CARLSON GROUP EXPANDS

CARLSON GROUP EXPANDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEST DES MOINES, IA, June 2020 Carlson Group, a leading executive search and leadership consulting firm that has been serving clients across the Midwest for almost 30 years, has announced two new additions to the firm: Erin Barfels, Principal / Executive Search Consultant With over 20 years of Human Resources experience, Erin Barfels has served as the Chief HR Officer for two insurance organizations, most recently at GuideOne Mutual Insurance. She has...
The Difference Between Delegating and Empowering

The Difference Between Delegating and Empowering

A series to help you focus on building a reflective leadership mindsetBy Gary Walljasper Just because you’ve delegated, doesn’t mean you’ve empowered. Of all the leadership classes I teach, ‘delegating effectively’ is one of my favorite modules.  It’s a favorite because participants often have an “ah-ha” moment when they realize the act of delegating isn’t that difficult.  What is difficult, is delegating in a way that creates a sense of empowerment. If you struggle in...
Beyond Financial Services

Beyond Financial Services

Begin your executive search with Carlson Group What do companies in the agribusiness, manufacturing, senior living, technology and financial services industries have in common? They all need great talent. How do they find it? Companies in these and other industries have reached out to Carlson Group to find the right people for some of the highest levels in their organizations. Based in Des Moines, a financial services mecca, it’s not surprising that Carlson Group is...
Building a Mindset of Reflective Leadership

Building a Mindset of Reflective Leadership

The first in a series of articles on the topic of reflective leadership. If you ever wondered, there are 10,080 minutes in a week. And if you wonder why this matters, let me share the Reader’s Digest version of what prompted me to do the math … Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed to be in roles through which I advised all types and levels of organizational leaders. This has involved assessing, training and developing...
Innovation in Today’s World: It’s More Than Just Being Creative

Innovation in Today’s World: It’s More Than Just Being Creative

The ability to think and act innovatively while ensuring the right decisions are made has never been more important. It differentiates those who will succeed and those who will not. Phil McKinney, author of Beyond the Obvious, states, "All ideas, concepts, products and services have a natural progression." Appropriately followed, this natural progression allows new developments to become “tomorrow’s answers” instead of “yesterday’s news.” Many organizations recognize that "being innovative" or "creating a culture of innovation"...
Building Your Leadership Presence

Building Your Leadership Presence

If the agenda for your next meeting included "Building Your Leadership Presence," would you understand what it meant? Would you be able to contribute to the conversation? While leadership presence has long been considered vital to effective leadership, it remains challenging for organizations today. As you think about your leadership presence and that of others in your organization, consider these five questions:  1. What is leadership presence?  In their book, Leadership Presence, Belle Linda Halpern...
Executive Coaching Meets Executive Search

Executive Coaching Meets Executive Search

Carlson Group is now providing executive onboarding services at the conclusion of each search completed. Companies make a significant investment in each leader they bring on board, and most employers expect an experienced senior executive to hit the ground running and make their presence felt in the first months on the job. An executive in a new role, however, is vulnerable, often lacking established relationships in the company or insights on how things really get...
What’s Next in Executive Search?

What’s Next in Executive Search?

Companies Pursue Closer Partnerships, Broader Resources, from Search Consultants As we head into second quarter, what does the forecast look like for the executive search profession? In a special edition report by the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), President and CEO Karen Greenbaum offers the following key highlights: Member executive search firms reported positive outlooks and their intent to expand their trusted executive search relationships to include leadership consulting services. The market...