How to Retain your Employees During the Great Resignation

The Great Resignation is a hot topic in the business world. It’s exciting for some and infuriating for others. Those in the ranks of the excited are the people who are eager to make a jump and and try their hand at a new opportunity.  On the flip side, the business leaders who are wrestling […]

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Questions to Ask When Interviewing Your Next Key Leader

How do you know if you are hiring the right people for your organization – people who will help you go places and motivate others to do the same? What questions should you be asking in an interview to be confident that you are hiring the right person for your organization? These are excellent questions […]

8 Emotional Lessons of Succession

This is an excerpt from an article we authored for Family Business Magazine. You can read the full-length article HERE. In 2012, our family business began a healthy succession process – but do not mistake “healthy” for “painless.” We did all the right things — planned, brought in outside advisers. However, while the emotions were […]

Laura Mitchell joins Beech Acres Parenting Center as President and CEO

Pivotal Executive Search Leads to a Tremendous Win for the Community

Beech Acres president Laura Mitchell

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Laura Mitchell, former Cincinnati Public School superintendent, joined Beech Acres Parenting Center as their President and CEO.  Laura succeeds Jim Mason who has effectively led the organization for 42 years. Centennial was chosen to lead this search and work alongside the search committee of Beech Acres because of our thorough […]

Marcus Gardner Joins Centennial as Chief Growth Officer

Strategic innovator and executive leader joins Centennial to spearhead future growth

Marcus Gardner - Chief Growth Officer

Centennial Executive Search announces the hiring of Marcus Gardner as Chief Growth Officer.  Marcus comes to Centennial with extensive experience as a C-suite leader who has led organizations through transformational growth while creating profound impact.  Marcus brings with him more than 20 years of experience building and working with high-performing entrepreneurial teams. His expertise in […]

Help! My New Company Does Not Have an Onboarding Plan!

Do not panic. Here’s where to start.

Research shows how critical a well-planned onboarding process is to employee retention.  Knowing that organizations with a standard onboarding process experience 54% greater new hire productivity, along with 50% greater new hire retention is worth noting.  Even though this is the case, many companies do not have formal onboarding.  Does that make them bad companies?  […]

6 Ways to Improve Your Communication Effectiveness

Being a good communicator tops the list of just about every list of leadership qualifications (ours included!) Some people seem to be born with the ability to capture thoughts just right and deliver them in a way that is engaging and clear.  And then there are the rest of us, who work to be good […]

Pandemic-proof Leadership Characteristics

The pandemic has reinforced the importance of strong organizational leadership. A learning from this time is that the companies “caving” from the pressure of constant unknowns were the ones that lacked strong leadership. Our Centennial team has had hundreds of conversations with various industry leaders since the pandemic’s start. From these conversations certain leadership characteristics […]

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 […]