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

Board of Directors

The Keys to Building a Better Board

Diversity has become a hot topic for boards. Why is board diversity so difficult? Unlike in Europe and other places, most U.S. boards don’t have term limits, so as a result, you don’t have as much fluidity around the movement of individuals off boards in order to bring new blood into the boardroom. I serve on a boarding where there are term limits. It gives the CEO and the ...Read More

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, Done Better

Ten years ago, a title such as “Diversity and Inclusion Officer” didn’t really exist. Today, executives whose mission is to make sure their work forces and C-Suites reflect the nation’s diversity writ large are legion. 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 s...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

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