Susan Strayer LaMotte is the founder of exaqueo. She helps startup and high-growth companies develop cultures, build employer brands, and create talent strategies to help scale and grow businesses. Follow her @SusanLaMotte.

 

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The Startup Road Warrior: Healthy Travel Tips for Entrepreneurs

Another day, another airport. Nashville, Tennessee. Melbourne, Florida. Hartford, Connecticut. Boston, Massachusetts. That was my January. And that’s the life of an entrepreneur. Growing the business means being on the road, but it makes my New Year’s resolutions all that much more difficult. Working…

Remove the “I” From Startup Recruiting

There’s that moment you look up from the keyboard and say, “I could really use some help with this.”  Whether you realize it or not, early-stage recruiting has begun. And it’s all about what you need. From job descriptions to interviews to first days, it’s:…

The 3-5 Year Gap: Finding Talent With Actual Experience

There’s no shortage of college graduates searching for jobs–some have internship and project experience, but they’re still new, and entry-level talent has to be trained. Programs like Nashville’s Software School, App Academy, and Hackbright Academy are helping to fill the gap. But that doesn’t help when…

The Better Way To Quit Your Job

Another day, another viral video of a frustrated, tired employee quitting a job in a dramatic fashion.  First there was the chute-sliding JetBlue flight attendant and then the brash marching band incident followed by the forthright op-ed from the ex-Goldman Sachs employee. And now there’s…

Caring About Employees Is Not A Talent Strategy

Almost every founder has the same mentality: talent can make or break your business. From finding the best talent to maintaining a strong culture, founders regularly wax poetic about how much they care about their people and their culture. We all know that people…

You’re Not as Good of a Manager as You Think

Ask any leader if they think they’re good at managing people. Most will respond “yes” or “I try to be” or “I think so.” No one ever flat-out says no. It could be we’re too afraid to admit what we don’t know. More likely…

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Hiring Strategy Now

Ask your average corporate recruiter, and they’ll scoff at startups having trouble hiring great talent. But what they don’t realize is the numerous obstacles that face growing companies when it comes to hiring the best people. Startups are burdened by a lack of time…

Why Hiring the Best Can Make Your Startup Fail

I once had a very successful startup founder say to me, “I don’t get it. I hired all of the smartest people I could find. And they all hate each other now.” There’s a clear path to startup success: killer idea, strong funding, high…

4 Ways to Find Better Startup Talent

If I see one more startup job ad for a rockstar programmer or ninja developer, I’ll scream. We’re all searching for the same talent in what feels like the same pool. Then we bring in candidates to interview and they’re not what we expected….