Archives for Company Culture

Face to Face Friendly Culture: A Conversation with Sarah Oliver

For almost 50 years, Andcor has pioneered customized solutions in the recruitment industry.  Along the way, we’ve developed an incredible network of leaders at all levels…and we continue to make lifelong connections each and every day. We love sharing that sense of community and connection with others and are excited to introduce Sarah Oliver.    Sarah was born and raised on the west coast and her parents always told her, “You can do whatever you put your mind to.”   Little did they know just how right they were! Sarah is the real deal and loves the fact that her days are
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Executive Hiring Plans for Start-Ups, Part 1

One of the questions we most often hear from emerging growth companies and start-ups is about when they should hire executives. It is much easier to identify hiring individuals to service specific client needs or support your product. But expanding the executive team can be a difficult and expensive proposition. You want a leader who understands and shares your vision. You want the right level of industry knowledge and experience growing a company. And you must provide an attractive compensation package to sway a savvy business person who is either looking for a new challenge or needs to be wooed
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Curiosity and innovation (even at 5:00 a.m.!) A conversation with Scott Jagodzinski.

For almost 50 years, Andcor has pioneered customized solutions in the recruitment industry.  Along the way, we’ve developed an incredible network of leaders…and we continue to make lifelong connections each and every day. We love sharing that sense of community and connection with others and are excited to introduce Scott Jagodzinski.   Scott is a true business entrepreneur but with a very unique background and skill set, blending operations and finance with leadership and innovation.   As a founder, CEO, board member or advisor Scott has started, run and helped many companies ranging from media to fitness to technology. Today, Scott
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Beyond Share Price: The Importance of Measuring Executive Performance

We all know how important it is to measure employee performance and hold employees accountable. Yet so many companies lack a similar review for their executive leadership teams. Why wouldn’t it be equally or even more important to measure executive performance in a similar way? Ultimately, it is the role of every executive to contribute positively to increase a company’s revenue and/or profitability.  But how can performance be tracked in process to ensure steps are being taken toward this goal? In addition, so many factors impact a company’s top and bottom line, it is difficult to determine which, if any,
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Empowering Consumers and Inspiring Community: A Conversation With Clarence Bethea

For almost 50 years, Andcor has pioneered customized solutions in the recruitment industry. Along the way, we’ve developed an incredible network of leaders … and we continue to make lifelong connections each and every day. We love sharing that sense of community and connection with others. Which is why we’re delighted to introduce Clarence Bethea. Clarence is a business entrepreneur, consumer advocate, community leader, coach, mentor and father. Over the years, he has worked with businesses from startup to Fortune 500, deepening his knowledge of business and people along the way. Clarence played an integral part in the launch of several
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How to Negotiate Your Next Salary

So much has been written about salary negotiations. Some say you need to counter-offer at least twice. Some say to leave benefits out of the conversation entirely. Some say to come into negotiations with a hard and fast rule and a willingness to walk away. We think there may be a better way.  Professionals who know their value walk into these conversations not as adversaries, but as individuals with an ability to understand the larger picture of how their position fits into the company’s overall strategy. And employers looking to build teams of strong performers are looking to earn employee
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4 Reasons Why Counter-Offers Never Work

Prepare all candidates for the likelihood of receiving a counter-offer when they tender their resignation from their current employer.  Determine if counter-offers have been common at their current employer and ask them to describe to you why or why not they would entertain a counter-offer. The following points should be discussed during this conversation with the candidate: The increased money, title or responsibilities do not offset the true reason why you want to leave.  After you stay (ie: 6 months down the road), you are often confronted with the same things that made you want to leave.  You are still
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Andcor’s Basis for Evaluating Top Management Compensation — In the Emerging Market

  Areas to consider in evaluating individual pay Past accomplishments as CEO and/or Functional Leader of the company Relevant, prior professional experience and track record Skills, behaviors, attributes, and presentation Compensation history ‘Keep the lights on’ cash needs Compensation in the form of equity (i.e., stock grants, stock options, etc.) Our executive compensation philosophy for emerging companies Top management, especially CEOs, should be paid heavily in incentive compensation – a mix of longer term and short term incentive compensation Lower base salary with the opportunity to achieve and exceed market pay in total compensation by meeting and exceeding goals and
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Measuring Our Way to the Meaning Age

Chris Carlson of Narrative Pros – Entrepreneur, Actor, Attorney Measuring Our Way to the Meaning Age We have all been bored at some point in our lives, right? I know I have. At least some of that boredom probably came from someone talking at you. Not with you, but at you. Recently, a physics professor made news (e.g here and here) for speaking out against what I would have assumed would be his bread and butter: the college lecture. What I found so fascinating (and more than a little inspiring) is that the professor did something about it: he measured that pain. Measuring Our Pain He empirically tested
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How To Think About Filling Talent Gaps

How To Think About Filling Talent GapsAny start-up or growing company knows that one of the biggest challenges is figuring out how to afford the right talent that can take you to the next level. The problem we often run into is that companies are looking for a Mercedes but are only willing or able to pay for a Chevy. We are going to dissect this challenge to help you determine where to allocate your budget and how to avoid some common missteps. Identify Your Biggest GapIs your team in place but you need help raising money? Sounds like a
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