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Rikka Brandon is the founder and Chief Executive Recruiter of Building Gurus, a boutique executive search and consulting firm that works exclusively with building product manufacturers and distributors to find, hire, and retain top executive-level talent. She is also the best-selling author of "Hire Power: Everything Entrepreneurs Need To Know To Hire Awesome People."
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The surprising cost of under-performing managers

Hiring is hard.  Dealing with under-performing employees is exhausting. Firing is stressful. So, you’re often tempted to take the easy path. This might mean giving...
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Hate networking events? Here’s how to make small talk work for you

Few employers enjoy networking. You might envision business card pushers or folks who won’t take no for an answer. But if you’re looking to...
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The secret recruiting weapon you have but don’t use

Do you wish you had a small army of people who were talking about you and your business and how great it is? Do...
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How to build a talent funnel

We talk a lot in this column about hiring—where to place your ad, how to write it, etc. But what if you could actually...

Eight places to look for hourly workers

As I moderated panel at the LBM Strategies Conference last September, I noticed a common theme among dealers in the audience: Finding yard workers...

How to get over your fear of firing employees

To put it bluntly: Firing people sucks. I didn’t always think this way. Early in my career, when I worked for a large regional...

How to extend a job offer

It's finally time. You’ve done your interviews, you’ve done your due diligence, and you’re ready to extend an offer. Now all that’s left is...
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How to tell if your new building products sales rep will succeed or fail

Every sales manager dreams of the pull-and-plug hire. You know, the one in which you pluck a top building products sales rep from your...

Strategy Z and Opportunity Lost

On a cold, blustery March day in a medium-sized Eastern city, my colleagues and I were running day two of our week-long deep-dive for...

STRATEGY Z: Part II: Low Bid VS. Total Cost Purchasing—No Contest

The Folly of Low Bids The first installment of this three-part series featured the story of a large commercial lumberyard and Green Brothers, their one...

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