Executive Coaching Services

Posted on 27. Feb, 2012 by in Blog, Career, Nonprofit, Recruiting

For the past five years, executive coaching has played a key role in our work with clients. We are committed to executive coaching because we know it facilitates rapid assimilation of the new leader. In our experience, this has made a positive difference in how quickly the new leader can add value.  Leadership Recruiters has been ahead of the curve in providing leadership assimilation coaching in tandem with the executive search process.

Learn more about our New Leader Assimilation services.

From For-Profit to Non-Profit: Tips for Executives Seeking Mission-Driven Work

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 by in Boards Behaving Better, Career, Nonprofit

Are you thinking of crossing-over from the for-profit to non-profit sector? Here are two important tips to help you get interviews for the right roles — tips that will enable you to find the right fit for your talents and temperament.

  1. Demonstrate your experience in financial management, personnel administration, budgeting, team leadership and fundraising; these are necessary executive abilities for running a non-profit organization. Since chief executives report to their boards, experience serving on a non-profit board is critical to understanding how to manage the moving parts.
  2. Prepare a one-page networking profile. In switching sectors, highlight the competencies that describe the transferable assets that you bring:
    1. Adaptive skills: capabilities that involve your behavior in the workplace, personality characteristics, and ways of doing things. These determine how you “fit” in certain organizational settings.
    2. Functional skills: strategic thinking, teamwork, problem-solving, preparing budgets, evaluating programs, relationship-building, interpreting information, and mediating disagreements.

If you are looking for mission-driven work, you should not be misguided into thinking that leading or managing in a non-profit is a simple task. Non-profits tend to have a slower decision-making process due to the many stakeholders involved. Non-profits are not less demanding, but face their own set of stresses. Be aware that leaders of non-profits function as chief fundraiser, marketer, salesperson, and financial expert.

Be cognizant about your passion for the mission and your ability to motivate and mentor professional and volunteer staff. Understanding all aspects before considering a move to a leadership position with a non-profit organization will enable you to successfully navigate the cross-over.

For-Profit Execs: Are you ready for the big crossover?

Posted on 07. Oct, 2009 by in Boards Behaving Better, Career, Nonprofit

After years of straddling the line between nonprofits and for-profits (many nonprofits recruit board members from the corporate sector), there’s one conversation I have with the for-profit executives pretty frequently.

It always starts like this: “I’ve worked at OmniCorp for 20 years. I’m thinking about moving to a non-profit …”

The nonprofit world is alluring to for-profit executives, and their motivation is almost always pure and altruistic. They see the move as one where they can loosen their tie — or cut it off altogether — take a pay cut and change the world.

And while that may be true, the transition is often more challenging than some executives expect. Here are some other questions to consider:

  • Are you ready for fuzzier math? While the business sector’s primary goal is to make a profit for shareholders through the sale of goods and services, nonprofits strive to be agents of change, which is usually tougher to measure.
  • Are you ready for a whole new kind of marketplace? In the business sector, outcome measurements are driven by shareholders; in the nonprofit sector, funders drive outcome measurements.
  • Are you ready for less support? Nonprofits tend to be Google Play Store Download high on commitment to mission but low on investing resources in staff, such as improving compensation, on-going education, cross-functional training, and retirement planning.
  • Are you ready to get involved in multiple disciplines? At many nonprofits, there is an understanding that “we’re all in this together.” In addition to their original job description, many executives end up becoming de facto CIOs, CFOs, or CMOs.
  • Are you ready to work hard? I mean, really hard? Almost all executive jobs are tough, but many executives who move to a nonprofit indicate that they are working harder than they expected, since existing management talent is overextended.

If that doesn’t scare off my executives considering a crossover, we then start talking about how to make the crossover happen, which we’ll save for a separate post.

If you have answered “yes” so far, the next steps involve creating a resume and biographical sketch outlining the transferable competencies that would add value to a nonprofit. If you have never served on a nonprofit board, now is the time to explore missions that you want to pursue and offer to join a board committee. All nonprofits welcome expertise on their committees, and this is the spring-board to a governance role. With this in hand, you are ready to take your leap.

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