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NY Small Business Owner Roundtables

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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Susan of Susan Goldberg Leadership Consulting, formerly Susan Goldberg Executive Search, led two roundtables at the New York National Association of Women Business Owners small business Bootcamp, entitled, “Leading in Wonderland”.  The description of those sessions, “What does great leadership look like in today’s economy?  We’ll talk about that and tips on how to better manage your organization in a new, unprecedented business environment that has no rules.”

Using topics and lessons culled from the first few chapters of Susan’s book, “Leadership in Wonderland”, bringing them into real world anecdotes from working with her clients, and then having the small business owners who attended sharing their own experiences and questions, was rewarding for all of us.  The themes we covered were accepting change as a given, the effects of gossip on a company overall  (its leadership and entire staff), and when to ask for and accept help as a leader/CEO.   The presidents who attended, admitted that asking for help was the most difficult lesson they had learned.  However, they also acknowledged having a board, mentor, and/or coach were seen to be one of the most beneficial things a business owner or senior executive can do for themselves.

One of the attendees wrote an appreciative review after the roundtable.  Thank you, Lena!  Here is her email:

Hi Susan,

Thanks so much for your message! I had an immense joy speaking with you and learning about leadership aspects outlined in your book. I found them unique and challenging. It was great having a one on one discussion; I felt that I really got to connect with your ideas.

As for my expectations, your workshop has exceeded them! Not only you covered a new type of leaders (younger generation) but also went in depth challenging sensitive topics like accepting change and communication.

Our discussion has brought up a couple of recent situations that I had on my mind regarding reaching out for help, ‘gossip’ and connecting with my team. Thank you for putting my mind at ease 🙂 Sometimes it helps even just to talk those things through to overcome a mental block that you’re dealing with.

Weekend in Manhattan was a ton of fun! Hopefully, it won’t be long before I’m back in the city 🙂

Have a great week!

Lena


Lena Levine

Creative Director & Owner

lenalevinestudio.com

This Note is for You

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Want something short and enjoyable to read with your morning coffee?  A quick pit stop from the NASCAR of your day? Susan at SGES wanted to connect and entertain but in a fraction of what it takes to read the headlines in the WSJ or the usual industry newsletter.  A few paragraphs that you can digest in a few sips.  As most entrepreneurs, she realized that her attention span was getting shorter, particularly with the amount of information she has to read everyday, increasing.  She didn’t have time to read multi-page cover-letters, resumes, newsletters… So she took to crafting email blasts that she would like to receive: short, fun, timely and to the point. Hopefully, a way to stay in touch that would be appreciated (therefore no mention of our accomplishments or placements).  The emails are written for the reader.  They will arrive periodically with no set schedule.  We hope they will be a welcome addition to your workday.

Considering Non-Profit

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Have you ever considered a career in non-profit?   According to the media, it is a growing trend.  Of course, you want to make a difference, but does that mean non-profit is the right career choice for you?

During the past few years, as our company devotion towards supporting non-profits has grown, so have the number of conversations, SGES/Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting (or we), have had with former clients, candidates, colleagues, mentors, mentees about this subject.  What we’ve realized is that many who made the transition from for profit to non-profit, left it as quickly as they could.  It wasn’t for them.  It was a hasty decision. This has even been true of those who have been on the board of a non-profit and then became its Executive Director. It’s a different experience being on the outskirts from living the day to day.

In speaking with Nick Small, Managing Editor for Nonprofit Hub, an online educational community dedicated to giving nonprofits everything they need to better their organizations and communities, he also mentioned that he was having conversations which were similar to ours.   We decided it would be helpful to all those people who were contemplating joining a non-profit to be able to access a written piece that would explain a likely transition so that they could visualize it before they started interviewing.  The article should address both the seasoned executive from for profit and the recent graduate who was considering it as a first career.   Here is the article, which became so lengthy, that it became a two part article.  Let us know what you think.   If you can’t access the articles from these links, you can find them on the nonprofithub.org website.   http://bit.ly/2cj3WKJ  http://bit.ly/2cyPhZ8

 

High School Offerings for Alumni?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The Harvard Club in New York City hosted an alumni function, however, not for former students of Harvard, but for former students of Newark Academy preparatory school in Livingston, New Jersey. Harvard University was founded in 1636, while Newark Academy (NA) was founded a good 138 years later.  Yet, the same questions confound the two schools alumni relations departments and career offices: what services to offer alumni for networking, career development and hiring besides just the social events. And how to insure a diversity of attendees?

On January 7th,  while college attendees were still home from school break and college grads in the working world were slowly getting back to the normal pace of work post-holidays,  NA hosted an alumni function for networking and career development – cocktails preceded by a presentation by fellow alumnus, Susan Goldberg, founder of Susan Goldberg Executive Search Consulting, SGES. Susan was honored to be chosen by the Director of Alumni Relations, Evan Nisenson to be the speaker that evening.

Susan led both a presentation and interactive discussion on “How to Stand Out” during a job search, pitch or interview; career resources; and networking tips.  It was a very social and fun evening, including an exchange of information on overcoming obstacles, which all attendees took part in.

As a graduate of NA living in the New York area, it was great if you made the event.  If not, you are welcome to ask Susan questions or follow up on discussions you had with her after the presentation at susan@sgesconsulting.com or susan@susangoldbergsearch.com.  And for career tips, follow her on twitter at @suzebizcoach

Podcast: Job Hunting and Hiring – What’s New

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Susan Goldberg of Susan Goldberg Executive Search’s first podcast interview by one of the foremost experts on social media, information gathering and trends,  Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former Chief Digital Officer at Columbia University and Dean of Student Affairs at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.  Catch our discussion about hiring, job hunting, and holding onto and getting the best from your young professional talent.  Had a blast with Sree which you can probably tell by listening in and was honored that he chose SGES to represent the latest in hiring and job seeking.   Let us know if you have any questions after hearing the lively exchange.  For more tips on conducting a job search and career management visit Susan Goldberg Executive Search’s facebook page and also www.susangoldbergsearch.com   Meanwhile, give a listen:  http://bit.ly/sreeshow Episode 39 @playit all about job hunting and career management from Susan Goldberg of SGES.

