Monthly Archives: November 2010

John Traynor wins Salmagundi Medal

It is a real pleasure to write today’s Blog. While I am focused on my search business it is always great to be able to enjoy another interesting activity. My friend of many years, John C. Traynor, was last night’s recipient of the Salmagundi Club “President’s Medal”. This medal is awarded to a member of the club that has made significant contributions to the field of fine art and to the Salmagundi community of artists. Some of America’s best known artists have belonged to the club of the many decades of its existence. John is an oil painter in the tradition of the old masters. He is from Mendham NJ and received his first training in fine art under the tuteledge of Fr Beatus Lucey, OSB at Delbarton School in Morristown. Since those early days he has gone on to become one of our country’s best know painters. He paints portraits, landscapes, still lifes as well as large scale murals.

My daughter, Kendall and I were invited guests at last night’s proceedings. The Salmagundi Club is located at 47 Fifth Avenue near Greenwich Village. It was founded back in the 1870’s and is a historic location filled with original art contributed by its many famous members over the decades. John has a real appreciation for the history of his field so, he understands that it is his role to both win commissions and sell paintings as well as contribute generously to various institutions that have nurtured him and his career. Included in today’s blog are pictures of John and his work that I took this past summer and pictures of his art work. Congratulations to John and his family and especially to his wonderful wife, Sara.

It is a pleasure to share this with all of you. Congratulations, John….Keep up the great work, John.

Posted in Career Advice

Leadership Forum at William Paterson University

As some of you may know, I am a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Cotsakos School of Business at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. The school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools (AACSB) a very prestigious recognition for the school. The Cotsakos School of Business is led by Dean Sam Basu. Dean Basu wants to grow & develop the school and so, in a recent meeting, we talked about the idea of creating a Leadership Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to have a steady stream of accomplished individuals come before the students and impart helpful information to them about their career accomplishments. I will be the “host”, asking questions of the “guest” leader. I will try to draw out interesting anecdotes and helpful information from the guest leader to help the students learn more about what it takes to effectively lead.

Posted in Career Advice

November 2, 2010

Today’s blog is meant to help clients who are struggling with the question:

How can we improve our chances that we will be able to attract the right people for our organization when we conduct an executive search?

This is a key question for any hiring executive or search committee to consider before launching a search. Here is the key question to try to answer:

What do we expect the hired candidate to accomplish by when and how will his or her endeavors help to drive the enterprise forward?

Posted in effective hiring