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Company Culture: Why You Should Care

Company Culture: Why You Should Care

Whether you can explain it or not, when it comes to hiring a new executive, if it doesn’t feel like the right cultural fit: don’t ignore it; don’t think you can fix it; don’t do it!

We Need to Stop Treating Our Employees Like Employees

We Need to Stop Treating Our Employees Like Employees

We have a lot to learn from leaders who attract, deploy and retain great people – without paying them. Just talk to any seasoned, non-profit executive (or Director of Volunteers), and take a page from their playbook.

What Could Go Wrong When Hiring Leaders? Three common themes for business leaders

What Could Go Wrong When Hiring Leaders? Three common themes for business leaders

We interviewed 20 leaders* who acknowledged that their next failed hire won’t be their first. As C-level executives, business owners, corporate recruiters and consultants, they all know the right steps to find great new leaders. Revisiting their own recruiting missteps was not comfortable, but it certainly is instructive. Here are the common threads.

Securing the Right Leaders: You can afford them

Securing the Right Leaders: You can afford them

Every business owner knows that they can’t have a first-tier company with second-tier leaders. In response, one of the most frequently asked questions is, “How can we afford them?” More on point, how do the better businesses attract and keep the leaders they need to be industry front-runners? Here’s a strategy.

You Can Find the Talent You Need

You Can Find the Talent You Need

It is a candidates’ market. The economy is driving business growth and attendant hiring. The house of cards created by filling each opening drives another two to three turnovers in sequential back-fills. Add the extraordinary bubble of 10,000 daily retirees, and the competition to fill the burgeoning openings this has created is staggering. How do you keep up with competitors to fill these positions?

Where Has All the Talent Gone?

Where Has All the Talent Gone?

During a roundtable we worked with a group of business executives to understand and challenge businesses’ most critical issue: Where has all the talent gone?

I Trust You!

I Trust You!

“If people like you they’ll listen to you. But if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.” (Zig Ziglar) How are you building trust?

Great Companies Deliver the Unexpected

Great Companies Deliver the Unexpected

Inspirational speakers have a gift. They leave us with the hope that we will be able to take just a small piece of what they have delivered and implement it in our daily lives or business model. How do we go about that?

Assemble a Leadership Team During a Rapid Growth Phase

Assemble a Leadership Team During a Rapid Growth Phase

It is the double-edged sword – your company is growing, however, your leadership team is not yet in place and you are forced to take your eyes off of the demands of the company to build your A team. You are not alone.

What to Do When Facing Uncertainty

What to Do When Facing Uncertainty

by Greg Mickelson, Principal, Standish Executive Search --- Have you ever been confronted with a problem that literally threatened to sink your business, burdening you with so much uncertainty that you did not know where to start? I remember one such situation...

Set Up for Failure, How Did They Succeed?

Set Up for Failure, How Did They Succeed?

by Stanley H. Davis, Principal, Standish Executive Search --- In 1973 the New York Mets gathered a team of underperformers. This was a team that generated the second worst batting average in the major leagues. This was a team that finished ninth in games won. But this...

Algorithm v. Methodology: The value of retaining an executive search firm

Algorithm v. Methodology: The value of retaining an executive search firm

Online job search tools and sites are a fundamentally flawed way to conduct a search for the perfect executive candidate who will be the exact right fit for your company and culture, and who will produce the value that you expect from this high-level addition to your team. The methodology of an experienced executive search firm will provide the best results.

The Worst Lies Are the Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Worst Lies Are the Lies We Tell Ourselves

The lies we tell ourselves solely to help us feel OK about maintaining the status quo, not rocking the boat, or avoiding discomfort can be self-destructive. In this context they simply allow us to succumb to inertia – “the tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.” How can we recognize and change this mindset?

The Huge Idle Asset

An impressive golf score by a single player will be eclipsed by the score earned by a team in a best ball tournament. This impact of collaboration is understood by golfers. Can businesses similarly leverage the talents of their leaders to get the most of their human capital investment?

