I’ve fielded not less than a dozen calls from clients, recruiters and investors in the past month. All with a common question – what is going on with the market? All are dealing with competing offers, ghosting and outrageous salary demands from candidates. We came out of the blocks on January 5 with a higher volume of open roles than any other January…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on April 7, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments
The more things change – the more they remain the same
Not a single day goes by without a colleague, family member, friend or client asking me if we’re doing ok in the midst of this weirdness. My response is – YES! Hiring is still happening, great people…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on July 29, 2020 at 3:48pm — No Comments
If you’ve had an opportunity to engage in a discussion about culture with me then you know what this month’s blog is about. The word CULTURE as it relates to a company may be one of the most misunderstood words. It’s a big squishy word with as many meanings as the word Aloha. Culture, in its…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on September 12, 2018 at 4:28pm — No Comments
For almost 10 years now I’ve had the honor of helping Entrepreneurs launch, build, grow and scale their companies. We have clients in our portfolio that have been with us since the beginning. Their journeys are fascinating to be a part of. I am amazed daily by the ingenuity, energy, enthusiasm and optimism these…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on October 16, 2017 at 4:44pm — No Comments
I was working with a client a few weeks ago who was struggling to find, attract and hire the people she needed to help her company grow to the next level. She had historically hired junior level talent and paid them reasonably for their skills, but was surprised when these…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on May 11, 2017 at 8:38am — No Comments
Unless you’ve been in a cave lately you have noticed the media making noise about diversity in the workplace. Some high profile companies have landed in hot water over a reported lack of diversity and even harassment. I truly don’t believe that most startup companies intend to lack diversity…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on March 17, 2017 at 6:52pm — No Comments
No longer an annual event
Naturally, I am fascinated by how businesses operate and what management styles work in certain situations. Recently, I have focused my attention on how postindustrial age hierarchy is not working and what that means for companies who are conventional in their human capital management structure.
Early in my career I worked for a large corporation. The CEO had an Ivy League education, spent a long time in…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on October 12, 2016 at 10:36am — No Comments
Focus on strengths, not weaknesses
I had the opportunity to attend Gallup Accelerated Strengths training this summer – something I’ve had on my wish list for a few years now and it finally bubbled to the top. The experience far exceeded my expectations, and I’ve found myself very tuned into daily…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on August 18, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments
It starts at the top!
This is a tough subject for me to wrap my head around because, while I understand that there is a wage gap, and gender diversity is an issue in some companies (especially in the executive ranks and corporate board seats) I have only encountered it once in my career. I do, however, regularly…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on June 28, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Interviewing for the sustainable hire
I’ve had a number of conversations this month with hiring managers who feel like their interviewing techniques aren’t getting the desired results. One CEO in particular said, “We aren’t doing a good job of interviewing for the long term. We’re getting to the baseline…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on April 15, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
At least 7 reasons why this is a bad idea
I have the honor of working with dozens of Colorado’s most creative entrepreneurs and smartest business leaders every day. One of the hardest things to tackle when you are a small, fast growing company is hiring. I’m not talking about the mechanics of employment,…Continue
For the better!
This month I’m going to take sides in the generational debate. I am really tired of hearing how lazy and entitled the millennial generation is. I get the opportunity to work with brilliant young professionals every day…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on November 11, 2015 at 6:33pm — No Comments
Because Someone Else Will Be Able to Buy It
If you are reading this article then you are probably leading a team or running a business and are curious what I mean by this title. If you haven’t had to do any hiring lately – CONGRATULATIONS! If you have, then you know how very difficult it is to find great…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on October 14, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
You’ve gotta get your hands dirty!
Now that we are enjoying a healthy economy and companies are growing again, I am seeing new leaders take the reins, and I’m also seeing experienced leaders struggling to retain talent. I believe a major reason leaders lose their key players is that their…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on August 17, 2015 at 11:10am — No Comments
You’ve done a great job of screening, interviewing, negotiating and courting your new hire. You’ve done the background check and verified employment eligibility – everything is good, right? Not so fast! Did you talk to your new hire’s references?
At least twice a week…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on June 30, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments
When I coach individuals in their career searches, one of the characteristics I listen for is what I call “head trash.” This is a collection of thoughts and ideas, both objective and subjective, which have accumulated over the course of your career and can result in self-limiting behavior. For instance, people who are turned down for a multiple jobs may start to believe they are not good enough for a specific position, and refrain from applying for…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on May 14, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments
Talent Acquisition – The Accidental Competency
I was having a conversation with a client last week during a kickoff meeting and he asked, "Where did you learn how to interview so well?" I had to stop and think about this for a few minutes. I have spent my entire career in the recruiting and human resources sector so I guess I am - in fact - a professional interviewer. Go figure!
So I've been pondering this topic for a few days and I have a question…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on April 29, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments
One of the main challenges for companies in today's climate is competing for talent. It’s interesting that the pain is not limited to technology recruiting. We are talking about a very strong economy and not enough people to fill the open roles across functions.
I read another piece last week that talked about the shortage of qualified middle managers – those who…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on December 9, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Think about it – you have 90 days to get your 2014 hiring done before we enter the holiday season. Average time to hire is 60 days – the bottom line – you don’t have a lot of time! Let’s talk about how to make the most of it.
1) Refresh your role descriptions – At Goldstone Partners we use a fully integrated recruiting strategy. That means we work hard to draw candidates to us as well as reach out to candidates directly. When we launch a search,…Continue
Added by Kimberly Lucas on September 10, 2014 at 10:19pm — No Comments
It’s summertime! Feeling like I’ll take a lighthearted theme this month. One of the coolest things about my job is that I get a firsthand recall of the best—and the worst—things that happen during an interview.
The following are actual occurrences – I’m fairly certain that the individuals who were subjects here do not read my blog – so I think…Continue