John G. Self's Blog (7)

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers Collide At The Retirement Door

DALLAS, Texas (March 31, 2009) -- As unemployment numbers continue their worrisome climb, and as the stock market moves erratically up and down with so many retirement plans hanging in the balance, I have been thinking lately about the much anticipated shift in the workforce -- as Baby Boomers retire they will be replaced by eager Gen-Xers. For years workforce gurus and insurance actuarial analysts have been proclaiming the arrival of this moment in time. Now that the time has finally… Continue

Added by John G. Self on April 1, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Russian Roulette In Executive Search

This is a blog post that I wrote for my healthcare Board Chairs and Hospital CEOs in September. Before I discovered this wonder group. As we prepare to jump to 2009, I thought I would share it with you, my colleagues, in hopes of generating some comment on how we can move recruitment to the next level of performance in 2009.

The definition of a good leader is a work of art.

The definition of a bad leader is a tragedy.

A major hospital is ready to… Continue

Added by John G. Self on December 30, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

To Journal Or Not To Journal

DALLAS, Texas (Dec. 28, 2008) -- Journaling is a trendy sort of thing. I know people who have been doing it, religiously, for years. Others started but did not stay with it. It is like a routine of physical exercise, I guess. I know others who have started after taking a journaling class. Interesting. I did not know there was a class for something like this – teaching you to write thoughts and ideas in a book.

My interest in journaling did not come from a lofty notion that I had… Continue

Added by John G. Self on December 29, 2008 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

It Is Not Too Late To Say Thank You

WESTPORT, Connecticut (December 24, 2008) What Got You Here Won’t Get You There is Marshall Goldsmith’s amazing book on how successful people become more successful. It is a great read for executives who have been fired or for those who are successful in many ways but cannot move to the next level of performance.

I am in Westport for Christmas. It is… Continue

Added by John G. Self on December 24, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Small Firms Can Compete Overseas

JohnMarch Partners, a boutique healthcare search consultancy based in downtown Dallas, was awarded multiple search assignments by a UAE firm working under contract with the UAE government. We beat out several of the major firms for this assignment. Not only is the work very profitable, there is a good possibility that our academic practice will pick up related assignments.

How did we get the engagement? Believe it or not, it was not that hard. And the account acquisition costs were… Continue

Added by John G. Self on December 20, 2008 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Why I Am A SMART Recruiter - Most of the Time..

The decision to start my own firm. This gave me the freedom to make a boatload of mistakes (and not get fired), but it also allowed me to innovate in terms of creating a rigorous candidate screening process and comprehensive dossiers with video summaries of my candidate interviews. Established search firms, like most established businesses, are not willing innovators.

That is one reason...

However, here is the truth: I am a smart recruiter because I have a great… Continue

Added by John G. Self on December 19, 2008 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Accountability for Executive Recruiters: A NEW PARADIGM

As the economic carnage continues to unfold on Wall Street and other financial centers of the world, Main Street is beginning to brace for what could be tough times for the U.S. While healthcare typically is spared the full brunt of the misery, hospital CEOs have already started to look for ways to cut expenses and to wrench more value from the money they pay to vendors, particularly consultants.

These threatening economic times frame a more important question for healthcare, and the… Continue

Added by John G. Self on December 19, 2008 at 11:16am — No Comments


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