Category: Ethics

  • Off-Limits - Rarely Discussed but Commonly an Issue

    Go to the website of most search firms.  They are similar - approach, team, etc.  But something is often missing.   Off-Limits This is a topic that is rarely proactive asked about, but has been one of the reasons we have...

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  • What is the ethical thing to do? (Guest blog by Brenda Devlin)

    (Our first guest blog - thank you to Brenda Devlin!) An HR professional in the job market: As an HR leader, I found myself in the job market recently after successfully restructuring myself out of a job. Going into the job search, I...

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  • Google Is A Powerful Tool

    The subtitle should read: Tell The Truth We have written about people who do not tell the truth about their credentials in the past. We find that between 10% - 15% of all candidates fabricate a degree on their resume. It is easy to catch . . . . . we...

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  • A Law School Assignment: Reach out to a "Trusted Service Provider"

    I was recently contacted by an adult friend of mine who is in law school.  He is taking a Professional Responsibility class and was instructed to reach out to a non-law related "Trusted Service Provider" and ask a few questions.  I was honored to get the call....

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  • Do you know someone who can help us with a search?

    We need to get out there more! I was recently at a lunch meeting and was asked if I knew of a firm that could conduct a head of IT search. The person I was having lunch with is a past client - we had successfully conducted three searches for her previous...

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  • It's back - questions about Ethics in Search

    People have said it to me in the past - Ethics in Search - that must be a short discussion. Each time I hear that said (always partially in jest), I grow concerned. Why do people tolerate the issues they encounter from their search firm? The Basics - Off...

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  • What do we KNOW about candidates?

    "The problem with internet quotes is that you can't always depend on their accuracy" Abraham Lincoln, 1864 Or maybe another subtitle should be Pre-Verified Resumes versus Online Deception Services Every month...

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  • My grandmother used to say, "We're going to Hell in a Handbasket"

    We have blogged on ethics in the past.  Our topics have usually been about an isolated incident or a discussion on a point-of-view relating to search.  These incidents of what most people consider ethical lapses seem to be on the rise.  Let's look at a...

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  • Are we getting the truth?

    If I am not on the phone while in the car (insert judgment here if you must - at least it's Bluetooth), I listen to talk shows.  I do not care (necessarily) about the topic; I just find talk shows interesting - and the diversity of topics...

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  • Conflict of Interest or Good Business Model?

    Ethics has been a topic of this Blog at least nine times in the past.  Let's make it an even 10. An interesting debate in the industry. Earlier this month, one of the world's largest retained (executive only) search firms bought a very large assessment...

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