Interviewing Tips for Executive Search

I have been in the search business for 30 years working for companies in financial services, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, nonprofit, transportation, construction and governmental entities. I have interviewed thousands of people and I enjoy meeting new people all the time. … READ MORE »

Choosing an Executive Coach

What functional backgrounds do most Presidents and CEO’s come from? Today most come from the finance area. In the past, many moved up from sales and marketing, followed closely by operations. Why the shift? Recent financial difficulties the world has … READ MORE »

Get the Right People on the Bus

Companies that go beyond survival do so for many reasons in which good management skills plays a critical role.  Beyond good management comes leadership which is a very difficult concept for all of us to agree upon.  You can teach … READ MORE »

Onboarding the New Executive: A Short Guide

Surveys show that new Executives fail at rate as high as 40%. Many of these failures result from the lack of a good process to assimilate the new Executive into the organization.  Recruiting a new Executive and a new compensation … READ MORE »

Onboarding: A Good Insurance Policy

You have spent six months working with a search firm filling a vital Executive Vice President role with someone who should have the potential to become the next President or CEO of the company. You have interviewed four people, tested … READ MORE »

Your Guide to Tests and Assessments

There are assessments and then there are tests.  Assessments gauge a set of behaviors or tendencies.  For example, a personality profile or an emotional intelligence survey measures participants’ responses according to who they are as a person.  There are technically … READ MORE »

A Quick Review of “The 5 Levels of Leadership”

According to John C. Maxwell, effective leadership is about “getting people to follow you because of who you are and what you represent.”   Effective leaders are not those that get others to follow because of the position they hold or … READ MORE »

Conflict Resolution: Being a Successful Manager

Every manager, or anyone who has a relationship with another person, is going to experience conflict. While conflict is unavoidable, avoiding resolutions is not acceptable if you are going to be a successful manager. In a circumstance where two people … READ MORE »

11 Ways to Find the Leader in Your Organization

When I ask search committees for competencies or qualities they feel are critical in their next hire I always hear people express the need for a good leader. The problem for me is identifying what leadership means as a group … READ MORE »

10 Tips for Handling Difficult Conversations

We all have participated in difficult conversations whether in our personal lives or our business lives. Many of us have been on the receiving end and some have had the task to deliver a difficult message. No matter which side … READ MORE »