Category Archive

Below you'll find a list of all posts that have been categorized as “executive-search”

Giving Human Resources a Seat at the Table

As a retained executive recruiter in Minneapolis, I have had the great fortune to work with a number of companies hiring their first strategic human resources leader. Surprisingly, these companies have not been start-ups or small companies - all were long standing, reputable companies with over ...

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Egos and ESOPs - Like Oil and Water

During our many years of recruiting senior level talent for employee-owned companies, KeyStone Search has discovered a number of characteristics that a leader must possess to be successful in an ESOP. We've also found a few key things that simply do not work. Perhaps the most significant red flag ...

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Why Retained Search is like a Beautiful, Buttery Leather Sofa

Retained executive search often seems to scare business owners - or perhaps it just confuses them. They wonder: if other recruiters only charge me if/when I hire one of their candidates, why would I ever pay a recruiting firm a retainer fee?

This is a great question. Let me answer it by making an ...

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Retained vs. Contingent: Decoding the World of Executive Search

At some point in its history, the executive search industry made a (perhaps not so) brilliant decision to categorize firms by their fee structures; Retained vs. Contingent.

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Overcoming Fear of Hiring from the Outside in Family Owned Businesses

At KeyStone, we work exclusively with mid-market, privately-held businesses. And we are fortunate to count many family owned businesses as our clients. Hiring outside executives into family owned businesses can be a challenge - but it’s certainly doable, and companies reap the benefits of adding ...

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Finding Your Integrator: Are you really ready?

As a Visionary, your eyes are always on the big picture, audacious goals, new ideas and growth, growth, growth. For the most part, this is a great thing; it’s why you’ve gotten this far in your business. But even the fastest sports cars in the world are made with brakes. At times you need to slow ...

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Compared to What?

I regularly have breakfast with a friend.  She is a former colleague, we have had many similar life experiences and we have come to know each other quite well.  She always begins our conversations by asking me how I’m doing.  On one particular occasion, instead of giving the usual rote answer of ...

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Let’s Retire Touchy-Feely and Kumbaya Once and For All

This post was kindly contributed by Leigh Bailey, founder and CEO of The Bailey Group.

The Bailey Group partners with CEOs and their executive teams to provide clarity and alignment during uncertain times, ensuring that companies can navigate their current situations while building new business ...

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The War for Leadership

We’ve all heard the scary numbers regarding baby boomer retirements; Some 96M boomers to retire in the next 10 or so years, with only 46M Millennials behind them to fill in the gap.

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