INSIGHTS

Observations, dispatches, and thought leadership from within the Practices of Diversified Search

Board of Directors

What Makes Top Talent Want to Work for You

In one of my former lives, I served as Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton White House. As you can imagine it was a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week position.   Many very smart people seek the opportunity to work in any presidential administration. It was a privilege to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, no matter your role. The most valued were the...Read More

Diversity

Diversity, Done Better

Never has this proven more true than in the board space. It’s practically de rigeur these days to find boardrooms pouring resources into diversity. But they—and we, as search executives—have work still to do. A large share of the public remains skeptical of the sincerity and efficacy of these initiatives. When the banking sector was beset by lawsuits in the 1990s and early 2000s on account o...Read More

Board of Directors

How to Make Peace with the Shareholder Activist Movement

Shareholder activists have been portrayed as modern-day pirates, forcing loyal board members and management to walk the plank while they plunder vulnerable companies. It’s time to dispel that myth, starting with the primary differentiator. The rogues of yore took treasures that didn’t belong to them; today’s activist investors want to enhance the value of an asset they already own for mutual...Read More

Healthcare Services

A New Frontier: The Chief Digital Officer in Healthcare

Disruption, we know, is the new keyword gripping the global marketplace. But of all the sectors in the world economy, it is healthcare that will undergo the most pervasive digital transformation. Thus far it has lagged, but the opportunities and demands are so great that it must now move forward quickly to grasp the opportunities that technology brings. Advances in technology, interoperability, sh...Read More

Financial Officers

Inside the Chief Financial Officer Role

What are some emerging trends you are witnessing in the CFO function? Where are you seeing the most growth and the least growth?   The most prominent trend is increasing complexity as the role transitions to that of a strategic operating partner to the CEO with responsibilities far broader and deeper than in the past. Today’s CFO is expected to be more operationally ...Read More

Board of Directors

Age-Old Leadership Paradox Desperately Seeks Update

There is an age-old paradox searching for an update that unfortunately isn't as easy as downloading an app. It varies based on who you talk to but goes something like this: leadership used to guide and manage large organizations remains in short supply. The war for talent is either over or just getting started. At the same time, there is an abundance of eminently qualified managers achieving resul...Read More

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