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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.
The Hottest Executive Commodity in 2019.... December 11, 2019
A number of well-known small and mid-sized Canadian tech firms have one. Investors encourage many of their founder/CEOs to hire one. There is no one prevalent path to becoming one and it is a role where success in one company does not necessary equip you for success in another.
Underqualified or Overqualified – Why the former gets the hiring nod December 6, 2019
When hiring, companies often look for individuals who have undertaken and successfully completed similar mandates in the past. In fact, the more times they have been successful, the more impressive and reassuring the credentials.
Want to be a great interviewer? Think like a hostage negotiator (Part II) November 21, 2019
In our last post we introduced FBI hostage negotiator Chris Voss and the interviewing insights gleaned from his book Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your Life Depended on It. Here are a few more...
Want to be a great interviewer? Think like a hostage negotiator November 12, 2019
While a hostage negotiator and a job interviewer engage in markedly different endeavors, they share a fundamental need to learn as much as possible about the person on the other side of the table.
How to minimize the risk of counteroffers November 4, 2019
While instances of counteroffers cannot be avoided altogether, as a rule, we have always believed that good search/hiring processes help mitigate their likelihood.
Think Smaller Companies Are an Easier Environment? Think Again September 6, 2019
The reality is that most people underestimate the challenges of smaller, developing organizations.
Specialists may rule but don’t rule out the generalists August 27, 2019
While coherent career narratives are discernible for many, for others, their decisions appear uneven, even haphazard at times.
Candidates regularly ignore this simple advice – and pay a price every time June 3, 2019
Candidates have limited control in an interview. They cannot control the questions they will be asked nor can they control the manner by which employers will rank and weigh their responses. They cannot control interviewer bias.

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