Month: February 2016

“Rethinking the Office…” The NYT Magazine

by Gail Rafter Meneley, Co-Founder and Principal I love Sundays…curling up with the Sunday New York Times and stumbling across information that I neither sought nor cared about until that moment.  It is the serendipity of discovery that makes it so compelling.  (OK, I confess.  I worry that online delivery of information doesn’t allow stumbling.) […]

Wind Point Partners Vice President Joe Lawler Presents During SMP Client Networking Lunch

Joe Lawler, Vice President of private equity investment firm Wind Point Partners, discussed their executive-first investment model with Shields Meneley clients and staff at this month’s Client Networking Lunch. Wind Point Partners was founded in 1984 and has since raised over $2.8 billion in commitments and acquired over 90 platform companies as well as 160 add-on […]

Executive Coach Bob Ryan Leads HR Course in Malaysia

This week, our Executive Advisor Bob Ryan is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to teach Quest Master Class’ 6th Annual HR Leadership Management Excellence course. This Master Class, which runs from February 23 to February 26, brings senior HR professionals from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, and other countries around the world to learn about the business aspects of […]

How to Turn on the Light During a “Dark Period”

Our post on February 8 looked at what we call a “dark period” during a job search and why it might occur. Now, we are going to discuss the ten steps that you can take when you enter this type of period. (Again, we call a “dark period” as when you seem to be the prime […]

What Does ‘Business Casual’ Actually Mean?

“Business casual” has taken on a lot of different meanings, and it often depends who your audience is. Shields Meneley Partners Executive Coach Bob Ryan has been a top HR executive for over 25 years and stresses the importance of knowing your audience when you are dressing for a professional event. When going to a […]

SMP Client Martin Swarbrick to Spend 2016 Chairing Safe America, Growing ‘CEO Mutual Aid Network’

Congratulations to Martin Swarbrick, who assumes the role of Chairman of the Safe America Foundation. The Safe America Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with corporate, governmental, public and private organizations, and other nonprofits to save lives by emphasizing safety education and emergency preparedness. His primary focus will be to build a network of CEOs […]

A Lesson in Leading During Uncertainty: Jack Dorsey

Twitter, a live sharing platform used to share news, has been in the news itself over the past few months. Most recently, it reported disheartening first quarter earnings and no significant increase in monthly users from the previous quarter. Shares are falling and may continue to fall. This is a continuation of the bad omens […]

Americans Spending More Money on Valentine’s Day, Even on Their Coworkers

According to to the National Retail Federation’s Valentine’s Day Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, the majority of Americans will be celebrating the upcoming holiday and spending more money than ever. Nearly 55% of consumers plan to celebrate and spend an average of $146.84, which is up from last year’s average of $142.31. Total […]

SMP Alum Michael Suchsland Named Independent Director of Epiq Systems

Congratulations to SMP alumnus Michael Suchsland, who was recently appointed as an independent director of Epiq Systems, Inc., effective March 2, 2016. Epiq is a leading global provider of integrated technology and services for the legal profession, including electronic discovery, bankruptcy, and class action and mass tort administration. Michael Suchsland brings 25 years of experience in […]

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It: Meditate Your Way to a Job

Your past job may have been stressful, but you probably find that you are still stressed out as you search for a new job. Stress can cause a variety of health problems like high blood pressure, but it can also raise your cholesterol according to this article from the Wall Street Journal. Mindfulness, an intentional focus on […]

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