In terms of a winning attitude, CEOs stand to learn a lot from professional athletes. As author and life coach Tony Robbins explains, people who develop the absolute sense of certainty provided by powerful belief can accomplish virtually anything, including feats others assumed were impossible, be that beating a world record on the competition circuit or taking a fledgling startup to the top of its industry.

In this article, we look at four people who retired from professional sports and have since gone on to achieve extraordinary success in the corporate world.

1. Michael Phelps

The most decorated Olympian of all time, former…


In late March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses across the globe to shut down. Many businesses were forced to adapt to a remote work policy as it became clear that the pandemic was more serious than initially thought. Remote work took over the business industry and required new rules, new technologies, and especially new leadership skills. This new way of working has reshaped the workplace and how work is being done.

Leading During a Global Crisis

C-suite teams everywhere had to develop new strategies on how their respective businesses would continue during this time. Once they figured it out, they had to pass that…


Compared to most other vocations, professional athletics has a relatively short career span. Some sports, like soccer, offer a shorter career span than others. After years of dedication to their chosen sport, there comes a point where the professional competitor’s performance starts to decline. And an unexpected injury can cut a career short at any time.

Deciding when to bow out is an incredibly difficult decision. As soon as an athlete makes the choice to end their professional career, another equally pressing issue arises. …


Companies will always need senior executives, but they want executives who are focused on the job, not on the next chapter of their life. What is the mid-life and older job seeking executive to do? What do organizations need to do to promote age diversity?

To shed light on these questions and more, Jason Hanold, CEO and Managing Partner of Hanold Associates Search Firm, the leading retained boutique executive search firm specializing in human resources leadership recruiting, joined ExecuNet’s Head of Learning Tony Vlahos for an ExecuNetSelect insights conversation.

Here’s a look at their conversation:

  • 0:50 The state of…

Being involved in hiring or recruitment can be stressful. Your organization won’t thrive without the right employees. Thus, your hiring decisions play a major role in the company’s success. You need to confidently make the right choices.

That may not always seem easy. Plenty of hiring managers and recruiters occasionally doubt their abilities to identify the ideal candidates for open positions. That doesn’t mean you need to be plagued by doubt. There are many steps you can take to feel more confident in your hiring decisions.

Coordinating with experts is one of them. For example, if your company is in…


Choosing who to hire can take a long time. This is particularly true when filling executive roles. You’ll want the individuals that you recruit to be an ideal fit because they will play a crucial role in your organization’s success. Therefore, it’s beneficial to take your time when selecting from a list of candidates. Working with an executive search firm can help you boost the efficiency of this process. When you consult with experts whose primary responsibility involves identifying strong candidates, you can focus on other tasks.

However, screening applicants can still take time, which is why it’s important to…


November 20, 2020 — Chicago-based Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search has assisted The New York Times Co. in the recruitment of Jacqueline M. Welch as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). She will report directly to president and CEO Meredith Kopit Levien and sit on the company’s executive committee as well as lead its talent and inclusion department. Ms. Welch begins her new role on Jan. 11.

“This search, from launch to offer decision, was about six weeks,” said Jason Hanold, CEO and managing director of the search firm. “Jacqui is a unique spirit. She…


An executive will ideally spend a relatively long time with a company. It’s of course always helpful when any strong employee stays with an organization for the duration. High turnover is a costly issue.

However, when someone plays a leadership role, it’s particularly beneficial to keep them around for as long as possible (assuming they are a good fit for the company). Transitioning to new leadership is naturally challenging.

That’s not to say it needs to be excessively difficult. Companies simply need to prepare for these challenges accordingly. If an organization stays in business long enough, at least some of…


Finding the right executives for your company can be difficult — after all, this is not an instance when you can afford to make a mistake.

That’s why it’s important to proceed carefully when hiring executives. You don’t want to rush the process, and you may want to enlist help. Working with an executive search firm will increase your odds of identifying someone who is a good fit for your organization, because they have resources, contacts, and expertise necessary to identify strong candidates.

A strong candidate for an executive position will have more than just the right experience and skills…


One of the best ways to succeed in hiring and recruitment is to be prepared. If you can forecast your hiring needs, you’ll be better equipped to fill vacant positions efficiently. That involves not only studying trends to anticipate needs, but also identifying the signs that an employee may quit soon.

Obviously, your main goal is to retain strong employees. As much as possible, a company’s relevant managers and decision makers should try to keep employees happy and engaged. Constantly hiring on account of high turnover is costly.

(Tip: When filling important roles, such as that of the CEO, coordinate…

Jason Hanold

Executive Recruiter, clients NFL, Google, Patagonia, Under Armour, Gucci, Nike, Northwestern, eBay, UFC, Vail, REI, Electronic Arts, Live Nation, #HR #Recruiter

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