Searchlight Newsletter – Q1 2020
A Message from Keith Pearson, CEO & Vice Chairman
As we have recently faced unprecedented times together, I am reminded of the adage that necessity is the mother of invention. I have been continually impressed by the resilience, innovation, courage and strength exhibited by our community, clients, friends and families. The world’s innovation engine has certainly cranked up, and at record pace. The healthcare industry and its people on the front lines are sacrificing and working around the clock to develop treatments, vaccines, testing methods and genealogical breakthroughs. Many businesses have pivoted to reimagine their product and service delivery models and others have rapidly spun up new products and services to meet the needs of their communities and ensure their business continuity. As we all begin to return to normalcy, I believe that we will come out of this stronger—together—and see dramatic growth in global demand that has been pent up and eager to be quenched.
While we are not out of the woods just yet, I have reflected on what we have learned so far. The most important thing seems to be that, with very few exceptions, difficult times bring out the best in people. Around the world, we have seen charity, collaboration, communication and a massive coming together of people reaching out to help their fellow citizens—from all walks of life.
Here at Pearson Partners, the value that this diversity of culture and thought brings to our communities and organizations was the topic of our first-quarter 2020 Spotlight SeriesTM breakfast, where our panel of business leaders discussed the importance of diversity and inclusion and why getting it right not only increases employee engagement and performance, but indeed company success. Read a summary of our discussion in this issue.
Like many of you, our team worked from home for the last several weeks, and although we were well prepared to work from anywhere at full efficiency, we are all excited to be returning to the office and enjoying the in-person collaboration that our firm was founded on almost twenty years ago. Our clients have continued to execute their talent acquisition and development plans, even if in-person onboarding has been a bit delayed. Most have continued to interview and assess potential new leaders for their organizations, aided by video technology that couldn’t have availed itself at a better time. We expect that when we climb out of this, the new normal will reflect the demand that has been building and we will see a resurgence of hiring, productivity and innovation.
Meanwhile, I wish you and yours safety, health and prosperity.
In This Issue
Quarterly Spotlight SeriesSM Breakfast:
Diversity & Inclusion: ROI, Business and Cultural Impacts
Diversity and inclusion strategies can deliver return on investment beyond just numbers, increasing both productivity and profitability. Yet, many organizations approach diversity initiatives by simply “checking off the boxes” for recruitment and reputation management. To explore best practices for inclusion and diversity strategy, we invited a panel of diversity and inclusion leaders to share their thoughts and experiences at our March 3, 2020, Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast.Read More
How to Attract and Retain Top Talent at Not-For-Profit Organizations
Talent strategy at not-for-profit organizations has long been a challenging prospect. It takes an accomplished leadership team to craft a brand, culture and compensation package to attract and retain talented leaders amidst tight budgets, public scrutiny and fierce competition for talent. How do they do it? Together with our global partners at IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide, we asked senior executives at leading not-for-profit organizations to share their challenges and successes. Learn more and read the white paper in this issue.Read More
Tips from the Leadership Coach:
Keep Your Job Lead Funnel Full
One of the mistakes we frequently see executives in transition make is to work on one promising job lead at a time. This not only extends the length of the job search, but often leads to disappointing setbacks when the opportunity does not pan out. Rather, you should continually build your job lead pipeline by sourcing your contacts and new opportunities—right up until your first day on the new job. Read 10 tips to help you to keep your job lead funnel full and land the right job.Read More
Pearson Partners Profile:
Cortland Kelly Grynwald, Vice President, Legal, Risk & Compliance Practice
Our newest vice president, Cortland Kelly Grynwald, excels in legal, risk and compliance search for public, private and municipal enterprises. As an attorney herself, she understands the nuances of how legal and quasi-legal leadership succeeds in corporate environments. She leverages this insight in serving her clients and has been doing so nationally for over a decade, building a broad national network of contacts. Learn more about how Cortland lends her expertise to our team by reading her Profile Q&A in this issue.Read More
We are partnering with the market leader in the agricultural aviation industry on a national search for a Chief Financial Officer. Our client, Air Tractor, produces the industry’s most capable line of aircraft that are used in over 40 countries around the world for agricultural aerial applications, firefighting, narcotic crop eradication, fuel hauling, fighting locust plagues and cleaning oil spills in coastal waters, among other applications.
With the upcoming retirement of the incumbent Chief Financial Officer in the fall of 2020, our successful candidate will have big shoes to fill. He or she will serve as a strategic partner to the CEO, responsible for maintaining the financial integrity of Air Tractor as well as planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related matters for the corporation. This is a high-impact position in a well-run, ESOP-owned company.
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