When Your CEO is in the Weeds

timtolan Leadership, Tim Tolan

Let’s face it – we all have our way of doing things in our own unique style. There is a universal reason that no two people look exactly alike, think alike and process information exactly the same way.  That’s what makes the world go ‘round and ‘round! Some of us are expressive thinkers and outgoing while others are more cognitive and …

Relocation May Require Landlord Skills…

timtolan Compensation/Cash Money, Current Affairs, Interviewing, Making Offers, Onboarding, Recruiting, Relocation, Tim Tolan

It’s a tough discussion across the board. I’m talking about owning real estate in this market when seeking a job in a new city. Whether we are conducting a search for an individual contributor or a CEO – the challenges and options are identical. Critical financial choices have to be made that were non-existent a few years ago. We all know that the higher the salary/position the …

Face-to Face Interviews Are NOT a Competitive Advantage!

timtolan Interviewing, Recruiting, Tim Tolan

Some of the silk slipper (high-end) executive search firms still get the majority of “C-Level” search assignments (and the big bucks too!) – I get that. What I question is when they use “face-to-face” interviews as a sustainable competitive advantage. That is what I heard when I attended a shoot-out last month for a senior level assignment. How does that …

Search Challenge: Hiring for a Family Owned Business

timtolan Culture, Employee Relations, Succession Planning, Tim Tolan

Most of the work we do in our executive search practice is for small cap, privately held, venture backed and a few large cap publicly traded companies. Having worked in all of those types of companies allows us to identify with some of the dynamics of some of the clients we conduct search assignments for. And then there is a different model altogether: a family owned …

Chasing Stock Option Gold

timtolan Compensation/Cash Money, Tim Tolan

I must admit I have seen people going down this path a couple of times in my career… great people I know doing very well making tons of money cashing in stock options. I’ve made a few bucks here and there (I only said a few bucks…) too – all good. The rewards of knocking the cover off the ball should yield a big pay-day for …