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Your Best Friends and your Worst Enemies…

Mark Lonergan, July 3rd, 2018

One of the most surprising truths I have found in my work as an executive recruiter is that your best friends and your worst enemies (well, most of us don’t have enemies, but we do have detractors) identify the exact same list of our strengths and weaknesses.

Candidates perseverate over who to select as their professional references.

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Lessons from the NBA Finals

Dotty Schaffer, August 13th, 2017

By any measure, I’m not an authority on basketball, but watching the NBA Finals I couldn’t help but see lessons all of us can learn from watching these two great teams. How would your executive team do if they were playing in your championship finals?


The way the Warriors and Cavaliers teams passed the ball, moving up and down

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The Secret Sauce of Strong Founder CEOs

Michael Cunningham, June 20th, 2017

The recent turmoil about Travis Kalanick is another chapter in the tech saga of “Founder CEOs who get their companies into trouble.” Kalanick certainly has his flaws as a leader, but in fairness he did build an industry-altering empire now valued at $70B. Kalanick’s embattled status as Uber’s CEO begs the question, what makes certain

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ISS Got this One Right

Mark Lonergan, February 15th, 2017

Like a lot of people here in Silicon Valley, I am not a big fan of ISS—the company that oversees the scoring of publicly-traded companies for major institutional investors.

However, ISS issued guidelines around board tenure last year that strike me as absolutely correct. They insist that a 10-year limit should be placed on sitting

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What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Michael Cunningham, October 27th, 2016

Lonergan Partners is proud to release the 2016 edition of “Who Run’s Silicon Valley” focusing on the topic of CEO power in the Silicon Valley 150 (SV150). In this report we examine the ways in which CEOs have influence both inside and outside of their organizations.

Founder CEOs like Zuckerberg and Musk, and even multi-time CEO