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The Good Search CEO Krista Bradford is here to help make executive recruiting smarter, easier, and less stressful for you.  A former Emmy-Award winning investigative reporter and television journalist, Ms. Bradford digs deep to share leadership talent acquisition secrets and best practices.

The Secret to Recruiting AI Leadership

The Secret to Recruiting AI Leadership Executive search is hard. An executive search for AI leadership talent is even harder. That's because there is a growing shortage of the best-of-the-best AI minds. That shortage, through the simple law of supply and demand, has...

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Headhunters Beat LinkedIn in Google Trends

Headhunters Beat LinkedIn in Google Trends Headhunters beat LinkedIn Recruiter in Google Trends. If I were asked to interpret the data, it suggests companies still need headhunters to do the work of recruiting -- to identify, qualify, interview, and ultimately deliver...

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The Cost of Devaluing Women Executives

The Cost of Devaluing Women Executives Sallie Krawcheck has witnessed the cost of devaluing women executives first hand over the course of her storied Wall Street career. Ms. Krawcheck got her start on Wall Street in the late 1980s at Salomon Brothers. Today, she is...

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The Silence Breakers Beget The Pay Raisers

The Silence Breakers Beget The Pay Raisers Equal Pay for Women 2018 will be the Year of The Pay Raisers. Equal pay is my wish for the New Year. It is an aspiration inspired by Time Magazine naming The Silence Breakers as its Person of the Year 2017. In so doing, Time...

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How to Tell If Your Company Is Ready for AI

Is Your Company Ready for AI? Is your company ready for AI? It seems a simple enough question about Artificial Intelligence. To determine if you're ready for AI, all you need do is look back to the dawn of the Internet era for the answer. Back then, most retailers...

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Why Companies Block Recruiter Calls and Emails: They Think They Own You

Why Companies Block Recruiter Calls and Emails Companies block recruiter calls and emails to prevent headhunters from poaching talent. The puppetmaster impulse is understandable. Most enterprises invest a small fortune to recruit, train, and onboard senior executives...

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VC Fred Wilson Warns Greed Isn’t Good

Venture Capitalist Warns Greed Isn't Good VC Fred Wilson has written a piece in his blog entitled Greed isn't Good when you'd expect someone who regularly deals in millions and billions of dollars to say quite the opposite.  I find that refreshing. A Lesson in...

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When Should I Use an Executive Search Firm?

When to Use an Executive Search Firm Employers use an executive search firm when a search is important enough to warrant the investment. That is the right time to use an executive search firm. I use the word "investment" for a reason.  A retained executive search will...

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The Executive Search for U.S. President and the Reckoning

The Executive Search for U.S. President and the Reckoning During the Presidential Campaign, I posed a question. "Politics aside, what candidate would we hire in a hypothetical executive search for U.S. President?" The question is meant to viewed through a business...

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Top Executive Search Firms List: How to Build Your Own

Top Executive Search Firms List: How to Build Your Own A short list of the top executive search firms is readily available in the minds of most CEOs, Chief People Officers, Heads of Talent Acquisition. But what's a company to do if that short list comes up short? What...

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LinkedIn Skill Endorsements: Fatuous or Fiction?

LinkedIn Skill Endorsements LinkedIn Skill Endorsements are an iunreliable measure of the quality of the executive who is endorsed. Still, I must confess that whenever I receive a LinkedIn Skill Endorsement, I get a little thrill that someone has recognized my...

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How to Get to Know a Retained Executive Recruiter

Stalking the Elusive Retained Recruiter Senior executives are often advised to cultivate a relationship with a leading retained executive recruiter as a way to get ahead. However, that is not an easy thing to do.  Let's say you've done all that a good executive should...

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Ageism in Recruiting | What to Do About It

Ageism in Recruiting ERE Media's Todd Rafael tackles the hot topic of ageism in recruiting and executive search in an interview with The Good Search CEO Krista Bradford. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3nnq0hIpeU Ageism exists. So it is more a question of what...

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Woman Speaker Mandate #LetHerSpeak

Woman Speaker Shortage Susan Danziger, the Founder and CEO of Ziggeo, offers up a frank observation in a recent blog post: Spotlighting Females at Conferences: A Mandate for Change. She noticed The woman that's brought you video technology that lets you record, curate...

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To Recruit Rock Stars, It Helps to Know Them

To Recruit Rock Stars, It Helps to Know Them Headhunters regularly say they recruit rock star executives, but few know what that really means. The vast majority of executive recruiters have never known a single rock star. They haven't a clue what it takes to perform...

