Searchlight Newsletter – Q2 2016

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                        Q2 2016

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A Message from Keith Pearson, President & CEO

With just a few months to go before we cast our ballots, many of us are spending a lot of time thinking about the character traits we’d like to see in our next president. If we look back on our country’s presidents, we see how many of them overcame tremendous odds by drawing upon their personal strengths, leaving our country safer and better than they found it.

Boston spent two years interviewing other historians and White House insiders to help bring presidential history to life. Talmage’s new book will be released in September, but in the meantime, we invited him to our Q2 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast to talk about past presidents’ most valuable traits and how we can all apply these Ten Commandments of Presidential Leadership to more effectively lead within our own organizations. Don’t miss the summary of the discussion in this issue of Searchlight.

In This Issue

Quarterly Spotlight Series Breakfast:
Picking a President: Does Your Candidate Really Have What It Takes to Lead?

In the White House, as in business, it takes a great leader to overcome challenges, inspire people and do the right thing against all odds. But what traits, exactly, make a leader great? At Pearson Partners’ Q2 2016 Spotlight SeriesSM breakfast, author, lawyer and presidential historian Talmage Boston shared his Ten Commandments of Presidential Leadership, culled from interviews featured in his soon-to-be-released book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents.

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Tips from the Leadership Coach:
A Four-Step Strategy for Change Management

Change is inevitable, and organizations can either take control of it or be controlled by it. But managing change isn’t easy. Organizational leaders must first gain a deep understanding of current conditions and try to predict the future, then decide what actions to take and how to overcome any resistance or challenges along the way. Pearson Partners’ Managing Director of Professional Services, Lisa Thompson, offers ideas for how to forecast the future, challenge assumptions, overcome inertia, and keep a change initiative moving forward. Read her tips.

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Featured Searches

We’ve recently been retained by a financial services client to find a Chief Marketing Officer.  The successful candidate will have developed and delivered a digital marketing strategy that resulted in market share gains, an increase in customer awareness in targeted segments and ultimately, revenue growth. Learn more or provide a confidential referral.

We are conducting a search for a vice president of operations for a leading Texas-based cinema entertainment center operator. The position will report to the interim president and CEO, and will oversee field operations including sales, marketing, recruiting, training, movies, food, bar, ropes, laser tag and games. Learn more or provide a confidential referral.

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Recent Placements

Chief Financial Officer, Diversified Electrical Components Distributor

SVP of Development, Leading Travel Technology Company

VP & Senior Real Estate Lender, Community-Focused Financial Institution

Vice President, Human Resources, Global Family-Owned Business

Vice President, Direct Selling, Global Leader in Natural Cosmetics

Director of Genealogy, Direct Selling Travel Business

Relationship Manager, Leading Commercial Bank

Senior Account Manager, Oil & Gas Media Organization

Other news

Heather Joiner recently transitioned into a research role with Pearson Partners, earning the highly regarded Certified Researcher Associate (CRA) certification from AESC. This certification raises the levels of skill, ethics and professionalism within the executive search industry.

Pearson Partners attended our global partners’ meeting in Montreal on May 18-20, where global executive search firm leaders discussed issues and trends in our industry.

Renee Arrington continues her national speaking circuit at the HMG Strategy CIO Summits. Most recently, she spoke on “Strategic Leadership in a World of Accelerated Change” at the Summit in Detroit on June 9, 2016. Next up, the Denver CIO Summit on September 1.

Renee Arrington was a featured mentor in Dallas Business Journal’s Mentoring Mondays.

Lisa Thompson was quoted in a article last month, discussing the rise of outsider CEOs.

Be sure to catch our executive career TweetChats, live chats on Twitter on a variety of executive-search-related topics, moderated by AESC’s BlueSteps. On June 28, Renee Arrington discussed “Personal Branding for Executive Career Growth.” Next up, Keith Pearson will discuss Executive Search and Boards of Directors. View future chats and past transcripts on our Event Calendar.

Read more updates in our Q2 2016 Searchlight newsletter.

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