Peter Franks is a Partner with the internet and technology industry focussed headhunting firm Neon River.Having spent the last seventeen years advising CEOs and other senior executives on how to build out their senior management teams, I’ve noticed a few common themes that often explain why hiring processes go wrong.

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I spoke to a client this week. He’s the CEO of an incredible high-growth tech company that’s just raised around $200M in financing. We started to explore what the next level looks like for him and for the firm – he’s able to switch gears from fund-raising to accelerating growth – and it’s clear that

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Warning: This article has the potential to change your business and your personal leadership forever. If you’re looking for a quick piece of content candy, I advise you to skip this article and get back to work. However, if you know that what got your organisation here won’t be enough for its next phase of

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It’s hardly new news – but digital disruption is now top-of-mind in practically ever sector. You probably have your own favourite stats on this issue. Here are mine. 63% of industrial players and 81% of tech companies are experiencing significant disruption, or are expecting it within 12 months. (Source: Russell Reynolds Associates). Digital disruption poses an existential

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It’s well known that the proportion of M&A deals that fail to create the expected value remains alarmingly high. A survey a couple of year ago from by Aon Hewitt found that nearly 50% of companies had failed to achieve their stated value-creation objectives from the deal. So what’s going on, and what can leaders

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Most leadership development is a dead-endPut it another way, it promises a lot but generally doesn’t result in lasting organisational impact. Why is this? Well, let’s take a typical scenario.  Does this sound familiar?Bob comes back from a two-day leadership training offsite with 40 other  VPs from his company.  He’s found the program engaging and interesting and

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If you are looking to scale your company significantly and penetrate new markets in the coming year, you’d better beware. Recently, as part of my leadership consulting work in tech, I’ve spoken with CEOs and COOs of several exceptional start-ups who are on exactly that journey. Often the focus is on preparing systems and processes

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“The key differentiator between Tech companies that are built to last, and those that die after launch, is that leaders recognise their intrinsic duty to not just build a product but build a culture.” ~ Granny/Maxfield/McMillanOne of the interesting paradoxes of the tech industry is just how important people are to success! The fast pace,

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