Job Fit: Trade Secrets ep. 2

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Jobfit: Trade Secrets ep. 1

  25 to 30 percent of nonprofit CEO searches are outsourced. The Perfect Search by Tommy Thomas is for those board members who can not or choose not to retain outside counsel to fill an executive position.  The Perfect Search is available for purchase here.  

A Christmas Tradition: The Acorn Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree

My Mom and Dad were great cooks. Their repertoire ranged from feeding large crowds with slow cooked pit bar-b-cue or fried catfish to “southern meat and three.” To sit down at their table when they cooked roast beef, potatoes, peas, butterbeans, corn, squash and hot biscuits was a southern country culinary delight. However, to the […]

Looking for Meaning at Work? Here’s How to Find It…

You don’t want to miss this article explaining the value of understanding your innate giftedness and motivation and how to apply it in your work life. “SIMA has found these patterns of motivated abilities remain constant throughout one’s life. The child who at five enjoys solving math problems is very likely to pursue analytical problem […]

The Ten Commandments of Meetings

View image | gettyimages.com Recently, we were in a client Board Meeting. We got a lot done that day, but one of the members of the Board said something to the effect of “all of their meetings weren’t like that.” That reminded us of something that Jerold Panas wrote in one of his books that […]

To STEM or not to STEM in Christian Schools

This week we are switching gears to the K-12 sector in Christian education. It is a delight to feature George Sanker, Headmaster of Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA and his perspective on STEM and liberal arts programs in Christian schools. When I accepted the position of Headmaster at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, VA, I […]

Why Did We Hire This Person: Part 7

The last problem we’re going to address in our guest series, “Why Did We Hire this Person?” by Ben Dilla and Ron Evans is expressed in the question, “The person we selected isn’t doing well because either (a) several of us interviewed each candidate individually and never reached consensus or (b) we interviewed each candidate […]

Why Did We Hire This Person: Part 6

Part 6 of our series with Ben Dilla and Ron Evans is short and sweet but an important reminder when it comes to selecting and working with an executive recruiter. “We took the word of a recruiter that this was the most qualified candidate, but now we know we should have asked more questions.” Most […]

Why Did We Hire This Person: Part 5

We hope you are gleaning from our guest series, Why Did We Hire This Person” by Ben Dilla and Ron Evans. Part 5 is for organizations that have found themselves saying… “We hired someone really different and now we find they’re not fitting in well.” Congratulations, you succeeded in “breaking the mold” and finding someone […]

Why Did We Hire This Person: Part 4

Part 4 of this enlightening 7 part guest series featuring our friends Ben Dilla and Ron Evans addresses the realization: “We were looking for someone really different to add to the team and take us in new directions, and we ended up with a clone of what we already have.” While you may have embarked […]

Why Did We Hire This Person: Part 3

Part 3 of our 7 part series with Ben Dilla and Ron Evans continues to discuss the glaring question organizations find themselves asking, “Why did we hire this person?” We’ve covered the realization of not knowing what the organization was looking for and intentionally limiting the talent pool. Today’s observation faces when an organization realizes… […]

Why Did We Hire This Person: Part 2

We are continuing the 7 part series with our colleagues Ben Dilla and Ron Evans discussing a topic that organizations may not necessarily want to admit but commonly find themselves discovering and/or wanting to prevent in the future. The glaring observation is: “Why did we hire THIS person? As we’ve said, it is a painful […]

Why Did We Hire This Person: Part 1

We are beginning a guest post series by our colleagues Ben Dilla and Ron Evans discussing a topic that an organization may not necessarily want to admit. This series will cover 7 observations for organizations finding themselves asking this question and those wanting to prevent being in the situation. “Why did we hire THIS person? It’s painful […]

Developing a Succession Policy Part 4

We hope you’ve found our series on developing a succession policy helpful as your organization faces a CEO transition. If you’re just now joining us, click here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Without further ado, our final part in this four part series recommends… Key Factors in Baselining the new Chief Executive […]

Developing a Succession Policy Part 3

This week we’re picking up where we left off with our Developing a Succession Plan Series. Be sure to catch Part 1 and Part 2 as you will definitely find those helpful in the succession process.  This Part 3 focusses on the actual transition and some key factors to consider to ensure a well thought […]

