c-suite leadership business stage

Cannabis companies face unique challenges as they move through business stages. Many founders began as growers without extensive business experience. As they move through the business lifecycle into a second-stage startup, they might realize they need to scale their leadership team, bringing on people who compliment their own strengths and weaknesses for a more well-rounded…

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Episode 57 - J. Fife Symington IV - Co-Founder & Managing Director at Copperstate Farms

J. Fife Symington IV is an entrepreneur and Arizona native with more than three decades of experience in greenhouse agriculture. He serves as Managing Director of Copperstate Farms, a vertically integrated cannabis company he co-founded in 2016.  Symington’s agricultural pursuits began in the early 90’s. After graduating with honors from Harvard University, Symington spent time…

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company values examples

At Y Scouts, we have the unique opportunity to learn about the cultures and workplaces of the organizations we serve as part of our executive search process. A core part of any organization is its company values. What are core values, exactly? Core values are simply the beliefs and opinions that inform intentions and actions.…

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transformational leadership in action

There’s a lot to gain from using empathy as a tool to better understand another’s perspective in the context of our professional lives. Indeed it’s the very crux of transformational leadership.

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applying design thinking to talent acquisition strategy

The design thinking framework was first used by designers (hence the name), but the principles can be applied to many disciplines. In fact, talent acquisition strategies are embracing the benefits of design thinking. We define design thinking as: A structured, iterative, and empathic methodology used to solve problems and discover imaginative opportunities in order to…

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Episode 55 - John Oram - CEO & Founder of NUG

Dr. Oram holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental chemistry and engineering from the University of California Los Angeles and bachelor’s degrees in analytical chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Dr. Oram spent his research years studying the complex physical and chemical processes governing the fate of contaminants in the coastal environment. …

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Episode 54 - Vinay Tolia - CEO of Flowr Corporation

Born and raised in Michigan, Mr. Tolia attended the University of Michigan where he earned a BA in economics and BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering,  He previously held roles with investment banking firms Peter J. Solomon Company and hedge fund Midtown Capital before co-founding Bengal Capital Trading LLC, a Chicago based hedge fund. While…

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do-you-need-marijuana-certification

It’s official. There is marijuana certification for every aspect of the industry, from the art of culinary edibles to zen cultivation and all the operational functions in between. Cannabis is big business in 35 states and counting for medical use, recreational pursuits, or both. That’s great news for hiring managers in businesses that want experienced…

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When to hire a Chief People Officer

Hiring your company’s first chief people officer (CPO) is often the mark of a broader strategic shift within your organization, rapid growth or both. Maybe you just doubled the size of your workforce, opened a satellite office (or have fully embraced remote work) or maybe you want to get to the root of a turnover…

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xecutive Recruiting Best Practices

High stakes are in-play when you choose to bring new leadership to your organization. An executive hiring decision and eventual onboarding can impact your business reputation, staff morale and engagement, the company’s strategic direction and the path to organizational success.  CriticalEye, a peer-to-peer community, advises leaders that new CEO decisions regarding strategy versus implementation and…

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