Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

Happy New Year from the Team at Manhattan Resources

By | Blog, Clients, Community
Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

Happy New Year from Manhattan Resources

From our team at Manhattan Resources, thank you to our clients, our community, and our friends for a successful year. Abundant thanks as well to our fabulous team at Manhattan Resources and each of the hard working individuals that have made it possible for us to expand our offerings in new industries and add value in our traditional sectors by meeting their rapidly changing needs. Everyone at Manhattan Resources looks forward to continuing this spirit of reinvestment in our company, services, and team in 2018.

A Happy New Year Means Closing the Chapter on a Year of Challenges in Houston

You cannot live and work in Houston without feeling like we have truly turned a corner. We are emerging on the other side of a challenging year for our community. We are grateful to do so. Finally, we have the opportunity as a community to look forward.

This New Year will be one of innovation, acceleration, collaboration, and growth for our organization, our clients’ organizations, and the industries we serve. As a result, incredible prospects await us all in 2018. We are excited passionate about the future of Houston and the industries we serve. Most of all, we are happy to eager to help your company meet and exceed its goals in the coming year.

Thank you and best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Manhattan Resources sends Thanksgiving

Manhattan Resources Sends Thanksgiving Wishes

By | Clients, Community

Manhattan Resources Sends Thanksgiving Wishes 2017

Manhattan Resources sends Thanksgiving wishes to all of our clients, friends, and community.

We at Manhattan Resources are deeply thankful for the confidence and loyalty you’ve expressed through the years and extend our best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving Day.

Locally, our Houston community has been through a monumental year. Although many still have more recovery to go through, our community has accomplished so much through the inspiring response of so many.

To our extended family of clients and friends across the country, we wish you all great joy and continued success in your lives and businesses. 

As we celebrate these successes, we wish to give thanks in remembrance of how the holiday all started here in the U.S.!

First Thanksgiving

The First Thanksgiving (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

The Story of Thanksgiving in the United States

The Pilgrims at Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast in 1621, which we call the first Thanksgiving celebration. This feast was more than a day long. It lasted three days and featured a menu we would not recognize. The pilgrims and Indians ate lobster, seal, swan, deer, corn, maple syrup, and wild herbs; but no sweets, since the Pilgrims had run out of sugar they brought from Europe. No one knows exactly when turkey became the focus of the Thanksgiving menu.

After the first celebration, for the next 200 years, the colonies and states celebrated Thanksgiving day when they decided it was the best time. It became a holiday for every state in the union during the Civil War in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day would occur annually in November.

Vintage Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Vintage Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

New Thanksgiving Traditions Begin and Become Iconic

After 1900, parades begin to show up on Thanksgiving Day as part of the tradition. Perhaps the most well-known of these is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, first held in 1924. About 3 million spectators line the 2.5 mile route each year to see the giant balloons and floats. The television audience for the 2016 live parade was 22.3 million!

Read more about the first Thanksgiving with your family and share some wonderful videos about how it has evolved on The History Channel. Everyone at Manhattan Resources sends Thanksgiving wishes from our family to yours!

Manhattan Resources President

Manhattan Resources President Shares Views with Bauer School of Business as Panelist for Women in the Workplace

By | Community, Executive Leadership

Manhattan Resources President Allison Piper recently served as a panelist for a special forum held by University of Houston Bauer School of Business, Bauer Women Society, on “Empowering young business women to lead the workforce of tomorrow.”

Manhattan Resources President

Bauer Women Society President Mary Haar, left and Manhattan Resources President Piper, right, memorialize a power banner with the goal. Senior executives are engaged with the Bauer outreach to share lessons, ideas and tips as successful business women. The panel format allows executives to share leadership skills and address workforce questions.

The Bauer Women Society panel represented several industries and included the CEO and Founder of Novalash, Sophy Merszai; CEO of Consultlink (a medical information sharing startup), Diana Cabrales; and Piper of Manhattan Resources, a firm engaged in retained executive recruiting and advisory services and providing support to clients in oil & gas, retail energy, power & utilities, finance, manufacturing & distribution, legal, and engineering & construction.

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Attendees at Bauer Women Society participate in a forum an empowerment forum. The goal is to develop women to lead future workforces. A panel of three local executives led discussions.


World Champs

World Champs Teach World-Class Lesson

By | Awards, Community, Executive Leadership
World Champs

World Champs , the Houston Astros, brought a flood-weary and storm damaged Houston together with a real sense of team spirit during the Major League Baseball playoffs as this mural and many others around the city memorialize.

World champs — it’s an amazing accomplishment for any city but for Houston the timing could not have been better. If we learned anything this past season from the Houston Astros (and we learned a lot), two things stand out from an esoteric standpoint — we can achieve amazing things against great odds when we have the right team members and work together! So congratulations and thank you Astros and everyone in Houston for our first World Series win in 56 years! What an amazing experience!

This same lesson applies in business.  What a difference it makes having the right individual players to launch your team from so-so to world champs! As the Houston Astros success shows, the right trades – and placements –  can make all the difference. Add seasoned experience to augment and lead your less experienced raw talent. Find an energetic leader with strong, consistent wisdom and methodology to set the pace.

You, too, Can Go from So-So to World Champs with the Right Team and an Effective Leader

Management is more than hiring all-stars; it involves hiring and building complementary players, and fostering an environment in which employees are motivated to challenge each other while supporting their efforts.  Where collaboration doesn’t mean always agreeing but rather respectfully discussing ideas and building on the expertise and strength of each participant. Businesses that stress a spirit of teamwork and collaboration, while valuing individual merit, are able to capitalize on the individual strengths of their employees. As most of us know, when effective teams are in place, the collective product can be greater than the sum of the individual effort.

