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The Zone of Pressure vs. the Zone of Contentment

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While we certainly can’t dictate every outcome, we can align our teams and resources to maximize our chances of success. Said another way, the championship is not always won in the draft, but I like my odds better when I’ve got a team comprised of the right athletes. A crucial question I focus on when assessing [...]

Measuring Trust

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When we conduct a search for an executive who will succeed in a leadership role with one of our clients we take into consideration what we believe to be the four critical components of a successful “fit.”  These elements of fit include the skill set that the executive brings to the table, the cultural match with [...]

The Talent to Differentiate

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The tax, accounting and consulting market has experienced seismic shifts in recent years.  Several factors have played into the fast rate of change, including continued economic uncertainty, earnings pressure, aggressive federal and state tax jurisdictions, global regulatory change and more aggressive competition between firms.  Regional firms are pushing up market.  National firms are breaking the old [...]

When Servant Leadership becomes…Leader Servantship

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I taught high school Sunday School for nearly a decade.  One of my students was the quarterback of the local football team, and whenever I asked him a question that he was not sure of the answer, he would smile real big and slowly say “Jesus”?   No kidding…he got a scholarship to Princeton. As “Jesus” was [...]

Top 10 Reasons to Consider External Candidates

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In that we are an executive search firm, it may seem fairly self-serving to include, in our newsletter, an article advocating external hires. The obvious truth is that our entire industry goes away if organizations quit recruiting leadership from the outside. And yet, surprisingly, internal promotions are equally critical to the success of the executive search [...]

The Decision to Hire – Not a “No-Brainer”

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Some years ago, I placed Diana (true story - but not her real name) as a mid-level executive in a fairly large financial services company that had offices and people distributed across the globe. The role Diana accepted was brand new and was still being defined, but her future boss had assured Diana that the two [...]

A Talent Shortage Still Exists for Business-Minded Professionals

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There is a shortage of leaders-even in our current economic environment-who bring both specific technical expertise and strategic general business acumen to the table.  Smart organizations are looking for and hiring it. Smart leadership candidates are acquiring and marketing it. This shortage is magnified in technical professions like tax, accounting and technology where very specialized legal, [...]

The Components of Christian Calling

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What is God’s will for my life?  Anyone who has ever led a small group or a Sunday school class of high school or college age students will recognize this as the most frequently asked question and the most popular topic of study.  This article is not about that. But it is about a parallel topic [...]

Creating a Work Environment Rich with Diversity is About More than Checking a Box

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Executive search is a business where you learn something new from every search, every interview and every client interaction; after all, we work with the most complex of all variables, people. I recently completed one of my more interesting searches, which was for a top diversity executive for the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), and took away [...]

Advice on Successfully Managing Involuntary Terminations in Your Organization

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You like the employee. He or she has not stolen anything, threatened violence or incited riots, but this person is just not working out within your organization. You know it and, more importantly, your team knows it. You need to make a change, but before you do, you have a big decision to make: Do you [...]

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