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What to Consider During Your Annual Evaluation When It Comes to Boardroom Diversity

Boardroom diversity is far from just a hot-button buzzword, and today, it's well understood that diversity is never recommended simply for the sake of "checking a box." The truth is that boardroom diversity brings immense benefits to the CEO, the entire organization, shareholders, and the board itself. For organizations that want to outperform their competitors and have a board operating at its…

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How Leadership Team Coaching Benefits More Than Executives

Executive leaders are masters of their craft. These world-class subject matter experts include members of advising boards, CEOs, and senior executives who are pioneers in their industries and make waves in their spaces. But even those sitting at the top need to identify ways to optimize themselves, bettering their work and diving deeper into their highly specialized skills. For that, executives…

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Diversification Putting Pressure on FinTech Executives

By Vera Sharova & Teodora Cosic Diversification is not a trend; it is essential for companies to become and remain competitive. With technology reshaping the global business landscape, many companies will be pushed to fundamentally reconsider their ways of doing international business, diversifying into new product categories and adopting a “borderless” expansion model. Undoubtedly, this is…

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How a Board Search Firm Can Support Organizations

Boardrooms today face new, evolving challenges that are increasingly complex to navigate, and they are under immense pressure and scrutiny to operate at maximum effectiveness. In the wake of volatile global economic conditions (which show no signs of stabilizing), growing pressure from regulators, and complex demands from shareholders, Boards need to be thoughtfully composed, so they can thrive…

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Purpose-Driven Board Leadership; What to Consider in Your Next Board Recruitment

Today's boardrooms look less and less like the boardrooms of the past few decades. Boards are increasingly visible to their organizations, stakeholders, and the public. There are high standards for how boards uphold their fiduciary responsibility today and contribute to a future-proof organization for tomorrow. Board accountability is in the spotlight, and diversity in the boardroom is more than…

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Key Governance Issues in Board Level Search

What's happening inside the Boardroom has never been more crucial to business outcomes and more visible to interested parties. In today's uncertain economic conditions and fierce market competition, everyone from shareholders to regulators closely monitor how boards perform and if board members are upholding their fiduciary duty. Because of these factors, board governance continues to be critical…

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Bigger is Not Always Better When Selecting a Search Firm to Partner With

Kelli Vukelic, CEO of N2Growth examines the nuances that distinguish boutique search firms from their larger counterparts. Here are some key insights into selecting the right executive search firm to partner with. Senior leadership hires can make or break an organization. Various studies show that the failure rate of executives coming into new companies is 30 to 40 percent after 18 months. In a…

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Executive Coaching Company Breakdown: How to Get the Most Out of Coaching for Strategic Change

Executives are the best business leaders in the world. They are subject matter experts in their field, the brightest minds, and equipped with the immense technical skills and experience to be at the helm of the world's most powerful and disruptive companies. The truth is that even these world-class leaders have room to grow and can find ways to identify their weaknesses, optimize their…

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Revealing the Value Often Overlooked in Executive Recruiting – A Look Into the Executive Search Process

To compete as a world-class company, world-class executive leadership is required. And while finding this elite leadership who will take your organization to its desired future state is critical, top-tier candidates probably aren't going to walk through the front door. On the heels of the global pandemic and the mass-resignation phenomenon known as the Great Resignation, there is a growing global…

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Understanding Different Types of Retained Executive Search Firms and Why You Should Retain One

When hiring new leaders, there are many options for organizations to consider when it comes to driving the best outcome and having a partner who can help solve business problems. A retained firm will partner with you in finding senior executives who can play a pivot role in your organization's future success Research done by Statista found that the executive search firm industry has more than…

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Top Leading Executive Search Firms: Reasons to Use and How to Choose the Best One for You

Best-in-class organizations require best-in-class leaders because nothing impacts a company’s trajectory more than the people in executive positions. On the heels of unprecedented circumstances such as the global pandemic and the Great Resignation, companies need an elite, next-generation approach to filling these crucial executive roles, including executive, board, and C-suite positions.…

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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 Executive Personality Traits To Focus On As An Effective 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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