Interviewing for a Job? Use Covid Time to your advantage.
June 1, 2020
This past week I witnessed two, not one but two, occasions where a client commented on a candidate's outstanding interview preparation. In both instances, the candidates prepared PowerPoint presentations which they introduced into the discussion.
THE RELATIVE RELEVANCE OF A RELATIVE – SAY WHAT??
May 15, 2020
We once undertook a search for a company looking to hire a Vice-President of Sales. I vividly remember the CEO expressing dismay at the ‘uselessness' of the previous two sales leaders while grilling us on our ability to distinguish ‘competent professionals' from ‘charlatans'.
SEARCHING FOR THAT STAY-AT-HOME RUSHING DEFENSEMAN
May 12, 2020
Clients often direct us to find the ‘best of the best'. The client's market opportunities are immense, the challenges complex and only the smartest, most competent of executives will do.
Think The Entrepreneur You Work For Is ‘Special'? Read on…
April 24, 2020
Years ago, I read an article on famously ‘frugal' founders/entrepreneurs. We're not talking the garden variety of frugality born of stretching scarce resources to build a business, but rather the over-the-top miserliness of entrepreneurs who now sit atop hugely successful businesses.
Servant Leadership – The Pence Formula
April 17, 2020
Entrepreneurs often reason that they too should recruit managers with these seemingly positive executive attributes. However, while these qualities may be ‘positive' they don't necessarily fit into a firm where the leader's own list of attributes skew towards being controlling, untrusting, directive, and highly attentive to the minutiae of the business.
There is no better time than now to do this for your career…
April 7, 2020
Unsettling as today's self-isolating realities may be, they can be viewed as a useful forced stop that gifts us time and licence to take stock, reflect, plan and, if necessary, course correct. Far from being dead time, downtime is an opportunity to take control of your career.
Nothing Normal on Day 10 of Our New Normal
March 26, 2020
We continue to recruit, interview and report regularly on our progress. Not surprisingly, candidates’ appetites for change during this existential nightmare varies widely depending on individual circumstances and the condition/security of their industries, companies and positions.
Private May be the New Public but....
January 24, 2020
On January 11th, the Globe and Mail published an article titled "Private is the New Public" which makes the case that successful Canadian tech firms are increasingly foregoing public listings in favor of remaining private. They attribute this primarily to the abundance of private capital available in the market which they say is, on balance, considerably more attractive than the public markets.
The Hottest Executive Commodity in 2019.... (Cont.)
December 20, 2019
Our last post described the surge in Chief Operating Officer (COO) roles and began to list the archetypes most commonly found in emerging tech firms. We described the profile of the ‘other half', the COO who is hired to balance or complement the strengths and needs of a given CEO.