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PowerPlay NYC: Supporting Young Leaders

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

PowerPlay NYC, a wonderful non-profit focused on empowering girls through play, is celebrating the girls in its annual gala. SuperSTARS Celebration Reception. Susan Goldberg of SGES is an event co-chair. You can read why PowerPlay NYC is so close to Susan’s heart through the site: http://www.susanspowerplaypage.mydagsite.com

Along with the help of Dana Ostomel of Deposit a Gift, we developed a crowdfunding campaign, http://www.susanspowerplaypage.mydagsite.com to bring our fundraising efforts to social media and spread the word of what marvelous offerings that PowerPlay NYC provides for girls of all ages. The great things about crowdfunding are: you don’t have to know the person who launched the crowdfunding site in order to donate, you can donate any amount, it’s easy to spread the word about the cause through social media.

Help us keep up the momentum! Visit http://www.susanspowerplaypage.mydagsite.com

Adding Value for Your Clients

Monday, May 5th, 2014

What added value do you bring to your clients? 

Susan offers examples of services that she has provided to clients above and beyond the recruitment and placement of a candidate.  Why?  As a consulting partner Susan wants to be able to add value, which is what clients expect from a retained search firm, and what makes it different from a contingency firm or an internal staffing department.  It also explains why the firm limits its search projects to a maximum of four consulting assignments at any one time.

Most recently, for example,

 For a media client she:

  • Kept them from making a hiring mistake on a potential candidate who the client was looking at for an alternative position,  (not the original position the candidate had interviewed for), who Susan knew wasn’t “up to” the position and confirmed that suspicion through reference checking.
  • Garnered outside legal advice for a client as a specialist legal opinion
  • Made introductions to industry leaders who were not candidates but could possibly bring business to the client and industry insight as to the next trends and ideas arising in the marketplace.
  • Found qualified and desirable candidates in a week’s time

For a private equity client she:

  • Made introductions to people who had potential new investment deals, some could be deemed possible candidates in the near or long term
  • Make introductions for well connected professionals, who were not potential candidates,  who could steer the client toward possible investment deals

What would you like your search firm to provide that they currently don’t?   We’d love to hear from you.  Please let us know how we can make a difference to your business.

SGES to participate in AESC Webinar

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Susan was honored to be asked by the retained executive search industry association, the AESC, of which she and her firm are members, to be a participant in a webinar sponsored by the professional association.  The webinar is entitled, “5 Strategies for Navigating Executive Search” and will be hosted and moderated by Peter Felix, the President of the AESC.  It will also include: Stephanie Tan of  Heidrick and Struggles (Menlo Park), Jose Ruiz, CEO of Alder Koten, and Andrew Kris, founding Partner of Borderless Executive Search.  It takes place from 12 noon to 1 PM EST on Thursday, January 23.   The hour long webinar will include topics such as how to approach a retained search consultant, how to get noticed by a search firm, how to create a relationship with a search consultant, and what search consultants are looking for.  Please tune in.  Thank you to participants, the AESC, Lisa Marsh and the panel for making this exciting event happen.  For additional information please contact Lisa Marsh, Marketing Associate, at the AESC:  lmarsh@aesc.org

SGES in the WSJ

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Is retained executive search consulting all about simply filling an executive level position?  No.  If it were any internal staffing professional could make a transaction and fill a position.   Retained executive search is built upon relationships, advising, accumulating and sharing knowledge. It’s not about transactions.  A good search consultant will be a strong advocate, marketer and advisor to their clients and to the candidates.  Besides all that, most good search consultant’s nature is all about the desire to be at the forefront of making deals happen in the bigger picture of business: beyond placing the right executive for a client, other contributions may include referring contacts to create direct business relationships and business sources for leads;  advising on hiring, building an organization or team; or, negotiating a new contract for a new or continuing position.   An update on the retained executive search industry was written by Julie Bennett and published within the Marketplace section of Wednesday, October 2nd’s Wall Street Journal.   Susan of SGES was interviewed for that article.  It included additional thoughts about the industry from Susan, the President of the AESC (the industry’s association) Peter Felix, and a couple of other search consultants.  You can read it at:  https://members.aesc.org/eweb/Dynamicpage.aspx?webcode=SearchWireArticle&wps_key=f42f0d8f-0e23-42f4-9188-3fb16e3c8d2d

The Perfect Hire? Is it a Real Person or Not?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Is the typical way we find,  interview and hire the best person for a job obsolete because of social media?  Susan wrote a thoughtful response to an article in July/August’s issue of Scientific American Mind, “The Perfect Hire” which questioned the accuracy of current vetting practices in favor of using social media analysis instead .  The response was published as a blog in the Ageis newsletter compiled and circulated by L. Burke Files: http://www.aegisjournal.com/the-perfect-hire/   The original article, written by a psycologist and professor and his student, played down the importance of finding a candidate who is interested in a job, the role that interviewing and reference checking play in hiring, and the person to person interactions in hiring.  To find out what it was celebrating instead and Susan’s reaction to their findings, read Susan’s response.  http://www.aegisjournal.com/the-perfect-hire/  An article in Sunday, August 11th’s New York Times, “I Flirt and Tweet. Follow me at #Socialbot.” written by Ian Urbina, adds further fuel to Susan’s post. It includes this quote “More than half of Web Traffic is from nonhumans”.   Touche!