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…



Leadership Candidates: Have You Done Your Research?

By Joyce De Leo

The tools and methods that executive search firms use to research candidate backgrounds are extensive – from thorough reference checks to academic degree verification to review of applicants’ social media history. Leadership candidates must do equal due diligence on potential employers. This is an idea I discuss in a recent article for HigherEdJobs entitled, “Your Next Leadership Position: Dive Deep…



The Healthcare CFO in an Era of Consolidation

By Tom Quinn

Tom QuinnWhat does today’s healthcare CFO role look like? It really depends – mainly on where the role lies in an organization’s structure. CFOs now generally fall into three different categories: a hospital-specific site CFO, a divisional CFO, and a centralized, system-wide CFO.

I have spoken with countless CFOs about how consolidation is shifting their responsibilities, and recently had the opportunity to publish a two-part article for FierceHealthcare. Linked below, the…



What Aspiring VPs of Advancement Need to Know

The day-to-day responsibilities of an advancement officer in higher education are expansive, and growing. Of course fundraising skills are a major component of what makes a successful advancement officer, but there are countless other essential talents – including leadership ability, strategic thinking, and political savvy, to name a few.

Dennis Barden, a senior partner in Witt/Kieffer’s Education practice, has recently published two articles that…



Find Solid Footing in a Shifting Career Landscape

By David Boggs, Practice Leader, WK Advisors

If you’ve read an article about careers lately, chances are it included terms like “changing landscape” or “seismic shifts.” Healthcare, education, and many other industries are in upheaval due to significant changes involving everything from legislative policy to technological advancements. It’s no wonder even seasoned executives may feel as if they are stumbling across unsteady ground, their career paths not as…



2015 Up & Comers: Healthcare Leaders Intent on Innovation and Collaboration

“Healthcare today does not so much require a new brand of leadership as it does a brand that expects constant change and is willing to go beyond conventional solutions,” believes Witt/Kieffer’s Andrew Chastain. “It also requires establishing a culture where innovative thinking is rewarded.”

One way in which innovative, change-embracing executives are rewarded is through Modern Healthcare’s annual Up & Comers awards. Chastain’s quote is from his introduction to this year’s awards, which recognize difference-making leaders…



Healthcare Executive Recruiting: Myths about the Hire-ability of Military Medical Officers

By Kimberly Smith, FACHE, Senior Partner

For military officers, the decision as to when to transition into civilian life is tough to say the least. Family, logistics, raw emotion, and trepidation about the unknown come into play. If you’ve been a soldier for 10, 20, or even 30 years, it’s hard to leave the ranks.

But most officers, at some point, exit the services for civilian roles — they want something different for themselves or their families, or have reached a…



Need a Career Boost? Act Your Age

Two years ago, our CEO Charles Wardell told FoxBusiness.com that job experience “has come back into vogue in a big way.” Wardell’s point was that organizations are more earnestly recruiting older executives and other “seasoned” workers, especially in industries that are particularly turbulent and need staff to lend stability amid chaos. Opportunities are still there today for late-career professionals who want to keep working.

Of course, youth is in vogue, too, with career experts everywhere talking about millennials…



Barden’s Best: Sage Advice for Academic Candidates and Search Committees

The CASE Leadership Summit is in full swing in Chicago, marking one of the social and intellectual highlights of the year for advancement leaders in higher education. A Witt/Kieffer contingent including senior partner Dennis Barden and consultants Zachary Smith and Mercedes Vance will be on hand for the proceedings.

Barden is not only one of our firm’s most experienced search consultants (in advancement…



Healthcare Recruiting: Do Military Skills Translate to Civilian Leadership?

For as long as there have been soldiers there have been veterans, and thus discussions about how best to transition service members into civilian life once their time in the military is up. The concept of transitioning is especially challenging for military officers, as they seek civilian roles that are commensurate with their level of leadership experience, skills, and knowledge.

One former officer who has transitioned quite well into the corporate realm is John McFarland, a senior associate…