A Forward Look to 2017

A Forward Look to 2017

The election is finally behind us, but many American business leaders still feel that uncertainty lies ahead in the coming year. In Pearson Partners’ Q4 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast discussion, we asked a panel of legal, business and economic experts to share their thoughts on changes we might see in 2017 and beyond. Our esteemed panelists included: Robert A. Estrada, Senior Managing Director, Dallas, Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc. Maribess […]

Searchlight Newsletter – Q4 2016

Searchlight Newsletter – Q4 2016

                        Q4 2016 A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO As we head into the holiday season, we look ahead to a new year full of possibility. With the election behind us, some of the biggest questions on our minds have been put to rest. Still, many business leaders continue to follow the U.S. and global news with […]

Searchlight Newsletter – Q3 2016

Searchlight Newsletter – Q3 2016

                        Q3 2016 A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO Uncertainty is nothing new to business leaders, who often thrive in spite of it. But this year, more wild cards than usual seem to be in play. All of America is captivated by a very unusual presidential race, but for the leaders of the country’s economic engines, the […]

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 […]

7 Steps to Move Up to the C-Suite in 2016

7 Steps to Move Up to the C-Suite in 2016

Pearson Partners’ Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC, was a featured author on a recent AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider blog about how to move up to the C-suite in 2016. Below is an excerpt of Lisa’s article, with a link to the full article on BlueSteps. If you are a department head, vice president or director, now is a great time to start planning a move up to the C-suite in […]

Advance Your Executive Career by Switching Industries

Advance Your Executive Career by Switching Industries

Pearson Partners’ Lisa Thompson, LPC, PCC, was a featured author on a recent AESC BlueSteps Executive Career Insider blog about how to switch industries to advance your executive career. Below is an excerpt of Lisa’s article. While many senior executives look within their industries for advancement opportunities, it’s a good practice to step back for a moment and look at the bigger picture: Are you in the right industry for […]

Make Risk Management a Priority for 2015

Make Risk Management a Priority for 2015

As the U.S. economy continues to forge ahead, many companies are focusing on their growth opportunities in the New Year. That might mean acquiring a competitor, launching a new product line, opening new offices or obtaining a substantially larger line of credit. For many businesses, greater prosperity may be right around the corner. But the senior leadership team (SLT) also needs to make risk management a priority for 2015. The […]

The Chief Change Officer

The Chief Change Officer

If your company would like to operate more effectively, improve productivity, or realign the organization, consider adding a chief change officer (CCO) to the senior leadership team. Driving a major change initiative requires leadership from the top. So if the CEO needs to focus on other priorities, it’s important to designate an executive to lead and coordinate the effort. In some cases, the senior human resources executive can serve as […]

A Balanced Approach to Innovation

A Balanced Approach to Innovation

In the past decade, the power of innovation has been in the spotlight. Technology entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs built their careers (and their companies) by developing and launching innovative products at the right time in the market— at least most of the time. Today, start-ups emphasize their innovative solutions when searching for financial support or recruiting new executives. But not everyone is eager to join the innovation movement. In fact, […]