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The A-List Podcast with Mike Lescarbeau

On this week’s episode of The A-List Podcast, host and DiMassimo Goldstein CCO Tom Christmann is joined by Mike Lescarbeau, former President and Chief Creative Officer of Carmichael Lynch, and current CEO of Person, an HR consulting firm that helps companies create better workplaces through diversity, inclusion, and best hiring practices.

During the interview, Mike delves into his successful start in advertising and his natural transition towards helping companies develop positive work cultures. Mike has been awarded the American Advertising Federation’s 2014 MOSAIC Award for Diversity Achievement, and serves on the board of directors for The BrandLab, a Minneapolis-based consortium of over 40 companies working to bring more people of color into advertising and marketing.

Mike’s transition is an unusual one. In this interview he gives us invaluable advice about how to lean into people’s natural tendencies to create a higher retention rate and keep your people happy.

Sit back and take a listen to the most interesting interview you’ve ever heard about Human Resources.

Show Notes: 

  • [0:00 – 2:22] Intro
  • [2:23 – 7:50] Writing 200 headlines with Tom McElligott and growing up in Minnesota
  • [7:51– 18:14] The natural ease of writing copy and early advertising experiences
  • [18:15 – 25:50] Moving from advertising to HR
  • [25:51 – 31:25] How to make interviews safer spaces
  • [31:26 – 37:42] Embracing Millennials and dealing with hard clients
  • [37:43 – 50:10] Breaking down barriers with other people and being inclusive
  • [50:11 –:] First steps in helping a company hire
  • [58:18 – 1:00:07] Outro

 “The A-List” is a podcast produced by DiMassimo Goldstein, an inspiring action agency, recorded at the Gramercy Post, and sponsored by the Adhouse Advertising School, New York’s newest, smallest, and hippest ad school. You can subscribe and rate the show on iTunes or listen along on SoundCloud. For updates on upcoming episodes and guests, be sure to like the A-List Podcast on Facebook and follow host Tom Christmann on Twitter.