Jeff Kortes

Hiring and Retention Speaker, Founder of Human Asset Management LLC

  • Jeff Kortes`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jeff Kortes`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Wisconsin, USA

  • Jeff Kortes`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jeff Kortes`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $7,500 - $10,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Wisconsin, USA

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Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…the Success Formula for Building Employee Loyalty

Have you ever wondered why some bosses and organizations have people who are incredibly loyal to them and who will do anything for them while others have a revolving door of employee turnover?  Those bosses and organizations people want to follow give their employees lots of ...

Have you ever wondered why some bosses and organizations have people who are incredibly loyal to them and who will do anything for them while others have a revolving door of employee turnover?  Those bosses and organizations people want to follow give their employees lots of C.R.A.P.!  (Caring, Respect, Appreciation and Praise).  Jeff provides a “headhunter’s” insight into why some employees are loyal and others work only to get a paycheck.  Through real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff has created a program which helps participants understand how to demonstrate Caring, Respect, Appreciation, and Praise, so that they can systematically build employee loyalty in their organization.

Because Jeff is a “headhunter,” in addition to having 25 years in human resources leadership roles prior to starting his own company, he hears first-hand from candidates why bosses and organizations who give their people lots of C.R.A.P. have people who will go the extra mile for them when things get tough and others will leave at 5 o’clock on the dot.

Jeff’s unique insight will enable participants to leave the session with actionable steps to begin building employee loyalty and drive retention in their department or organization while participating in a program with great takeaways that will resonate with attendees.

(Note:  If you have already heard Jeff’s program, “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention” this is a deep dive into C.R.A.P.!  We will specifically look at what makes up Caring, Respect Appreciation and Praise and how organizations to use it to build loyalty on their team)

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Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention

Have you ever wondered why some bosses and organizations are retention magnets?  The answer; they understand that giving their people C.R.A.P. (Caring, respect, appreciation and praise) is a must. Jeff provides a “headhunter’s” insight into the thoughts and ...

Have you ever wondered why some bosses and organizations are retention magnets?  The answer; they understand that giving their people C.R.A.P. (Caring, respect, appreciation and praise) is a must.

Jeff provides a “headhunter’s” insight into the thoughts and reasoning of employees who decide or are contemplating leaving their jobs in various organizations as he reveals how giving your people C.R.A.P. and 7 other secrets are the key to employee retention.  Through humorous, real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff has created a program which helps participants discover ways to gain a competitive edge when trying to retain talent.

Because Jeff is a “headhunter” in addition to having 25 years in human resources leadership roles prior to starting his own company, he gives you an eye-opening glimpse into what motivates solid performers to consider leaving their employers and what gets them thinking that “the grass is greener” on the other side of the fence.

Attendees will hear real life comments from candidates Jeff has attempted to recruit that the candidate will never admit in an exit interview with human resources or tell their boss.  Jeff’s unique insight will enable participants to leave the session with actionable steps to begin to drive retention in their department or organization while participating in a program with great takeaways that will resonate with attendees.

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Recruit to Win

Do you struggle to find talent in a candidate driven market?  Do you get frustrated trying to fill open positions?  Do you wonder if there is a way to be successful in the war for talent?  Jeff provides a “headhunter’s” insight into how to build a comprehensive ...

Do you struggle to find talent in a candidate driven market?  Do you get frustrated trying to fill open positions?  Do you wonder if there is a way to be successful in the war for talent?  Jeff provides a “headhunter’s” insight into how to build a comprehensive recruiting strategy.  Through real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff has created a program which helps participants understand how to build a strategy so they can systematically fill their openings.

Because Jeff is a “headhunter,” in addition to having 25 years in human resources leadership roles and talent acquisition prior to starting his own company, he understands that recruiting requires strategy.  It’s no longer enough to post a job and hope that that candidates apply.  He knows that strategy is at the heart of finding the people you need to run your organization.

Jeff’s unique insight will enable participants to leave the session with actionable steps to begin building their recruiting strategy so that they are able to win in the war for talent.

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No Thanks… I took Another Offer

As a “headhunter,” Jeff Kortes’ program provides a unique insight into the thoughts and reactions of candidates who have recently gone through the selection process at various companies.  The content is invaluable for Human Resources professionals, managers and ...

As a “headhunter,” Jeff Kortes’ program provides a unique insight into the thoughts and reactions of candidates who have recently gone through the selection process at various companies.  The content is invaluable for Human Resources professionals, managers and executives looking to gain a competitive edge when competing for talent.  It is an eye opening glimpse into how candidates for employment think and view prospective employers…both good and bad!

