Paul Beard

Paul Beard
I am one of the co-founders of SkyWater and have over 28 years experience conducting contingent and retained search services. Recent retained projects include: President/CEO, CFO, CIO, EVP of HR, VP of Global Sales, EVP of EVP of Operations, EVP of Global Sourcing, VP of Supply Chain, VP of Marketing, and a variety of Director level positions that roll up to these positions. While the vast majority of my work is conducted in the Twin Cities, I do work on a national basis.
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Better Employee Engagement Starts with a Better Survey

Posted by Paul Beard on 8/6/20 4:15 PM

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Over the past several years, the concept of “Employee Engagement” – and the practice of using surveys to measure it – has attracted a lot of attention among managers and the HR leadership who support them.  It’s also generated a great deal of confusion.  What is employee engagement?  Isn’t it just a new name for employee satisfaction?  We keep surveying them but nothing ever changes… why bother?

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Forbes Magazine Names SkyWater Search Partners one of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms in 2020

Posted by Paul Beard on 6/15/20 10:15 AM

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New Hire Ramp Up: The 5 Focus Approach

Posted by Paul Beard on 2/5/20 8:45 AM

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Zero in on these Critical Areas for Fast, Effective Onboarding

You’ve probably seen the studies linking employee retention to new hire experience.  If you haven’t, you might start with this one by the SHRM Foundation.  In it, you’ll find a compelling argument for re-investing in your onboarding process.  Whether your new hire is fresh out of school or a seasoned veteran, they need to experience a guided, intentional introduction to your organization, their new team, and their role within it.  And if you thought that you could save a few dollars by just “buddying them up with Betty Lou over here because she really knows the ropes…” well… no, you can’t.

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Want to Show Your Appreciation this Veterans Day?

Posted by Paul Beard on 11/11/19 12:15 PM

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Today and this whole week seem like an especially great time to pause for a moment to celebrate our country and the countless individuals who serve and have served it with honor:  our veterans.  And what better way to truly show our appreciation for our American veterans than to hire them when they get back home?

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What To Expect When There Are More Jobs in MN Than People Looking For Work

Posted by Paul Beard on 10/17/19 3:07 PM

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Why Fall Is A Great Time To Hire

Posted by Paul Beard on 8/19/19 12:10 PM

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Fall is a celebrated season in the great state of Minnesota. Leaves transform into vibrant orange, yellow, and red colors. Apple orchards, corn mazes, and hay rides reserve their dates in our weekend calendars. A once beautiful and fashionable population of beach goers prepare to spend the next three months wearing the customary plaid and flannel Minnesotan uniform. 

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A Will To Win - How Athletes Win In Business

Posted by Paul Beard on 8/9/19 12:37 PM

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Many of us bring fun trinkets to the office to help us clear our heads or stay focused throughout the work day. Sometimes it's a stress ball, or a fidget spinner...

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When Leaders Make Mistakes….

Posted by Paul Beard on 6/17/19 3:09 PM

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Everyone, no matter who they are, from the office rookie right up to the President of an organization, makes mistakes at work. When you are a manager or a leader of a team, however, those mistakes are magnified. As a leader, whatever the reason for your error, it is vital that you are accountable and own up to your error.

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6 Words and phrases to Omit During A Job Interview

Posted by Paul Beard on 5/1/19 1:00 PM

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You have an interview lined up. You’ve rehearsed answers to typical questions and you’re fairly confident you’re prepared for whatever the hiring manager will fire your way. You may know what you should say, but are you certain about what you shouldn't?

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Play It Cool: 5 Post-Interview Tips While You’re Waiting For THAT Decision

Posted by Paul Beard on 4/17/19 11:38 AM

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Emerging from a job interview that went really well is a great feeling. You answered all the questions just as you wanted, put some relevant ones of your own forward and the hiring manager was hinting at a job offer. After a few days without a phone call or e-mail from the employer you naturally begin to get anxious. As a few more days pass by, doubts and frustration begin to creep in.

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