AMBASSADOR UPDATES

TJ's advice on the challenges and market changes relevant to SME construction companies searching for talent on the West Coast.

Frequency: every month or two (see archive).

September 12th, 2023

TJ Kastning

The Harvard Business Review said it best, “company culture is everyone’s responsibility.” It is first up to the company to develop and cultivate the vision, but the belief isn’t produced within the company until there is conviction in the vision.  Culture starts with a vision, which drives conviction, which produces belief, and guides behavior, leading […]
August 8th, 2023

TJ Kastning

We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience. John Dewey You or your team hired someone who failed. They may not have had the skills, character, personality, or perspective that the position required. It’s easy to write the failure off completely to the candidate, setting yourself up to make your mistakes […]
July 24th, 2023

TJ Kastning

We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience. John Dewey You or your team hired someone who failed. They may not have had the skills, character, personality, or perspective that the position required. Hello I'm a title It’s easy to write the failure off completely to the candidate, setting yourself up […]
February 23rd, 2023

TJ Kastning

The greatest improvement in 2022 we see for our clients is to invest heavily to scale leadership impact by hiring, developing, and retaining leaders who can perpetuate the company vision at a larger sustainable scale. Make middle management great again! There's no lack of work out there. There's a serious lack of engaged talent. Leadership […]
December 10th, 2022

TJ Kastning

“Expectations are dangerous when they are both too high and unformed.” — Lionel Shriver No one hires someone they expect to fail, so why do they? HIRING SUCCESS Success is properly set expectations. Ergo, be specific about sharing and understanding expectations in an interview to give everyone the best chance at success in the role. […]
December 4th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Some consider them a fool’s game, others, a talisman. And still yet, others consider them a formality akin to providing your driver’s license number on an application - a part of the process, but not affecting your candidacy.I am talking, of course, about job references. Despite their occasional stigma, professional references can have a decisive […]
November 20th, 2022

TJ Kastning

“Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” — Richard Branson You cannot solve all your company's problems but you can hire all the right people to solve them and then your company will be successful. ACCURIZE YOUR HIRING 1. Understand your […]
November 11th, 2022

TJ Kastning

One of the questions we hear most frequently is where salaries are at across a range of titles, based on open-source data. Such an inquiry is understandable for companies and individuals trying to make salary-related decisions, but trusting this data is problematic.  We have run large salary surveys that measured tenure, type of work, project […]
October 28th, 2022

TJ Kastning

THESE HIRING MISTAKES ASSUME WE SHARE A FEW BELIEFS. LET’S GET INTO IT.
October 19th, 2022

TJ Kastning

“Dating and hiring have a lot in common.” – Scott Wintrip A challenge our clients face in a candidate-driven market (fall of 2021) is spending copious time and energy with a promising candidate, only to have that candidate unexpectedly take an offer with another firm, or worse, explicitly leverage the offer to secure a better […]
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