Seismic Activity: Recruiting New Leaders for Medical Schools

Medical education is undergoing a much-needed major transformation, believes Joyce De Leo, Ph.D., a consultant in Witt/Kieffer’s Academic Medicine and Health Sciences practice who has more than 20 years of experience in academic and medical school administration. For more than a century, she notes, the standard medical school curriculum was relatively unchanged, comprising two years of lectures and two years of clinical rotations. “Change…



What Do Search Consultants Do? (Hint: Much More Than Search)

By Mike Raddatz, Consultant

Executive search consultants spend a lot of our time on essential recruiting activities such as sourcing candidates, interviewing, vetting, and presenting candidates to clients. To borrow a phrase from a well-known insurance commercial, “It’s what we do.”

But, as with any line of work, there is always a lot more to the practice than first meets the eye. A day in the life…



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…



How Leaders Can Foster Innovation (and Learn to Accept Failure)

What is innovation? Is it a strategy? A process?  A goal? Is it something only for the young and entrepreneurial? Is it the responsibility of everyone within an organization?

BAB Full Room

These were questions tackled by the full house of attendees at the recent “Innovation Conference” in New York City sponsored by Witt/Kieffer in conjunction with BritishAmerican Business, a membership organization of leading companies across industries on both…



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…



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…



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.



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…



Higher Ed Casts a Wider Net for HR Executives

Chief human resources officers are pivotal players in driving change in higher education. Presidents, trustees, and the public in general are increasingly calling for a rethinking of how institutions operate – especially in regards to costs and educational outcomes. CHROs are the ones who must galvanize that change, and make sure that leadership, faculty, and staff are prepared for a different future.

With this imperative for change…