Counterintuitive (But Reliable) Leadership Principles

Leaders today must be more engaged and collaborative with colleagues, more in touch with employees, more conscientious of what they do and say, more concerned about diversity and fairness, and more accountable for the security, honesty, and welfare of their companies than in the past. This new landscape requires leaders to question their intuitions, while sticking with tried-and-true principles.

Witt/Kieffer Chair and CEO Charles W.B. Wardell, III recently…



Make Your Online Presence Build (Not Sabotage) Your Career

By Diane Nicholas

While finding a new executive position is never easy, it seems as if today is a golden age for job seekers. Job listings, applications, career resources, and more are all available at a candidate’s fingertips. However, without careful attention to detail, this accessibility makes it easier for mistakes and missteps that could hurt career prospects.

I recently wrote an article for Training Magazine highlighting…



The Art of Recruiting Recruiters

Human resources executives are tasked with the enormous responsibility of building strong, cohesive, and diverse teams for their organizations. They must know how to read people, recruit them to the team, determine best fit, and weigh strengths against weaknesses.

Debra Jerome, Chief Human Resources Officer at Witt/Kieffer, has a unique twist on this responsibility as an executive who hires consultants who will in turn recruit executives on behalf…



AHA 24th Annual Leadership Summit: Pat Riley on Winning and Learning

By Meeta Gandhi

As an early careerist, having the opportunity to attend the American Hospital Association’s 24th Annual Leadership Summit was nothing short of exhilarating. This was my first experience attending a healthcare conference of this magnitude. As an intern in AHA’s Institute for Diversity’s Summer Enrichment Program, it was an opportunity to network with 13 peers who had been selected to attend,…



How to Recruit an Athletic Director

By Greg Santore, Leader, Sports Leadership Practice

What is the best way to conduct a college or university athletic director search? There is no one-size-fits-all approach, as AD search committees take many different paths to the hire. Along the way, there is tremendous pressure to make the right decision for often-divided constituents, from alums and donors to faculty and top administrators.

To find a great AD, I…



From Military to Civilian: Healthcare Executives Describe Challenges

“I’m not sure many leaders understand the wonderful perspective, experiences and leadership qualities that veterans bring to an organization.”

Veterans ThumbThe comment above comes from a new Witt/Kieffer report, “Answering the Call: Veterans as Civilian Healthcare Leaders.” The report draws insights from a Witt/Kieffer survey of veterans currently in civilian healthcare leadership positions. What makes the report a compelling read is the thoughtfulness of the comments from respondents and their…



How Employers Can Ace the Candidate Experience

By David Boggs

I have written articles in the past advising executive candidates on how to navigate the job search and interview process (see, for instance, “Find Solid Footing in a Shifting Career Landscape”) – understanding that, especially during tough economies, executive job hunters need all the help they can get.

However, recent data show a job market that is improving, with projections for employment in…



Be Careful What You Tell the Realtor (And Other Job Search Secrets)

By Donna Padilla

Looking for a new job is not for the careless. The smallest job search infraction — an off-the-cuff response that is not well-received or an uncovered ghost from your professional past — can mean elimination in the pursuit of your next position. As you begin (or continue) your search, anticipate the following key issues and how you would respond to various situations.

Are you serious…



Leadership Lesson: Put Rookies in the Game

As Major League Baseball returns, Witt/Kieffer CEO Charles W.B. Wardell, III reminds us of the importance of giving young professionals a chance to prove themselves. In his article “For a Home Run, Put Your Rookies in the Game,” on the website of Chief Executive magazine, Wardell writes that too many young employees are rarely given chances to excel early in their careers.

“Even the…



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…