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Executive Hiring For a P.E. Portfolio Company – Tangential Opportunity

Part Four –Tangential Opportunity; a Balancing Act in P.E. Hiring In the previous three parts of this series, we realized the challenging factors around searching for and placing an ideal candidate to lead a private equity portfolio company. This series's final part will balance needs with compromises, float tangential opportunities to expand horizons, and extricate from myopia on that elusive…

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CPG Hiring Trends

The evolution of new technologies and the COVID-19 pandemic have greatly influenced consumer habits worldwide, consumers are becoming more demanding, and companies are working on efficiencies to offset the negative impact of inflation on their P&Ls. Leaders are working on efficiencies to offset these challenges. This article will examine how new technologies, consumer habits, and the pandemic…

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Executive Hiring for a P.E. Portfolio Company – The Unicorn

Part Three – The Challenge of Finding the Unicorn Executive The third part of this four-part private equity executive hiring series acknowledges the challenge of finding and identifying a 'unicorn executive' to lead your portfolio-invested company. In case you missed it, part one looked at the essential and unique constituents of an ideal candidate's profile in terms of hard credentials, and soft…

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Executive Hiring For a P.E. Portfolio Company – Soft Skills

Part Two – Core, Soft Credential Constituents In the second part of this series, we will continue this theme on executive hiring for a private equity portfolio company by examining parallel soft skill essentials and core, soft credential constituents. In case you missed it, please see part one of this series on P.E. portfolio company hiring, highlighting portfolio company executive core…

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Two Personality Traits To Focus On As An Executive Leader

"Self Awareness" Does Your Potential Executive Hire Have It? Each year I debrief leadership assessment results with hundreds of C-Suite candidates as an Executive Coach & Consultant at N2Growth. Assessments are an excellent tool for understanding a candidate's self-awareness regarding their personality traits and help identify how one is "naturally inclined" to act, based on five inherent…

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Executive Hiring For a P.E. Portfolio Company – Ideals and Compromise

Part One – Core, Hard Credential Constituents The bar is set high. Dynamics at private equity firms are fast, aggressive, and all-conquering. As the investor leader, you are tasked with tackling senior leadership management issues at a newly acquired portfolio firm. In this four-part series, a realization of the challenging factors surrounding the search for ideal candidates will be recognized.…

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How Startups Can Revamp Their Executive Leadership Talent for Growth

Organizations, particularly startups, require changes in executive leadership talent in the business lifecycle to capitalize on growth potential. Sometimes CEOs are late to make the necessary executive team changes, which comes at a cost. Today, I’d like to share some examples and critical considerations for companies that fit in this category. NerdWallet is an example of when the rapidly growing…

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4 Strategies To Overcome the Executive Hiring Challenges of Today

The process of sourcing, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding an executive continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Many corporations are overhauling their approach to hiring executives and are more open-minded to change than ever before. I recently had coffee with a newly retired HR executive for a Fortune 500 healthcare company and learned The Great Resignation had worked its way up to the…

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2022 Global C-Suite Talent Trends in the Mining Sector

By Sandra Burmeister and Kelli Vukelic Early figures and forecasts show that the mining sector is in for one of the most robust years off the back of the soaring demand for commodities and the industry's impressive rebound in the second half of 2021. Even so, the sector is still grappling with a plateful of hot-button issues, including social restructuring, environmental protection, and the…

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The Benefits of a Chief Transformation Officer for Growth

As executive search consultants, we focus on understanding and optimizing businesses’ intended transformations and how they are shaping strategic responses to industry-level changes. While our clients focus on strategic planning, we place a great deal of our focus on the board advisory and strategic alignment with the execution of their needs. Especially implementation challenges of…

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Tech-Savvy Youth and the Future of C-Suite Leadership

Did you know that American youth spend an average of six hours or more a day on screens? As a result of increased social media use and continuous screen time, young adults have become more reliant on the internet for information, learning, working, communication, and entertainment. Today I will share my thoughts on our youth and their relationship with technology and its potential impact on the…

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Gaining Strategic Advantage by Connecting Your Corporate Team with Sales

For over 18 years, I have been leading sales teams through the trenches of sales war. I have experienced corporations deeply connected to what was “actually” happening in sales, and other situations where it was quite the opposite. Throughout my professional career, I have navigated multiple industry segments from professional services to consumer goods and served a decade+ stint in the…

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Transition Coaching After Executive Search Placement Increases Success in India

Executive coaching was nearly unheard of in India 15 or so years ago. Today is much different. Now there are thousands of certified executive coaches and multiple ICF chapters engaged in helping executives and their organizations succeed. Indian companies are engaging this skilled cadre of coaches to help nurture and develop leaders ripe for transitioning to senior roles, they are improving…

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Doing Well By Doing Good With Darrin Williams, CEO Southern Bancorp

Darrin Williams, CEO of Southern Bancorp, may have been a little surprised when a world-class business school professor came knocking at his door.  He wasn’t used to that kind of attention deep in the heart of Arkansas. Yet, he could no longer fly under the radar. Professor Rebecca Henderson, an esteemed professor of management at Harvard Business School and a world-leading expert in reimagining…

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Breaking Through | A New Frontier of Technology and Innovation

We are witnessing the creation of an entirely new paradigm, a fierce wave of technological innovation boosting generations of new businesses and business leaders. Blockchain, machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, 3D printing, and robotics are among the most important technologies of today’s rapidly changing world. The pace of technological applications and innovations has…

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Stefania Mallett, Founder of ezCater Creates a $1B Unicorn

The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  At least, that’s how my grandmother used to describe it.  Maybe there’s still something to this adage.  Stefania Mallett turned this old idea into a billion-dollar tech unicorn called ezCater.  Along the way, she learned some valuable lessons about leadership and culture. ezCater is a global marketplace for business catering.  Their strategy is to…

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