Season 5 Episode 11: Attracting Talent Begins With You (us)

Season 5 Episode 11: Attracting Talent Begins With You (us). A window view that looks out into a corporate jungle with people in suits holding briefcases waiting for something to happen.
Season 5 Episode 11: Attracting Talent Begins With You (us).

The war for talent is on and every team and organization on the planet is trying to attract the best talent they can find. The most successful leaders and cultures realize that attracting talent begins on the inside. Remember these 4 keys!

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1:47 – Jason introduces Season 5 episode 11 of the podcast, Attracting Talent Begins With You (us). Welcome back to the podcast on corporate culture and leadership and thank you for listening. We engage thought leaders like CEOs, CFOs, managers, VPs, directors, and more for this podcast. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. We deep dive into today’s topic.

2:20 – We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send it to

3:00 – Please leave a review for the podcast It really helps the podcast to spread these messages out into the world. Please share this podcast with your organization, on your team, or in your life to help spread these messages. Thank you!

5:13 – Jason talks about how this season we have taken a dive into the big shift, the future or work, and emotional intelligence so do check out other episodes this season if you have not heard them; they are really worth a listen!

6:17 – Today we are talking about attracting talent in this new work landscape. Many companies are struggling now to attract talent and to place people in jobs. Jason speaks to what employees are looking for and how companies can set themselves apart when hiring. 7.6 million people resigned from their jobs in April and May creating the big shift.

The war for talent is in full swing.

7:07 – Attracting talent begins with us, it begins with you. It begins on the inside before it reaches anyone on the outside. The old model of thinking to hire is put it out there, find the best, most talented people and offer them a little more than the competition. Problem solved. That model is broken and really it never worked very well. It didn’t work because it didn’t lead to job satisfaction. Instead, it created employees that were happy at the beginning of the honeymoon stage of hiring and then quickly become complacent just enough to keep their jobs but did not encourage them enough to really shine through the organization.

12:48 – Jason talks about keeping your house in order on the inside before looking outside. A few keys include:

  1. Internal clarity of the culture. You can’t sell anyone on your culture unless you bought into your message.
  2. Your posters are in your people. Posters are important but it’s not just about having good posters. Are the words in those posters actually in alignment with the way people show up in action and behavior within your organization?
  3. Attracting talent onboarding strategy begins now. It doesn’t just begin on day one. It begins well before that. It begins from the very first messages that they see of you. How are you branding yourself? Your team, your organization?
  4. Adopt a whole-person mentality. People don’t just want a job and pay; even when people say that. They actually want a place where they can be part of a meaningful culture. Where they can have a voice and contribute and a place that cares about them as a whole person.

21:16 – The time for companies to go beyond the company mentality is now. For companies and organizations to be competitive to find and attract talent they need to support, develop, and raise people up. Jason talks about what values companies should look at when developing their people and internal hiring strategies.

23:20 – Jason summarizes the values and discussion for today’s podcast and what teams and organizations can do to attract and retain new employees.

Questions to Ponder

  1. Is your team or organization clear on the inside of the culture you are trying to create and sell externally?

  2. Are your posters in your people? 

  3. What are the stories, the narratives that you give to the world? Are they the stories that you want?

  4. Is your culture only focused on a job task or function or caring for the whole person and performance?

Please leave a review for the podcast It really helps the podcast to spread these messages out into the world. Please share this podcast with your organization, on your team, or in your life to help spread these messages. Thank you!

Be sure to check out Thermostat Cultures live event happening Oct. 29th, tickets are available virtually as well as in-person here.

Remember, the best leaders, teams, & cultures stimulate progress by recalibrating their thermostat together.

If you like the podcast, have a question, or just want to share your thoughts about daring to begin please leave a comment below or please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.


Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families, or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.