Archive for the Leadership Category

What Really Matters When Hiring a Leader?

This post originally ran on Modern Distribution Management.  To view it, click here.   Ask anyone who runs an enterprise of any size what he or she looks for when hiring a new leader and you will get plenty of different perspectives, insights, opinions and theories.   You may also hear the opinion that critical executive […]

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8 Ways to Advance Your Career to the Next Level

It is always refreshing to speak to students, young professionals and mid-career executives.  I find it broadens my thinking, and the group shares great ideas throughout the collaborative process.   At a recent Drexel University Alumni event, I spoke to fellow attendees about how to advance their careers to the executive level.   Here are […]

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How to Stack the Deck for Success

I recently read a very interesting piece by Jean Martin, a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review: For Senior Leaders, Fit Matters More than Skill.  Jean writes about the need to evaluate an executive’s “network fit” when considering him or her for hire.  By “network fit,” she means “how well the potential hire will fit […]

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Why Would You Want to Work for a PE-Backed Firm?

This article originally ran on CFO.com.  To view it, click here.   For CFOs who may be of a mind to hook up with a private equity-backed company, open your eyes wide and tread very carefully.   When speaking with senior financial executives about their career aspirations, the conversation often turns to a desire to work for […]

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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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The Growth Company CFO – What Works and What Doesn’t

This article originally ran on CFO.com.  To view it, click here.   Over the past 15 years, I have had the privilege of assisting in the selection and placement of a good number of Chief Financial Officers for a diverse set of clients.  Throughout this experience, I’ve seen senior financial executives make successful transitions from industry to […]

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Reverse Mentoring

I attend the HRPS Global Conference every year and there are always one or two presentations that have great nuggets of information.  The presentation by Debi Hirshlag from Workday was one of those presentations.   Debi discussed the future of work and talked about Bob Johansen’s “Ten Leadership Skills for the Future.”  While all of […]

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The Leadership Skills Companies Want

In this year’s Women on Boards report, Philadelphia’s Forum of Executive Women found that while board seats at companies across the region actually dropped, the portion of board seats held by women have increased by nine percent since 2006.  Over the same time period, the number of top executives who are women jumped by 25 […]

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Are Companies Still Looking for Young Leaders?

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, many of our clients eagerly sought candidates in their mid-thirties.  They wanted executives with high energy levels, excellent educational pedigrees and – most importantly – runway.  They wanted potential leaders who had a lot of room to grow and expand.   Today, in post-recessionary times, companies have broadened […]

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What the Goldman Sachs Letter Was Really About

One of the highlights of my reading this week was the resignation letter published in the New York Times by Greg Smith, a promising young executive with Goldman Sachs who decided he had had enough with a corporate culture he felt had devolved to the point that he had to get out.  And he thought […]

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