10/19/2017 The Most Valuable Trait of an Executive Search Candidate

For more than 40 years, Howard Fischer Associates has helped leaders to secure executive positions in companies where they will thrive over the long term. During that time, we’ve worked with a range of experienced and successful candidates, those who have proven themselves to be valuable assets in the workplace. Being a successful job candidate is very similar to being a successful business person. It requires preparation, strategic thinking, and a vision for the end game. Whether you see yourself as an active or a passive candidate, if you agree to an interview you need to go in prepared. It is well understood that that means reading up on the company and the interviewers so that you can come across informed. What is less well understood, is that a candidate also needs to have a strategy going into the discussion and a game plan for subsequent rounds of interviews.

10/04/2017 The Key to Hiring a Truly Impressive Executive

In my work across the sphere of high-tech executive recruiting, I’ve had the privilege to meet a diverse population of leaders. Some I’ve met on the conference and speaking circuits, some have been clients, and others have been cherished coworkers. Most have been charismatic, intelligent, and passionate individuals, with a genuine sense of concern for the wellbeing of the people under their command and a vision for the future of their organizations. While many people in executive positions would likely earn a similar description, a much smaller portion of executives can be described as “truly impressive.” So what makes the distinction?

08/24/2017 Assessing Cultural Fit – Key to Successful Hiring

When filling a vacant role, many companies are inclined to promote a current executive. This is not surprising given the number of benefits that make this approach attractive:

08/14/2017 The Value of External Succession Planning

As an executive search firm, our focus is on helping companies find the right talent – whether there is an immediate need or an anticipated need in the near future. Transition periods like these can be volatile, but they don’t have to be. With a structured external and internal succession plan in place, identifying a leader for your organization can be a seamless process

06/26/2017 Part 1: 6 Key Steps to Take Before Engaging an Executive Search Firm

Having been in the executive and board search industry for more than 40 years, our team at Howard Fischer Associates (HFA) has a broad range of experience in working with clients across industries to identify the right leaders for their environments. But, a true partnership flourishes when both parties are invested in the outcome. While we’re here to guide you through the process, there are several steps that you can take throughout the phases of our engagement to help ensure that you find a leader who will continue to perform well long after their hire.

05/17/2017 The Value of Independent Board Members – An Insider’s View

At Howard Fischer Associates (HFA), we’ve conducted board searches for some of the most highly respected and innovative companies in the country. As a result, we know that adding a new director to a company's board should be treated as a matter of great importance to a company’s future. This sentiment was strongly echoed at our joint event with theBoardlist on March 29 in Boston, “Leveraging Your Board to Strategic Advantage:

05/09/2017 Functional Diversity Matters Too! How to Make Your Board More of a Strategic Asset.

I recently had the privilege of attending the Directors Dialogue Dinner, hosted by Drexel University, which brings together more than 200 of Philadelphia’s business leaders. This year’s keynote speaker was Jack Brennan, Lead Independent Director of General Electric Co, Director of LPL Financial Holdings Inc and Guardian Life Insurance Co, and Chairman Emeritus of The Vanguard Group. Jack discussed the importance of corporate governance in a conversation facilitated by Bill McNabb, Chairman and CEO of The Vanguard Group.

01/30/2017 My how things have changed
A look back over the past several decades of board recruiting
by Howard Fischer