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Hopefully, you have new goals for the organization, and so you want to look at what are the current strengths of the organization, perhaps, what are the challenges, and what new qualifications and traits do you have to be looking for in your next leader.

The Board’s Role in Recruiting a Chief Executive

There’s an old saying that the board’s role is to hire and fire the chief executive as necessary. And while this phrase leaves a lot to be desired in setting a tone of cooperative partnership between the board and the chief executive, hiring a chief executive is one of the most important responsibilities of the board of directors. In this Hospice Governance Academy Spotlight Interview, Bill Musick, President of Integriti3D sits down with Carolyn Simons, Vice President at Pearson Partners International, to discuss the board’s role in recruiting the chief executive.

Carolyn Simons

Vice President, Pearson Partners International

Segment 1: Key Tasks For Board During Recruitment

The Spotlight Interview Series starts off with Carolyn sharing the key tasks for boards to be cognizant of and responsible for when recruiting a new chief executive, including:

  • Designating a committee to lead the recruitment effort
  • Creating the job description and qualifications that match organizational strategy
  • Process for assessment and final recommendation to the board
  • Orientation and onboarding once hired

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Segment 2: Common Issues and Challenges

Carolyn discusses common challenges and issues boards often encounter during the recruiting and onboarding process. Some of the biggest issues that can either delay or undermine an effective recruitment process include:

  • Misalignment within a search committee or organization
  • Lack of communication to staff
  • An interim leader that doesn’t understand your culture
  • Being reactive instead of proactive when losing a leader

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Segment 3: A Perspective on Compensation

In the last segment, Bill and Carolyn tackle the complicated issue of the offer, compensation, and benefits packages for the desired candidate.

  • Building a compensation and benefits package
  • The difference between for-profit offers and non-profit offers
  • Short-term and long-term bonus structures

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Finally, hospice-focused board development

The Hospice Governance Academy was created to provide industry-specific content directly to hospice leaders. HGA is an easy, online learning platform that ensures your board has a shared base of core hospice governance knowledge and is up-to-date on trends and issues facing hospice care today. Content is contributed regularly by industry recognized experts.

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