Tips from the Leadership Coach: Boutique Executive Search Firms Help Clients Win the War for Talent

Tips from the Leadership Coach: Boutique Executive Search Firms Help Clients Win the War for Talent

  By Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC Vice President, Pearson Partners International When a leading Dallas-based nonprofit needed to hire a senior director of major gifts before launching a $30 million capital campaign, CEO Jan Edgar Langbein reached out to Pearson Partners International, a boutique executive search firm. “The Pearson Partners team was in my office within 48 hours and gained a deep understanding of the role,” said Langbein, CEO of […]

Management by Wandering Around: It’s Good for You and Your Team

Management by Wandering Around: It’s Good for You and Your Team

Back in the 1980s, management consultant and best-selling business author Tom Peters wrote about the practice of “management by wandering around” (MBWA, also called management by walking around), a trait that helped Bill Hewlett and David Packard build HP into a leader in the computer industry. Apple’s Steve Jobs was another believer in the importance of getting out of the office and talking with employees at all levels of the […]

Tips from the Leadership Coach: Invest in Your Management Skills

Tips from the Leadership Coach: Invest in Your Management Skills

Skilled managers provide the bedrock for organizational performance. They can shape the culture, improve productivity and drive creativity and innovation. But fewer training dollars are typically earmarked for managers than for people at other levels. David Deacon, whose career in human resources leadership has included executive positions at Credit Suisse, MasterCard and Capita, believes there are key steps managers can take to boost their careers and have a greater impact […]

A March Madness Story for the Ages: Five Lessons for Business Leaders

A March Madness Story for the Ages: Five Lessons for Business Leaders

In last year’s “March Madness” NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the University of Virginia team made history, becoming the first No. 1 seed in the tournament to lose to a No. 16 seed, in a resounding defeat at the hand of the University of Maryland–Baltimore County (UMBC). But one year after that crushing defeat, the Virginia Cavaliers bounced back to win the national championship on April 8 with an 85–77 overtime […]

Traits and Characteristics of a Successful CHRO

Traits and Characteristics of a Successful CHRO

What does it take to be a successful chief human resources officer today and how is that role changing? In today’s near-full-employment economy, where top talent is even more scarce, that question is on our minds. In collaboration with IIC Partners, our global executive search partnership, the Pearson Partners International team endeavored to answer it. Our latest white paper, Traits and Characteristics of a Successful CHRO (chief human resources officer), […]

  By Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC, Vice President Faced with a shortage of skilled labor and a highly competitive recruiting environment, a growing number of companies are adding a chief talent officer (CTO) to serve as a strategic partner to the senior leadership team.     In a tight job market, the CTO is laser-focused on acquiring and managing the human resources needed for long-term, sustainable success. In addition to […]

Landing a Coveted Board Seat: CIO Insight from Renee Arrington

Landing a Coveted Board Seat: CIO Insight from Renee Arrington

Pearson Partners SVP and CIO practice leader Renee Arrington was recently interviewed by HMG Strategy about how CIOs and other senior-level IT executives can pursue a corporate board seat. Renee is a frequent speaker at HMG Strategy’s CIO Executive Leadership Summits, an industry-leading series of events across the U.S. that focus on critical trends shaping the agenda for today’s technology executives. As a growing number of CIOs express interest in […]

Why Diversity Programs Don’t Work, and How to Do Better

Why Diversity Programs Don’t Work, and How to Do Better

Pearson Partners recently interviewed Linda Sharkey, Ph.D., co-author of The Future-Proof Workplace and a global human relations consultant and human resources expert, to discuss her thoughts on diversity programs and why they have not been successful. It may be 2017, but when it comes to leadership positions, women are still lagging in America’s top corporations. In fact, recent studies show that only 4.2 percent of the 500 largest companies in […]

What Makes a CEO ‘Exceptional’? From McKinsey & Company

What Makes a CEO ‘Exceptional’? From McKinsey & Company

New insight from McKinsey & Company shows that “exceptional” CEOs are twice as likely to have been recruited from outside the company as promoted from within. What makes these CEOs exceptional, and why are externally recruited CEOs better performers? “Exceptional CEOs are twice as likely to have been hired from outside the company.” McKinsey & Company assessed the early moves of CEOs with outstanding track records; some valuable lessons for […]

Building a Talent Acquisition Brand

Building a Talent Acquisition Brand

Pearson Partners is part of IIC Partners, a top 10 global executive search organization. In this study, our partners explore the role of talent acquisition departments in enhancing, leveraging and structuring human capital strategy. IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide interviewed Michael Cox, Senior Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Comcast, to gather insight on the role of talent acquisition departments and how they collaborate with executive search firms. The IIC Partners human […]