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?  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]