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3 Ways To Ace Your Next Performance Review w/Robert Houghton

News Flash!! The Performance Review doesn’t need to be a nerve-wracking experience. 
 
All it takes is a confidence.
 
In this episode, Robert Houghton and I share strategies on how to master the art of the performance review and get your career to the next level. 

 

 

"The minute you go into a performance review, understand where you added value to the business." -Craig Picken

 

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • The importance of knowing our numbers

    If YOU don’t know your numbers how do you know how well you performed? 

 

  • The one thing we should be documenting more often

    It’s one thing to say we provide value to the company and colleagues, it’s another thing to prove it!  

 

  • Why extreme ownership will always serve us

    Nobody is perfect! How can we get better at taking responsibility for our shortcomings?

 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

Million Dollar Career Series: The A-Z Guide to Being an A-Player (or Recruiting One!) w/Robert Houghton

If we think back to the group activities we did in school, there were always a few top achievers who took the lead, while the rest put in the bare minimum. The former were the group’s ‘A-players’, and they’re not limited to school environments: in fact, we often see the same dynamic play out in our organizations today. 

 

So, what is it that makes some people more likely than others to put in the hard yards? Are some simply more driven to succeed? 

 

More importantly, how can leaders identify those A-players for their companies, and how can those A-players make themselves known in the first place? 

 

In this episode, Robert Houghton and I dive deep on the concept of A-players and how to recruit them. 

 

"If you’re an A-player, you have a better chance than ever before to reach leadership positions." -Robert Houghton

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • How to pinpoint A-players in an interview
    Some questions are more effective than others at unearthing who really has the drive to go the extra mile. What are they? 

 

  • What A-players need to demonstrate to potential employers
    Sure, A-players are willing to put in the work, but how can that be articulated to recruiters? 

 

  • The 1 thing likely to keep most A-players truly content
    Is working for someone else ever going to be ‘enough’ for those with a huge amount of drive?

Learn More About Your Host:

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

How to Help Your Organization Emerge Victorious from The Great Resignation w/Robert Houghton

If there’s one thing that could characterize our present moment, it’s a general sense of unhappiness. People just aren’t content in their jobs anymore, and as a result, they’re quitting en masse. Thus, The Great Resignation.

What’s behind this general discontent and what can we do about it

Is there a simple solution or do we need to dig deeper to reach the roots of the issue?

In this episode, MR Fairfax’s Robert Houghton and I are diving deep into The Great Resignation and what it means for your business.

 

It’s less expensive and more beneficial to pay a great employee a little more than you want than it is to have them quit and need to replace them. -Craig Picken

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

  • The true extent of The Great Resignation
    How many people are really leaving their jobs, or dropping out of the workforce altogether, and why are they doing it? 

  • 1 thing employees want more
    Are we doing enough to ensure our employees are actually happy in our organizations? 

  • How to retain top talent against the backdrop of The Great Resignation
    What will it take to retain the top players on our teams?

 

Learn More About Your Host:

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves. 

 

Guest Bio-

Robert Houghton is an executive recruiter and the President of MR Fairfax, the #1 recruiter in the Mid-Atlantic region specializing in insurance and financial services. As a well-established former CEO of several successful business enterprises, Robert has a unique understanding of executive recruiting in the commercial insurance sector with specialties in employee benefits, property & casualty insurance and risk management. 

Rob is the host of the Talent + Trust podcast. 

To find out more, go to

https://mrfairfax.com/

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/talent-trust/id1489738286 

You can also email him with rhoughton@mrfairfax.com

Million Dollar Career Series: Put Your Focus On Your Own Job and Stop Looking at Everyone Else w/Robert Houghton

There’s a general trend taking place at the moment, across industries, where everyone seems to be more concerned with what everyone else is doing, but that’s not going to get us anywhere. Only focus can do that. 

 

What’s stopping more people from staying dialed in to their own jobs, and what can we do as leaders to make that easier for them?

 

Is there a way to pinpoint recruits more likely to knuckle down on what they’ve been hired to do? 

 

In this episode, Robert Houghton and I discuss how to instill a culture of focus in our organizations. 

 

Focus on whatever it is you've been hired to do and don't worry about anything else. -Craig Picken

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

  • The importance of setting expectations
    How can we expect our team members to do anything without communicating what we need from them? 

 

  • How to hold employees accountable to their unique commitments
    Are we doing enough to encourage our employees to stay focused on their assigned tasks? 

 

  • 1 thing stopping people from staying focused
    Focus isn’t a particularly difficult concept on paper, so what’s stopping the vast majority from knuckling down in their areas of expertise?