Keeping teamwork going is also something that requires focus. Teams often start out strong — but then they tend to lose enthusiasm when clear direction, goals and governance are not in place. This is the critical role of the team manager and it is a balancing act. The team has to be empowered but with clear engaging direction and specific, time-oriented goals. The team manager must always maintain the appropriate level of authority and allow individuality within the group.

Effective managers do not assume the team knows how to be a team much less world champs. They train all teams in teamwork skills such as listening, communicating with different personality types, and focus. Training first and teaming later is never an effective approach. It is always best to train the team as a team, and it is a helpful bonding to experience.

When your team rhythm isn’t quite right, Manhattan Resources can help evaluate the coaches and players. We can help you identify gaps, and recommend solutions to help you build a team that can achieve your goals. And you just might have the next world champs in your industry.

Retained search

What You Don’t Learn In Business School About Recruiting Firms

By | Executive Leadership, retained recruiting, Trends
Retained search

Retained search is best for filling roles that require careful analysis of the person’s competencies, ability to execute and cultural fit.

Recruiter’s Incentives Align with Yours in Retained Search to Deliver Real Value for Your Money

Retained search consistently delivers top quality candidates to executive roles and provides real value by driving accountability.

Once you decide to use a recruiting firm to fill your senior level role, you next must decide between using a “retained” or a “contingent” recruiter. While many hiring managers don’t understand the difference or know how to determine which to use, considering the dollars at stake and the impact on your organization, it is in your company’s best interest to spend some time understanding how it all works.

Retained Search Versus Contingent – Understanding the Difference

A contingent recruiter earns a fee only when the organization hires a candidate they have submitted to an organization. There is no obligation on the part of the recruiter to provide a candidate. And there is no compensation to the recruiter unless their candidate is hired, no matter what level of work is conducted.  Typically, this also means that whichever recruiter provides the resume to the client first gets paid. They receive nothing if their submittal of the candidate isn’t the first one.

A retained recruiter conducts a search upon receipt of a retainer – usually 1/3 of the estimated placement fee; and typically is hired to be the exclusive search partner to fill the position.  Payment of a retainer aligns the client company’s goals with the recruiter’s goals, and drives accountability on both sides. The hiring manager has an expectation that the recruiter is working to deliver results, since they have paid for it. On the flip side, the recruiter has an expectation that his or her work will be rewarded, and they can spend time fully vetting the candidates before submittal.  In the case of Manhattan Resources, the remainder of the placement fee is not due until 30 days after the candidate starts work, which still provides incentive to the recruiter to fill the position as quickly as possible.

When Would You Choose Contingent Search?

“Contingent search works well when there are a large number of qualified applicants for a role, such as with traditional staffing of entry level positions,” said CEO Chris Schoettelkotte of Manhattan Resources. “Contingency search can round up a pool of qualified candidates quickly for those roles.”

“Retained search is best when filling roles requiring careful analysis of the person’s competencies, ability to execute and cultural fit within the organization,” said Chris. “The retained search recruiter can spend time with the hiring manager and the team, getting to know the company’s culture and then assessing candidates for fit.  In addition, oftentimes the best candidates are not applying to posted positions, as they are busy working.  When the role is mission critical, and candidates are not plentiful, the retained search model saves time and money.”

 A Unique Approach to Retained Search at Manhattan Resources

“Over the years, we have developed a winning method to develop high performance teams,” said Schoettelkotte. “The most common reason new employees leave within the first year is  incompatibility on cultural and personal grounds.  It is not workplace skills inadequacy,” said Chris. “At Manhattan Resources, our team works hard to eliminate this possibility. We spend time with the client on location and experience the culture first hand. We guarantee our executive placements for a full year, as a result.”

You can discover how Manhattan Resources approach to search and transparent process result in successful high-performance teams by clicking here.

Manhattan Resources was named to Forbes 2017 List of Best Executive Recruiting Firms. To learn more about retained search, please feel free to contact us.

Carlson Products Wins Manufacturing Award

Carlson Products Wins Manufacturing Award for Innovation R&D

By | Awards, Client, Clients, Manufacturing, Technology

Carlson Products wins manufacturing award for innovations R&D in Wichita for new technology to boost efficiency. Manhattan Resources, an award-winning retained executive search firm that specializes in building high performance teams, is pleased to announce the outstanding success of its Wichita-based client Carlson Products LLC. Pictured here with the leadership team are CEO Austin Peterson, Manhattan Resources placement Controller Kirsten Vassalli, Tom Gnewkow and Jeremey Christensen. Read More

Help Employees Recover

Help Employees Recover from Disaster, and Help Your Business, with these 10 Critical Tips

By | Community
help employees recover

Help Employees Recover from the Effects of Hurricane Harvey. Will there be enough workers to fix this? (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

Help employees recover from disaster and by doing so you can also help your business as well. Manhattan Resources joins other businesses in confronting the after effects of Hurricane Harvey. To be fair, the hurricane itself was only a prelude to the horrific flooding that displaced about 45,000 Texans from their homes, business and jobs. Read More

Forbes Names Manhattan Resources to 2017 Top U.S. Recruiting Firms List

By | Awards, Regulatory, Technology, Trends

Houston (May 19, 2017) – Manhattan Resources, an award-winning retained executive search firm that specializes in building performance teams, was named to the 2017 Forbes Top 250 Executive Recruiting Firms List.

Manhattan Resources CEO Chris Schoettelkotte says, “It really is an honor to be named to the Forbes’ 2017 list of America’s Best Executive Recruitment Firms. We are excited to be included in the 2017 List, and challenged to continue moving up in the ranking next year. Our mission at Manhattan Resources is to bring a partnership approach of transparency and engagement to executive search that makes a long-lasting positive contribution to our clients’ strategic initiatives.” Read More