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Three truths, one season

Note: Following is a client letter originally distributed via email on June 30th. Dear Clients and Colleagues: Monthly letters normally attempt to dive into a single issue arising out of chosen practice areas. This month’s version is going to be a little more “surfacey” yet ripe with opportunities to travel deeper should you choose to… Read more »

Recruiting conferences: Where’s the value?

From March Madness to April Fool’s to Spring recruiting industry conferences. The new season has brought forth several forums — all with different focuses and market segments. This post’s goal is raise the value question, or more specifically: What value exists in conferences and how can that value be more readily transferred so others can gain better access? (Note: Two… Read more »

Leadership as performance art

Note: This originally appeared as a client and colleague e-letter. March 28, 2014 Dear Clients and Colleagues: With new seasons come new inspirations. Or at least that’s the hope. This year’s winter weather has been enough to make anyone want to flip the switch on more daylight. One of the joys of constantly searching for… Read more »

Five steps to look like a leader

Full disclosure: TGR has never, repeat never, addressed the subject of executive dress. Image is not a hot button — at least not from the point of view of personal dress and hygiene. While our look can always be updated, we wear decent threads, nice dress shoes and always will remain clean cut until it’s no longer in fashion to do so in… Read more »

First outsider, retiree and non-industry exec. to take reins at venerable search firm

For the first time in their 60-year history, Chicago-based Heidrick & Struggles has named both an industry and firm outsider to lead the newly re-branded leadership company. Tracy Wolstencroft, a former Goldman Sachs executive who retired in 2010, replaces interim CEO Jory Marino who exits the position after replacing Kevin Kelly (2006-2013), one of the longest serving CEOs in Heidrick & Struggles’ history. Kelly assumed the top leadership reins… Read more »

Microsoft CEO Search: Live blogging (facetious)

Following was overheard between Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and retiring CEO Steve Ballmer in Redmond, Wash., earlier this week before Gates fired up The Founder’s Jet for Davos and the World Economic Forum (WEF.) Gates: So, Steve, how are we coming along with your replacement? Ballmer: I don’t know, man. We’ve got a lot of… Read more »

Great advice from new GM CEO

By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock in Nepal, you probably are aware that General Motors named a woman to be CEO late last year. Her name is Mary Barra and she’s the first female executive to run a major car company. In an ABC News interview celebrating GM’s double coup, winning top car and truck at this year’s… Read more »

Microsoft CEO Search: Score one for fleeting loyalties The Wall Street Journal is first again with what now seems like an obvious development in the Microsoft CEO saga: After one of the most public non-pursuit pursuits of a brand name executive job in recent history, Ford’s Alan Mulally has “ended his flirtation” with the top job. According to the Journal, he evidently was disappointed with leaks emanating… Read more »

2014 Battle Royale: Specialists vs. Generalists

Editor’s Note: This originally appeared as a client e-letter last month. December 23, 2013 Dear Clients and Colleagues: As the year winds down, here are a couple questions to consider for 2014: Are you a specialist or a generalist? Better yet, do you know when the difference matters? Here is a personal anecdote to help… Read more »

Always searching

Loyal TGR readers will appreciate the irony of this post’s headline on a couple different levels. Level One:  The year’s biggest brand name CEO search is based in Redmond, Wash., home of  software giant, Microsoft Corp. The position is currently open following the pre-announced retirement of current CEO Steve Ballmer who will reportedly remain in the position for 12 months or until the new CEO is… Read more »