 

Guest Bio-

 

Robert Houghton is an executive recruiter and the President of MR Fairfax, the #1 recruiter in the Mid-Atlantic region specializing in insurance and financial services. As a well-established former CEO of several successful business enterprises, Robert has a unique understanding of executive recruiting in the commercial insurance sector with specialties in employee benefits, property & casualty insurance and risk management. 

 

To find out more, go to

https://mrfairfax.com/

You can also email him with rhoughton@mrfairfax.com 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

The State Of Our Industry, 2 Years After The Onset Of COVID w/David Yu

COVID-19 was destructive to the aviation industry.  

 

However, nearly 2 years after the global onset of the virus, much of the world is reopening. So, where does our industry stand today?

 

Are we finally on the road to recovery, or is there still a long way to go? Will we ever fully bounce back from the effects the pandemic has had on our business?

 

In this episode, co-founder of Inception Aviation Holdings, David Yu returns to the show to share his outlook on the state of aviation in 2022. 

 

At the end of the day, I don't think things will get worse for airlines. -David Yu

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • What the reopening of travel means for our industry

    How much of an impact will the resumption of leisure travel make on our industry? 

 

  • When to expect a real recovery

    How long will it take for us to see the industry surpass where it was in 2019, and move on to bigger things? 

 

  • 1 thing to know before investing in an airplane

    Is it a wise choice to invest in aircraft before the industry has completely bounced back?

 

Guest Bio-

 

David Yu is the Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, and co-founder of aviation investing and financing firm, Inception Aviation Holdings. He is also the Executive Director of IBA Group in Asia, a leading global aircraft appraisal and consultancy. A recognized expert in cross-border finance and investing, David is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU Shanghai, where he teaches the ‘Investing and Financing In and With China’ class. David is the author of Aircraft Valuation: Airplane Investments as an Asset Class and a Forbes contributor.

 

To find out more, go to:

http://davidyuda.com

https://www.amazon.com/Aircraft-Valuation-Airplane-Investments-Asset/dp/9811567425 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidyu/?sh=51431f782d7d

Or contact David at david.yu@nyu.edu

 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves. 

The Mindset Shift Veterans MUST Make When Transitioning to The Civilian Workplace w/Jason Anderson

Making the transition from a military career to civilian is no easy task, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. 

 

With the right tools and support finding the career of your dreams is within reach.. 

 

The question is, what do the right tools and support look like? Moreover, how can veterans show potential employers that they’re capable of adapting their skills to a whole new world?

 

In this episode, founder of PreVeteran, Jason Anderson returns to the show to emphasize the importance of mindset when making a transition. 

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • What stops more employers from hiring veterans: How do common misconceptions surrounding veterans impact the way employers hire, and is there anything we can do to change that? 

 

  • How to understand the difficulties veterans face in the civilian workplace: Do veterans struggle to adapt to their new realities because they’re incapable of doing so, or do their challenges simply boil down to a lack of prior experience in the space? 

 

  • The role veterans need to play in their transition: Should the onus of support fall solely on a veteran’s new employer?

 

Guest Bio- 

 

Jason Anderson is the Founder and President of PreVeteran, an organization dedicated to helping military veterans make a more seamless transition into their civilian careers. An Air Force veteran himself, Jason knows the struggle of transition all too well, having dealt with the frustration of not knowing the steps to success. Today, he is passionate about helping others find a way forward as they enter a new stage in their lives, through his PreVeteran courses. Jason is the Global Strategy and Foreign Military Sales SME at Collins Aerospace. 

 

To find out more, go to:

https://preveteran.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/preveteran 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-anderson-preveteran/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2EKGhfxoomB_UenF6Bx40w 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

Are A-Players In Your Organization Disruptors, Or Are They Just Causing Disruption?

Every business leader wants to have an abundance of A-Players but what happens when the “rainmakers” have trouble working with the rest of the team? 

 

A disconnect between employees often causes havoc in our businesses and once disruption starts it may be hard to contain.  

 

The question is, however, how do we even begin to find  the solution? Is retaining a rainmaking disruptor really worth losing the other dedicated employees? 

 

In this episode, Matt Johnson and I share how to deal with employee conflict.

 

A-players will not tolerate mediocrity being tolerated, so if you’re in charge of how the team is structured, get rid of the C-players. -Matt Johnson

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • Questions to ask when faced with a disconnected team

    What are the questions we need to ask when disruption occurs? 

 

  • Who to keep on our teams (and who to let go)

    Is there a ‘right’ way to reshuffle our teams, and who stays? Who goes?

