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Happy Easter from Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search

Warm wishes for a happy Easter holiday from our entire team at Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search. Spring is a season for new beginnings. We enter this season with a renewed appreciation for the many clients and associates we work with, and look forward to the many new undertakings that the year will hold. If you find yourself or your institution in need of a new position, we at Hyatt-Fennell are standing by to help.

Don’t Prepare for All Interviews the Same

You are seeking a job in higher education, but what type of institutions are you going to target? Community colleges? Public universities? Ivy League? Perhaps you cast a broad net and begin to land some interviews. Great! However, it’s essential that you differentiate your interview prep to reflect the type of college you’re speaking with. You will discuss different aspects of your experience with a trade school versus a performing arts school. We have three questions you should ask yourself to tailor your approach to each institution. 1. How does your passion fit with their vision? It is essential that you connect your goals and values with theirs. What are the distinctives of their organiz

No Job is Beneath You: How Humility Drives Success

Topping the music charts and singing to sold-out crowds is the height of glamourous stardom. But country music star Carly Pearce knows that the road to glory is paved with hard—and often humiliating—work. Pearce left home to pursue her dream of music in Nashville. In the decade since then she’s worked a steady stream of odd jobs to support her dream of making music, including cleaning toilets. Pearce never lost sight of her goal, and continued to take steps to make her dream a reality—even when it meant long hours and menial tasks. Dreaming isn’t hard. It’s the tenacity to achieve them that is hard to come by. Many people want the status and recognition of success, but are allergic to the in

Avoiding Tragedy in Video Interviews

Last year BBC Dad took the internet by storm. We all felt immediate empathy for Professor Robert Kelly who was being interviewed in his home office when his preschool daughter came bebopping into the room, followed by a baby in a walker. The chagrined father makes apologies. He tries to go bravely on, but his train of thought has clearly been derailed. The children’s mother then dashes into the room and frantically grabs the children, before crawling back in to close the door behind her. Dr. Kelly’s blunder got him millions of views, countless memes, and follow-up interviews, but most of us aren’t so lucky when we misstep. Whether it’s a video job-interview or an interview with the BBC, what

Lessons from St. Patrick: The Importance of Storytelling

This weekend, parade routes will be lined with green beads and mugs filled with green beer, all in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Beyond the fun and frivolity, is there something more we can take from the life of St. Patrick? Underneath the layers of lore, very little is known about the life of St. Patrick. He was born in Britain in the fifth century. As a teenager he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave. After a number of years in servitude, he escaped and was reunited with his family in Britain. He later chose to return to minister to Ireland. Patrick often used the shamrocks plentiful in Ireland to explain the concept of the Trinity—one God in three persons. He was a dynamic co

Four Tips for Developing Leaders Like Your Future Depends on It

Succession planning is vital to the long-term health and viability of organizations; yet, succession planning does not come naturally for most organizations. There is profound inertia to the status quo. You have skilled leaders at the helm of your organization, why fret? When those leaders reach retirement, will there be individuals ready for the passing of the mantle? What should you be doing today to cultivate the leaders of tomorrow? We have four tips: 1. Cast vision. Cultivate a culture of growth and passion by communicating your vision for your organization to young (potential) leaders. Leaders begin as followers of a vision. Connect them to values and practices that will ignite their p

How to Fail Well: Lessons on Success from the Winter Olympics

The closing ceremony has ended the PyeongChang Olympics, but the accomplishments of the athletes who competed live on. The athletes of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games amazed and inspired us. These athletes achieved amazing feats. They also failed—often. Failure is not just a fact, but a skill. You can either be defeated or propelled by your failures. Here are three lessons on failure we took away from PyeongChang. 1. Persistence pays off. Kikkan Randall was competing at her fifth Olympics in an event that no United States woman had ever medaled in: cross-country skiing. Not only did she and her teammate, Jessie Diggins, earn a medal, they won gold. Diggins edged Sweden out by .19 seconds in a

Search Spotlight: Dean of Health Sciences, Vice President of Student Affairs, and More

Spring is a time for new beginnings. Is a new position in your future? Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search is assisting a number of outstanding institutions with searches for a variety of roles, including: Dean of Health Sciences (Deadline: March 20, 2018) Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students (Deadline: March 23, 2018) Rockford University, Rockford, IL Director of the Simulation Center (Deadline: March 26, 2018) Resurrection University, Chicago, IL Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator (Deadline: March 30, 2018)
 Marywood University, Scranton, PA Vice President for Student Affairs (Deadline: April 8, 2018) Neumann Uni

Our Nominees for Best—and Worst—Movie Boss

The 90th Academy Awards will take place Sunday, March 4th. As we kick off a weekend of red carpets, acceptance speeches, and awards, let’s talk about what we can learn about leadership from the silver screen—both shining examples to cautionary tales. Here are our nominations for the best and worst boss that Hollywood has brought us: Worst: Gordon Gekko “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” Michael Douglas plays a ruthless and thoroughly corrupt stockbroker in Oliver Stone’s film Wall Street. Gekko views his colleagues as tools to manipulate or sacrifice as needed to achieve his own ends. Gekko only cares about himself and profit. Moviegoers were glad that in the end, this scheming and

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