July 2015: Executive Search–Know What You’re Looking For

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Opening Remarks

When you have the need to hire a new leader to replace a long-time employee, it pays to take your time.  In this edition of Transforming Challenges, Senior Consultant Lucien Roy offers some pointers for what to consider as you move forward.

Transforming Challenges will take a break for the summer in August, and we’ll be back in September–so happy recreating for the rest of the summer!

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

  • John Reid has been hired by Our Lady of Grace elementary school in Castro Valley, CA for team-building in August.  John will also provide team-building services for Sacred Heart parish in Bellevue, WA in August.
  • The Reid Group will be represented at several conferences this summer:  Lucien Roy will attend the Ignatian Spirituality Conference in St. Louis in July.  John Reid will exhibit at the Conference of Major Superiors of Men assembly August 5-8 and Maureen Gallagher will exhibit at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious conference in Houston August 11-15.
  • John Reid has been hired by the Maryknoll Society of Fathers and Brothers to facilitate a long-range planning process to be completed by March 2016.  John last worked with the Society in 2002 when he facilitated the Chapter in Bangkok and New York.

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

The Reid Group Teleseminar is on summer hiatus.

We’ll return in September with a new slate of offerings to help you with your strategic planning, fund development, executive search and leadership formation needs.

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

In the meantime, have a great summer!

Feature Focus

Executive Search:  Do You Know What You’re Looking For?

You just learned that a long time employee will be leaving the team. You know you need to find someone to take her place–and soon.

The temptation in this situation for many organizations is to move forward to find a replacement as soon as possible.  If you do this, however, you miss a marvelous opportunity to reflect on what you truly need.

On the occasion of a potential new hire, this question should be approached at two levels. First, focus on the individual who will be moving on:

  • What has gone well?
  • What do you need to be sure will continue?
  • What areas of frustration or tension have you experienced and how has the incumbent contributed to those?

In other, words, a new person with a different style and different skills will change the mode and effectiveness of this role. In the best case scenario, what would you really like to see in the new hire?

Secondly, this may be an opportune moment to review your organizational chart and to refresh specific job descriptions:

  • When was the position description for the anticipated opening designed?
  • Have there been significant changes in the field or in your organization that call for adjustment in the expectations of that position?
  • If so, what needs to be done to present a clear understanding of the responsibilities and requisite skills of the empty post?
  • How can making these adjustments not only clarify the parameters of the search but strengthen your organization in other ways?

The search to replace a key member of the team is a time of urgency. But it can also be an opportunity for reflection and adjustment. Take the time to do it carefully. Take the care to seek assistance if needed.


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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