How a Departing CEO Should Gracefully Exit Stage Right

The departure of a CEO, for whatever reason, can be disruptive for an organisation. No matter what the relationship was with the Board and Staff, a departing CEO has a responsibility to remain loyal to the organisation and its mission and to leave with as much grace and positivity as possible. Exiting in this way isn’t as […]

Being Refreshingly Different

Of the various compliments we have received from clients and candidates since introducing our new range of senior executive recruitment services some six months ago is that we are “refreshingly different”. The reason this was music to our ears is that this is precisely the reaction we set out to achieve. Having spent many years […]

Questions to unearth exceptional leaders

So, you have narrowed down a field of candidates for your organisation’s vacant CEO position to 4 applicants. How does the Selection Committee now decide who they will recommend to the Board? Usually, this comes down to how well each candidate responds to the questions put to them during a structured formal interview. This makes […]

Turning those needles in haystacks into broom handles

Recently I was approached by Alice, the Chair of mid-sized Not-for-Profit (NFP) who asked for advice on how to make mythical needles in a haystack into the size of broom handles. Turns out Alice’s organisation had just conducted their own lengthy search for a new CEO using the major Job Board sites. This elicited a […]

Good leaders don’t drop their aitchs

By Chris Gandy When I reflect on my primary school days I can vividly recall teachers constantly regaling the class to not drop our aitchs. Seems we were running about the place saying things like “elp” instead of “help”; wondering how we could get to “eaven” and not  “heaven”;  and asking “arry” instead of “harry” […]

If only we were here, instead of there

“Don’t go in and hide; don’t come out and shine; stand stock-still in the middle.” ― Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu Here is how a common mistake occurs. When an undesirable development occurs or a difficult situation arises, we often think,  “Oh, I have got such rotten luck, why is this happening?’ We […]

Are you offering staggered work hours yet?

By Nina Sochon: For most of the 20th century, people went to offices in cars the way parts were carried along a conveyor belt – predictably, almost uniformly. Then in the 1970s a cheeky Astronaut – Jack Nilles – proposed that working from home could revolutionise productivity and reduce strain on infrastructure – an apparent […]

Skip the Mission and go straight to the Vision

By Chris Gandy Perhaps I am being alarmist, but I am genuinely concerned that the NFP sector is failing to develop and attract the calibre of leaders needed to meet the demands our society is placing on it. Not that great people aren’t out there, they are. It is just that as a sector we […]

Recruit a CEO for Tomorrow, Not Today

By Chris Gandy We Not for Profit Board Members are typically very diligent when it comes to recruiting a new CEO. After all, we are very busy people and the last thing a Chair or fellow Board members want is to be dragged in to steer a leaderless ship. So what usually happens? We urgent review today’s […]

Comparisons – A bit of this, and less of that

By Heather McCauley  “The ideas are louder when there are fewer of them.” David C. Day  We have been talking about getting off track, finding ourselves where we did not expect to be, getting back on the road and assuming that after having done all this extra work, we can make up some lost time. […]

NFP Leaders Better Get Used To Wearing Some New Hats

By Chris Gandy One of the most common questions we are asked by Not for Profit Boards who find themselves in a position of suddenly having to search for a new Chief Executive is: “What should we look for in a new CEO?” To be honest such questions fill us with joy as they demonstrate […]