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May 14, 2013, Mark Lonergan
I’ve been preparing for our next event, a Human Resources Roundtable for a group of top executives in human resources in Silicon Valley. The topic is especially interesting to me: “Working with your Public Board—How HR can have Strategic Impact.” As I researched to find the latest articles on the topic published in leading business publications, I discovered something peculiar. There... Read more »
Taking a counter-offer is a ticking time bomb
March 1, 2013, Mark Lonergan
I routinely see senior executives receive counter-offers from their employers after they’ve accepted a new position and announced plans to leave. About a third of the time, these executives accept the counter-offer and remain with their original employer. For the candidate this is ALWAYS a bad idea. Reasons abound, but here is what I observe in the counter-offer scramble: Counter-... Read more »
February 1, 2013, Mark Lonergan
As a young executive looking at an executive search career, I worried a lot about the nature of the recruiting process. “Aren’t recruiters just sales people looking to talk people into jobs?” and “How do you get executives interested in positions if they learn the bad news as well as the good?” With a background in features and benefits sales, I worried about the ethics of touting client... Read more »
September 10, 2012, Mark Lonergan
I met recently with two different friends who are internal executive recruiters at Silicon Valley 150® companies here in Northern California. Both were friends and associates at Heidrick & Struggles. Both are proven, capable recruiters for senior-level management—and both are looking to leave the internal recruiting roles they have each had for the last four years, looking to re-join the... Read more »
June 20, 2012, Mark Lonergan
Now that Facebook has gone public with over 500 million users, even the most jaundiced observers admit that there is a real place for social media in 2012. It is a way that many of us stay in touch with friends and relatives, offering us another connection point for people we care about in our lives. Problem is, many use Facebook and Twitter, Email and other social media as the primary... Read more »


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