Successful CEOs are leaders who inspire colleagues, customers, and investors to follow their vision as they steer the enterprise toward success. In this article, we explore some of the most desirable qualities for any CEO, from effective communication skills to the ability to learn from failure.

1. Flexibility and willingness to pivot

Pivoting can involve overhauling a venture’s entire strategy, drastically changing the structure and purpose of company. Pivoting is not for the faint-hearted, but it is important to remember that successful pivots created some of today’s biggest companies.

When it was founded in 1971, Starbucks was a rather different enterprise, selling coffee beans and espresso…


Many retired athletes are turning to entrepreneurial endeavors. They’re expanding their wealth, using their paychecks to launch empires outside of the sports world. Let’s take a look at these former athletes who have turned into top business leaders.

Michael Jordan

This athlete changed how people viewed basketball and further redefined how former athletes are viewed. A member of the Chicago Bulls and later the Washington Wizards, Michael Jordan earned over $90 million during his career. Arguably the best basketball player of his time, Jordan broke records both on and off the court.

Today, Michael Jordan is a successful CEO. Besides being the…


Though similar, executive search is separate from traditional recruitment. It requires recruiters to go above and beyond to access and engage with top-tier candidates. With the entire future of the business potentially resting on the shoulders of the new recruit, companies must invest heavily in reaching and securing the best talent.

With top-level executives in high demand, C-level staff can effectively take their pick of where they want to work and under what conditions, making executive search a rather challenging process. Unlike traditional recruitment, in which candidates are generally actively seeking a new role, executive search involves approaching executives at…


A CEO is an organization’s highest-ranking executive. Interviewing and hiring CEOs can be tough because they are so crucial to a company’s success. They are in charge of making decisions on behalf of the company, developing business strategies, and forming the corporate culture.

The ideal candidate for this role needs to have extensive experience as a chief executive officer or another C-suite level post. It’s essential to attract top talent familiar with your industry because they will be more knowledgeable about your company’s obstacles and goals. …


People choose to start second careers for a variety of different reasons. Some jobs, such as those in the world of professional sports, have a clear end date. Here we address the challenges as well as the many benefits of starting over in a new career later in life.

Older adults have what it takes to transition to a new career.

Of course, there are risks involved with a career move at any age, but by the time most people reach their 50s, they have a pretty solid grasp on what interests and motivates them. This means they’re in a great position to seek out a new career they truly feel passionate…


With a limited career lifetime before age-related challenges or injury triggers a decline in performance, many athletes start lucrative second careers after retiring from professional sports.

Athletes are natural achievers, with many transferrable skills. From teamwork, to adaptability, to positive mental attitude, here we identify six top traits that translate well to the business world.

1. Robust Work Ethic

To be successful in professional sports, an individual must push themselves further and work harder than all of their competitors. A great sportsperson does not merely arrive on time. They arrive early, not just because they want to stay on the right side of their…


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…

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