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Executive Search – The Canadian Difference

May 24, 2016

As a fourth year university student, I have been fortunate to gain exposure to the search industry by working at Conroy Ross Partners for the past 12 months. As part of my schooling, I had the opportunity to take a course that gave me the freedom to explore an industry that was of interest to…

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Accepting a Counter Offer

January 8, 2016

So you’ve spent the last several weeks returning calls from the office hallways, conducting early morning Skype interviews from home and sneaking through the back entrance of your competitor’s offices. Finally, the covert conversations with your potential new employer have paid off. You have been presented with an offer and you are delighted. You walk…

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“Terrifying Oil Skills Shortage Delays Projects and Raises Risks”

July 25, 2014

Jane Christopherson of The Curzon Partnership Featured in Financial Times article: “Terrifying Oil Skills Shortage Delays Projects and Raises Risks” When Jane Christopherson tries to recruit experienced oil workers, she almost always receives the same reaction. “They say: “I’m getting a bit tired of this. You’re the fourth person I’ve heard from this week,” she…

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Take What You Need

January 18, 2013

The other night, I read a great book on leadership titled “Turn The Ship Around” by L. David Marquet. Captain Marquet commanded a nuclear-powered submarine called the USS Santa Fe. The crew went from being “worst to first.” The Santa Fe earned awards for being the most improved ship in the Pacific, and most combat-effective…

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Results of our Leadership Talent Survey

December 7, 2012

Attracting and retaining leadership talent is one of the most important success factors for organizations in Alberta’s energy industry.  In order to assist organizations in developing a better understanding of the strengths and shortcomings of the industry’s talent strategies, Conroy Ross Partners initiated the Leadership Talent Survey. The survey addressed management and executive leaders in…

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Let Your Light Shine

July 19, 2012

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?… And as we let our own…

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On Compensation, Keeping Great People, and Old World Wisdom

February 3, 2012

I’m one of those lucky people who has a remarkable mentor.  At the end of every single lunch when we get together, I feel buoyed (we always laugh – a lot!), inspired, and that (as quickly as the world changes), there are just some basic fundamentals that never really vary. Bill tells the story of…

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Getting the Generation Gap

January 6, 2012

The Young Guns (me, my sisters and cousins) took on the Stormin’ Normans (Grandpa and the other +45s) in a family board game this Christmas. While bantering over points, the differences in the generations became apparent. Us Young Guns were trying to gain advantage and argue for our points in a different way than the…

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Lessons From The Trenches – Exit Right!

September 9, 2011

In my last blog post (Lessons from the Trenches – Succession Gone Well) I shared the story of the founder who, upon generously offering stock in his highly profitable company to senior managers, was astonished by their utter refusal.  For that business leader, and other owners contemplating exit strategies, the key messages for finding and preparing…

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Lessons From The Trenches – Succession Gone Well!

July 29, 2011

Surprisingly, it’s rare that we are invited in to a company, which is going through succession, by the founder. More often, the invitation is via a discreet meeting initiated by a worried senior employee, or a frustrated family member who is anxious about their future and the future of the company. A recent exception was…

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Acquisition Annoucement

Optimum Talent Announces the Acquisition of Conroy Ross Partners

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Shake It: The Art of a Great Handshake

It is said that the practice of shaking hands originated in ancient times to show that you wished for a peaceful interaction and held no weapons in your hands.  Whatever the basis, the handshake has become one of few acceptable forms of physical contact between strangers, and leaves a lasting impression. As someone who shakes…

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