Hiring for Succession

As we all know, small businesses face a number of challenges not experienced by larger firms. One of the most pressing challenges is that of succession planning, especially when no internal candidate is readily available. Unfortunately, what I sometimes see is a business owner staying at the helm of their business until their health begins to suffer. When that happens, the health of business also begins to suffer, often resulting in a good, viable business being destroyed by lack of planning.

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Culture Building in the First 100 Days

I’m often called upon to recruit a new CEO for an organization that’s been struggling with major challenges over a number of years.  When the challenges result from a difficult economic or market situation, the new CEO will need to focus on process, production and productivity. However, when the abrupt departure of a former CEO triggers an executive search, then the new incoming CEO can expect to face both technical as well as much more complex people problems.

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To Find Exceptional Leaders, You Need the Best Executive Search Team

A PriceWaterHouseCoopers global HR survey identified that several key organizational issues must be addressed by any senior leaders in order for future success to occur. These included namely, change management, leadership development and organizational effectiveness. What does this survey say about the competencies required by future executive leaders? What sets an exemplary leader apart?

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Are Assumptions Limiting Your Candidate Search?

Have you ever experienced a time when your selection committee had difficulty getting past a certain bias they were experiencing in their decision making? It certainly makes for interesting discussion. Part of the challenge is that we are all graduates of our personal experience which we then internalize and establish emotional views of how life should unfold. These so called “assumptions” are very difficult to remove and so we are challenged to move forward.

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Interpersonal Skills are Essential to New Hire Success

A recent Harvard Business Review study indicated that 46% of new hires failed in the first 18 months of their new work and only approximately 20% percent achieved full success in their jobs. The key reason for failure was found to be poor interpersonal skills. 

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