Every successful leader knows their industry, operation and strategy. But most miss a huge idled asset – collaboration.

Collaboration is not a matter of science, technology, finance, or business acumen. It’s a function of culture..

Union or No Union?

Unions have worked to provide enlightenment and social legislation to make U.S. businesses better places to work. Ongoing legal actions, legislative proposals, and bluster all challenge the status quo that labor and management would both like to change. But there is another point of view, as illustrated by these straightforward answers to often misunderstood (or misrepresented) aspects of the issue:

Is It Too Late To Make A Change?

In March of 2020 – just one year ago, our lives changed. Borders closed, stores closed, restaurants closed their doors with some keeping their take-out windows open and business – well…some thrived and some faltered.

We remember where we were when we got the news. My husband and I had just arrived for a three-week vacation in a Hilton Head condo on the beach. It was a short vacation – the beach closed, the pools closed, the restaurants closed and there was just a scant number of open grocery stores.

Facing Uncertainty

Have you ever been confronted with a problem that literally threatened to sink your business, burdening you with so much uncertainty that you did not know where to start?
I remember one such situation particularly well. I was given the opportunity to jump from running 2 businesses to all 6 businesses of a company after the responsible VP/GM was suddenly terminated. The owner of the company looked at me and said, “It’s all yours. Fix it”.

Your Best Employee Is Leaving

Your best employee just accepted a new job. If you can’t reverse this loss (and maybe you shouldn’t try), how do you avoid the next one – and there will be a next one. To complicate what may be next, we’re now in an environment where job security is more uncertain and people are more receptive to job alternatives. Plus we’re early in a new year which is an annual venue for elevated turnover.

Leadership in a Crisis and Beyond

COVID-19 caused many businesses to feel as if they ran straight into a stone wall at full speed. The economy was rolling along, unemployment was low, and there was a sense of optimism.
In an instant, everything changed. We have lived through a few months of the pandemic, but business leaders are concerned about their companies long-term. This is a new, uncertain environment.

The Guts and Resolve to Defy a Recession

In 2020 we’re looking into our next recession.  From 2008 – 2010, we saw the courage and tenacity of one business owner demonstrate that you can survive and even reposition a company during extreme adversity.  As we look back at the fear and pain of that Great Recession, it left us a legacy of one New England business leader on how to deal with extreme economic challenge – like we now face again.

Do You Have The Right Ingredients To Build a Great Leadership Team?

A natural instinct for some CEOs may be to bring in the people they know well and with whom they feel the most comfortable working. This may be a good place to start, especially if they have had success with these people in the past. It is important to ask yourself: Is this or was this the right approach?

Big Wave Thinking

Growing up as a kid on California beaches, I wasn’t a great surfer. In fact, I was goofy-footed. This term means that I stood on my surfboard with my left foot in back, which is opposite of most surfers who put their right foot in back.

The Keystone for Successful Baby Boomer Succession

If you are or have been the parent of a teenage child you may have read the book by Anthony E. Wolfe, I Hate You, But Will You Please Drive Me and Cheryl to the Mall? You probably got a chuckle out of the title, but after reading it, found it totally relatable.

A Succession Case Study

Three years ago, Malcolm Cooper Jr., second-generation owner of J.K. Adams Company, made a serious assessment of future leadership prospects at his Vermont-based company.

What Happens When the Track Outruns Your Horse?

As businesses mature and position for growth, change or succession, the people who had been good leaders may still be good leaders. But as you look ahead they may no longer be the right leaders.

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The Worst Lies Are the Lies We Tell Ourselves

The Worst Lies Are the Lies We Tell Ourselves

The lies we tell ourselves solely to help us feel OK about maintaining the status quo, not rocking the boat, or avoiding discomfort can be self-destructive. In this context they simply allow us to succumb to inertia – “the tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.” How can we recognize and change this mindset?

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