Attitude of Gratitude Week 3

When the phrase “Summer of 1969” is mentioned, many people my age remember that as the summer of Woodstock.  I was beginning my sophomore year at Auburn and aside from the difficulty of my classes, I remember the Summer of 1969 for another reason. I had just broken up with an attractive Auburn co-ed and […]

Attitude of Gratitude Week 2

My wife, Nancy, and I have been together for thirty-four years. We met at Twenty-Five & Alive, a college/career group that our church hosted. The idea behind the name was that the group was for “older” singles. Nancy was only twenty-four at the time but came with her roommate who “did meet the age requirement”. […]

Attitude of Gratitude Week 1

We have one more part to our 3 part succession series to which we will return. Since November is the month of Thanksgiving, we are going to take a little break and refocus our attention to the Attitude of Gratitude. Author  Mark Batterson encourages his readers to journal about things they are thankful for. He calls […]

Developing a Succession Policy Part 2

Last week, we began a series on the importance of your Board of Directors having a succession policy in place in the event that your organization’s CEO may not be a right fit, step down unexpectedly, become incapacitated or pass away. Part 1 focused on questions to consider surrounding the active CEO and the interim […]

Developing a Succession Policy Part 1

Most Board Members don’t like to think about it but the day always comes when it is time to  select a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Unfortunately, Sometimes the incumbent isn’t getting the job done and the board chooses to let the person go.  It is more often the case that the incumbent gets an […]

Beware of the $1 a Year CEO Part II

Since Case #1 in our Beware of the $1 a Year CEO series, there have been several instances where we have had strong interest executives who have enjoyed very successful and financially rewarding careers in the private sector and are considering a second career as nonprofit organization CEO. If I believe that someone like this […]

Beware of the $1 a Year Executive-Part 1

#91566246 / gettyimages.com The Baby Boomer generation is one of the first generations that have had the luxury of considering leaving their jobs early in life in order to go to work for a nonprofit organization or charity–often for very little compensation. In our business, we refer to this as the “$1 a Year Executive.” […]

The CEO Search Committee Part 2: The Reality

Someone once said that serving on a search committee is like walking through a  field laced with land mines…You don’t always know what your next step should be.  In all probability, the most important decision you will be asked to make as a board member for a  nonprofit organization is in the selection of the […]

The CEO Search Committee: A Call to Service

At no previous time in the history of America has there been a bigger need or call for not-for- profit organizations to take more of a leadership role in solving some of our nation’s social, moral, and economic problems. Additionally, there has never been a time when so many people, who have had successful careers […]

Behavioral Interviews Part III: 4 Tips for Board Member Interviews

We’re wrapping up our 3 part series on Behavioral Interviews and have some more golden nuggets up our sleeve we can’t wait to share with you. In case you’re just chiming in, here is what we’ve covered so far: Part 1-  What Not to Ask Part 2- Ways to Ask the Right Questions …and Part […]

Behavioral Interviews Part 2: Ways to Ask the Right Questions

We have mentioned that, if done right, behaviorial interviewing can help your board members discover the 1% difference between several great candidates. This 3 part series is designed to provide you with everything you need to know for conducting quality behavioral interviews. Part 1 covered what not to ask. In Part 2, we’re going to […]

Behavioral Interviews Part 1: What Not to Ask

If done right, behaviorial interviewing can help your board members discover the 1% difference between several great candidates. This 3 part series is designed to provide you with everything you need to know for conducting quality behavioral interviews. First, we’re going to focus on… Behavioral Questioning: What not to ask… The JobFitMatters executive-search process is methodical and […]

3 Strategic Objectives for Informed Reference Checking

True Story: Talking with the board chairman of a new client organization a few year ago, I could tell he was a bit distraught. He had been the head of a search committee that had selected their last president—one who had lasted less than three years. In the eyes of several trustees, that hire had been […]

Core Competencies: A Real Life Example

I recently met with a business colleague that I had interviewed several years ago as a potential candidate. We stayed in touch and met for coffee every year or so. Periodically, we would talk about potential candidates. On one occasion, he recommended an individual that ended up being hired for one of our SIMA International […]