Episodes

 
 
 

Ep34 Asana Head Of People Operations Anna Binder, Business Acumen In HR

Asana Head Of People Operations Anna Binder shares her career journey and why business acumen is an essential competency of modern HR leaders.

 

Ep33 M13 Partner & Head Of Talent Matt Hoffman, Measuring Team Impact

M13 Partner & Head Of Talent Matt Hoffman shares his experience building startups, and why high-performing teams elevate individuals. In this episode, you'll learn:

  • What drew Matt to HR

  • How organizational psychology was his entry point

  • Why measuring team effectives > individual performance

  • Prioritizing people programs as you scale

  • Markers of high-performing people teams

  • Much more

  • What drew Matt to HR

  • How organizational psychology was his entry point

  • Why measuring team effectives > individual performance

  • Prioritizing people programs as you scale

  • Markers of high-performing people teams

  • Much more

 

Ep32 Former Ticketmaster CHRO Beverly Carmichael, A Conversation With My Mentor

Beverly Carmichael is a seasoned HR executive with CHRO roles at Southwest Airlines, Ticketmaster, Cracker Barrel, and Red Robin. She's also my former boss and mentor who's shaped my career in countless ways. In this episode, we discuss succession planning, career development, stretch roles, and the importance of mentor-mentee relationships.

 

Ep31 Redpoint Ventures Head of Talent Amy Knapp, The Anatomy Of A Chief People Officer

Redpoint Ventures Head of Talent Amy Knapp shares lessons from her five years building companies at Redpoint Ventures. In this episode you'll learn:

  • What does a VC Head of Talent do

  • How the startup talent building landscape has evolved over the last 5 years

  • Some of the frequent talent mistakes startups make, and how to address them

  • What are some of the different Head of People profiles board look for when hiring for scale

  • How and why Redpoint partnered with Lightspeed and Seqouia to create the OpenRec recruiting conference

  • How Amy stays on top of industry trends and developments

  • The power of collaboration and network

 

Ep30 Button VP People Stephanie Mardell: Reverse Engineering People Ops

Button VP People Stephanie Mardell shares her journey from recruiter to VP People. In this episode you'll learn:

  • What drew Stephanie to recruiting

  • How she made the transition from recruiting to people executive

  • Reverse engineering your people strategy

  • How omotenashi shapes Button's culture

  • The importance of writing

  • Much more

 

Ep29 Eightfold Cofounder & CEO Ashutosh Garg, Demystifying AI

Eightfold Cofounder & CEO Ashutosh Garg breaks down the field of AI and it's application to the recruiting and talent landscape. In this episode, you'll learn:

  • How the field of AI has evolved over the past 20 years

  • How to separate AI substance from hype in the talent space

  • The origin of their "What's Next For You" book

  • What recruiting and talent management might look like if built from the ground up today

Disclaimer: I'm on the advisory board of Eightfold so want to be transparent about the connection

 

Ep28 VaynerMedia Chief Heart Officer Claude Silver, Leading With Empathy

VaynerMedia Chief Heart Officer Claude Silver shares her journey from PR to HR and why leading with empathy drives her. In this episode you'll learn:

  • The origins of "Chief Heart Officer"

  • Where her empathy comes from

  • How she navigated the shift to HR

  • What lights her up

  • How her team supports Gary's vision of "creating the greatest human organization of all time"

  • Much more

 

Ep27 MasterCard Chief People Officer Michael Fraccaro, Why Decency Quotient Is Priceless

Mastercard Chief People Officer Michael Fraccaro shares why decency quotient is vital to priceless HR transformation. In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why Michael's title changed from Chief Human Resources Officer to Chief People Officer

  • Why decency quotient (DQ) is a competitive advantage

  • Learning is the true currency of today's economy

  • How MasterCard supports continuous learning

  • How the CHRO role has evolved

  • Culture dashboard for boards

  • The importance of connecting HR with brand

  • Much more....

