Category: Ethics

  • Generalist (‘Multi-Specialty’ Firm) versus Specialist Executive Search Firm

    Clients often ask search firms how they are different from others.  There are many angles from which to view a given firm’s differentiation—geographic focus, industry sector specialization, and functional focus, to name a few.  However, one of the...

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  • 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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