April 2016: 7 Tips for a Successful Search Process

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Opening Remarks

Almost every organization has endured the frustrating experience of a search process that failed to find the right candidate for an important position.  In this edition of Transforming Challenges, we offer some tips for avoiding this frustration and ensuring the success of your next search.

At The Reid Group, we have a passion for helping leaders and organizations transform their challenges into opportunities to create a better world. One of the ways we do that is through this e-letter, Transforming Challenges. Is there someone you know who could benefit from receiving it? Forward this edition to them and encourage them to subscribe for themselves. They’ll thank you—and so do we!

The Reid Group News

  • Jane Cardwell, our Office Administrator, will be retiring from The Reid Group in May after fifteen years. We are very sorry to see her go, but excited for her as she enters this new chapter in her life.
  • John Reid has been hired by the School of Applied Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley to facilitate a visioning day for Board and staff members as well as other key figures in the School.
  • Lucien Roy is working with the St. Louis University Civility Project, offering workshops for interested departments on an as-requested basis.
  • Maureen Gallagher facilitated a meeting March 18 with representatives from LCWR Region 9, a civil lawyer, canon lawyers, and financial experts to discuss ways to share resources related to legal, canonical, financial and pastoral realities connected to the change and transition which many religious institutes are experiencing. Various ideas surfaced related to collaboration and freeing up “leaders” to truly be able to lead without being totally absorbed in day-to-day management issues.
  • Tom Reid has finished his Stewardship Audit for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and will be continuing to provide ongoing support as the Archdiocese implements the recommendations.
  • Maureen completed five years of planning and facilitation work with the Sisters of Humility of Mary and she continues to work with the Holy Cross Sisters, planning for the future and up-coming June Community Days.

So as you look at your individual or organizational future, what are your challenges? Could you benefit from skilled support? Give us a call at 206-432-3565 or send us an e-mail to start transforming those challenges into opportunities.

The Reid Group teleseminar series

What is the current level of your energy and excitement for the fundraising enterprise?

What are some ways to reinvigorate the fundraising energy and spirit in your organization or community?

You are invited to The Reid Group Teleseminar on Renewing Your Fundraising Spirit  

  • Host for the Call: Tom Reid
  • Session Focus:  Action Steps to Rejuvenate Your Team and Organization’s Fundraising Spirit

April 20, 2016
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT

In an interactive teleseminar experience we will cover practical ways to renew the life and focus of the work of fundraising. We will present principles and practices to keep the work fresh.

To register for this teleseminar, simply click here.  Materials and resource information to be used on the call will be sent to all registrants.

Space is limited, so register today.

If there is a topic you would like to see us explore, send your suggestions to info@TheReidGroup.biz.

Feature Focus

7 Tips for a Successful Search Process

In our experience of conducting search processes over the years for a variety of types of positions, we have identified seven elements that greatly enhance the success of the search process:

  1. Consider hiring an experienced search consultant for the process. This way, the search doesn’t impact the organization’s leaders’ ability to do their important day-to-day work.
  2. Seek candidates who are a “good fit” in three ways: a fit with the organization itself, with the position, and with the work team and environment.
  3. Ensure confidentiality during the process for as long as possible. This will result in a higher-level candidate pool since candidates can consider your position without compromising their existing employment.
  4. Treat each candidate with great respect, recognizing that it takes courage to throw your hat in the ring and experience the vulnerability of being evaluated by peers/colleagues.
  5. Use both passive (ads in appropriate publications) and active (reaching out to internal candidates as well as asking leaders in other organizations for referrals) methods of recruitment. This is a particular area where your search consultant can be helpful in surfacing additional candidates.
  6. Empower a search committee of 10-15 people to finalize the job description and required qualifications, identify three-five finalists for interviews, and make a recommendation for the hire to the appropriate governing body.
  7. Develop an on-boarding process to help the chosen candidate prepare for his/her service to the organization and to have a successful first year.

Search processes can be stressful for organizations trying to fill positions of vital importance to their work-and even more stressful when the search fails to find a candidate. If you keep these seven tips in mind, you greatly increase the odds of decreasing your stress. For more information on how The Reid Group can help with your search, contact us.


The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning

Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on—and it resulted in significant success.

bookcoverweb2Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change. John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of the Reid Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.

The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning, and its companion CD are now available from Liguori Publications as well as from Amazon.com.

And that’s it for this month. Look for Transforming Challenges next month–and until then, have a good day and a great week.Kathy Johnson, Editor, Transforming Challenges
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