Finding the next leader of your organization by serving on a search committee is a long process, full of potential pitfalls. It’s also an honor and a privilege.color07 W35 x L47 Ice Cream Non-Slip Door mat Cartoon Style Characters with Funny Face Expressions and Abstract Pastel Spots Easy to Clean W31 x L47 Multicolor But although the conversations are fascinating, the daunting complexity of the decision and the risk of making a mistake can weigh heavily on each committee member.
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So what should you consider when you evaluate executive search firms proposals and what should you discuss with each search firm?