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Interviewing CEO Candidates: Questions for Strategy

I am currently serving on a search committee for a new executive director for the National Adult Day Services Association.  It’s been a long process where we have had to identify transitional leadership, do some significant strategic planning, and identify and then interview candidates.  I’ve learned so much during the last few months.

A friend of mine and a fellow search committee member sent our team a link to this article by James Citrin of Spencer Stuart: How Boards Interview CEO Candidates.

The article is an interesting guide for a board to use when hiring their next CEO or Executive Director or other leadership position.  He’s has hit on some great questions that cover a wide range of a CEO’s responsibilities.  In his interview guide, he covers the following areas:

  • Growth, Financial, and Operational Management
  • Strategy and Vision
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Technology
  • Culture

He includes some additional interview questions that are useful, but a bit outside of the above categories.  The most important question according to Citrin: “What questions do you have for us?”

Read the article.  Here’s my question for the small business owner: can you answer these questions about your company?  In a resource constrained environment, how do you lead your company forward?

At least those were the questions I was asking myself.  I’ve got some work to do.




I’ve been thinking a bit about topics for this blog. David Cummings writes a great blog about technology startups. It’s at times analytical and promotional, always thoughtful and insightful. But, while I tend to analyze business, my experience is in healthcare and in person centered businesses. Johnson Cook’s blog is full of energy. It reflects Johnson’s personality perfectly.

I think I can contribute some thoughts to the small business owners. I’m sure that I will focus more over time, but this where I will start. The immediate areas that come to mind include:

    Sales and Marketing
    Value Creation
    Faith and Theology
    Staying Strong

My hope is to explore these issues as I’m dealing with them. We’ve developed some useful tools and, truth be told “stolen” some ideas which I plan on sharing.

I plan on looking at faith and work as well. Many moons ago, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary. It’s an interesting juggle to balance the diversity of beliefs and thought found in today’s workplace and Christian faith. I’ll attempt a balanced discussion.