I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Sarah Olivieri, Founder of PivotGround, a consultancy company that helps human-service nonprofits increase capacity, deliver better programming and attract more funding.
Sarah is a nonprofit business strategist, #1 International Best Selling author, and former Executive Director. She has spoken at over a dozen conferences and online trainings and has been a featured expert on more than 50 podcasts. Sarah is the creator of the Impact Method™ – a framework that helps nonprofits simplify their operations, build aligned teams, and make a bigger impact without getting overwhelmed or burning out.
PivotGround helps nonprofits make a bigger impact using simple frameworks paired with targeted coaching to help organizations thrive.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Sarah and I talked about:
How the PivotGround story began and what inspired Sarah in choosing its name.
The challenges of nonprofits and how PivotGround addresses them.
Impact Method™ – a framework that helps nonprofits simplify their operations and make a bigger impact.
Sarah’s advice on growing and marketing your own business.
Every week I receive at least one email from a podcast listener or newsletter reader where the person asks me this question:
“Ben, how do we get more clients/customers for our HR business?“
However, there’s a problem . . .
If you want better outcomes, you need to dive deeper and ask better questions.
In this solo episode of the A Better HR Business podcast I’m going to walk you through some of the typical questions I work through with our HR business marketing clients as we build out and scale up their marketing plans.
Such questions include:
How well is our business positioned?
What are our offers and how good are they?
What are we doing to convert website visitors into sales leads?
What are we doing to nurture our sales leads?
What unpaid marketing channels are we using and how are they performing?
What paid marketing channels are we using and how are they performing?
What are we doing to improve our conversion rates?
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by my old friend and business colleague, Mandy Withers, Founder & Director of Talk HR Club, a support community for independent HR consultants in the UK.
In the past, Mandy had run HR forum groups and it was clear from the HR professionals that attended that they often felt isolated and they really looked forward to attending the monthly workshops.
The TalkHR Club provides a safe environment for fostering personal and professional growth and development.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Mandy and I talked about:
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Lisa Brown Alexander, President & CEO of Nonprofit HR, the leading human resources firm in the USA that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector.
Driven to serve the often-overlooked people management needs for the social-impact sector, Lisa set out to build a market where one didn’t exist.
Today, fueled by the passion of 130+ employees and consultants nationwide, her thriving company is helping many of the nation’s most prominent nonprofit organizations get ahead through smart people management strategies. In the process, they’re changing the way an entire sector thinks about talent and culture.
Lisa has inspired Nonprofit HR to become a force that thousands of nonprofit and talent management leaders look to for consulting services, thought partnership, sector-specific hiring, and executive search needs, professional development and information.
Nonprofit HR is the USA’s leading and oldest firm focused exclusively on the talent management needs of the social sector, including nonprofits, associations, social enterprises and other mission-driven organizations.
Nonprofit HR also offers customized learning and development in addition to research and events, all with the objective of strengthening the people management capacity of the workforce.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Lisa and I talked about:
How the Nonprofit HR story began
What catapulted Nonprofit HR’s growth
Lisa’s advice to those who are considering a business opportunity
The services provided by Nonprofit HR
Lisa’s advice to organizations on finding the right way to develop talent and create a management system
How Nonprofit HR manages talent within the organization
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Andrew Bartlow, author, advisor & former CHRO, and now Co-Founder and Managing Partner of People Leader Accelerator, a development program for senior HR leaders of high-growth organizations.
Through 25 years in HR, Andrew worked within some of the top-performing HR teams in the world at companies like Wells Fargo, Washington Mutual Bank, General Electric, and Pepsi.
He has directly participated in 20+ M&A transactions, 6 scale-ups, and multiple capital sponsor exits. Andrew’s work has been featured in Bloomberg, The Silicon Review, MarketWatch, Nasdaq, International Business Times, Yahoo Finance, and other publications.
His book “Scaling for Success” was published by Columbia University Press and has been nominated for numerous “management book of the year” awards.
The People Leader Accelerator is a 16-week program that allows busy professionals to continue to serve in their intensive day jobs, while simultaneously participating in a rigorous learning experience.
The People Leader Accelerator was designed by an award-winning management professor and HR leaders who, between them, have held more than a dozen top HR roles at high-growth organizations.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Andrew and I talked about:
What is People Leader Accelerator (PLA) and how does it help HR professionals?
Sprints – live, interactive working sessions on topics of critical interest for HR professionals
PLA Guides – downloadable 40-80 page workbooks full of content, context, and practical templates.
Yes, there’s a lot to consider after the global pandemic but there’s a lot to be optimistic about too.
Even with the rise of HR Tech, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, there is still a huge market for new start-up HR consultancies to help employers get the best out of their workforce.
There is plenty of potential business out there in all aspects of HR consulting, including generalist HR consulting, recruitment & selection, employee engagement, training, learning & development, employment law, and so on.
Below are 6 steps to guide you as you think about how to start your own Human Resources consulting business.
Chandré Grobler talking to Ben about how she launched her HR consulting business, HumanSource...
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Supreet Tare, Co-founder of Anywhere, a project management app for busy teams.
Supreet Tare considers himself a developer at heart and a managing director by profession.
Supreet has worked with companies like Infosys Technologies Ltd in the past and has been trying to manage an IT business of his own since 2009. He completed his bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communications stream from Ghasidas University, Bilaspur CG in 2006.
Anywhere is a work operating system specially developed for small and medium emerging teams and startups who need to keep on top of multiple projects, be it Engineering, Product, Sales, Marketing or HR.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Supreet and I talked about:
What is Anywhere.