 

  • How to tell when an A-player is more trouble than good

    Is the cost of a star employee worth the benefit?

 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

People leave Jobs for All Sorts of Reasons. Stop Taking it Personally and Prepare

We’ve all heard the cliche saying, ‘people don’t leave jobs, they leave people’, but it’s time to debunk that idea, once and for all!

 

People leave jobs for all kinds of reasons, from higher pay, to better opportunities for growth and even convenience, so we’ve got to stop chalking it all up to leadership. 

 

The question we should be asking is, what happens when people do leave? 

 

In this episode, Matt Johnson and I discuss how to respond to a turnover within our organization. 

 

We have got to move beyond the unrealistic expectation that any turnover is bad. -Craig Picken

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • How to tell when a turnover is indicative of a problem

    When is a turnover simply a reality of life, and when should it raise red flags? 

 

  • Why we should look at turnover as an opportunity

    How can we stop equating a resignation with a loss, and start thinking about it as a chance to onboard an even better fit for our organization?  

 

  • How to ensure we’re never without a vital team member

    Losing an important team member could impact our operations, so what can we do to make provisions for the situation, well in advance?

 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

Small Satellites On The Rise! Everyone Wants A Piece Of Low Earth Orbit And This Is Why w/Marc Bell

Satellites have been around for decades, but thanks to the new affordability of low earth orbit, they're finally more attainable, so it's no surprise that the market is on fire right now. 

 

The question is, what are all those satellites being used for? 

 

What opportunities do satellites afford us today, and what can we expect the satellite business to look like in a few years' time? 

 

In this episode, co-founder of Terran Orbital, Marc Bell shares what he's most excited about in the satellite space.

"If an iPhone has more computing power than a space shuttle, why is anyone still building a shuttle the size of a school bus?" -Marc Bell

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • The truth about space being crowded

    Is space really at risk of overcrowding, or can the growing traffic be managed effectively?

 

  • How satellite manufacturers hire

    How are satellite manufacturers identifying the best and brightest minds in the business? What does it take to stand out to these organizations? 

 

  • How satellites will be taken into the future

    With technology moving at such a rapid rate, it's not uncommon for once cutting-edge innovation to become obsolete in a matter of years. How will the satellite business continue to adapt with the times?

 

Guest Bio-

 

Marc Bell is a space entrepreneur, passionate about pushing the needle forward. The co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Terran Orbital Corporation, Marc is at the helm of small satellite innovation. Marc was previously the Chairman and CEO of Globix Corporation, and in addition to countless other ventures including a publicly traded mortgage REIT, he is also a Two-Time Tony Award-Winning Stage Producer. 

 

To find out more, go to:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcbellmiami

https://www.terranorbital.com/ 

 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

Million Dollar Career Series: Start Taking Radical Responsibility to Level Up Your Leadership Skills This Year w/Robert Houghton

Many people talk about wanting to be leaders, but the truth is, most of us aren’t doing what it takes to become leaders.

 

Leadership is about more than money, status, or power. Those may be perks of the job, but effective leadership is dependent on having uncomfortable conversations, making tough decisions, and taking radical ownership of everything that happens in our businesses. 

 

How can we make the necessary mindset shift into that of a leader, so attributes like accountability become second nature to us? Is it even possible to learn to be a leader, or is it a trait we need to be born with?

 

In this episode, President of MR Fairfax, Robert Houghton and I discuss what it really means to be a leader. 

 

"Leadership is not always doing the fun or nice thing, it’s doing what’s right for the business." -Robert Houghton

 

Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

 

  • How to attain freedom as a leader

    Most of us can relate to being fearful of doing or saying the right thing, for fear of the consequences. How can we get to the point where those consequences no longer hold us back, so we can focus on moving forward? 

 

  • The key difference between managers and leaders

    Many people have the ability to manage; how many have the skills to actually lead

 

  • How to start taking radical responsibility

    What are we doing to avoid taking radical ownership today, and what can we do to change that?

 

Guest Bio-

 

Robert Houghton is an executive recruiter and the President of MR Fairfax, the #1 recruiter in the Mid-Atlantic region specializing in insurance and financial services. As a well-established former CEO of several successful business enterprises, Robert has a unique understanding of executive recruiting in the commercial insurance sector with specialties in employee benefits, property & casualty insurance and risk management. 

 

To find out more, go to

https://mrfairfax.com/

You can also email him with rhoughton@mrfairfax.com 

 

Books mentioned in this episode:

https://www.amazon.com/Extreme-Ownership-U-S-Navy-SEALs/dp/1250067057 

 

Learn More About Your Host:

 

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

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