29 – Mike Brady – Opportunities and Hiring

Hiring….There are so many approaches to hiring, right? And what does hiring have to do with the future of the planet. Well, I would contend you want the right person in the job you can provide maximum impact and value to build better companies and organizations for our world. We are inundated with statistics and methods advising us on the best, effective method to engage in hiring. Do you rely on personality assessments? Do you have your potential employee take multiple cognitive and social tests? Do you put them through an interview with tricky problems to see how they react to stress? Do you LQ, IQ, EQ? Or, do you just go with your gut, like Malcolm Gladwell? Maybe there is a better way. Mike Brady, was CEO of Greyston Inc. and launched The Greyston Center for Open Hiring advocates a decidedly different approach, one which you may want to consider. Join me in my conversation with Mike as we talk about the nature of his business and approach to hiring the best person for the job.

A little more about Mike: Mike Brady is an experienced chief executive, business advisor and entrepreneur specializing in using regenerative business practices to unlock value for businesses and communities. His passion for social entrepreneurism and the use of business to solve social issues are fundamental to his work. Most recently, Mike was the President and CEO of Greyston Inc., one of North America’s largest and oldest social enterprises. During his tenure, he achieved record growth by overhauling operations at Greyston’s 23,000 sq. ft. commercial bakery and tapping into global development opportunities with Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever. His TED Talk titled “Why We Hire Unemployable People” established the vision that led to launching the Greyston Center for Open Hiring in 2018 and to his selection to the inaugural global list of the Top 100 Meaningful Business Leaders in 2019. In 2020, Mike was selected as a member of the Council of Criminal Justice.

Mike is a frequent speaker on the topic of the future of work and creating opportunities for people excluded from the workforce. Mike earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He grew up in Rochester, New York and now lives outside of New York City with his wife and two sons.

About the author, Chip

I am a serial adventurer, an entrepreneur. a dad, a politician, an artist, an athlete, and a coach. I am always seeking to learn something new, something I do not know. I am also an owner. I have had enough. It is time for me to take a more forceful stand. I am starting a war of sorts. A war to fight this infection that is consuming too much of our lives. I will do EVERYTHING I can to bring people together to think bigger, wider, higher and lower. I cannot stand the ignorance and fear that is guiding too much of the world around us. I ask you to join me. Let's partner together to build something that will stand against all the anger.

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