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Gender Equality and the C-Suite

Gender Equality and the C-Suite Gender equality and the empowerment of women does not begin in the C-Suite. It starts in childhood in the classroom. The Good Search is an executive search practice that helps companies boost their diversity at the senior executive...

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Retained Search Firm Diversity Video

  Retained Search Firm Diversity Video [clickToTweet tweet="Does the lack of search firm diversity affect the diversity of the executives that they recruit?  " quote="It seems reasonable to wonder whether the lack of retained search firm diversity has a bearing on the...

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When the Best Person for the Job Happens to Be Diverse

When the Best Candidate Happens to Be Diverse Companies seeking to boost executive diversity frequently will say that they want a top performer who "happens to be diverse". The phrase gets tacked on as a kind of afterthought, suggesting diversity plays no role in the...

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Gender Pay Gap Stats

Gender Pay Gap Stats in Developed Nations Newsflash: there's a gender pay gap. Women make less than men in the developed world. (Okay, okay. We know this already. This is just my clumsy attempt at wry humor in face of the latest reminder that we female types have...

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Silicon Valley Wants Black Coders. What’s The Issue?

Silicon Valley Companies Say They Want Black Coders Ken Chenault is not a coder. He has a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is the CEO of American Express. I had the good fortune to get to know him years ago. Our...

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Executive Search Firm Diversity Matters

Why Executive Search Firm Diversity Matters I've been chewing on it a while.  I've had something I've wanted to say. Executive search firm diversity matters. I know it is impolitic to discuss issues with one's own industry. I am fully aware it is so much safer to...

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Search Firm Diversity Impact on Executive Hires

Search Firm Diversity (or Lack Thereof) When I was a board member of the International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters, I served on a committee that lined up speakers for IACPR events. As a former journalist, I was naturally drawn to hot topics --...

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Women in Tech Infographic

Women in Tech Infographic The number of women in tech is rising. In fact, Zuzana Padychova of Potential, Coupofy, and the Potential Female Founder's Syndicate just put together the Women in Tech infographic. It finds that the number of women in tech is growing 238%...

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What Adoption Did to Steve Jobs

What Adoption Did to Steve Jobs The film Steve Jobs by director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin speaks the truth in a way no other film before it has -- about Steve Jobs and about the adoption experience for adult adoptees. You get a sense of what adoption...

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Boston VC Firm Invests in Working Mother

Boston VC Firm Invests in Working Mother Venture capitalists are all about the money. I say this in a good way: they do the math. So when the founder of the boston venture capital firm OpenView Scott Maxwell lays his bets on a working mother -- a story reported by...

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How to Support Women Colleagues Like Bradley Cooper

How to Support Women Colleagues Like Bradley Cooper Actor Bradley Cooper has a way of taking a woman's breath away. But now he's topped himself. LennyLetter is reporting How Bradley Cooper Is Helping His Female Co-Stars Negotiate Higher Pay. The newly launched...

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A Lesson in Gender Diversity: 3 Women Who Saved Best Buy

A Lesson in Gender Diversity Best Buy offers us a lesson in gender diversity. The best man for a job is a woman, times three. Financial Officer Sharon McCollam, President eCommerce Mary Lou Kelley, and US Retail President Shari Ballard have architected the turnaround...

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Make Your Next C-Level Hire a Woman

Make Your Next C-Level Hire a Woman More companies are committing to gender equality. That's the good news, according to McKinsey's Women in the Workplace 2017. The study was conducted in partnership LeanIn.Org and examines data from 222 companies with more than 12...

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Keep Calm and Search On | Executive Search Meme

Keep Calm and Search On If you search smarter, you really can “Keep Calm and Search On”. Our retained search brand The Good Search created the "Keep Calm and Search On" graphic and new take on the classic Internet meme to share with our friends. Searching smarter...

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Unconscious Gender Bias in Executive Search

The Unconscious Gender Bias Within Unconscious gender bias at the senior executive level is real. In fact, it may be one of the primary reasons so many companies that want to be diverse have so few women at the senior executive level. I head a retained executive...

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Recruit A Players | Steve Jobs Quote

Recruit A-Players | Steve Jobs Quote When you recruit A-Players and you are channelling a key talent acquisition strategy of Apple founder Steve Jobs. There's a vast difference between talent that is simply qualified and exceptional. Jobs understood that, which is why...

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The Good Search Toolkit: Genius Apps

The Good Search ToolKit Overview The Good Search Toolkit is designed to help us deal with information overload. You have to find a way to handle all that data or it will crush you.  So today I am sharing a few basic Rules and a Toolkit -- our curated lists of apps --...

