The Executive Brief

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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DIY for an Integrator?

I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many Visionaries who are considering an Integrator search. I have never told any of them it cannot be done successfully on a DIY basis. If you really commit to all the steps and have both the expertise and time to do them well, it’s doable.

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ESOP Culture: Unique Leadership Qualities Required (Part 2)

We’re sharing two articles, laying out each of the 5 characteristics we believe are key leadership attributes that can make or break the effectiveness of an ESOP leader. Read Part 1 here.

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ESOP Culture: Unique Leadership Qualities Required (Part 1)

We’re fortunate to have worked with many ESOPs over the years, assisting them in hiring CEOs and other senior level leaders. Through this work we’ve come to appreciate just how unique ESOPs are and how different from other types of ownership structures. 

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ESOP Culture: Can there be too much of a good thing?

The great majority of ESOPs I’ve encountered are pretty special places, employee focused cultures filled with hard working, collaborative and loyal employee-owners. In most cases, these strong cultures result in performance that beats the competition, and creates growth for the benefit of all in ...

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An Integrator May (or May Not) Be Just What Your Business Needs

I recently had a great conversation with an entrepreneur (Visionary) on the East Coast. He reached out after seeing my name/quote in Rocket Fuel, feeling he may be ready for an Integrator.

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2019 Conference for Companies Running on EOS® Recap

What an amazing conference this year in Atlanta for companies running on EOS®! The passion and enthusiasm was palpable, from the opening address through the closing remarks. And, the topics/speakers in between were outstanding.

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Out Over Your Skis: When your company outgrows its executive leadership

In ski jumping, it’s not good to get too far over your skis as you fly down the hill.  If you do, its very likely you will crash, or at best have a clumsy landing.  In my 20 + years of working with privately held companies, I’ve noticed something very interesting with entrepreneur (Visionary) ...

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KeyStone's Spring 2019 Search Summary

KeyStone Search would like to thank all of our clients and congratulate the executives who have taken on new roles over the last six months.

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When Hiring an Integrator, Mind the Gap!

In Great Britain, mind the gap is a warning phrase issued to Underground (subway) passengers, warning them to take caution while crossing the physical gap between the platform and the train. It is a warning urging people to take care and avoid injury.

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