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Assessments – Which Ones Work for Hiring and Why

Assessments – Which Ones Work for Hiring and Why

By the time we reach the executive ranks, we have all participated in assessments: DISC, Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Strengths Profile, etc. The problem with these assessments is that they are Ipsative, and unless the person has a high degree of self-awareness, these...

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How Do You Know You Are Hiring the Very Best?

How Do You Know You Are Hiring the Very Best?

How do you know you are hiring the very best? To really KNOW, you need to calibrate candidates against a large pool of similar candidates. Some people are very good at selling themselves in interviews, but when it comes to actual work performance they fail. In...

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Hire Exceptional Leadership Talent Using LinkedIn

Hire Exceptional Leadership Talent Using LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great tool for all seasoned recruiters and hiring managers use to identify potential talent. But, like a resume, LinkedIn profiles are a self-promotion tool, not a list of accomplishments, results, failures, and lessons but rather a marketing tool,...

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How Can I Stay Close and Focus My Team from Home?

How Can I Stay Close and Focus My Team from Home?

In this digital-age leaders are already vying for attention from their teams. The digital divide has happened.  People are distracted by social media, glued to their mobile devices for texts, email and calls. Now people are not even in the office anymore - no more...

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Why You Need a Plan, Not a Vision

Why You Need a Plan, Not a Vision

We have all done it. We have an opening for a key executive and get introduced to someone or meet someone at a coffee shop and think ... "that's the person for this job." You decide to hire that individual and everything seems to work out for the next 6 weeks. But...

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Search Completion Announcement

Search Completion Announcement

We are happy to announce that Jeff Mack has joined Potrero Medical as CFO, as the result of an extensive search process lead by Laura Raynak. Congratulations to the Potrero Team!   Jeff Mack joins Potrero with over 20 years of experience as a senior finance...

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Identifying “Fit” in Leadership Candidates

Identifying “Fit” in Leadership Candidates

"Fit" is a small word that can mean everything to the success of a company, a division or a start-up. Of course, candidates need to have skills and capacity to execute, as well, but "Fit" matters.  "Fit" can be nebulous and sometimes is mistaken for chemistry. ...

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Avoid Hiring Other Company’s Rejects

Avoid Hiring Other Company’s Rejects

In recent years, candidates have become far more sophisticated at marketing themselves.  Through LinkedIn and other forms of social media, they have become experts at framing themselves with their resume, interview skills and persona. Unfortunately, that also means...

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Is your recruiting process set up for success?

Is your recruiting process set up for success?

We have all done it. We have said, "I need to hire a _____________". We put the word out to our network, and find a few candidates to speak with, but no one impressed us or seemed like the right fit. We keep searching or decide to make a hire from our "ho-hum" pool of...

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Hiring Exceptional Leadership:  Defining Chemistry

Hiring Exceptional Leadership: Defining Chemistry

Executive recruiters hear from clients nearly every day- "we chose the candidate because we felt he had the right chemistry". While this sounds good, how do you define Chemistry? Our clients seem to instinctively know when the right candidate is interviewed and...

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“High Potential” Candidates

“High Potential” Candidates

Frequently, while initiating a search project, we get requests from the client like "We want to hire an 'up and comer' or  a 'high potential' candidate". Generally, the motivations are along this thinking: The candidate will work harder for us, they will not have...

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