The Difference Between Consulting vs. Interim Management?

In the modern, fast-paced business environment, many companies find themselves having to change at an alarming rate. Whether it’s a special project, company re-structuring, a factory re-location, or just the long-term absence of a key member of by the management, these problems can overwhelm an enterprise with limited resources. The answer, often, is Interim Management. Without any long-term commitment, a client company can employ the services of a highly qualified (sometimes even over qualified!) manager to help through a difficult process. The client can be assured of strict management and cost control over a highly skilled individual, a luxury they may not wish to fund permanently. When the person goes, so does the cost. Assignments can be for half a day, half a year, or even longer.

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HCS Book Recommendation: The Fido Factor

It’s probably safe to say most people love dogs. I recently received a new leadership book by one of my very good friends in Cincinnati – The Fido Factor by Krissi and Dan Barr of Barr Corporate Success. Legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith called it “A must-read for anyone who is or wants to be a leader.” I’m a big fan of Marshall’s, so I gave it a try. The Fido Factor is fun, relatable, and packed with motivation and techniques for any leader to learn from.

The book’s core message is that dogs can motivate us to become more effective leaders through the Fido Factors of Faithful, Inspirational, Determined, and Observant. These core qualities are needed by every leader to succeed, earn trust and respect.

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The Critical Importance of Following Up – And How to Do It

After you attend a networking event, association meeting, mixer, seminar, conference or trade show – what happens the next day? Do you actually follow up with people you just met – like you promised to do OR were asked to do? 

Before the event: do your due diligence: research who’s going to be there, know the dress code, and prepare a self-introduction that’s relevant to the event. You know that this will be a great opportunity to expand your network. Then you attend the event and meet a handful of new, potentially-valuable contacts, all of whom will be assets to your network, and many of which you know who you will be able to help. All in all, this was one of your more successful events, and you leave feeling pretty good about yourself. Now What?

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The 5 Questions You Need to Ask BEFORE the end of Your Next Job Interview

These are NOT the MOST important questions for you to ask during every job interview and in every interaction with an employer, but they are essential to your success in your job search. Gather the information you need about each employer’s hiring process so you can plan your activities, gauge your chances at landing the job, and understand how things are progressing (or not). Don’t assume all employers use the hiring same process — they definitely don’t! And, while some employers will tell you about their process, many will forget or just not keep you informed.

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How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Every company knows WHAT they do, some companies know HOW they do what they do, but few know WHY their organization exists. Certainly there have been times when we all focus on HOW or WHAT because customers take us there or you allow yourselves to be stuck there. Simon Sinek helps you step back and realize what motivates us and what is behind the way we think, how we feel and what makes us respond.

IMHO, this is best 18 minutes you could spend with your leadership team, organization and/or yourself. Invest in yourself so you can invest in others! How are we communicating and what are the conversations we are having? Are we communicating the “what” or the “why”? Are we inspiring leaders?

The Secret Formula for Networking Success

Over the years, I have discovered that marketing is powered by two things: Know-how and a Nurtured Network of Contacts.
That’s it…..That’s the secret!

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Try Rebooting Yourself During Your Job Search: Control Alt Delete

You know those times when we feel stuck? When it feels like no matter how hard we push, nothing seems to go quite right, or at least not how we wanted.  When life seems to lock up at the wrong time.  And it’s all unplanned.  What do we do when our computers or devices lock up, get overloaded, stuck?  The first method of trouble shooting:  Hit Control, Alt, Delete.  Somehow, it actually works.  And I thought about restarting in life.

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Five Ways to Generate Referrals

What is the biggest mistake that keeps most people from getting more referrals?

The most common mistake is: We don’t ask. If we do ask, quite honestly, most people are not that good at it. The most common method is a general question like, “Do you know anyone who would be a good person for my business?” They normally roll their eyes back, put their hand to their chin with a furrowed brow and respond, “No, can’t think of anybody.”

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Five Networking Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season often brings us in contact with people we don’t see very much during the year, such as former work colleagues, neighbors, relatives, and old friends. These people can all be very influential members of your network. Holiday networking opportunities can allow you to reconnect so you can naturally follow up at the start of the new year to ask for more specific assistance. Discover how to make them influential in your job search with these holiday networking tips.

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What is your Career Path?

Hire Consulting Services (HCS) is for business executives and professionals who are currently in career transition, planning to make a career change or start a new business. It’s all about “Hire Education and Career Path Coaching” and it’s designed to be a collaborative compass to help you calibrate your true north. Every goal with every client is made with the singular purpose of allowing you to choose the right career path by discovering trends, tools and knowledge to secure a more fulfilling, rewarding and productive career.

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