The Next Question Your Investors Will Ask

Aug 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

BUSINESS ALERT:  Your competitors have women on their boards—in fact, according to a recent review conducted by HQ Services, Inc. in response to several of our clients’ requests, we discovered that: 75% of the 142 public companies listed on the NYSE or NASDAQ exchanges that are headquartered in staid Illinois have at least 1 woman […]



Sage Age Advice for Working in a Multi-generational Situation

Dec 5th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

I remember when I was young, like starting my first job young, that I prided myself on looking older than I was…and being very mature for my age to boot.  As I look around now at the vast number of adults over 50 years old, it seems like they want to do just the opposite:  […]



Setting Goals is Risky Business

Nov 14th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

Goal-induced behavior turns out to have some pretty bad side effects, which dismays me, a life-long goal setter who attributes much of what I’ve achieved to defining a target or goal and then identifying the steps needed to get from here to there.  The latest company to turn away from a performance-based—i.e., the ability of […]



Interesting Jobs Need Commensurate Pay

Oct 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

Gail MarksJarvis’ 10/12/13 Chicago Tribune article, Why Some Workers Settle for Boring Jobs, shares the very interesting research results of a team of professors from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  Bottom line:  workers assess whether what they’re doing is commensurate with the pay they’re being given…and will choose a less demanding, less interesting job […]



Who’s Counting?

Sep 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

My partner and I, being avid wordsmiths, subscribe to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day.  “Per contra” was a recent Word of the Day.  This term is of Italian origin and means “by the opposite side (of the ledger).”  Included with “per contra” was a brief description of a true Italian Renaissance man, Luca Pacioli (1445-1517), […]



Healthcare Reform Impacts: Musical Chairs & Hot Potatoes

Sep 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

This October 1st starts open enrollment for health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Its impact is huge on jobs, individual health/productivity, and corporate profits/losses. Because ACA unties the binds to any specific insurance company and because few—especially individuals—truly understand the choices they’ll be making in the beginning, it will be musical chairs […]



Adjacency Growth for Careers & Companies

Sep 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

A clear trend line has emerged from the Great Recession survivors:  to grow their companies and their careers, businesses and professionals have been using adjacency moves in a disciplined and targeted manner.  My own company did it:  I took a retained search business where I was frequently being requested by: Candidates who didn’t fit my […]



Best 5 Ways to Measure Hiring Results

Sep 5th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

Every day in my work as a human capital professional, I hear comments such as: “Talent acquisition is the new recruitment…and it’s so good and so special, it deserves its own VP and department outside of Human Resources.” (Note: talent acquisition is defined as the process of finding and acquiring skilled human labor to meet […]



The Rise of the Humans

Aug 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

Failing trading systems and glitches have been front and center in the financial press recently.  Over five years ago, Dr. Izzy Nelken wrote an article, “The Rise of the Humans,” for our HQ Financial Views ezine pointing out that no matter how sophisticated the analytics are, computer systems and programs need humans because only humans can […]



Talent Shortage Solution #1

Jun 10th, 2013 | By | Category: Corporate Growth, Featured

The number of firms reporting difficulty filling jobs due to a lack of available talent is now the highest proportion since right before The Great Recession, according to the 2013 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey of over 38,500 employers globally.  At the same time, the youth unemployment rate is 2.8 times higher than the unemployment rate […]




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