From Where We Sit

Knowing When to Say When

September 6, 2017
by Shelli Herman

In my capacity as an executive search consultant, it’s pretty common for people to ask me if there is a perfect time to consider a new position. Senior executives get calls from search consultants quite often, but they are not exactly sure when to listen. There are a few things that tell us it is […]

Don’t Buy a Convertible; It Isn’t Always Sunny

May 31, 2017
by Shelli Herman

Finding the best employee to fill a role is crucial to any organization, but it rings especially true for top positions. When hiring C-suite leaders, the cost of a bad hire can be more than a monetary setback. You cannot undo poor company performance when your top executives do not achieve what is needed. After two […]

Why Executives Should Embrace Change with Both Hands

March 15, 2017
by Shelli Herman

It is human nature for all of us to crave stability and continuity in our lives. We like to know what might be coming so that we can tackle it with ease and move on to the next challenge or opportunity. I know first-hand that it is very easy to get comfortable in your career, especially when […]

Ringing in 2017 with a Career Change!

January 3, 2017
by Shelli Herman

As the new year begins, organizations can expect their employees to be weighing options for a career change. According to the latest WorkSphere survey from Spherion, New Year’s resolutions for 62% of American workers include making a professional change and while this can include things like overall performance improvement, learning a new professional skill, negotiating a higher salary, […]

Feedback….Better to Give than Receive?

November 30, 2016
by Shelli Herman

Why is feedback one of the easiest things to offer and, yet, the hardest to accept? We need feedback because no one is right all the time. Feedback and coaching make you better and they help everyone grow personally and professionally, but emotions can prevent us from taking advantage of negative feedback; it doesn’t feel […]

Succession Planning and Mitigating Nonprofit Risk

October 18, 2016
by Shelli Herman

I was recently asked to contribute to a whitepaper on avoiding and mitigating risk; my thoughts were focused on the enormous value of succession planning. For all nonprofits, some level of risk helps drive innovation and the successful balancing act hinges on taking smart risk. Below are excerpts of this exceedingly well written document, ultimately developed by Green […]