Archive for the Talent Management Category

End of the Day Parade

There are many things I love about the Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia’s children museum.  One of my favorite activities is its End of the Day Parade, a daily tradition where staff members and colorful characters wander through the museum with instruments, encouraging children and their families to follow them.  They march around the museum and […]

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4 Ways Companies Can Fix Succession Planning in 2013

Succession planning is a bit like flossing your teeth or going on a New Year’s diet – you know it is a good idea and that it can only make you healthier, but it is difficult to muster the discipline necessary to follow through on the commitment.   Most companies take a similar approach toward […]

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Post Recession: Executive Pay on the Rise

In the years leading up to the recession, the talent market was hot. Unemployment in 2007 was hovering in the 4.5 percent range and U.S. GDP growth – while not as robust as the late 1990s – had recovered nicely from the business and geo-political turmoil of the early part of the decade.   These factors created […]

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The One That Got Away: Why Some Companies Just Can’t Land Superstars

“We need to win the war for talent!”; “People are our most important assets!”; “The only capital we have is human capital!” blah blah blah   Insert CEO’s name here and these statements could come from the leader of any Fortune 500 company.  Ask one of these leaders what their top five priorities are and […]

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What to Assess When You’re Assessing

The use of some type of assessment methodology has been on the increase in the executive selection process over the past several years. While executive assessment is nothing new in Corporate America and tools such as Assessment Centers have been in use for well over 30 years, the proliferation of the use of assessment tools […]

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The Front Line

I’ve spent my entire career in professional services, starting as a mental health professional followed by various stints in different parts of human resources services – employee assistance programs, outplacement and career management – and for the past 15 years, retained executive search.   I always have felt that the professional services sector is a […]

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Struggling With Retention? 3 Tips for Keeping Top Talent

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to pose this question to a group of executives:   Which of these is more challenging in your business?   Finding great talent Keeping great talent   By a margin of 2:1, survey respondents said they had more trouble keeping talent.  One respondent took the time to point […]

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The Ideal Retained Search Relationship

While conducting the search for a Vice President of Human Resources for an international consumer goods company last year, I had the hardest time convincing the hiring manager to interview one of the candidates we surfaced for the position.  She had fewer years of experience than he was seeking, her industry exposure was related but […]

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Notes from the World of Talent Acquisition

I had the opportunity to attend “The New Talent Management: Strategies for the Future,” this year’s theme for the annual Global Conference hosted by the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (IACPR) in New York City last week.  IACPR connects professionals in executive search with talent acquisition leaders at several Fortune 500 companies.  The […]

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When Gaps in Succession Planning Turn into Chasms

When we are asked to conduct a search, more often than not, it is the result of a gap in a succession plan. Often, the situation is inescapable and, hopefully, due to the fact that our client’s growth is outstripping their ability to fill all of the gaps in the organizational chart through its own […]

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