If you'd like to learn more about decency quotient (DQ), check out this talk from Michael. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDA4F1ddMYY&feature=youtu.be

 

Ep26 Bunch CEO Darja Gutnick, Hacking Culture

Bunch CEO Darja Gutnick breaks down their hacking culture guide and takes us inside the psychology of culture. In this episode you'll learn:

  • Culture hack examples

  • Ideas about culture that run counter to psychology research

  • The connection between culture and "norms"

  • How to measure culture (and why you should)

You can download Bunch's Hacking Culture guide here: https://www.bunch.ai/blog/company-culture/

 

Ep25 Basecamp CEO Jason Fried, Resources For Humans

Basecamp CEO Jason Fried shares his views on recruiting and HR, including Basecamp's decision to embed compensation ranges in job descriptions. In this episode you'll learn:

  • Why Basecamp included comp ranges in job descriptions

  • How Basecamp created a living wage $70k floor for salaries

  • Advice for companies considering compensation transparency

  • How they worked through 4,000 applications for 5 jobs (without machines)

  • Why Basecamp is a pacifist in the "war for talent"

  • How to overcome hustle & grind culture.

For more insights into Basecamp's hiring process, check out their podcast on the topic: https://rework.fm/hire-when-it-hurts/

 

Ep24 SurveyMonkey Chief People Officer, Becky Cantieri - Rethinking Performance Management

SurveyMonkey Chief People Officer, Becky Cantieri, takes us inside their shift to agile performance management and other emerging people programs. In this episode, you'll learn:

  • How and why SurveyMonkey ditched annual performance reviews

  • Why they embrace open source sharing

  • Why vulnerability is a key attribute for modern people executives

  • How and why they scale employee benefits to vendors

  • Which HR leaders inspire Becky

 

Ep23 Hubspot Chief People Officer, Katie Burke - Hacking Hubspot's Culture Code

Hubspot Chief People Officer, Katie Burke, takes us inside Hubspot's Culture Code. In this episode, Katie shares insights from Hubspot's unique culture and what it takes to build a 21st Century HR team to support it. In this episode you'll learn:

  • The origin of Hubspot's Culture Code

  • Why it was important to codify Hubspot's culture

  • How Hubspot approached the #MeToo movement

  • What Katie looks for when hiring for her team

  • Which HR leaders inspire her

  • Much more

You can view the Culture Code deck here.

Ep22 Enterprise Holdings VP Talent Acquisition, Marie Artim: How Enterprise Holdings Embraces Compensation Clarity

A conversation with Enterprise Holding VP Talent Acquisition, Marie Artim, about their journey to include compensation ranges in job descriptions. In this episode, you'll learn:

  • What led to their decision to include compensation

  • How they made business case

  • How they overcame resistance

  • How it's impacting their applicant pools

  • Advice for recruiting leaders looking to make the shift

 

ep21 Recruiting Events Company CEO Jamie Leonard: Inside RecFest

This episode is a conversation with Recruiting Events Company Founder, Jamie Leonard, on what it takes to pull off a 3,000 person recruiting festival. In this episode we cover:

  • The origin story of RecFest

  • Why the festival format

  • How they evaluate speakers

  • What past talk still resonates with Jamie

  • What attendees this year can expect

  • Advice for first-time attendees

  • What's next for RecFest

 

ep20 writing is the currency of business

Textio Cofounder and CEO, Kieran Snyder, shares how her educational background in linguistics shaped her career and led to the creation of Textio.

 

ep19 a case for compensation transparency

Why is future compensation often dictated by salary history? A growing number of states are creating laws forbidding questions about compensation history - and it's about time. This episode previews an upcoming Fast Company story where I make a case for including compensation ranges in job descriptions.

 

ep18 - How to build a global hr mindset

We often hear use the term "global mindset" in HR. What does it really mean? How can we develop that skillset? In this episode, I sit down with CVC Credit Partners Head of Human Resources, Merary Soto-Saunders, to discuss her experience and learnings working across four continents and 20+ countries.

 

ep17 your approach to hiring is all wrong

In this episode I'm joined by Wharton School Professor of Management and Harvard Business Review Contributor, Peter Cappelli, to discuss his recent HBR piece - "Your Approach To Hiring Is All Wrong". Link to the article below.

We discuss the shift from internal to external hiring, downsizing of Human Resources teams and capabilities, ethics and data science, how Peter would build recruiting from the ground up today, and more.