Attendees will hear real life comments from candidates made to the speaker.  This information will shock, amaze and validate many of the things that hiring managers often suspect but never hear directly from candidates about why they turn down job offers from seemingly highly-regarded organizations.  The comments will raise the level of awareness so participants take a critical look at the recruiting process from a sales perspective.

This program will shift the focus of attendees so they realize that not only are they recruiting…they are also selling the organization as well.  This sales perspective plays an integral role in the organization’s ability to attract and land the best talent in the marketplace.

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Creating a Culture of C.R.A.P… how Culture will Drive Results in the New Workplace

Have you ever wondered what makes some cultures are engines that produce excellent results year after year?  Have you ever seen bosses that people would do almost anything for and wondered what their secret was?   Those bosses and organizations that build a people-centric ...

Have you ever wondered what makes some cultures are engines that produce excellent results year after year?  Have you ever seen bosses that people would do almost anything for and wondered what their secret was?   Those bosses and organizations that build a people-centric culture understand that it is the culture they create that drives success…not the opposite.

Jeff’s insight as an HR Leader, “headhunter,” coach, martial artist and US Army veteran made him realize that a culture created by a leader or an organization that had people as the foundation delivered sustained results year after year.

Through real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff has created a program which helps participants understand how building an energized and loyal workforce will produce a culture that drives sustained results.

This program is an “idea” program but it is also a “process” program.  Participants will understand the importance of building an energized and loyal workforce as well as learn actionable steps they can use to start building this type of culture.

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HR Horror Stories…Why Leadership Matters

In a haunted house you often see some crazy and bizarre, yet very frightening things take place.  Happenings often border on the surreal. Sound like some of the places you have worked?  Join Jeff Kortes while he takes you on a tour of the House of Horrors that is the HR ...

In a haunted house you often see some crazy and bizarre, yet very frightening things take place.  Happenings often border on the surreal. Sound like some of the places you have worked?  Join Jeff Kortes while he takes you on a tour of the House of Horrors that is the HR Scene.

  • Have you ever been fired on your birthday?
  • Think you can’t “bear” it any longer?
  • Fire people one day only to have to bring them back the next?

Jeff has!

Join him as he shares his times working in the House of Horrors we know as the business world.  Using humorous, real-life stories, he recalls the stories and most important lessons he learned over his 25-year career in human resources.  Based on his book HR Horror Stores…True Tales from the Trenches, Jeff has created a keynote that enables audience participants to put their sometimes crazy work environment into perspective and realize that although events can be “bizarre” at times, there is a reason they chose leadership as a calling and how what they do matters.

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About Keynote Speaker Jeff Kortes

About Speaker Jeff Kortes…

Jeff Kortes is the founder of Human Asset Management LLC, a human resource consulting firm specializing in talent acquisition, employee retention, leadership development, employee engagement and development of high performance work cultures.  He is a skilled speaker, facilitator and trainer who energizes participants.

Mr. Kortes has 25 years experience in human resources and labor relations.  Mr. Kortes’ exposure to both public and private sector organizations has been obtained while functioning in construction, manufacturing, municipal government, and high tech environments.  He has held human resources leadership positions at SPX, Midas International, ConAgra, Inc., Camtronics Medical Systems, and the City of Franklin, Wisconsin.  A sample of his accomplishments include:

  • Designed and implemented customized training, management development, mentoring, and performance management processes for multiple organizations.
  • Designed, marketed, and delivered trademarked leadership series.
  • Designed and implemented focused recruitment and retention strategies to enable his clients to compete with national competitors for talent.
  • Leading multiple organizational change efforts in both union free and unionized environments.
  • Developed strategy to retain and engage intellectual capital in highly competitive software development organization.
  • Establishing continuous improvement processes and high performance work systems including self-directed teams in private and public sector.
  • Developing multiple labor/management partnerships designed to focus the energies of the parties involved on remaining competitive in global markets.
  • Negotiated 50+ labor agreements in both the public and private sectors.
  • Author of two books on employee retention and leadership.

Education 

  • S.A. Human Resources, Central Michigan University
  • S. Business Administration, Marquette University

Professional Certifications and Affiliations

  • Currently hold the designation as Professional Speaker from the National Speakers Association
  • Former Board Member-National Speakers Association Wisconsin

Testimonials

The feedback from membership was overwhelmingly positive. Everyone enjoyed your presentation, “Give Your Employees C.R.A.P…the Success Formula for Building Employee Loyalty”. The topic was relevant, the content was useful, and the delivery was perfect. It was the ideal session to open our conference.

Abby E. Zaffuto

RRFA Convention Chair

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