Lars Schmidt

Posts by Lars Schmidt

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    3 Mistakes Companies Make When Hiring Their First 100 Employees — and How to Avoid Them

    January 14, 2020

    After spending nearly a decade helping Fortune 500 companies with organization development, Matt Hoffman decided he’d rather work on a smaller scale where he could have an even bigger impact. He’s since helped numerous startups and small businesses to scale their teams, and today supports the growth of venture capital firms in his role as partner and head of...

  • VaynerMedia’s Chief Heart Officer Reveals the Secrets to a Strong HR Team

    October 3, 2019

    Claude Silver had a great career. As senior vice president at VaynerMedia, she loved her team and had a great relationship with her boss, CEO Gary Vaynerchuk. There was just one problem: She wasn’t passionate about her work.  “That voice came up loud, which was, ‘You really don’t care about marketing. You only care about these people,’” Claude explains. “I knew...

  • How Listening Transformed SurveyMonkey's Employee Benefits and Review Process

    August 29, 2019

    Back in 2017, SurveyMonkey asked employees to weigh in on where the company was falling short of its employee value proposition to be the company “Where the curious come to grow.” One surprising — even curious — answer emerged: The annual review process didn’t work for employees.  “What we heard from our employees is this big annual cycle that’s backward-looking...

  • Why HubSpot Treats Its Culture as a Product — and How That ...

    August 21, 2019

    Several years ago, as HubSpot began to scale, the company’s leadership focused on making sure its growth did not send its culture...

  • Checklist: Employer Branding Tools and Tactics Every Modern...

    July 11, 2016

    The year was 2010. I just landed a new job running recruiting and innovation at NPR. My past experience included ‘traditional’...

  • Join Me for the Talent Connect Live Stream in October

    September 9, 2015

    Astronaut. Professional skateboarder. Talk show host. When you're growing up, you have dreams of what your future might hold. Those...