Taking a Risk

Posted on 29. Jul, 2011 by in Boards Behaving Better, Recruiting

As a rule, big foundations and nonprofit trade associations have recently tended to rely on large search firms, such as Russell Reynolds Associates and Spencer Stuart, for their pursuit of top executive candidates. While very professional and exceedingly sensitive to board sensibilities, these 800-pound gorillas of the search world often fail to recruit exciting, edgy, courageous, and out-of-the-box leaders. Their Rolodexes are full of safe, credentialed and academically pedigreed people who are suited for normal management positions but not for innovative, risk-taking and creative opportunities. Too often, they are afraid to present some of the best candidates who are edgy or controversial for fear of not pleasing the board.

If a major nonprofit or foundation needs a search firm, it would be well advised to turn to a smaller, more adventurous, and plucky firm which can deliver the type of inspired, visionary Google Play Store Download leaders that challenging times like these demand.

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