The Foundation Data Dilemma: On Making and Measuring Change

Since attending and presenting at Exponent Philanthropy’s 2023 Annual Conference in October, I’ve spent some time reflecting on how foundations and non-profits relate to one another and engage in social change. In particular, I’ve been thinking about the challenges grant-makers experience in understanding and demonstrating the ‘difference’ they make. In [...]

Hire for Character

What executives so often get wrong about talent acquisition. Many years ago the CEO of an American Fortune 50 company told me that for the first twenty years of his career, he optimized for skill set in his senior hires. Eventually he realized that, when he had to fire someone, [...]

OE Consulting Quarterly Newsletter: Summer 2023

What We’re Working on Now - Summer 2023 No summer slowdown over here. The search side of the business is working on various stages of a dozen executive placements, three of them connected to strategic and organizational design engagements. Here is a brief overview of just a few of our [...]

How Executive Searches Fail

Spoiler Alert: It's probably not what you think If you ask 100 executives what is most likely to cause underperformance in an executive search 90% will get it wrong. Most don’t realize that a high risk of failure is frequently built into their processes before the position is even publicized. [...]

What Is an Executive Search Firm?  When Should Organizations Retain One?

What Is an Executive Search Firm? An executive search firm provides specialized, hands-on recruitment services designed to identify, contact, and cultivate candidates that possess the skills, talents, experience, and character that clients have identified as crucial to their success.  At OE Consulting, we combine our executive search practice with decades […]

A Guide to Different Types of Consulting Services

What Is Consulting, and Who Needs It? Consulting has become a catch-all term loosely referring to the provision of business advice across a range of issues, but it is much more than this.  Consulting engagements are typically designed to solve focused and specific challenges for clients, using experts in problem-solving. […]

Understanding the Difference Between Executive Search vs. Recruitment

The terms executive search and recruitment are often used interchangeably, even within the industry. They are, however, different in important ways. Put succinctly, recruitment is best suited to finding multiple entry and mid-level positions for common roles. Executive search is best applied to senior, specialized, unusual, or otherwise hard-to-find roles. […]

Consulting vs. Advising

While both consulting and advising involve bringing in experts for strategic problem-solving, these services differ in a few key ways. Consulting engagements are typically designed to solve focused and specific challenges for clients. Advising engagements are generally longer-term and more systemic. An advisor may spend many months or years helping […]

Questions to Ask Your Executive Search Firm

How to Choose an Executive Search Firm — Ask The Right Questions If you don’t already have a go-to partner, choosing an executive search firm can produce justified anxiety. The fees are significant, and a poor outcome is extremely costly. Having a clear idea of what you want in a […]

Call it What it is: Power

By Arthur Combs THESIS We have observed that defining power, methods of sharing power, and reinforcing these practices through meaningful performance management, can be a starting point for greater productivity, talent retention, and workplace wellbeing.    CONTEXT Consensus over command-and-control. It’s become axiomatic that many Global 500 companies are finding [...]