Insights from Starboard: Executive Search

We are happy to share what we learn, and we do this as workshop instructors, by developing curriculum for the Maine Association of Nonprofits and individual clients, and by offering advice on our Starboard blog. Take a look. You just might find the guidance you need!

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Hiring Practices to Build Strength Through Diversity

Many employers, particularly in the nonprofit community, now talk a good game regarding their commitment to diversity. They have policies in place prohibiting discrimination and enthusiastically acknowledge the virtue and utility of a diverse workforce. It’s been ten years since University of Michigan Professor Scott E. Page published mathematical modeling and case studies showing how …
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You hired your new leader—now what?

You’ve been through an exhaustive (and somewhat exhausting) executive search, and your new leader has accepted your offer. It’s time to celebrate or, at least, breathe a big sigh of relief! While you are certainly entitled to both, the board needs to appreciate that what happens over the next several weeks, if not months, can …
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A Successful Search Begins with Clarity of Vision

When faced with a nonprofit leadership transition, it isn’t surprising that the board of directors will rush to get the job posted and the search underway as quickly as possible. While it may feel like time is of the essence, our recommendation is to take time upfront to consider together—as a board—what your vision for …
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A Guide to the Interview Process

Once you’ve posted your job, collected the résumés, and identified the most promising applicants, it will be time to begin the interview process. But where to begin? Phone interviews as a first step – As search consultants, we often conduct phone interviews with promising candidates. In a call we can quickly get a read on …
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The Dollar Cost of Executive Search

One of the initial questions board members ask when faced with a leadership transition is, “How much is this going to cost?” While the response is likely to be, “That depends,” here are the kinds of expenses you might anticipate: Search consultant – It is not unusual for search consultants to charge 25% to 33% …
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Should Staff Serve on the Search Committee?

“Should staff serve on the search committee?” It is a question we hear at the start of every search for a nonprofit leader. If a board member doesn’t ask it, a staff member is sure to. Having advised multiple boards as they embark upon the search process for an executive director (president or CEO), here’s …
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