With demands on leaders at an all-time high and executive tenure at a record low, executive search consulting is positioned to gain unprecedented influence over who makes it to the leadership table and who doesn't. But little has been known about this powerful, invisible force that operates at the epicenter of the war for senior talent and global competitiveness - until now.
In this rich expose, Joseph McCool pulls back the curtain to reveal how senior management recruiters influence compensation, workplace diversity, high profile CEO succession, organizational performance, culture, profits and the very definition of leadership. He trains his investigative journalist's eye on the growing influence of this elite band of management consultants to expose the recruitment practices and exploit of some of the country's leading businesses_from Avery Denison and the Campbell Soup Company to Disney.
Deciding Who Leads makes a hard-line business case for taking control of the executive recruitment and hiring process, laying out the new leadership mandate, best practices for recruiting senior talent, strategic priorities for hiring organizations and tactical advice for making the most of executive leadership recruiting and management succession.
Foreword by John A. Byrne
About the Author
1 The Global War for Executive Talent
2 Reengineering Executive Search and Management Succession
3 Disney's Executive Decision
4 The Headhunters' Identity Crisis
5 The New Leadership Mandate
6 The True Cost of a Bad Executive
7 The Intersection of Executive Search and Executive Onboarding
8 Partners in Leadership Recruiting
9 Executive Search as the Key to Leadership Diversity
10 How to Engage Executive Search Consultants
11 Best Practices for Senior Management Recruiting
Joseph Daniel McCool is a globally recognized consultant on corporate executive-level recruiting and related management succession issues. He consults globally to chief executive officers, chief human resource officers, institutional search and nominating committees, chief people officers and strategic staffing, corporate talent acquisition and corporate diversity leaders as founder and principal of The McCool Group LLC. His work exploring executive talent management and leadership succession has appeared in European CEO magazine, Healthcare Executive and The Industry Standard. He has appeared on CNBC and the BBC World News, and his views on senior management recruiting and succession have also been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist, Investor_s Business Daily, Los Angeles Times and in three books by other authors.
“Executive recruiting is arguably the most important task in the world of business, and 'Deciding Who Leads'offers an insider's understanding of how the process really works.”
—Peter Cappell, George W. Taylor Professor of Management, The Wharton School
“I know of no one who writes about the world of senior executive search who knows the business better and who has earned the respect of its practitioners more than Joe McCool. His book will show you why.”
—Dave Opton, found and CEO, ExecuNet
“Provocative. Practical. Pragmatic. Should be required reading for HR professionals, search consultants, and hiring executives.”
—Linda Clark-Santos, PhD, former Senior Vice President, Talent and Organizational Capability, Washington Mutual
“Proves how external leadership recruiters and HR can work together to attract, recruit, develop, and retain the kind of executive management talent that’s essential for high-performance organizations.”
—Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist