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October 22, 2013, Mark Lonergan
Four years ago, we introduced a whole new way of finishing CEO search projects. We asked the three finalists for one of our projects to meet during a gathering of the entire venture board, to discuss their plans for the job if they were hired. To keep it real, we asked these candidates to focus their talks on the first 18 months in the CEO job, to ensure that assumptions and plans could be more... Read more »
October 11, 2013, Mark Lonergan
In my career I’ve learned a lot about how both public and venture boards operate. Both types of boards generally have distinct advantages. And there is no reason why these advantages cannot be blended in the best boards. My hope for the future is that public boards and venture boards’ styles will merge in order to create the greatest value for the companies these boards represent. So what... Read more »
September 9, 2013, Mark Lonergan
There is a cultural imperative working its way through corporate America—and it’s everywhere. The general concept is that we need to work together smoothly, to blend people and ideas together, to gradually build team consensus. We need to stand together to achieve desired outcomes. We need to minimize conflict and ego-driven agendas in order to achieve team orientation. This culture is... Read more »
August 4, 2013, Mark Lonergan
If you have read my earlier blog post, you know I am skeptical of in-house recruiting. At the risk of sounding self-serving, sometimes a personal story proves a larger point. This morning I spoke to a current candidate for an elite executive position with one of the most important companies in Silicon Valley. He is a much sought-after executive with over 30 years of building customer... Read more »
Travel routes
July 29, 2013, Mark Lonergan
We recently placed a CEO at a venture-backed company here in Silicon Valley. The placed candidate is one of the most statured people in the semiconductor industry — a marquee player with real credibility in the market our client is in. When this CEO (whom I’ll call Larry) was asked by a board member about his early plans, Larry’s answer was simple: “I’m going on the road for the next 60 days... Read more »

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