 

ep16 The journey of an inclusion champion

What's the path to becoming an inclusion champion? Bill Boorman shares his journey; including what sent him on this path, why it's all about fairness, and why it's time to move past the term "diversity."

 

ep15 How To Build A People Analytics Function

This episode is based on a Fast Company story David and Lars co-authored on people analytics. It was recorded onsite during the Unleash conference in Las Vegas. In this episode, you'll learn what drew David to the field of people analytics, how to get started building a people analytics function, most common mistakes, success stories, and the importance of ethics in people analytics.

 

Ep14 Goodbye Job Descriptions, Hello Impact Descriptions

Lever G&A Recruiter, Caitlyn Metteer, shares the origin story behind why they ditched job descriptions in favor of impact descriptions - breaking down what new hires will experience in their first 1, 3, 6, 12 months in the job.

 

ep13 - how to onboard your new chro

The higher you climb up the corporate ladder, the more responsibility you have and the less time to assimilate into each new role. And short of the CEO, nobody feels the pressure more acutely than the executives charged with leading the people team. This episode is based on a Fast Company article I wrote earlier this year where I interviewed over a dozen leading CHRO's to get their tips on how to build an onboarding program to set yourself up for success. You can read the original post here: https://www.fastcompany.com/90283082/how-to-build-a-killer-100-day-executive-onboarding-plan

Ep12 - From Ground Zero To Unicorn

Scaling a startup is hard. Scaling to unicorn status from series A stage is harder. Ambrosia Vertesi, former head of people for Hootsuite and Duo Security, shares her lessons learned scaling people teams and infrastructure across two unicorns in this episode.

 

ep11 - have we outgrown the term “human resources”?

From People Ops and Talent & Culture, the field of Human Resources is growing beyond traditional definitions, and capabilities, of the field.

 

ep10 - overcoming the busy trap

We've reached peak "hustle" and wear "busy" like a badge of honor. It's time to break that cycle.

 

ep9 - how to build a recruiting process built to scale

In this episode, Lars explores the foundation needed to build a recruiting process that can scale. This episode is based on the Forbes article here.

 

ep8 - Inside Greenhouse’s Workplace Intelligence Report

In this episode, Lars breaks down key takeaways from the Greenhouse Workplace Intelligence Report. You can view the full report here.

 

ep7 - The hidden costs of business travel

In this episode, Lars shares his thoughts on the aspects of business travel and conference speaking you don't see when you 'like' that photo on LinkedIn.

 

ep6 - inside linkedin’s gender diversity report

In this episode, Lars breaks down key insights and takeaways from the new LinkedIn Gender Insights Report. You can view the full report at business.linkedin.com/talent-solutio…alance-report#

Ep 5 - Cool Tools with Craig Fisher

In this episode, Lars sits down with Allegis Global Solutions Head of Marketing, Craig Fisher, on-site at SmartRecruiters Hiring Success Conference to discuss cool recruiting tools, Hiring Success' startup competition (Congrats on the big win, Candidate ID), video in recruiting, and the most sporadic podcast in the history of audio (link below).

www.cooltoolshow.com/

 

Ep4 - The End Of Culture Fit

In this episode, Lars welcomes Dashlane Chief People Officer Ciara Lakhani to discuss the term "culture fit", building inclusive companies, and why startups struggle with diversity.

Read the Forbes article, The End of Culture Fit, here.

 

Ep3 - Behind The Podcast, 21st Century HR Soundtrack

This episode is a behind-the-scenes look at how the 21st Century HR soundtrack came together. "Dragon" is an original track produced by Silver Lining out of Shanghai. silverlining is an electronic music duo based in Shanghai, China.

They are part live performance, part DJ set. East meets West, ancient meets modern. Learn more and check out additional tracks at: www.silverliningmusic.cn/ 

 

EP2 - How To Write A Job Posting People Actually Want To Apply To

Let's face it - most job descriptions suck. This podcast, based on a Fast Company article, provides tips on how to make them better. View the original article here.

 

Ep1 - Technology Alone Won’t Solve Your Diversity Problems

21st Century HR Podcast host, Lars Schmidt, breaks down the recent Fast Company article, "Technology Alone Won't Solve Your Company's Diversity Problems. Read the article here.

 

Preview - 21st Century HR Podcast