Arnold Partners Blog

True Grit in the C-Suite, Not on the Range

In the ever-expanding complexities of the modern world, some things in the field of corporate financial leadership don’t change. A lot has been written about the changing role of the CFO in a technology company over the last few years. From my standpoint, the role has...

CFO Recruiting vs. Data Digging

I recently added a new question for my CEOs when we kick off a CFO search. It is simple, but is proving to be very helpful: What is it you do not like about executive recruiters you have worked with, or about the process? Mike Farley, the Founder of Tile, Inc. sat...

“Unconscious Bias” in the Hiring Process

Until I read the “Smarter Living” column in a recent  New York Times, I did not know there was such a thing as “unconscious bias.” But after reading about it, I knew I had some learning to do. Not only for my own take-aways for “smarter living” in my personal life,...

The Shortage of Seasoned CFOs, Silicon Valley and Beyond

The Shortage of Seasoned CFOs, Silicon Valley and Beyond I had the pleasure of meeting with Rob Krolik, the former CFO of Yelp! a couple of weeks ago. As one of the few CFOs to take a company from less than $100MM in revenue to nearly $1B, with a...

Economic and Employment Outlook

Economic and Employment Outlook for 2018 (i.e. How Long is the Commute?)—and Impact on CFO Demand It’s not just the CFO market that is RED HOT in Silicon Valley, it’s the entire economy. According to the California State Employment Development Department,...

Have you ever been presented with a counter offer?

The Dreaded Counter Offer Have you ever been presented with a counter offer after resigning a position? Or, have you presented a counter offer to an employee who resigned? Let me clearly state that one should (almost) never accept a counter offer, and why companies as...

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite In celebrating the end of another successful year here at Arnold Partners, I gave thought to what happens once we shake off the satisfaction of completing a search, and the real work begins for our clients and placed candidates....

For CEOs and CFO Candidates: The Importance of an Exacting “Spec” in Executive Recruiting

If you’re a CFO candidate, how many times have you seen a job specification and only casually glanced at it? I had a CFO candidate tell me just the other day that he had no reason to read the spec, because, as he said: “I already know very well what a CFO does.” I’ll...

The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask When Hiring an Executive Search Consultant

As the leading independent CFO executive search consultant, I’m interviewed about my search process and approach to search by prospective clients many times a year. But frequently I’m not asked some of the questions that I know to be the most critical, based on my 20+...

CFO Recruiting vs. Data Digging

I recently added a new question for my CEOs when we kick off a CFO search. It is simple, but is proving to be very helpful: What is it you do not like about executive recruiters you have worked with, or about the process? Mike Farley, the Founder of Tile, Inc. sat...

“Unconscious Bias” in the Hiring Process

Until I read the “Smarter Living” column in a recent  New York Times, I did not know there was such a thing as “unconscious bias.” But after reading about it, I knew I had some learning to do. Not only for my own take-aways for “smarter living” in my personal life,...

Economic and Employment Outlook

Economic and Employment Outlook for 2018 (i.e. How Long is the Commute?)—and Impact on CFO Demand It’s not just the CFO market that is RED HOT in Silicon Valley, it’s the entire economy. According to the California State Employment Development Department,...

Have you ever been presented with a counter offer?

The Dreaded Counter Offer Have you ever been presented with a counter offer after resigning a position? Or, have you presented a counter offer to an employee who resigned? Let me clearly state that one should (almost) never accept a counter offer, and why companies as...

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite

Successful On-Boarding in the C-suite In celebrating the end of another successful year here at Arnold Partners, I gave thought to what happens once we shake off the satisfaction of completing a search, and the real work begins for our clients and placed candidates....