Why are some qualified executives unsuccessful in certain positions?

January 15th, 2012

“Our firm is often called upon to recruit senior level functional executives including human resources, financial, engineering, or information technology leaders.┬áThis recruiting work provides us a perfect vantage point to observe why the most senior level business people are either successful or unsuccessful in these functional roles. More than half of the searches that we do for functional leaders are to replace a person who is leaving because they were unsuccessful.

“Like good engineers, two years ago we conducted a careful failure analysis of these cases. Why were some seemingly well-qualified people unsuccessful in these sought-after positions? Our reason to study this was simply to improve our ability to evaluate candidates. But this is useful knowledge for other reasons. Any young business person who aspires to a senior functional leadership role might use the insight that we gained to tailor their own development actions and grow their careers.”

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