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Mar 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

Part I of THE TIDE IS TURNING: LABOR DEMAND EXCEEDING SUPPLY showed that supply and demand have struck again, turning the tide from an abundance of labor/workers/professionals for companies to choose from to the new human capital dynamics I forecasted beginning in 2016 in my 2016 Overall Economic Employment Forecast —“retaining/growing nimble employees in a tight […]

From Rosie to Corporate Boards in 75 Years

Mar 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Career Growth, Uncategorized

In 1942 the song “Rosie the Riveter” marked the start of U.S. women becoming employed in traditional male positions. By November 15, 2017, it is highly likely that women will finally reach 20% of U.S. corporate board membership since 2020 Women on Boards’ January 2017 Gender Diversity Index (GDI) showed: 19.7% of the seats at […]

Hunting for Cash

Feb 24th, 2017 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Money Smart Week® is a national public awareness campaign created by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago…and this year they’re having HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HUNT FOR CASH…in a way: The program’s called the Money Smart Week Scavenger Hunt, so there’s the “hunt” To compete, high school students will snap photos of themselves completing a series […]

AVOID BEING REPLACED…by a Computer, Robot, or AI

Feb 23rd, 2017 | By | Category: Career Growth

  DHL is using collaborative robots (cobots) designed to work alongside of humans to perform packing, kitting, and pre-retail tasks alongside their human colleagues. British online supermarket Ocado is using more than 1,000 4G-enabled robots in its automated warehouses and working on a cobot to help with tricky maintenance. Amazon has 30,000 fulfillment robots working […]

A Great Presidents’ Day Story

Feb 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Corporate Growth

You are looking at the picture of the first woman who ran for the U.S. Presidency…in 1872, even before women had the right to vote. Victoria Woodhull would have been the youngest U.S. President ever, at age 35. Her life story is filled with many firsts: She and her sister were the first women to […]


Feb 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Corporate Growth

In 2016, 39% of large company executives said that they were either “barely able” or “unable” to find the talent that their firms required.[I] “The U.S. labor market has experienced unprecedented seven years of growth that has brought us near full employment. As we enter 2017, the tightening labor market will likely slow the growth,” […]

Starting from Scratch

Jan 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Financial Smarts

Do you know a: Widow who left all financial management to her husband and now doesn’t know how to manage the monies she needs for her future? College graduate who just started his or her first job with benefits? Person in another type of life transition (from a different country, lower to higher income, recovered […]

Beat the Odds—Win with M&A

Oct 12th, 2016 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

  How can your company be one of the minority of firms who capture the elusive benefits of successful merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions? Yes, it’s well documented that only a minority of companies actually pull off their M&A deals successfully—just look at these facts: 70% of M&A transactions fail to achieve intended revenue increases […]

C-Suite Professionals of the World, Ignite!

Aug 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Career Growth

    By Kathy Graham, Founder, The HQ Companies The word “ignite” means to arouse, spark, instigate, excite, provoke, stimulate—to rally, to jump-start. Today’s CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, CHROs, CIOs, and GCs need to provide that spark to move their own careers forward. Why? Because three years ago, the World Trade Organization’s “Global Value Chains […]

5 Ways to Build Your Firm’s Talent: Part III – The Double Check Combo

Aug 1st, 2016 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

The people a firm hires, promotes, and retains are undeniably critical to corporate profitability and success. Reviewing the different approaches available for management to choose from—most of which tout that their system, metric, or methodology is THE BEST and works ALWAYS and in ALL SITUATIONS—made me realize that first thinking about a specific company’s environment […]

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