June 28, 2017

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Career Strategy Interviews

Jon Silber, CEO Purple Squirrel


No More 'Black Holes' Purple Squirrel is a Platform for Connecting With Employees Who Can Refer Job Candidates Into Their Company Directly.

Published on June 10 2017
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"Job boards are made for companies. Purple Squirrel is made for people." Jon Silber, CEO of Purple Squirrel, ex Googler.

Here's Jon Silber's LinkedIn introduction:

The job search is broken. So we fixed it.

If you're currently looking for a job, or if you want to help your company recruit great people, join our growing platform

Also, if you have ideas for improving the overall efficiency of the hiring process, I would love to hear your thoughts. No idea is too small. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

On Jon's LinkedIn profile, you'll also find a link to an article he wrote titled Why I Left Google to Help People Land their Dream Job. Here's the opening paragraph:

"If you've ever tried to get a job at Google, then you know that it's tough. It's no surprise since around 3 million people apply to join the company each year, and I found it out firsthand when I tried to get a job there. Initially, I tried applying on a job board but was met with only automated emails. I felt I was qualified for the job, so I wised up, reached out to everyone I knew, and finally found a friend of a friend to provide an employee referral. I had a job three weeks later. The fundamental lesson wasn't lost on me: it's all about who you know, so if you don't have a great network, you'll miss out on many potential opportunities."

Joining me today for a Career Strategy podcast on TotalPicture is the CEO of Purple Squirrel, Jon Silber.


Life Is Not In The Lines But In The Dots


Our Non-Linear, Messy Lives. A Conversation with Gregg Robins

Published on June 03 2017
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Gregg Robins and I met in the late 1990's when I was directing a series of videos for Citibank on Y2K and the Euro. At the time, Gregg was an executive with The Private Banking Group at Citibank, based in Geneva, Switzerland, (where he currently lives), and in addition to being incredibly smart, Gregg is terrific on-camera and was Citi's go-to talking head for interviews on CNN, the BBC, and all the European TV networks. So Citi made sure we connected, and Gregg and I worked together on a series of documentary style videos for both internal use, and Citibank's wealthiest clients.

Welcome to a Career Strategy Channel Podcast on TotalPicture. I'm your host, Peter Clayton. My guest today is my good friend: Gregg Robins. Gregg is a senior wealth advisor based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gregg is also a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and has been a guest previously on Totalpicture to talk about his music. You'll find links to those interviews in the sidebar .

Stay tuned... Gregg's podcast will be published Saturday, June 3rd.


The Rogue Recruiter, David Perry Returns for an Encore


If your job involves finding, interviewing, or hiring executive level talent, here's the playbook.

Published on March 21 2017
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David Perry has probably been on this show more than anyone. Why? He's a prolific writer (including Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters - 3 editions, and Hiring Greatness), and his latest book, just published by Wiley - Executive Recruiting for Dummies. David loves to share his knowledge, experiences, and to help job seekers and recruiters up their game - and win.

Welcome to a Career Strategies Channel Podcast. I'm your host, Peter Clayton.

David tells me Executive Recruiting for Dummies is his last book.

Why? David practices his craft: he's a super-successful executive recruiter, managing partner of Perry-Martel International.

He has completed more than 1,000 searches on five continents negotiating over $300 million in salaries. His near perfect success rate is 300% better than the industry average - one reason why The Wall Street Journal dubbed him the "Rogue Recruiter." Another reason has to do with a food cart caper he used to find a purple squirrel. Ask him.

However, all of these books and all of this writing have taken time away from what he loves to do most: the hunt. Find the perfect fit to fill a senior executive role that could make-or-break a company. He loves The Challenge.

I'm not the only one impressed with David. Check out the resource links in the sidebar.


The Art of Business Improv - Bob Kulhan


Yes Business Improv is a Thing. Business Improv Founder & CEO Bob Kulhan Wrote a Book About it. Getting to "Yes, AND."

Published on March 12 2017
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Bob Kulhan is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration for The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University as well as an Adjunct Professor of Business for Columbia Business School, Columbia University. He also is the Founder and CEO of a company called Business Improv.

Bob has a new book called Getting to "Yes, And" The Art of Business Improv, published by Stanford Business Books. Which led him to TotalPicture Radio, and a Career Strategies Podcast with your host Peter Clayton.


The Three Job Interview Questions You Need to Answer


How to Position Yourself For Career Success

Published on February 20 2017
George Bradt Executive Onboarding Expert - TotalPicture Radio interview with Peter ClaytonGeorge Bradt

Are you committed to advancing your career in 2017? And I don't mean a small, incremental 'one rung up the ladder' type of change. I mean a fundamental change: how to take charge, get immediate results and achieve a new level of success.

Here's the playbook you need: The New Leader's 100 Day Action Plan. This book has legs. That's why there's a 4th, updated Edition. And that's why it's primary author, George Bradt is back on TotalPicture Radio. Although the focus of The New Leader's 100 Day Action Plan is onboarding executives, it really provides a blueprint for positioning yourself for success at every stage of your career. And that's why you'll find it in the Career Strategies Channel of TotalPicture Radio, not the Leadership Channel.

In the first chapter, you will learn how to ace a job interview, and assess if the job is right for you.

There are only three interview questions:
1. Can you do the job?
2. Will you love the job?
3. Can I tolerate working with you.

To put it in another way, that's strength, motivation, and fit.

There are many powerful, career changing insights, tools and tactics in The New Leader's 100 Day Action Plan. George and I discuss a few of them in this podcast. However, my recommendation -- go wherever you buy books and buy this one. Put it at the very top of your reading list.

Stay tuned. A complete transcript will be available soon!


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