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Five Mistakes to Avoid in Leadership Transitions

As an executive search firm, we have led more than 100 searches to find CEOs for the world’s largest faith-based nonprofits. In every instance, there is a board who is strongly committed to the future of the institution, and in every instance, there is great intent to assure that the [...]

Christian Care Ministry, Chief Executive Officer – Case Study

Founded in 1993, Christian Care Ministry (CCM) is the 501(c)(3) parent organization of Medi-Share, the nation’s leading health care sharing ministry. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida and operating a second site in Colorado Springs, CO, CCM employs more than 700 people across both campuses and in remote locations. For the more [...]

Managing Culture in Chaos

As our team at CarterBaldwin has sought to respond to these unprecedented times, the need to maintain - and indeed even strengthen - our culture in the midst of a dramatically different work environment has been front and center for us. Our team asked a number of our [...]

Building Culture Amidst the Storm

How nonprofit CEOs are building organizational culture while battling the coronavirus. The global lockdown to fight the COVID-19 virus dispersed nonprofit organizations from their traditional work environments into remote and virtual ones. CarterBaldwin asked the leaders of Compassion International, Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries, and several others how they are [...]

The Single Most Important Role of a CEO

Even as I write the title, I know that it is audacious. Nobody could so precisely synthesize the unending responsibilities of a CEO into a single most important role. But we believe there is one … A simple search of the internet indicates that this is not the first time [...]

The Zone of Pressure vs. the Zone of Contentment

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 [...]

Measuring Trust

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 Talent to Differentiate

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.  [...]

When Servant Leadership becomes…Leader Servantship

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 [...]

Top 10 Reasons to Consider External Candidates

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 Decision to Hire – Not a “No-Brainer”

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 [...]

A Talent Shortage Still Exists for Business-Minded Professionals

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 [...]

The Components of Christian Calling

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 [...]

Friendly Fire – Gracefully Managing Involuntary Terminations

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 [...]

Four Facts You Should Know About Working with Executive Recruiters

1) Individuals do not pay fees to search firms. Executive search firms are paid by the companies who hire them to fill a position, typically a fee of one-third of the job’s first-year compensation. Search firms are not working for you, but for their paying clients. Therefore, do not expect [...]

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