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Resilience in Tough Times July 6, 2009
Executives around the world have been caught in a storm of market collapse, corporate failures, and mass layoffs. For a great many, the forecast remains unsettled if not downright bleak. Yet if history is any guide, the majority will weather the recessionary storm. Some will actually sow the seeds of success through the adversity while a few will, unfortunately never recover...
The Second-in-Command July 5, 2009
The classic profile, making the relationship work and why it so often fails. Buried among the stock market rubble of the past year is News Corp, the $33bb media giant hand-crafted by fabled entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch. Its stock, like so many others, has been battered amid questions surrounding the economy, the sector and the company itself.
Improving Hiring Effectiveness June 17, 2009
The Role of Organizational Context - Suppose for a moment you are the board member charged with recruiting a new CEO into IBM. The executive search firm that you retain presents a slate of candidates featuring two CEOs of very successful small start-up software companies.
Where are all of the Successful Serial CEOs? June 17, 2009
It is a lament heard across the Canadian technology sector: Where are the successful serial CEOs and why do they appear so much more plentiful in the U.S. than in Canada? A quick scan of the U.S. tech community readily surfaces a class of executives for whom success only eggs them on to pursue even bigger challenges.
Secrets of Successful Serial Start-Up CEOs June 17, 2009
We are all drawn and inspired by tales of entrepreneurial success. It may be the young engineer who founded a company which seemingly overnight was acquired by Microsoft or Cisco. It may be the drop-out who built a web-site now viewed by millions of people each and every day.
Cirque de Selection - Under the Big Top of Picking Winners June 17, 2009
In this StoneWood Perspective we examine the elusive quest for excellence in selection. We describe the complexities of picking winners and how organizations most commonly deal with them. Finally, we lay out an approach by which to enhance selection decisions in all organizations.
The Secret to Success... and how to hire for it! June 17, 2009
So what's the secret to success? If you ask the guy in the doctor's office he'll tell you unequivocally that it is intelligence and education. He wants the smartest, best-trained doctors tending to his medical needs, and nothing less. For the fans watching their favorite sporting event the answer is performing right before their eyes. It is talent and they want as much of it as possible on their team. For yet others, success accompanies the mesmerizing charisma and vision of the great statesman or organizational leader. And for the many of us consigned to the happenstance of birth, success is a constant roulette wheel of serendipity and luck.
Enhancing Board Effectiveness in Hiring Get the Issues Right! June 17, 2009
While governance and fiduciary matters command a bigger share of their time and attention, the hiring of CEOs is among the most important, value-added responsibilities of Boards of Directors. It is also one exercised ever more frequently, with statistics showing that two-thirds of all venture-backed start-up companies replace their founding CEOs and of these replacements, two out of every five fail in the first 18 months.
Corporate Culture and Stock Options in Emerging Companies June 17, 2009
A recent article chronicling Google
From Guesswork to Assumptions... June 17, 2009
The peculiar way we select out political leaders - The federal Liberal Party will soon elect a new leader. The contest is intriguing as it marks the first instance in many years in which there is no clear favorite among the many contenders. While the process by which party delegates will render their decision is well publicized, the criteria they will use to make that decision is not.

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