By Sarah Mitchell, page 1
What is it like to start a new leadership role in the midst of a pandemic? How do you build relationships with stakeholders, get to know your team, and lay the groundwork for strategic and operational initiatives while sheltering in place? We caught up with Gavin Gray, new Chief Operating Officer for Am Law 100 firm K&L Gates, to get the scoop. Gavin, his husband, and their two dogs were at their home in ...
In the midst of COVID-19 uncertainty, we are fielding many discussions and questions from our clients about how to move forward with executive searches: How much of the recruiting process can be conducted virtually? Can you hire an executive leader after only meeting on Zoom? What positions are critical now and when does it make more sense to wait? And how long can and should we wait? How can we onboard someone working virtually?
Anyone who has ever hired or conducted a search knows that the most challenging part is dealing with people—a variable and unpredictable product. How do you gauge a candidate’s interest? How do you attract a passive executive? One staffing executive recently commented, “No matter how certain we are that a candidate will do x, y, or z, based on reasons a, b, and c, we know that there is always the chance that ...
I see it all around me in San Francisco. While the computer science and electrical engineering graduate makes off with a six-figure salary right out of college, working for the likes of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and their wannabes, the lowly philosophy major questions his or her existence while working for a struggling nonprofit, the only job that was available and took months to land. And that entry level nonprofit job doesn't come close to ...