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Chicago, IL
Tom Gimbel is the founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a $30 million staffing and recruiting firm based in Chicago.
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This year, I challenged my staff to make 2014 their year…their year of personal development…their year of professional growth…their year to contribute more to their coworkers…their year to become an expert at what they do. To do this, we created... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Past Five
The sports-work analogies are endless, and yet whenever I hear someone complaining about working long hours or lack of a work-life balance, I can’t help but compare the two. A college athlete has hours of practice a week, gives up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Past Five
I meet with so many hiring managers and c-level people who say they want to hire people who have the "entrepreneurial spirit". People who are creators, people who take something and run with it. Reading between the lines, they want... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2013 at Past Five
Forecasting the November jobs report, economists predicted 215,000 jobs would be added, and while many are disappointed that the number came in at 203,000, the nation needs to realize that this is the new normal. There won’t be another dot-come... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Past Five
It amazes me how people talk and don't execute. At the end of the day, could you walk up to your manager and intelligently talk about what you ACCOMPLISHED...and answer one question: Was that your goal for today? Think about... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Past Five
Companies that want to grow need to hold their sales people accountable to new prospects and new meetings...and there's only one way to do it. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Past Five
Proactive interviewing and screening is the only way to maintain a pipeline of quality how do you manage a flood of applicants without devoting all of your time to it? Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at Past Five
I've read hundreds of books on management and leadership, and the fact of the matter is, everyone is looking for a one size fits all approach to managing employees, and it doesn't exist. Here's what I've found to be the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Past Five
Before taking an action at any point in your career, think to yourself if this were my company and my employee were about to do what I am doing, how would I feel? Leaving early, coming in late, behaving poorly,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Past Five
August 17th was the 15th anniversary of when I started LaSalle Network. I remember the 2,000 square-foot office space, the two employees I had and how excited I was to conquer Chicago’s business community. Fifteen years later, LaSalle has four... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Past Five
There’s no denying the importance of having a strong sales team to help build a company. In most cases, a salesperson is the first impression a prospect gets of the company...and if not handled correctly, it can very well be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at Past Five
Three years ago I’d never even heard of Twitter, and today it’s one of the hottest tools for job seekers and hiring managers alike. It’s incredible! Twitter helps employers get an initial impression of the candidate and save themselves time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2013 at Past Five
I was on the elevator going to my office this morning, and there was a woman in there as well. I said, “Good morning.” She sighed and said, "Thank God it's Friday." Instead of responding with the typical "Yea, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Past Five
I recently read a New York Times article arguing that the skills gap between job seekers and unfilled positions is a myth. While this article presents some great points, I have to disagree. Yes, there are fewer jobs out there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at Past Five
I took both my sons (I have a daughter who wasn't with me) swimming at a club my parents belong to the other day. My parents were talking with another woman when we got there, and both my boys (13... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Past Five
I am tired of hearing and reading about "millennials" lacking work ethic. I have more than 50 of them working at LaSalle, and every day they amaze me. In a world that lacks accountability...I find it interesting that people continually... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2013 at Past Five
Some entrepreneurs have tunnel vision when it comes to growing business…a narrow, long path that leads only to new clientele. What companies need to realize is that they can turn to existing clients for new business. I shared my thoughts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Past Five
I hear the term passive aggressive. I hear people talking about not bringing their personal lives into the office. I listen to people talking about work-life balance. I’m baffled by it all. The large part of me that is "old... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at Past Five
It's hard to believe it's the second week of June and it's already Father's Day. It's harder to believe that I'm 41 years old, and my kids are 13, 11 and 8. When I think about being a father, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2013 at Past Five
Most successful companies make employee growth and development a priority. At these organizations, supervisors value ongoing learning, employees are sent to seminars and conferences, and formal training is given frequently. While all of this is great, it’s wasted effort unless... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Past Five
When joining a new company, it's so easy to pay attention to the little things and make friends. Yet, so many people don't...and while they aren't "huge" things...they become irritants. Like what? Spelling people's names wrong is a huge one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Past Five
The other day I spoke with a CEO who is thinking of relocating his company to Chicago. He wanted reassurance that Chicago was his next strategic move to help grow the business…and it undoubtedly is- not just for his organization,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Past Five
A few days ago, I spoke with Gordon Deal on Wall Street Journal This Morning about using Twitter in your job search. Although it’s not essential for job seekers to have a Twitter handle (yet), leveraging Twitter can help candidates... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Past Five
I get asked all the time why our staff is so friendly and so good with clients. The reason is two fold: 1. We always teach and stress the importance of client relationships and the value of treating them with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2013 at Past Five