Hi everybody, looks like we’ve got a really interesting podcast planned discussing recruiting, in fact, it’s kicking off a month long series of podcasts on recruiting and putting together the right teams. This is an opportunity for us to really focus on “who do we want on the bus and who do we want off the bus” to use Jim Collins’ great analogy. In difficult economic times, the companies that succeed are the ones that have developed a good recruiting process!
Our guests are….
Jim and Genia (jee·nee) Blanchard who are the owners of Strategic Positioning; they’re Birkman Consultant experts and use the Birkman personality Assessment method to provide insight into the recruiting process and how to reduce turnover through a behavioral data approach to hiring!
Click here to check out Jim’s previous guest appearance in the show!
More about Jim……..
For over 40 years, Jim has been developing individual and collective leaders to maximize their performance. In this time, the business landscape has changed creating many leadership teams without alignment around purpose and values reducing their effectiveness. Jim’s passion is to support leaders in finding their purpose, and the values that are common to their organization and assisting them with clarity which leads directly to productivity, profitability, and personal and organizational growth.
Jim has learned and practiced leadership skills and awareness at 3M, Xerox, and Prudential. His experience ranges from first line sales management to the executive leadership team of a multibillion investment management organization. He has led marketing for internal and external start ups and was part of a team that planted a new business in Japan. He has also started and runs a small business.
As a consultant Jim has facilitated executive team alignment, leadership skills training, and the development of team purpose, clarity and psychological safety. Using the Birkman Personal Style Assessment and 360 tools, he creates personal development plans for members of executive teams and coaches them individually toward gap closure and increased efficiency.
His broad business background and situational awareness allows him to quickly assess developmental needs and apply the correct tools and coaching to improve performance and job satisfaction. He has worked and consulted in both small and large organizations at all levels of leadership and identified business solutions in many different industries.
Jim has lived in Los Angeles, the New York City area and now in Austin, Texas with his partner and wife, Genia where he is active in church, civic and school activities.
More about Genia (jee·nee)……..
Genia has spent the last 40 years developing individual and collective leaders to maximize their performance. In this she has developed, using the Birkman Method, ways to facilitate deeper understanding and better results. Her focus is creating bridges between different cultures and generations to work toward “healthy organizations”.
Genia’s business experience is broad and deep. She trained Native Americans, ran a small manufacturing plant, edited architectural magazines, and coached CEOs. She has worked in multiple countries and cultures and with all age leaders and teams. Her consulting clients range from Fortune 500 to start ups. This experience has given her the opportunity to be personally involved in every facet of leading and operating a business, including marketing, advertising, administration, and production. From these experiences, Genia has developed an innate sense of how to grow and develop leaders in today’s complex business environment.
Genia taught Professional Practices in the design school at UCLA. Her programs on Leadership Team Development have been used by both for profit and non-profit organizations.
Genia lives in Austin, Texas with her partner and husband Jim where she is active in civic, church and school activities.