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EPISODE

001: How To Find & Retain Top-Level Talent In Your Company

WITH Scott Dikkers

Overview

How do you build a business team from scratch while making sure you get the best talent on board? That’s a major concern for most companies. But how can you do this while also putting people, both your employees and customers, first? I’m incredibly excited to have a guest who has been answering these questions for decades.

If you don’t know who Scott Dikkers is, you probably know of one of his businesses. He’s the co-founder and former Editor In Chief of The Onion, perhaps the best known satirical publication anywhere. He’s also written a whole bunch of wonderfully entertaining books and runs courses to help other aspiring comedy writers. What is truly impressive about Scott is that he approaches his pursuits with his heart and mind focused on the service his work provides for others.

Having built more than a few highly successful brands, Scott shares how he got them going all while putting people first in the process. Scott goes on to tell the unlikely story of how he got The Onion up and running with almost no capital. He also shares some insightful parallels between comedy and marketing that any business can learn from.

Has your business found a way to put people above profits? What are your challenges and rewards for doing so? Let me know in the comments!

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How do you build a business team from scratch while making sure you get the best talent on board? That’s a major concern for most companies. But how can you do this while also putting people, both your employees and customers, first? I’m incredibly excited to have a guest who has been answering these questions for decades.

If you don’t know who Scott Dikkers is, you probably know of one of his businesses. He’s the co-founder and former Editor In Chief of The Onion, perhaps the best known satirical publication anywhere. He’s also written a whole bunch of wonderfully entertaining books and runs courses to help other aspiring comedy writers. What is truly impressive about Scott is that he approaches his pursuits with his heart and mind focused on the service his work provides for others.

Having built more than a few highly successful brands, Scott shares how he got them going all while putting people first in the process. Scott goes on to tell the unlikely story of how he got The Onion up and running with almost no capital. He also shares some insightful parallels between comedy and marketing that any business can learn from.

Has your business found a way to put people above profits? What are your challenges and rewards for doing so? Let me know in the comments!

In this Episode

  • Scott’s story of founding The Onion and how he built this powerful brand with nearly no budget
  • How to find top talent for your team by attracting like-minded people and cultivating their skills
  • How comedy and marketing are trying to achieve the same thing
  • The band of “misfits” who came together to build The Onion and how some of them went on to become top-level Hollywood writers
  • How to ensure that your employees care about your customers as much as you do

Quotes

6:41“To me, I like when the brand itself tells the story so you don’t have to. I don’t ever like to sell anything. I want the product to be the salesman. Period.”
11:53“How do you find these A players? This is a big business concern in a lot of companies. How do you find the top performers in your industry? I don’t believe you find them; I believe you cultivate them. I believe that anybody has potential.”
14:18“When you’re doing comedy, you’re trying to get people to love you; you're trying to get people to pay attention to you, and you’re trying to make up for the traumatic childhood that you had. So you’re using a lot of powerful strategies that you developed over a lifetime to do those things… That’s marketing. That’s what marketers are trying to do.”
22:04“If I’m going to build a real long lasting relationship with a fan it has to be based not only on trust… I want them to love me. I want them to fall in love with my product so they become slavishly loyal.”
32:44“What are some things we can do to live out the most outrageous version of our brand, to really stand out, to really serve our people in a way that will make them love us that’s not necessarily going to pay off this quarter? It may be something that’s going to pay off years from now.”

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Host

Ryan Koral

Ryan Koral is an entrepreneur, producer and business strategist from Tell, a video production agency with a big heart for authentic stories that build brands and inspire action. He’s a husband (for like 13+ years), has 3 kiddos, and has an annoying – but infectious – laugh.

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