Category: Careers

Don’t Retire, Evolve

  When your 50th birthday passes, there are some changes that get set in motion. For one, you start getting AARP magazines – which is quite the splash of cold water for many of us. For another, the company you work for starts hinting about impending retirement. That’s fair – after all, most people do […]

Career Changes Are Like Farming

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When you’re searching for the next thing, it’s normal to feel impatient. Every point of contact feels like hope, and it can be crushing to not hear anything back. You can almost imagine yourself as one of your ancestors, with a bow and arrow, stalking a prize – and you know that if you stay […]

Scott George Joins XMS Capital Partners as Managing Director!

XMS Capital Partners, LLC (“XMS”) has announced the hiring of Scott P. George as Managing Director in its Chicago office. Mr. George possesses a rare combination of investment banking and corporate development skills that will augment XMS’ core mission of delivering objective, value added advice and custom tailored solutions to help clients achieve their strategic […]

John Lewis has joined Madison Dearborn Partners, LCC as Executive Partner!

Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), a leading private equity firm based in Chicago, announced that it has engaged industry leader John Lewis as an Executive Partner in pursuit of attractive investment opportunities for MDP’s funds across the information services landscape. In particular, Mr. Lewis, who most recently served as Global President of Nielsen Holdings PLC […]

Why Don’t More Women Own Private Equity Firms?

by Gail R. Meneley, Co-Founder and Principal I am working with a number of exceptional women with successful careers in public and private companies, and are now focusing on private equity as their next stop.  They are targeting CEO roles in portfolio companies with revenues from $250M to $1B.  Each has held the title of […]

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 […]

Peyton Manning: A Case Study in Good Leadership

Peyton Manning is in his 18th season in the NFL and is preparing to play in his fourth Super Bowl. A five-time league MVP who has thrown nearly 550 touchdowns, Manning has certainly accomplished some impressive athletic feats in his career. He has continued to excel over the years, both with the Indianapolis Colts and […]

LinkedIn Year End Review of Top Words to Avoid

Increasingly senior executives are realizing that they need to actively manage their career rather than merely waiting for a recruiter to call them about an opportunity. And, LinkedIn is quickly becoming the online place to project their brand. Each year LinkedIn provides a review of the most common buzz words that executives use to describe […]

Keeping Organized During a Job Search

Many of our career transition clients are overwhelmed with the prospect of keeping track of their networking activities and ask us for advice as to the best way to do this. This is not surprising as for some this is the first time in many years that they don’t have an admin to help organize […]

Job Seeking CEOs

A recent WSJ article “When Chief Executives Become Job Seekers” “When Chief Executives Become Job Seekers” by Rachel Feintzeig (March 5, 2014) focuses on the issues that prior CEOs face when they are looking for a new CEO position. Ravi Saligram, former CEO of OfficeMax and Shields Meneley Partners client, along with our firm co-founder Gail Meneley were quoted in […]

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