Searchlight Newsletter – Q2 2019

Searchlight Newsletter – Q2 2019

                        Q2 2019 A Message from Keith Pearson, CEO & Vice Chairman Once upon a time, the chief financial officer role was all about the numbers. But today, if you asked a CFO what keeps him or her up at night, the answer probably wouldn’t have anything to do with accounting. We asked that question of the CFO panelists […]

The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer

The Changing Role of the Chief Financial Officer

By Stephen P. Konstans Senior Vice President & Financial Officers Practice Leader Today’s chief financial officer manages far more complex and wide-ranging responsibilities than in decades past. In addition to the traditional numbers side of the job, finance leaders are now organizational strategists with expertise in technology, risk management, human resources, analytics and geopolitical trends. To explore the changing role of the chief financial officer, we invited a panel of […]

Disruptive Business Models: Innovative Ideas Transforming Industries

Disruptive Business Models: Innovative Ideas Transforming Industries

In a technology-enabled, globally interconnected world that often feels like it is set on hyperdrive, business leaders must always think a few years ahead to anticipate and prepare for whatever is coming next. Proactively capitalizing on disruptive ideas—at exactly the right time—has become the key to beating the competition and earning the hearts and minds of customers. To explore the topic of disruption, we invited four forward-thinking business leaders to […]

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 […]