Searchlight Newsletter Q3 2013

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                        Q3 2013

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

From our vantage point at Pearson Partners, the third quarter of 2013 has been exciting. The economy is stronger, and we’ve seen an uptick in demand for retained search and leadership development. Our corporate clients are growing their businesses based on increasing confidence in the capital, bond and home mortgage markets, and our private equity clients are increasing quality deal flow, leading to their growing demand for senior leadership. As you will read in this edition of Searchlight, our consultants are conducting interesting searches for clients globally. Our partner Deborah Sawyer is helping a technology client find a leader for its China operations. Our chairman Bob Pearson led a team that completed a CEO search for a publicly traded business development company in Dallas. In our leadership consulting practice, our colleague Lisa Thompson continues to add value to many of our search projects, as profiled in the case study in this newsletter.

A key development in our firm this quarter is the addition of Heather Thomas to our team. Read all about Heather’s background in our Pearson Partners Profile.

Our Q3 Spotlight Series breakfast featured an outstanding panel who discussed the Compelling Case for Board Diversity. The discussion was moderated by Renee Arrington and provided interesting perspective on what it’s like to be the minority in a male-dominated boardroom, and what companies can do to ensure valuable input from a more diverse set of leaders. Read our summary of the discussion in this issue of Searchlight, and enhance your own perspective on the value of diversity.

Finally, we are very excited to have been named one of the Top 25 Executive Search Firms in the U.S./Americas. We are very proud of our success, and we couldn’t have gotten there without our stellar team and our loyal clients.

In This Edition


Spotlight Series Breakfast:
The Compelling Case for Board Diversity

Research shows that companies with women on their boards of directors outperform companies without. Our Q3 2013 Spotlight Series breakfast featured an outstanding panel who discussed the Compelling Case for Diversity on Boards of Directors. The discussion was moderated by our senior vice president Renee Arrington and provided interesting perspective on what it’s like to be the minority in a male-dominated boardroom, and what companies can do to ensure valuable input from a more diverse set of leaders.
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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
The Power of CEO Coaching During Onboarding

Many companies ease new employees into their jobs with onboarding and coaching programs, yet in the highest office of them all, most new CEOs learn the ropes on their own. Our leadership coach, Lisa Thompson, explains how an executive coach can help a freshly hired CEO learn about the organization, its key players, its culture and its many functional areas, so that better decisions can be made faster.
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Case Study:
Mark Layton, COO, VideoPlus

Career Coaching: One Senior Executive’s Successful Transition

Mark Layton had run his own company for almost 20 years, so when it was time to jump back into the job market, he decided he needed to reevaluate his career objectives. With executive coaching from Pearson Partners, he refined his goals, grew his network, built his personal brand, and actively began to seek out his next leadership role. At the same time, a Pearson Partners client company was seeking a new COO, and soon Layton had the opportunity to prove his value as a senior executive.
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DFW HR Roundtable:
Putting an End to Performance Management

Featuring Kristi Erickson, PeopleResults

Many successful companies are tossing out their antiquated performance management programs and embracing a different approach. At a recent DFW HR Roundtable, Kristi Erickson, a partner at PeopleResults, explained why: By developing each employee’s potential, rather than analyzing past accomplishments or failures, companies can build employee loyalty along with performance.
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Pearson in the Community:
Carter BloodCare

Pearson Partners’ Judy Stubbs has served for 15 years on the board of Carter BloodCare, contributing to critical decisions that help the organization remain the largest community blood program in Texas. Serving more than 8 million people in 58 counties, Carter BloodCare collects almost 400,000 blood donations each year, helping to save the lives of more than 600 people every day
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