Why Healthcare CEOs Make Sense for Corporate Boards

By Jena Abernathy

Corporate boards are more diversified than ever. As someone who works extensively in recruiting for board leadership, I would like to offer an additional perspective on this trend – ideas that I explored in a  recent article for Directors & Boards highlighting some untapped (some may say “unlikely”) resources for corporate boards. My advice for finding a new and valuable source of for-profit board…



Onboarding Sets the Stage for CEO Success

By Paul Bohne

In 2015, CEO turnover at the largest companies in the world was at an all time high. Why? These are volatile times across industries, of course. And there can be many specific explanations for CEO exits, including failure to establish partnerships with the board or colleagues, to establish a cultural fit, or to understand the requirements of the role. And some CEOs leave just to…



Executive Search Best Practices: Selecting a Healthcare CEO

Leadership transitions are inevitable in healthcare and related fields which have seen tremendous tumult in recent years. When the board of a hospital, health system, medical center or other organization determines that it needs to recruit a new chief executive officer, it must follow an established, proven recruiting process. Such a process increases the likelihood of selecting the right person for the job and lends credibility to the chosen candidate, providing an essential foundation for his or her tenure.



“Nontraditionals” as College Presidents: What Can Be Learned from Controversy?

Much has been said and written lately about the prospects of “nontraditional” candidates for college presidencies. There have been successes and failures in recruiting presidents from outside of education – from the corporate, government, and even military sectors. One recent high-profile controversy and resulting departure of a CEO-turned-president has many education leaders signaling the end of these experiments.

“Don’t carve that epitaph into the marble quite yet,” writes…



For Healthcare Boards and CEOs, Is the Mission Set in Stone?

By Andrew Chastain, Managing Partner, Healthcare

The mission for all healthcare organizations – nonprofit or for-profit – is critical. It is the mirror against which all strategic decisions are held up for reflection.

Should the mission statement, therefore, be set in stone? In a 2012 AHA Center for Healthcare Governance special report on Transformational Governance, Larry Gage notes that the originator of a mission typically wants to “memorialize” it…



Recruiting a CEO? Have You Considered the CHRO?

As with many executives in today’s workplace, chief human resources officers are witnessing a change in their function and scope within the leadership team. They are no longer seen as primarily supportive players; instead, many HR executives are taking on greater strategic and high-profile roles in their organizations.

“HR executives understand the central nervous systems of their organizations better than anyone,” writes senior partner Jena Abernathy…



Can Healthcare Governance Get to Great? (Yes. Here’s How.)

By Andrew Chastain, Kimberly Smith, FACHE, and James Gauss

It is easy to spot high-functioning hospital and health system boards. Their trustees are skilled, committed to their organizations, and care about making a real difference in people’s lives.

But excellence in healthcare governance is not something that we see throughout the industry and can be inconsistent from one boardroom to the next,…



Board Best Practices: 6 Ways to Get Ahead of the Curve

By John McLean and James Gauss

curve-27681_640Executives are accustomed to change. They consider it a point of pride to anticipate the future and prioritize staying ahead of the curve.

Their boards of directors don’t always have this mindset. Boards typically don’t see themselves as needing to be proactive and progressive. Governance has a staid and static connotation to it.

On this note, we believe that boards can do a better job of embracing…



Reimagining the Higher Education Presidential Search

By Lucy Leske, Managing Partner, Education Practice

The traditional model of selecting a new college or university president relies upon large, inclusive campus committees which represent a virtual Noah’s Ark of students, faculty, staff, and trustees. While these committees are devoted to their institution’s success, they are often unprepared to apply serious leadership evaluation tools and validate candidate strengths and weaknesses against the organization’s needs and priorities. As such, decisions on whether or…



Search Committee Best Practices: Navigating the 10 Stages of a Recruitment

By Michael R. Raddatz, Jr.

During a leadership recruitment, every search committee goes through a process of learning and growth. This is particularly true if the members of the committee don’t know each other well or haven’t had previous experience serving on such a committee. What follows is an overview of sequential stages that search committees can often experience as the recruiting process unfolds. Knowing this typical progression helps a committee to understand…