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Selecting the Right Search Firm Type

Selecting the Right Search Firm Type The first step to selecting a search firm is deciding what search firm type you need.  If you are a CEO who is new to the world of executive search, there are critical differences between search firm business models of which you...

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Executive Search and the Art of Finding Your Person

Finding Your Person In executive search, candidate finalists start to resemble one another.  They all are incredibly accomplished. They all have stellar reputations. All should have a track record of outperforming their peers. Everything else being equal, candidate...

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Laszlo Bock | Work Rules Book and Video

Work Rules! (And So Does Laszlo Bock) Laszlo Bock is the innovative, data-driven human resources director who helped transform Google's workforce and culture. He worked there for a decade. He has stepped down to found Humu, a machine learning company that wants to...

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Google Shows Men Ads for Better Jobs

Google Shows Men Ads for Better Jobs Before I get to the study that found Google Shows Men Ads for Better Jobs, let's try an experiment. In an ideal world where women make up 50% of the population, every other CEO should be a woman. Of course, our world treats does...

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An Experiment in Longevity | Elysium Basis

An Experiment in Longevity As the CEO of a technology executive search firm, we are a nerdy recruiting practice. That is why we share our favorite technology recruiting scenes from the hit HBO series Silicon Valley, It is also why scientific experiments hold a certain...

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Recruit Passive Candidates | Slideshare

Recruit Passive Candidates | Slideshare A powerpoint presentation that we created about how to recruit passive candidates. With few exceptions, the best-of-the-best candidates are passive candidates. Most are not actively looking for a job because they are engaged in...

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Candidate Sourcing Slideshare

Candidate Sourcing SlideShare A presentation I put together about candidate sourcing called The Art of Identifying and Recruiting Passive Candidates. (See below). How you identify, profile, qualify, and, ultimately, recruit passive candidates is what ultimately...

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Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers In his book Outliers, Author Malcolm Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture,...

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Cybersecurity Classic The Art of Deception

Cybersecurity Classic The Art of Deception The Art of Deception is a brilliant cybersecurity book written by legendary hacker Kevin Mitnick. In stunning detail, he shares how social engineering works -- how he and other hackers con people into giving up passwords,...

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Mr Robot Must-See TV for Cybersecurity Search Firm

Mr. Robot Must-See TV Mr. Robot is a television series that is changing the way hackers are portrayed on television. To quote, a review by Tim Surette of TV.com, the series has "made hackers human." It stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and...

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The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness

The Soul of Leadership The Soul of Leadership is a dimension worth cultivating in one's career. Mindfulness is playing an increasing role in all areas of our lives. It repeatedly yields positive results. So it stands to reason that honoring the spiritual side of our...

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Genius Candidates

Genius Candidates As an executive search consultant that specializes in technology, I frequently encounter genius candidates. It is my job to determine which ones are top performers. While it is easy to be blinded by brilliance, successful candidates much do more than...

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business‎

The Power of Habit The power of habit is a power you can harness. So, before you decide to eliminate or add a new habit,  check out this book by Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg. He details what science now knows about why habits exist and how...

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Finding Your Calling

Finding Your Calling and Live Longer Finding your calling is worth the effort, say the experts. According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, it can help you live longer. Lead researcher Patrick Hill of Carleton University in Canada says the research...

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Cybersecurity Search Firm Picks Top Silicon Valley Scene

As a cybersecurity search firm, The Good Search, recruits top cybersecurity executives and technologists. We are cybersecurity headhunters. That's what we do. Because we conduct senior executive and technology search in the software security space, I spend a lot of...

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Top Tech Recruiting Scenes on HBO’s Silicon Valley

Top Tech Recruiting Scenes on HBO's Silicon Valley As an executive search firm that revels in recruiting technology talent of the highest caliber, we find the HBO TV series Silicon Valley filled with insight and delicious nerd humor. True, we wish the show's...

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Why Do Executive Recruiters Fail?

Why Do Executive Recruiters Fail? There is, in executive search, such as thing as too much candidate data.  Few recruiters understand how to wrangle it. They lack the necessary deep data expertise to gather, parse, and analyze data to make executive search smarter....

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Recovery Is No Longer Jobless

Recovery No Longer Jobless Let’s face it: This has been a long, slow, jobless economic recovery. We have noticed it in the executive search and recruiting industry. Ever since America’s economic downturn reached its nadir, economists -- the optimistic ones,...

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