Newsletter Archive

  • Insights, Spring 2017  In this issue, we explore why companies are pursuing closer partnerships and broader resources from search consultants, in our feature article, "What's Next in Executive Search?" We also introduce a new team member, Kirk Trow, and offer a review of Patrick Lencioni's highly practical new book, The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate the Three Essential Virtues.
  • Insights, Summer 2016  This issue's feature article, Executive Coaching Meets Executive Search, launches our complimentary month of onboarding services at the conclusion of a search. We also introduce experienced executive coach Dean Hoppe, who will be providing these onboarding services, and review Amy Cuddy's book Presence:  Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges.  
  • Insights, Summer 2015  In this issue, we get companies thinking about their own level of preparedness for the upcoming leadership talent shortage and offer some thought-provoking questions to consider.  We also introduce our Talent Management Toolkit as a resource for companies looking to build and implement an effective talent management strategy, and we review a great book by Noel M. Tichy, Succession:  Mastering the Make-or-Break Process of Leadership Transition.
  • Insights, Fall 2014  This issue reveals what we've learned from our clients since we rebranded our firm two years ago, considers the evolving role of HR in organizations today--exploring what an even more effective HR function might look like--and highlights the book Lead with Humility, on the unique leadership style of Pope Francis, who topped Fortune's list of The World's 50 Greatest Leaders.
  • Insights, Spring 2014  This issue visits the current topic of urban growth, as it pertains to companies and executives considering location decisions, offers a thoughtful discussion on leadership presence--an important but challenging topic for executives and organizations today--and includes a review of the book Why Should Anyone Be Led By You? by Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones, on leading with authenticity.

  • Insights, Fall 2013   This issue focuses on the topic of team dynamics, identifying four mindsets that can boost team effectiveness.  We've also included an executive search update explaining how the economy is impacting executive hiring and a review of the book Leadership and the Art of Struggle, by Steven Snyder.  
  • Insights, Summer 2013  This issue explores the importance of women in executive leadership roles, features an article highlighting the differences between innovation and creativity and offering some key questions to spark innovative thinking and execution, and includes a client interview with Bremer Bank and a review of the book Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.          
  • Insights, Winter 2013  This issue takes a fresh look at what the right development for emerging leaders should look like, highlights our consulting work with Bank Iowa, an exciting example of the end-to-end leadership solutions that our firm provides, and offers a review of Mark Murphy's HARD Goals:  The Secret to Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.
  • Insights, Fall 2012  This issue introduces Carlson Group's new partner, highlights the launch of our organizational consulting services, answers the question "What Does Carlson Group's Expansion Mean for You?" and includes both a summary of executive employment trends and a review of John C. Maxwell's Everyone Communicates, Few Connect:  What the Most Effective People Do Differently. 
  • Insights, Spring 2012  Features "CEO Succession, Part 2:  Getting it Right," a wrap-up of our discussion on succession planning, focusing on key practices and what to expect when using an executive search consultant.  Also in this issue:  characteristics of top-performing companies and individuals, and a review of the book The Rare Find:  Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else, by George Anders.
  • Insights, Fall 2011  Features "CEO Succession, Part 1:  The Alpha and the Omega," which explores the challenges associated with CEO succession planning, responsibilities of the board of directors, and a brief summary of what a succession plan entails.  Also in this issue:  a review of the book Reputation Rules:  Strategies for Building Your Company's Most Valuable Asset, by Daniel Diermeier, and a brief look at one company's innovative tactic to boost revenue.
  • Insights, Summer 2011  Features "Videoconferencing Saves Money, Streamlines Interview Process," which examines the benefits, availability, and affordability of videoconferencing, especially in the early stages of interviewing.  Also in this issue:  a recent search highlight, a review of the book Change the Culture, Change the Game, by Roger Connors and Tom Smith, and a brief look at executive-level hiring in 2011.
  • Insights, Winter 2011  Features "Executive Relocation:  Winning the Battle," which explores real estate issues and other factors affecting executive relocation today, an executive assimilation piece that identifies five discussion areas to help the new hire hit the ground running, and a review of the book Your Next Move:  The Leader's Guide to Navigating Major Career Transitions, by Michael J. Watkins.
  • Insights, Fall 2010  Features an article that explores what the "new normal" means for your business, the second part of our discussion about the hiring manager, a recent search highlight, and a review of the book The Right Leader:  Selecting Executives Who Fit, by Nat Stoddard with Claire Wyckoff.
  • Insights, Fall 2008  Features part one of an article entitled "The Hiring Manager Really IS a Big Deal," exploring the idea that, even when the location, company, position and compensation are all terrific, the hiring manager still plays a major component in whether or not we are able to recruit the right candidate.  Also includes some reflections on the current financial crisis and a review of the book Deciding Who Leads, by Joseph Daniel McCool.
  • Insights, Winter 2008  Features an article entitled "Why Off-Limits Should Matter to You," exploring the changing dynamic of the "off-limits" issue, what it is, why it's important, and how your company can avoid off-limits challenges.  Also includes a review of the book The Leadership Advantage:  How the Best Companies Are Developing Their Talent to Pave the Way for Future Success, by Robert M. Fulmer and Jared L. Bleak.
  • Insights, Fall 2007  Focuses on the relationship between retained executive search and your company, with an article on search industry trends and another exploring the benefits of strategic partnerships in search and an example of how to make them work.  Also includes a review of Great People Decisions:  Why They Matter So Much, Why They Are So Hard, and How You Can Master Them, by Claudio Fernandez-Araoz.
  • Insights, Spring 2007  Features an article highlighting characteristics and leadership strengths that women often contribute to the workplace equation--"Wired for Success:  Women in Leadership Roles"; an article on C-level turnover, exploring why, in today's competitive market, it's so important for companies to know their story and sell it clearly to attract the right candidate; and a review of Life 2.0:  How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives, by Rich Karlgaard.
  • Insights, Fall 2006  Features "Hit the Ground Running:  Four Things to Do Before the New Hire Starts," outlining actions a company can take for a smooth transition, along with an article exploring teleworking as a recruiting tool, offering flexibility at more senior levels.  Also includes a review of the book The New American Workplace, by James O'Toole and Edward E. Lawler III.