Summary of Deciding Who Leads

How Executive Recruiters Drive, Direct & Disrupt the Global Search for Leadership Talent

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Deciding Who Leads book summary
Executive recruiters do more than find top talent; sometimes they steal it. How you can get the most from executive search.


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The old-fashioned headhunter you used to call on to bring in a quick hire is completely out of date and this book will help you understand why. Author Joseph Daniel McCool is a highly regarded journalist who has written about and lectured widely on executive search. While offering great information about search consultants, he also shows you the importance of creating your own internal processes for grooming candidates. He advocates establishing “onboarding” programs to create a foundation for new hires. McCool writes clearly and invitingly. He persuasively describes the real value companies can derive from using executive search services productively. getAbstract recommends this book to anyone involved in executive searches.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to find and keep top executive talent
  • What a bad executive hire really costs
  • What an “executive search consultant” can do for – and to – your firm
  • What best practices you should follow in screening, hiring, welcoming and retaining top executive talent


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At many companies, outside executive search consultants deeply influence changes in top management. These consultants, whom companies hire to search for the best new leaders, make the first cut among candidates before they present the company with a list of ...
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About the Author

Joseph Daniel McCool is an industry analyst who deals with global executive search consulting and executive succession. He has written three books on the subject.

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