On leadership development


Due Diligence of the Top Team in a Private Equity Firm? What Should You Look At?

A Private Equity Portfolio Company: Changes are Big and Fast Private equity portfolio companies form a growing part of the Dutch economy. However, much leadership advice is still based on CEOs of publicly traded companies, without considering the unique dynamics of private equity. Investors often have goals that impose different demands on a private equity…


Family Business for the Future: The Resilient Family

The idea of a family business, of course, is that a family should be running the business. But how can a business succeed with that approach? Can the goal of running an effective, innovative, professional organisation ever be compatible with an obligation to hire any niece or nephew who needs a job? Popular culture loves…


The Silicon Valley Bank Collapse: an Executive Search Perspective

The Silicon Valley Bank Collapse: an Executive Search Perspective In this blog What was the role of C-suite recruitment failings in SVB’s collapse? How SVB’s ‘safe’ choice of CEO, Greg Becker, went wrong Why mis-timing C-suite successions can create fatal oversights What causes a bank failure? When we look for the causes of a disaster,…


New to the family?

New to the family?  Family businesses account for thirty percent of jobs in the Netherlands, and more and more people are considering a career move towards family business. Their inspiring histories, strong corporate cultures, and (often) smaller scale are among the reasons that many candidates are seeking out managerial and executive roles at family firms.…


Leadership in Private Equity Portfolio Companies

Leadership in Private Equity portfolio companies For private equity (PE) portfolio companies, leadership is an important determinant of success. Portfolio companies often lack strong inhouse leadership development capacities. That means they need to bring in leaders from outside. Unfortunately, research shows that the quality of executive selection procedures in portfolio companies remains low, with the…