Reliability or Validity in Assessment Tools – which is better?

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski Founder and President of Bluewater Advisory & Bluewater Search broadcasting again today from Mobile Baby in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama. Today’s blog topic answers the question that many of our clients ask and it’s regard to the assessments that we use in our practice.  The question is:  What is better when it comes to assessments, reliability or validity? If you read about us or if you have worked with us, you’ll know that we use assessments in all of the work that we do in both our organizational development practice, Bluewater Advisory, as well as our award-winning
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Proof of the Hiring Process

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Founder and President of Bluewater Advisory and Bluewater Search, broadcasting today from beautiful Huntington Beach, California as we prepare to run in Sunday’s Surf City Marathon. Today’s topic is Foolproof Hiring Success and we are very excited to share with you some recent results that came from a large study of serial entrepreneurs.  Bill Bonnstetter, Founder and Chairman of Target Training International (TTI), recently released a study that has been noted in both Harvard Business Review and Inc. on the predictability of serial entrepreneurs.  There were many key findings from the study but the ones that
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Beware Applicants – Don’t Burn Bridges

Hi and Happy New Year! I am Mark Debinski, Founder & President of Bluewater Advisory and Bluewater Search, broadcasting today from beautiful Mobile Bay. Today’s blog topic is: Don’t Burn Bridges. Our blog today is a little bit different in that we usually speak to business owners or those business executives making a hiring or organizational development decision. In this case, our blog is speaking directly to candidates. We would like to share three common mistakes and sometimes fatal flaws that we see in the recruitment and search process that candidates often make and hopefully you can learn from the
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Performance Management Objectives (PMO’s)

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Founder and Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory broadcasting again today from beautiful Fairhope, Alabama with Mobile Bay as our backdrop. Today’s topic of conversation has been a very hot topic with many of our clients lately and that is the topic of Performance Management Objectives – often referred to by their initials, PMO’s.  I’d like to share with you briefly three things: what are PMO’s, how do they work and why they’re good for an organization. First, what our Performance Management Objectives? Quite simply, PMO’s are where we identify the three to five key accountabilities
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Is it like an Online Dating Site?

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Founder & Managing Member of Bluewater Advisory, broadcasting again this week from the beautiful Gulf Coast as we facilitate leadership training for an organization with whom we’ve worked for about three years. Today’s topic – Is Bluewater’s recruitment process similar to those online dating and matchmaking sites? Bluewater presented at an event last week and during the Q/A session, a gentleman raised his hand and said, “I think I understand that you use analytics in your recruitment process.  My question is, is it similar to those online dating or matchmaking sites?”  And the short answer is YES, it
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Job Benchmarking Process: How To Set Your Hiring Standard

No element is more crucial to successful recruiting than the job benchmarking process. A strong job benchmark can mean the difference between hiring the perfect employee and making a costly hiring mistake. But how can you create a job benchmark that will identify the best talent possible for a given position? How can you be certain that the metrics you are weighing potential applicants against are the most correct and reliable? Read on to discover the one mistake you may be making in your job benchmarking process, and how a better job benchmark can help you set the ideal standard
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What is the Cost of a Nincompoop?

Click here to download the article: “What is the Cost of a Nincompoop – TQPI” Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory,  broadcasting today from Miami Beach and today’s blog topic is What is the True Cost of a Nincompoop?  You heard me correctly, a Nincompoop!  I’m sure you have seen them and you have probably worked with one or two. A colleague of ours, George Henderson, Founder of Top-Quartile Performance Institute based in Denver, has written a great article that objectively quantifies the cost of a Nincompoop and the damage it can do to an organization. Rather
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Onboarding New Employees: What You May Be Missing

The process of onboarding new employees seems straightforward at first: introduce them to their team, their workflow and align them with your company’s objectives. However, bringing on new employees is often not as easy as thought, and often an overlooked – or worse, failed – opportunity to get new team members working at their highest and best use in an efficient manner. How can you be certain that your new employees will acclimate to the company culture? Are they clear on the key accountabilities of their position? How can you develop your employee over time to better meet those accountabilities?
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Raising Recruitment Value Proposition

Hi, I’m Rebecca Debinski, daughter of Mark Debinski Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory, who is out conducting a Job Benchmark right now. I’m in the Outer Banks and I’m here to explain to you how Bluewater Advisory is able to significantly raise recruiting value proposition without raising fees.  Bluewater is able to do so because first, they are highly analytical and by using the job benchmark patented process and by assessing all possible candidates for the job , can provide the client with a job fit index. Second, Bluewater has an onboarding component which is like a roadmap to
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A Different Type of Recruiting

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski Managing Member and Chief Talent Officer of Bluewater Advisory broadcasting today from Destin Beach, Florida.  Today’s topic is A Different Kind of Recruiting. We are often asked what makes Bluewater Advisory’s approach to recruiting so unique and effective.  We like to keep things simple and it comes down to three things.  The first is called a job benchmark.  The second is a very strategic and analytical approach to sourcing and assessing candidates. The third is a continuous improvement process and the fact that we stand behind our work. Let’s look at each one briefly. The first
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