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With Gratitude for Last Year and Hope for Next: What Does 2018/2019 Hold?

Pomp and Circumstance is still ringing in our ears as the academic year has just drawn to a close. One of our deepest joys at Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search is to see all that our colleagues and clients have accomplished. We want to congratulate you on all the ways you’ve overcome, achieved, and grown. We are also excited to hear all the dreams and plans you have for the coming academic year. Summer is a time for planning, evaluation, and strategy. Hiring will be a pivotal part of your success. We are standing by, ready to help with any searches in your future. Please give us a call today to discuss how we can help.

How to Encourage Innovation

Innovation is one of the hottest buzzwords in business. How do you cultivate and harness innovation? Eric Miller notes in Forbes: As an owner of a business, in particular one that works with other companies to develop and produce new high-technology products, I have learned the value of innovation countless times. I have repeatedly seen that the fastest way to grow is by discovering new ways of solving problems and developing new products which improve efficiencies and create new opportunities; however, to make this happen, you need innovators. But how? He shares four principles, including the importance of initiative: Look for proactive behavior. Innovators do not wait for problems to beco

Houston Strong: Lessons on Perseverance from the Astros

Last year the Houston Astros struck out 1,087 times. That is over four times more than the number of home runs they hit: 238. That doesn’t sound like the beginning of a winning story, especially when you consider that the city of Houston had been decimated by Hurricane Harvey—a storm that tied with Katrina for the most costly tropical cyclone on record. Nearly 200,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Astros players began wearing patches on their uniforms that said “Houston strong.” The players were determined to play not only for themselves or a title, but also to provide a positive symbol to their haggered city. One of the perennial lessons of sport is that your skill is only as strong as y

Do Your Employees Like Working for You?

Silicon Valley can seem like the center of the business world. While tech giants get a lot of the attention and headlines, Google is the only one in Forbes’ top 10 list of employers. There are three grocery stores on the list: Trader Joe’s, Wegmans, and Costco. If you picture an exciting, ideal work environment, it probably isn’t the cavernous, warehouse interior of a Costco. The lesson is clear: how you treat your employees is even more important than how sexy the work is. Read more about what Costco employees cited as the best parts about working there in this Business Insider story.

What’s in your Tool Kit? For Future Reference: A Guide to Selecting Stand-out References

Even the most expertly crafted cover letter and résumé are only a sketch. When a potential employer calls your references it brings your résumé to life, filling in the areas between the lines—for better or worse. How can you select references that will make you stand out from the crowd and clinch that job offer? Ask first. The cardinal rule of references is always to secure permission in advance. It’s a simple step that we all know, but can get lost in the shuffle—with detrimental results. Make your request personal and clear. Don’t send a text. Pick up the phone and explain that you are exploring a possible position. You were hoping they would be willing to be a reference since they have pa

Advice for New Leaders: How to Help Your New Team Survive Your Transition

When a new president takes the helm of an organization, a number of personnel changes inevitably follow—some from the top down as the new president puts his or her team in place, but many from the ground up as individuals become dissatisfied and leave. What can you do to help mitigate the migration and when should you be okay with it? We have three pieces of advice. Begin humbly. There is great security in being able to listen and seek input from others. Welcome other perspectives. Others have insights about this organization that will benefit you greatly. Listening to others will also provide a foundation of trust and respect upon which your relationships can be built. Communicate clearly.

Cover Letter Hack: Avoid Costly Mistakes with Our Trick

Cover letters are a key part of any application packet. They are your chance to get the attention of the hiring manager or to get automatically disqualified. We have three questions to ask yourself when crafting your cover letter: Where is my experience relevant? A cover letter is like the blurb on the back of the book that makes you want to read it. Your résumé is the table of contents. A cover letter should not detail every way that you fit this job, but draw out a couple key points from your experience and connect the dots to the job duties. Where are my values relevant? Cover letters are just as much about tone and personality as content. In addition to what you do, they should show how

Search Spotlight: Vice President of Administration/Chief Financial Officer

Is it time to explore a new opportunity? Hyatt Fennell is assisting in three searches: · Vice President of Administration/Chief Financial Officer (Deadline: May 11, 2018) - Drury University, Springfield, MO · Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students (Deadline: May 18, 2018) - Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA · Vice President of Academic Affairs (Deadline: May 21, 2018) - Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY For more information and to apply, visit our website.

What’s in Your Tool-kit: The Job-changer’s Checklist

A job-change brings with it a flurry of activity: the flood of details to wrap up at your old position, the excitement of preparing for a new role, and sometimes even a relocation. Make sure nothing slips through the cracks and navigate the transition with grace by using Hyatt-Fennell’s checklist: Make a blueprint for your successor. Current projects Key contacts Upcoming deadlines Location of resources (Note: If login credentials currently use your email address and password, arrange to have those updated before you leave: never give out your own passwords.) Send thank-you notes. Take the time to thank those who have been a part of your success with a hand-written note or letter. Update you

Essential Interview Research: Maximize Each Opportunity with These Three Tips

Every step of a job search, from preparing your résumé and cover letter to beginning a new position, requires preparation. If you are interviewing with a company, how can you be most efficient and productive with your preparation? We have a primer of the three key areas to research about each company before an interview: History. How was the organization started? Who were they key players in its founding? How has its scope and focus changed over time? Origin stories are often baked into the culture of organizations and it’s important to understand them. Initiatives. Now that you know where they’ve come from, you need to understand where they are headed. What are the strategic initiatives the

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