November 1, 2017 – Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller and CFAR, a management consulting firm specializing in strategy and organizational development for high-performance organizations, have formed a strategic alliance. The partnership aims to achieve the firms’ shared goal of helping institutions achieve excellence in their leadership, maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks at important moments of transition.
Isaacson, Miller, which was founded 35 years ago, has helped organizations across the civic sector strengthen and diversify their leadership and as a result increase their societal impact. Its clients include public and private universities and colleges, academic and clinical medical centers, foundations, arts and cultural institutions, environment and conservation organizations, social justice advocacy groups, preK-12 education and education reform organizations, human and social services organizations, research institutions, professional associations and other non-profit organizations.
CFAR combines an understanding of social and human behavior with financial and business acumen, built upon its rich heritage as a spinoff of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and bolstered by over 30 years of practical consulting experience applying new ideas to difficult organizational challenges. It partners with leaders driven by a deep sense of mission and purpose, including family and founder-led enterprises, health systems, academic medical centers, foundations, associations and universities.
“Our firms share a commitment to strengthening the civic sector, dedication to intellectual rigor, and client-centered approaches based on collaboration and continuous learning,” said Vivian Brocard, president of Isaacson, Miller. “Over many years, we have drawn upon each other’s expertise and counsel. Through our strategic alliance, we leverage the expertise of both firms to help our clients navigate through critical leadership transitions.”
Debbie Bing, president of CFAR, said the ultimate beneficiary of the partnership will be the clients. “We have experience supporting a wide variety of organizations to prepare for and successfully address the organizational and strategic shifts that accompany transitions,” said “Through this partnership, we aim to help our clients use leadership transitions to create value and to foster continuity, coherence and optimism during what are uncertain times in the life of any organization.”
A nationally-recognized search concern focused on recruiting transformational leaders for mission-driven organizations, Isaacson, Miller has conducted some 5,600-plus placements over more than three decades. This year it was once again recognized as one of the top 50 search firms in the Americas as ranked by Hunt Scanlon Media.
Firms Expanding Into New Areas
Search firms continue to break into new areas, be it through acquisition, alliances or providing new services. It’s a trend being seen at both large recruiters and small boutiques as recruiters look to provide clients with services for finding, assessing, onboarding and retaining their senior-level talent. Here’s a look at a few examples taken from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:
Michael Kelly Associates (MKA) and Change, Development & Leadership Consulting (CDL) have formed a strategic partnership to focus on employee engagement to foster team building and a united corporate culture for maximum effectiveness. MKA is a provider of executive search, corporate governance consulting and leadership services to leading corporations.
Heidrick & Struggles recently formed its new business unit, Heidrick Consulting, bringing together a suite of offerings from its leadership consulting and culture shaping businesses. It offers leadership services in leadership assessment & development, organization & team effectiveness, and culture shaping, all as a full complement to its core executive search business.
ALSpective expanded with the addition of Juliane Nitsche and Michel Moutier as partners and advisors. The pair’s responsibilities include leadership consulting with a specialization in well-being & performance as well as strategy and board services with a new offering in change management.
Major, Lindsey & Africa recently launched a new service known as Legal Talent Management Consulting. Led by Miriam Frank, a partner and vice president, the offering provides lawyers and legal teams with customized consulting services designed to increase performance, productivity and engagement.
Odgers Berndtson expanded its leadership practice to include executive and team leadership assessment, coaching and onboarding. Organizational psychologist Dr. Robert Satterwhite is spearheading the new effort. Dr. Satterwhite has extensive experience designing and delivering robust assessments for measuring executives’ potential, readiness and fit.
The Pi Group expanded its services to help candidates transition to new chapters in their lives. By delivering services through Perpetual Insights, Pi Executive and Perpetual Ambition, The Pi Group is positioning itself, quite methodically, to help client organizations manage their entire talent spectrum.
Morgan Samuels acquired human capital consulting firm Delivery Point Advisors. The company offers a spectrum of solutions designed to help clients unlock potential from their people, including executive assessment and development, high performance team building, functional assessment and …
Greenwood / Asher & Associates and The Devine Group, a behavioral assessment and development organization, formed a strategic alliance to leverage and integrate the science of predictive talent analytics into the executive search and leadership development process. The partnership is designed to tailor an assessment to higher education position profiles.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media