Category Archives: Career Advice
Today I was speaking with a friend who is a recently retired university president. We were talking about his experience with search firms.
“I can tell you Keith, that I really like to deal with a search consultant who wants to work closely with me in understanding our strategic imperatives, threats and opportunities before, during and after presenting me with candidates for a key position in my cabinet.”
This was music to my ears because it is exactly what we strive to accomplish every day here at KULPER & COMPANY.
You have an urgent hiring need….a key leader has just left….
What to do?
The right search firm is out there for your company, university or not for profit organization. Here are a few tips:
Every client who calls to speak with us about a potential search is concerned about finding the right candidate as soon as possible.
Here is an example of typical scenario:
A strategically critical position opens because a new leader needs the right person in a key position or due to a sudden resignation.
We get a call and after a few minutes the question is asked—“so, do you have any candidates for us?”
Consistently attracting “A Level” performers is a big challenge, but well-worth the effort.
“A Level” performers are very busy professionals. To seriously interest them in your opportunity you must be willing to take the time to fully describe the job deliverables/ by when, provide detailed information about organization background, culture, leadership and financial performance.
There is often confusion around this topic. If you are a potential client with a need to attract top talent for mission critical positions the management committee needs to have access to several first rate executive search consultants who are willing to take the time to understand the strategic goals and objectives of the organization and then become a reliable and highly responsive source for quickly delivering top candidates for the most important positions within the organization.
Here is a case in point.
We published our first edition of NEWS FROM…KULPER & COMPANY today
We hope you will enjoy reading it and look forward to your feedback.
It is impossible for people to remain unbiased about who is the best at anything; do you agree? Nonetheless, we all gravitate to rankings and often put stock in them; particularly if the group compiling the ranking does a credible job. Today’s LinkedIn list of “best universities” is based upon where their graduates are actually working.
How they compiled the ranking is well explained, here.
Congratulations to Dr. Renata Engel, Penn State’s new Vice Provost for Online Learning, http://chronicle.com/article/An-Engineers-Next-Task-at/146469/?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en Given the importance of Penn State and the size of their enrollment, the selection of a new leader for their online learning program bears watching for many reasons. Dr Engel is both an engineer and an expert in educational teaching excellence. It is apparent that the trustees of Penn State are declaring: we want to significantly grow and develop our online learning program. The cost of traditional “on-ground” undergraduate and graduate higher education is becoming increasingly unsustainable. Families who believe in the importance of higher education must come up with creative ways to fund their child’s undergraduate degree; in some cases costing up to $60,000 per year. Likewise, obtaining a graduate degree without inclusion of a full or partial fellowship is a very big challenge for most students. Using online learning technology to help rein in costs without degradation of the learning experience–while enlarging the student enrollment– is a winning formula. And, as on the online systems keep improving there will be instances where the data will confirm that the online offerings are simply a better and more effective way to learn difficult and complex subject matter. Large university systems like Penn State will create better and bigger gateways for global learning that may, one day, usher in the 1,ooo,ooo member freshman class. While traditionalists bemoan the potential degradation of the academy we must balance their concern with the life changing benefits of higher education. KULPER & COMPANY can assist universities and colleges with implementation and refinement of their online learning strategy by assisting with the recruitment of their online learning leadership.