the Screen Actors Guild and Kaufman Astoria Studios and has managed notable sports and entertainment events for over 30 years, including the Los Angeles Grammy Awards, the 1994 Soccer World Cup, MLB and NHL All-Star Games, and more. In 2017, Diane became the first female inducted into the National Association of Sports Commissions (Sports ETA) Hall of Fame. She is currently authoring a book that is set to release this fall ...
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Talent — finding people, keeping people, and helping people give their best — is the #1 challenge businesses face. And for mid-sized companies, fighting the “war for talent” is particularly hard. In this episode of The Leading Edge , Thomas A. Stewart talks to Rob Sher about how middle-market enterprises can transform recruiting processes, develop a high-quality talent pool, and drive long-term growth.  According to Rob Sher, an expert on middle-market companies, there are three drivers for successful growth: recruiting valuable candidates, developing talent, and leading teams — but most company leaders don’t open up these processes to see how to do them better. ...
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Jon Sappey has over 20 years of experience in the technology industry and is currently the Principal Consultant at INSTEP, a boutique consulting firm for software and technology companies. He excels at helping companies clarify their strategic intent and lead change initiatives in the commercial, operational, and human capital dimensions. Jon began his leadership journey as a teacher and sharpened his skills as the Director of Strategy for Vertex Inc. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and later received his MBA from the Yale School of Management. He is known for his creativity, collaboration, and passion for strategy. ...
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AchieveNEXT, the leading provider of Peer Advisory Networks and Talent Development and Performance Solutions for mid-market leaders, their teams, and enterprises, has released its 2021-2022 Mid-Market Talent Acquisition, Compensation, and Culture Study . The report highlights a significant increase in executive compensation, while also exposing grave challenges and fault lines for midsized companies as they seek to find and keep talent  amid what some are calling ”The Great Resignation.” This report was produced using data from a survey of mid-market executives conducted in August 2021, and outlines current executive compensation; talent acquisition ...
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Mel Gravely is the CEO of TriVersity Construction, a commercial construction company located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mel is also the author of multiple books, including his most recent book, Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships and Our Path to Equity . As an active business and civic leader, Mel previously chaired the board of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the United Way. He was also a founding board member of the Cincinnati Regional Economic Development Initiative (REDI). Mel earned his MBA from Kent State University and his PhD from the Union Institute & University. ...
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What makes a meeting great? Mediocre? Crummy? Why are some offsites inspiring and others enervating? How can leaders and their teams work together to make decisions better — and make better decisions? Bob Frisch, Founder of Strategic Offsites Group, has built his career and his business to explore and answer those questions. Bob has shared his insights in a score of Harvard Business Review articles and now shares them on The Leading Edge. Success is often created by conversations — conversations that lead to decisions and actions. Making those conversations happen is the leader’s job, but not often one in which he or she is particularly skilled. According ...
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