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Ken Schmitt Podcaster, Author, and CEO

Ken Schmitt has been recruiting for 26 years. A San Diego native, he grew up in an entrepreneurial household with a father who was a Jack in the Box franchisee for 25 years and a mother who left the accounting world to become a real estate agent.

In 1998, Ken answered an ad in the newspaper for a recruiting job and never looked back. After spending 9 years working for a local boutique firm, a large regional firm, and one of the world’s largest Executive Search firms, Heidrick & Struggles, he launched TurningPoint Executive Search in 2007 and now employs 7 professionals in a 100% remote work environment.

In 2023, Ken published “The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneurial Journey Through Life’s TurningPoints” through Advantage Publishing. He also launched a new podcast of the same name, highlighting everyday people who are making an extraordinary impact on their families, their business, and their community.

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Recruiter Rant: Exorcising Ghosting In Hiring &Raquo; The Practical Optimist Podcast Logo 2
Recruiter Rant: Exorcising Ghosting in Hiring

Ever feel like you're stumbling in the dark when it comes to understanding why candidates or hiring managers vanish into thin air? Ken is tackling one of his biggest pet peeves and one of the most irk…

Ever feel like you'r…

Ever feel like you're stumbling in the dark when it comes to understanding why candidates or hiring managers vanish into thin air? Ken is tackling one of his biggest pet peeves and one of the most irksome frustrations in the business world: ghosting. From seasoned executives to top-tier job seekers, ghosting continues to plague the hiring process, leaving professionals scratching their heads. But fear not! Ken is here to shine a bright light on this elusive phenomenon, offering invaluable insights and strategies to tackle it head-on. Join Ken as he delves deep into the heart of the matter, unc…

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Hiring Matters: Season 3 Trailer &Raquo; The Practical Optimist Podcast Logo 2
Hiring Matters: Season 3 Trailer

HIRING MATTERS — DON’T MESS IT UP! Join Ken, a seasoned expert with nearly three decades in executive recruiting, and his executive guests as they unveil the secrets of Recruiting, Retention, and …

HIRING MATTERS — D…

HIRING MATTERS — DON’T MESS IT UP! Join Ken, a seasoned expert with nearly three decades in executive recruiting, and his executive guests as they unveil the secrets of Recruiting, Retention, and Real HR Strategies, sharing their ‘secret sauce’ for building and retaining top-performing teams. They’ll dissect the art and science of building exceptional teams, retaining top talent, and implementing effective HR strategies that work in today’s competitive landscape.  But that’s not all – brace yourself for our “Recruiter Rant” episodes, where Ken unveils the industry’s hidd…

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Navigating The Unknown: Leadership Lessons From Glaxosmithkline, Ecolab, J&Amp;J And The Appalachian Trail With Cris Howard &Raquo; The Practical Optimist Podcast Logo 2
Navigating the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from GlaxoSmithKline, Ecolab, J&J and The Appalachian Trail with Cris Howard

This week, you're invited to venture beyond the boardroom into the wilderness, daring to challenge the very essence of comfort zones. Join Ken and our distinguished guest, the true trailblazer Cris Ho…

This week, you're in…

This week, you're invited to venture beyond the boardroom into the wilderness, daring to challenge the very essence of comfort zones. Join Ken and our distinguished guest, the true trailblazer Cris Howard, as they navigate uncharted territories, embrace discomfort, and uncover the striking parallels between success in leadership and the courage to confront the unknown.  Join us on a captivating exploration of Cris's illustrious three-decade career, where she honed leadership skills in Fortune 500 companies like J&J, GlaxoSmithKline, and Ecolab. Mastering the art of building and managing…

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Behind The Curtain: Wisdom From Zappos And Netflix With Rico Nasol &Raquo; The Practical Optimist Podcast Logo 2
Behind the Curtain: Wisdom from Zappos and Netflix with Rico Nasol

We’re unraveling the essence of leadership with a true pioneer in the field, Rico Nasol. With over 14 years of leadership experience at Netflix and Zappos, Rico has spearheaded creative teams for …

We’re unraveling t…

We’re unraveling the essence of leadership with a true pioneer in the field, Rico Nasol. With over 14 years of leadership experience at Netflix and Zappos, Rico has spearheaded creative teams for groundbreaking organizations and brings a wealth of insights. He unveils the wisdom from his latest book, 'The Seven Figure Leader,' emphasizing that knowledge is free, but implementation is the true challenge for leaders. Join us as Rico delves into the importance of confidence, clarity, and culture for today's leaders, drawing from his journey of problem-solving and impactful leadership. Rico ex…

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Eq Vs. Iq And Ego In Leadership With Zach White &Raquo; The Practical Optimist Podcast Logo 2
EQ vs. IQ and Ego in Leadership with Zach White

The interplay between emotional intelligence (EQ), intellectual prowess (IQ), and the delicate dance with one's ego creates a symphony that either propels or hinders leadership. While a high IQ may op…

The interplay betwee…

The interplay between emotional intelligence (EQ), intellectual prowess (IQ), and the delicate dance with one's ego creates a symphony that either propels or hinders leadership. While a high IQ may open the door to innovative ideas and strategic thinking, it is the often underestimated EQ that holds the key to unlocking genuine connections and navigating the complex landscape of human emotions. In this episode, we delve into the complexities of effective leadership with my captivating guest—Zach White, the visionary founder of Oasis of Courage, a global Coaching firm committed to shaping lea…

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