Innovate or Die: How we Tackle Innovation at TheLadders

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

November 13, 2014 @ 10:43 AM

“What’s next?” This is the question that plagues me, and I know it plagues the minds of everyone at TheLadders. Even when there’s success, we cannot dwell in it – we have to move on to the future.

We have seen time and again that companies must innovate, or they risk dying. One of the main challenges I’ve found at TheLadders is that you can’t build a successful product simply by gathering your customers’ requirements and desires. In a consumer-driven environment, it’s not unusual for your audience to not know the answers. Many consumers do not know what they truly want until it’s given to them. At TheLadders, it’s extremely important for us to think beyond what our customers are used to experiencing if we want to give them better products than they can imagine asking for. 

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No pain, no gain: Embracing the unnatural to excel as CEO

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

September 23, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

As CEO, I’m constantly pushing myself. To grow as a person. To grow the business. To help others grow and expect more from them in return, and to let them know how they’re doing and what’s expected of them. We experience growing pains as a result, and it feels unnatural.

A lot of what I do as CEO is unnatural. We aren’t born inherently knowing how to be the chief decision maker at a company, or how to empower others to help us reach new heights in business. Running a company even makes the IRONMAN triathlons I race in feel natural. Allow me to explain.

Last week, I had the opportunity to compete in Mont Tremblant, Quebec at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. It is the second time that I qualified for this event, and you can read about my experience in last year’s blog post.

I reflected on how IRONMAN races help me become a better leader and CEO, and told the story of how the lack of a goal and internal and external pressures led me to deliver a poor performance at the world championship.

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Crushing goals professionally and personally

Posted by Mary Usher

August 12, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

How TheLadders pushes us to conquer more than we thought possible.

TheLadders is in the business of conquering goals. We set very small and very large business goals, and work as a team to break through barriers and achieve what we set out to achieve. And while we’re busy doing that, we also have the encouragement from all our managers and coworkers to excel in our own, personal goals as well.

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Having already accomplished a huge career goal through TheLadders – moving up the ranks to become an event coordinator on the PR team – I was inspired by co-workers to challenge myself to a new opportunity: Completing the New York City Triathlon with several of my colleagues (including our CEO!).

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Finding strength on the other side of burnout

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

June 27, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

The pain is temporary: My second trip to Mont-Tremblant

This past weekend, I represented TheLadders at the IRONMAN 70.3 Executive Challenge in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. It was my first time back on the IRONMAN circuit after IRONMAN Cozumel back in December. The race taught me a surprising lesson in the power of patience and self-care that we can all take with us, from the IRONMAN course to the job search or our careers.

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Employee Spotlight: Data Scientist Eric Feder

Posted by Mike Deissig

June 12, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Meet Eric Feder, Data Scientist at TheLadders.

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At TheLadders, we know a company is only as good as the employees who build it, and we're proud to have a remarkable amount of talent in our SoHo office. We’d love for you to get to know some of the extraordinary team members who make TheLadders the premier mobile career network committed to finding the right person for the right job. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few minutes with one of our own. 

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Employee Spotlight: Product Manager JP Park

Posted by Mike Deissig

May 29, 2014 @ 07:00 PM

Meet JP Park, Product Manager at TheLadders.

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At TheLadders, we know a company is only as good as the employees who build it, and we're proud to have a remarkable amount of talent in our SoHo office. We’d love for you to get to know some of the extraordinary team members who make TheLadders the premier mobile career network committed to finding the right person for the right job. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few minutes with one of our own.

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Employee Spotlight: QA Manager Susanne Abdelrahman

Posted by Mike Deissig

May 16, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Meet Susanne Abdelrahman, QA Manager at TheLadders.

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At TheLadders, we know a company is only as good as the employees who build it, and we're proud to have a remarkable amount of talent in our SoHo office. We’d love for you to get to know some of the extraordinary team members who make TheLadders the premier mobile career network committed to finding the right person for the right job. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few minutes with one of our own.

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Employee Spotlight: PR Manager Maria Sekar

Posted by Mike Deissig

May 09, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Meet Maria Sekar, PR Manager at TheLadders.

Maria Sekar, PR Manager for TheLadders

At TheLadders, we know a company is only as good as the employees who build it, and we're proud to have a remarkable amount of talent in our SoHo office. We’d love for you to get to know some of the extraordinary team members who make TheLadders the premier mobile career network committed to finding the right person for the right job. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few minutes with one of our own.

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Employee Spotlight: Software Engineer John Connolly

Posted by Mike Deissig

May 02, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Meet John Connolly, Software Engineer at TheLadders

JohnConnollyAt TheLadders, we know a company is only as good as the employees who build it, and we're proud to have a remarkable amount of talent in our SoHo office. We’d love for you to get to know some of the extraordinary team members who make TheLadders the premier mobile career network committed to finding the right person for the right job. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a few minutes with one of our own.

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What happens to a dream deferred?

Posted by Alexandre Douzet

December 10, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

What will you do when things don’t go your way? TheLadders CEO Alex Douzet shares his journey to completing his second Ironman competition.

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Twelve months ago, I decided to challenge myself to a second Ironman competition.  The road to an Ironman is long and demanding.  In order to commit to a rigorous training schedule of 12+ hours a week for 26 weeks, I needed a new source of inspiration. Around the time that I decided to sign up for Ironman Cozumel, New York City was recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  Neighborhoods including Breezy Point and the Rockaways were some of the most impacted and devastated areas of NYC. Hospitals surrounding the Rockaways closed, leaving entire communities without any real healthcare options. 

To raise awareness and funds to help the Rockaways, we entered a partnership with Doctors of the Word USA, a relief group that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations. Through the partnership, we created TheLadders’ Team Doctors of the World USA and committed to competing in the New York City Triathlon and the Ironman Cozumel.

In September, fellow Ironman and motivational speaker Matt Long gave the keynote speech at our Job Mobile Summit. His main message was that dreams need to become goals, and in order for us to achieve our goals, we need to come up with a plan, commit to that plan, and make the necessary sacrifices to execute that plan.  Click on the following link to watch Matt's video at TEDx.

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