The Executive Brief

Challenges and Successes as an ESOP CEO

KeyStone Search placed this impressive President and CEO just four months ago and we checked in to see how they were adjusting to life with an ESOP. They were kind enough to give us insight into the challenges they are overcoming and how the organization's mission to help people is at the core ...

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New to ESOP - One CEO's Experience

In 2017, as part of a CEO succession strategy, KeyStone Search had the privilege of recruiting a President & CEO to take over from the founder. Being new to an ESOP, there were some critical learnings that have shaped their leadership. We checked in three years later to see how it is going and ...

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ESOP Board Search Q&A

KeyStone Search Executive Recruiter Greg Holmes sat down with our CEO Mike Frommelt to discuss a recent Board search for an ESOP client. Here's their conversation...

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Equity or Not

One question I’m frequently asked by owners considering a high-level hire (President/Integrator/COO) is whether or not equity will be necessary to land an exceptional candidate.

My quick answer is the following: “Except for a few rare circumstances, a real equity package is not a good idea for ...

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Hiring an Integrator?

Before hiring an Integrator, it's essential that you get clear on what will move the dial before jumping in. Hiring a great Integrator is literally a game changer for any business. When you get the right one for you, the sky is the limit. Unfortunately, in our discussions with Visionaries across ...

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EOS Worldwide® Conference 2020 Recap

Risk and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. So, it’s not surprising EOS Worldwide®, a company dedicated to serving entrepreneurs would take some risks from time to time. In late March, EOS decided to take an enormous risk regarding their annual conference. When the live event had to be shut down ...

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Damn glad I got my Integrator!

A number of years ago another entrepreneur turned me on to the practice of “daily gratitude” - taking a few minutes every morning to acknowledge what is GOOD in your life and in your business. 

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Culture Still Matters

NOTE: The following article was originally written and published in February 2020 when the world looked very different. However, even though things have turned upside down, culture and core values are still incredibly important.    

Many of you are in a state of upheaval right now, incredibly ...

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Is your ESOP Equipped for Growth?

I’ve yet to meet any business leader who says, “We’re not planning to grow, it’s just not important to our company.” To stay in business there has to be a focus on continually moving the company forward. Of course, CEO’s and the quality of the leadership teams they build, play an absolutely ...

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Executive Search for ESOPs?

I lead the ESOP practice at KeyStone Executive Search.  When I say this to someone I’m meeting for the first time, I’ll often get a puzzled look along with a follow up question; “Really, an executive search firm that specializes in ESOPs?

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