1. Hiring (and Onboarding) Matters: Leadership Insights from Target & Cencora with Michelle Byers Ken Schmitt 51:10

Ever feel like you’ve hired someone only to watch them vanish into the Bermuda Triangle of new hires? Well, the mystery of successful onboarding is about to be solved! Michelle Byers, a seasoned expert with 17 years of fine-tuning her craft in human capital management at top-tier organizations like Target and Cencora, is going to show you how to guide your new hire toward a smooth landing with air traffic controller expertise.  Michelle reveals how to use your team as your co-pilot and unveils the single most crucial activity every leader must undertake within the first 30 days of a new employee’s journey. Get ready to glean insights on issues like navigating the multi-generational workforce and discover Michelle’s three buckets of effective onboarding strategies firsthand. Tune in and fasten your seatbelts for a masterclass in setting your team up for success from day one!

About our Guest:

Michelle Byers is an accomplished HR and Learning & Development Leader with extensive experience across retail, distribution, technology, and pharmaceutical sectors. Currently serving as Senior Director of Learning & Development at Cencora (formerly AmerisourceBergen), Michelle drives operational success by aligning learning programs with business objectives. With a master’s degree in Management and a bachelor’s in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University, Michelle excels in strategic planning, leadership development, and fostering strong business partnerships. Prior to her current role, she led HR initiatives at Target, achieving notable improvements in operations, talent management, and diversity leadership. Michelle’s expertise lies in crafting tailored solutions that elevate organizational performance and drive growth.

About Your Host:

Ken Schmitt is the CEO and founder of TurningPoint Executive Search. He is also the author of “The Practical Optimist: An Entrepreneur’s Journey through Life’s Turning Points”. Ken was raised in an entrepreneurial family and brings a uniquely authentic voice to his podcast, blending life, family, and business together. With almost three decades of experience in executive recruiting, Ken is a seasoned expert. In his podcast, he focuses on revealing the secrets of recruiting, retention, and real HR strategies. The podcast is not preachy, academic, or theoretical. It provides authentic perspectives on the challenges, triumphs, and quirks that make the hiring game both exhilarating and unpredictable. Twice a month, Ken offers tactical advice and industry insights to empower listeners to navigate the intricate world of executive recruiting confidently. “Hiring Matters” is your go-to resource for elevating your hiring game and equipping you with the tools to build, grow, and lead truly exceptional teams. Brace yourself for Ken’s “Recruiter Rant” episodes, where he shares unfiltered insights and behind-the-scenes revelations about the industry’s hidden secrets. Get ready to gain more than expected from this informative and engaging podcast. Follow Ken on LinkedIn

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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.