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 […]

Stay on Top of the Headlines and Be Ready to React

Stay on Top of the Headlines and Be Ready to React

As we enter the new year in the home stretch of the presidential transition, analysts have offered both optimistic and pessimistic forecasts about the new administration’s impact on the U.S. economy. The daily headlines about Trump’s cabinet choices and potential policy decisions have made it difficult for corporate boards and senior leadership teams to plan their strategies for the coming year. Considering this uncertainty, it makes sense for senior executives […]

Stretch Assignments Can Develop Leadership Skills

Stretch Assignments Can Develop Leadership Skills

Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC – Managing Director, Professional Services As we enter a new year, many companies are taking a hard look at their leadership development programs as they prepare to onboard new executives and develop current ones. If your goal is to develop future leaders within your organization, stretch assignments can be an excellent way to assess their potential. Challenging an executive with a short-term assignment outside his or […]

Leading in the Face of Uncertainty

Leading in the Face of Uncertainty

Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC – Managing Director, Professional Services At our recent Spotlight SeriesSM event, our room full of business leaders discussed the global state of uncertainty. While factors like the U.S. presidential election, the threat of terrorism and the impact of Brexit pose important risks for U.S. businesses, they are far from the only uncertainties in the business world. There are forces at work in every sector—from energy to […]

A Four-Step Strategy for Change Management

A Four-Step Strategy for Change Management

Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC – Managing Director, Professional Services It’s not easy for a successful organization to change direction, but it’s sometimes necessary. The senior leadership team may see a serious challenge on the horizon or a new opportunity for growth. A new technology or innovative business model could upend the current market dynamics, or there might be a need to update internal policies, practices or cultural values to attract and […]

TweetChat: Compensation Negotiation – March 22, 2016

TweetChat: Compensation Negotiation – March 22, 2016

A recent BlueSteps Executive Career Insider TweetChat featuring Pearson Partners’ Frank Morogiello (@Morogiello) and our team. [View the story “#ExecCareer TweetChat: Executive Compensation” on Storify] TweetChat: Executive Compensation Negotiation – March 22, 2016