Ken Silber | Executive Vice President of Sales

Ken Silber has been with Wonderlic since 1996. His expertise in assessment, coupled with his successful sales and service background, has guided over 5,000 clients including the NFL, ITT, Kaplan Higher Education, Corinthian Colleges, and Blue Cross Blue Shield toward notable strides in reducing employee turnover, improving stakeholder satisfaction, and increasing student success and retention rates.

As the Executive Vice President of Sales, Ken drives organizational performance by overseeing the unified activities of the marketing, sales, customer support, consulting, training, sales support, and data analysis teams. Building on a proven record of delivering client results to both educators and businesses, Ken is an advocate of innovation in the delivery and reporting of highly predictive assessment data. His teams continually drive new technologies to best meet the needs of employers, students, educators and administrators at the local, state and national level.

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Employee Assessments: Tactical or Strategic?

You followed the hiring process to a T and it worked! You hired a great employee and they are proving to be a great fit. But what happened to their assessment results? I’m willing to bet you used the results to help you make a hiring decision, but haven’t looked at them since.

You’re not alone. Read more about Employee Assessments: Tactical or Strategic?

How to Do a Better Reference Check

Reference checks are an essential step in your hiring process. As someone who has conducted a large number of reference checks, I know the process is time consuming, and often not very informative. Read more about How to Do a Better Reference Check

6 Tips for Optimizing Performance Reviews

Contrary to how many managers approach it, the employee performance review should not be so much an event as an ongoing process. Having a “performance management” mindset, where employees are perpetually guided towards their ultimate potential, is the ideal practice to have in place. Read more about 6 Tips for Optimizing Performance Reviews

How to Get More from a Reference Check

Reference checks are an essential step in your hiring process. As someone who has conducted a significant number of them in my career, I know they can be extremely time consuming and don’t always yield the most insightful information.

However, reference checks have the potential to provide you with some of the most critical, timely, and valuable information you could ask for:  actually knowing how a candidate has performed on the job. Certainly, past performance is a strong predictor of future performance. But simply verifying employment dates and asking superficial questions will typically leave you in the cold. You need to make sure that you ask the right questions.

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Managing Generation Y

As we get close to beginning a new year, there has been a lot of discussion surrounding the trends of the workforce in the future. One of the most common terms I continue to hear is “Millenials.” They’re beginning to move up in the ranks of leadership, and while many of you probably have experience working with this group, do you really know who they are?

I did some research to find out.

Who Are They? Read more about Managing Generation Y

Online Education: More Cost Efficient?

I can’t seem to put down the topic of online education. It’s growing by leaps and bounds, but public perception (and even the opinions of those in education) is mixed.

In an earlier post I discussed an online education study conducted by Ithaka S+R. I talked about the results surrounding specific learning outcomes and the attitudes of the students towards online learning vs. traditional education.

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How to Prepare Your Students for Tomorrow’s Workforce

A decade ago we didn’t have Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. Now there are occupations centered on social media marketing. Ten years before that we didn’t have smart phones. Now our society is virtually dependant on them. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and things that we never imagined were possible, we can no longer live without.

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Blending Business and Government Leadership

Business and government can’t be separated. When Congress was at a standoff during the debt ceiling crisis in 2011, 300 business executives signed an open letter posted in The Wall Street Journal to encourage an agreement. The fiscal policy debate had been heavily impacting the market, and Americans were afraid of another major economic downturn. Read more about Blending Business and Government Leadership

Online Education Study: Are Traditional Classrooms Really Better?

It’s a common belief that students who are in the traditional classroom and receive face-to-face education do better than online students. However, I recently came across a study that shows that this may no longer be the case.

The study conducted by Ithaka S+R followed the learning of two groups of students: one group who strictly attended classroom sessions and the other who took the course online plus attended a one-hour, in-person lecture per week. Read more about Online Education Study: Are Traditional Classrooms Really Better?

Enrolling Students You Never Meet

There is a shift in education towards online learning. There are a lot of advantages to distance education that benefits students, teachers, and institutions. Students don’t have to relocate. Online schedules are often flexible. Schools can recruit the best talent from a worldwide pool. Modern technology is often faster and easier to use than traditional teaching methods. Read more about Enrolling Students You Never Meet

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