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Brad Federman

New Year: Use Technology to Build Relationships

As I start the new year I can’t help but think of what I can do better, what my company can do better and what changes would make the most impact. The more I think about the idea the more it comes down to one thing…RELATIONSHIPS. 
People do not talk anymore.  I know we are busy, but collaboration and innovation take time.  It seems we don’t take that time like we should.

Open Minded: Think Again

How we perceive things in the beginning determines our end...
Preconceived thoughts, attitudes and beliefs manifest themselves in everything we do; the way we solve problems or even if we acknowledge a problem. These preconceptions impact our judgment sometimes in unsightly ways. Everyone has biases.

Let’s Get Serious About Interviewing

I am always amazed when I find out how many bad interview questions are being asked during the interview process. Many organizations believe they interview candidates well, but when looking at issues such as turnover, productivity and engagement, the numbers tell a different story. Some of the best companies use interview tactics that:

Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: What is the Secret?

Did you know that 90% of start-ups fail? Trying new things often takes risks, and as it turns out many of us are not prepared for that risk. However, one portion of the population seems more prepared than others – dyslexics. Yes, individuals with dyslexia tend to make great entrepreneurs.

Who to Hire: Scrappers or Silver Spoons?

News Flash!  News Flash! It’s a cruel world. That’s one perspective. I’m not going to argue that we live in difficult times. People have painful professional and personal lives.  There are a great number of struggles happening in terms of keeping pace with change, education, finding jobs.  We’ve seen salaries remain stagnant for long periods of time, reducing the size of middle class. 

Rudeness in the Workplace Can Spread Like Wildfire

Wildfire is an uncontrolled fire in an area of combustible vegetation that occurs in the countryside area.  Wildfires differ from other fires by its size, the speed at which it can spread from its original source, its potential to change direction unexpectedly and its ability to jump gaps such as roads, rivers and fire breaks. 

Have You Built a House for Diversity?

Companies struggle each and every day with diversity and inclusion issues.

Dear Managers: Bias Impacts Your Decisions -- Whether You Know it or Not

In this article, Brad Federman, FHSG's Chief Operating Officer, discusses how to avoid bias during your hiring decisions.

Transitioning to the Leader You Need to Be

The other day, I had a conversation with a manager that I was coaching.  He has been struggling with the fact that he is an individual contributor in a leadership role.

Ivy League or State U? Employers considering educational diversity

In this blog, Brad discusses how employers may face bias when choosing candidates and how to get around it.