What You May Not Know About Executive Search Firms

Benefits and processes of an executive search firm

Is everyone in agreement that you need to hire, at least one additional person, to your leadership team? But is there less agreement about the skills that person should possess or how you would go about finding him or her? This is normal. An executive search process requires a lot of work and a lot […]

Five Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started My Consulting Business

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The life of an entrepreneur is exciting but challenging. There are so many lessons you learn when you start your own business – and most of those lessons come with a healthy dose of growing pains.  Mike Sipple Jr. was able to reflect on his top lessons during an interview with Doug C. Brown from […]

Hiring “By Committee”

How a Search Team + an Executive Search Firm Can = Hiring Success

It is a common practice for nonprofit organizations, family-owned businesses, and even large organizations to pull together an internal search team or committee when they are seeking their next executive. (In this post, we will refer to this group as the “search team.”)  At Centennial, we are often hired by these search teams to lead […]

What Should I Read?

Book recommendations for the days ahead

The end of December often brings with it a few days to slow down and unplug.  If you are like me, you look forward to some extra time to sink into a good book.  These slower-paced days provide larger chunks of time that can be dedicated to reading without any concern of neglecting other duties. […]

Be Thankful, Especially When Life is Challenging

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it may not look like any Thanksgiving you have ever had before.  So many of our traditions have been disrupted due to the pandemic, and Thanksgiving is no exception. In spite of the many details that have not gone as planned, it is still of utmost importance to […]

How to Hire Board Members for Your Business

Selecting board members is an important process when creating the structure of your business. Choosing the right members of the board can give you access to experience and significant industry connections. Both of these things can improve your ability to grow. Many businesses opt to fill their board with friends and family; however, you should […]

To See a Difference, Be the Difference!

Small steps for being more inclusive

With all the significant media attention, it would be hard to miss the current conversations about racial injustice in our world. You may be thinking about what you can do to positively contribute to the solution (inclusion) yourself. It is natural to wait for some unknown person with significant power to do something – “to […]

Virtual Interview Best Practices

Virtual interviews have been around for quite a while, but the commonality has grown significantly with the advance of technology and our current challenge of social distancing.  If you have gotten comfortable with jumping on a video call, you may have become accepting of your cat walking by your camera or your dirty dishes sitting […]

Board of Advisors Make Businesses Better

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“If I had a popcorn stand on Courthouse Square, I would have a board.” Clay Mathile, former CEO and owner of The Iams Company. I happen to deeply agree with this statement.  We find a significant difference in those organizations we represent that do and do not have a board guiding and challenging their decisions. We […]

How to Set Up a High Performing Team

Every business should strive to build high performing teams. After all, if you’re not performing, then you’re not succeeding to the best of your potential. There are many great high-performing team models that you can look at, and within these, there is often plenty of overlap. Managing and developing your team requires creativity. It means […]