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…



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…