What led to the formation of Anywhere.
How customers in the HR consulting world and the HR tech world could use Anywhere to better manage their projects and recurring business work.
How Anywhere brings all team members together on one platform with real-time communication.
The planning tools, the automation and the templates Anywhere provides to its users.
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Chandré Grobler, CEO&Director of HumanSource, an HR Consultancy focused on helping faith-based organisations develop their talented people.
After working in HR for more than 15 years and gaining experience from various sectors, Chandré developed a passion for religious organisations.
As an active participant in the Christian community, and having worked for a Christian charity, Chandré is able to bring a true insider’s perspective to the unique challenges that surround religious organisations as an employer.
HumanSource was born from a desire to redefine how people think about HR in the charity sector by combining creative ideas with HR compliance.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Chandré and I talked about:
Chandré’s background and her work experience in various business sectors.
How HumanSource was born from a desire to redefine how people think about HR in the charity sector by combining creative ideas with HR compliance.
The services provided by HumanSource.
How HumanSource is planning to expand and win new clients.
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Hans Donckers, CEO of JiGSO Listen, a team learning platform that helps companies improve team performance by giving them real insights and instantly-tailored action plans.
Hans is co-founder of JiGSO, an AI-powered people analytics solution, and also co-founder of Beanmachine, a consultancy firm in the domains of Organizational Development and HR. Before becoming a consultant and entrepreneur he was a doctoral researcher in philosophy and ethics. He is based in Belgium but serves customers all over the globe.
JiGSO helps HR and business leaders make better decisions, based on data-driven insights and on the expertise of its multidisciplinary team of HR experts, mathematicians, business analysts, and data scientists.
In a wide-ranging discussion, Hans and I talked about:
The big HR issues that companies are trying to fix now.
Why organisations don’t focus on the team level as much as they focus on the individual employee level.
Team learning vs. individual learning.
How JiGSO Listen is using data science and empirical evidence to increase team performance.
Why companies should prioritise the improvement of team performance.
Jigso Listen’s cool free resources on topics such as Failure Reviews, Diversity & Inclusion, and more.
I was delighted to be joined on the A Better HR Business show by Matt Burns, Founder & CEO of BentoHR, a digital transformation consultancy working at the intersection of strategy, technology, and people operations to accelerate value creation.
Matt is an entrepreneur, consultant, ex-exec, speaker & podcaster. As the Founder & CEO of BentoHR, Matt leads a digital transformation consultancy that combines expertise in business strategy, technology, operations & human capital.
BentoHR works with organizations, private equity & venture capital firms to identify & action their highest leverage initiatives. BentoHR’s expertise is in strategic planning & alignment, technology architecture & procurement, systems implementation & integration, organizational design, process reengineering, change management, data aggregation & analysis.
Before Bento, Matt led a talented team recognized for the “Most Innovative Use of HR Technology” (2017). A year later, it was named the Canadian HR Team of the Year.
As one of the Founding Organizers of the Global HR Summit – the world’s first enterprise conference presented in virtual reality – Matt had the privilege of showcasing the latest immersive workplace technologies.
Disrupt HR is an information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower people in the HR field.
“Once in a while an event series is born that shakes things up, it makes you think differently, it leaves you inspired. That event is DisruptHR: 14 speakers, 5 minutes each, and slides rotate every 15 seconds.
“If you’re an HR professional, a CEO, a technologist, a community leader – and you’ve got something to say about talent, culture or technology – Disrupt is the place. It’s coming soon to a city near you.“
Ralf is a business leader, speaker, and creator of the Soul System™, a framework that aligns value-creating employee action with broader corporate strategy through shared understanding & shared purpose.
As a founding partner of Spark44, he was the architect of an innovative, industry-first joint-venture with Jaguar Land Rover, which grew under his leadership to global revenue of $100+m and 1,200 employees before it joined forces with Accenture Interactive in 2021.
Previously, he consulted with global companies and brands for more than two decades with McCann Erickson.
He is the author of Building Corporate Soul: Powering Culture & Success with the Soul System™, as well as his newest book, Beyond the Startup: Sparking Operational Innovations for Global Growth. His driving vision is to make soulless companies a thing of the past.
The HR Tech Partnership is an innovation specialist in the ‘People Digital Tech start-up’ area. It was set up in London in 2017 and has since been active in supporting corporates through the use of digital HR solutions.
The HR Tech Partnership supports corporates with their digital innovation journeys around Talent and Workplace Productivity by helping them pilot AI & Digital solutions.
Devyani was featured in the 2021 ‘100 Digital Influencers around the Future of Work’, 2020 Asian Women of Achievement – Digital & Technology shortlist, 2017 Financial Times “Ethnic Minority Leaders List “and the 2016 , “FTSE 100 ‘Women to Watch “list by Cranfield Business School.
CommReady is an interactive and confidential conversation prep tool.
CommReady combines theories of negotiation and mediation with elements of the “Atlas of Emotions” methodology. CommReady app is an on-hand companion which helps remove the noise from a distressing situation.
Chen’s professional background is in biotechnology engineering, but a Negotiation and Dispute Resolution course from Harvard Law School gave her the idea to create CommReady and turned her into an entrepreneur.
myhrtoolkit is an HR software designed for small-medium businesses in the UK and Europe.
myhrtoolkit makes it easier for SMEs to manage staff admin and legal compliance with highly secure HR software.
Certified with the international data security standard ISO 27001 and rated as excellent on Trustpilot, myhrtoolkit is chosen by more than 1,250 SMEs and used by over 60,000 employees within the UK and Ireland.