Our Services

Shields Meneley Partners clients have called on us to help them advance their careers, teams, organizations and boards. Each client has a unique ambition and our role as a confidential and objective advisor is to help them fulfill it. The tabs below are the three main areas of leadership advancement. By clicking on all of the tabs, you’ll see eighteen of the most common opportunities for advancement.

Often, career decisions at your level are significant and involve those closest to you.  We’re here to support you on your journey so that the ride is not so bumpy.

TRANSITION

You just got fired.  Now what?  Although every successful leader faces this at one time or another, it is still a shock.  When it happens, call us.  Our role as your confidential and objective advisor will help you make good decisions so that you can move forward.  We’d like to help.

EXECUTIVE COACHING

Today, companies invest in executive coaching to make their good leaders great — and to enhance financial and operational performance.  An investment in coaching ensures that organizations have a robust leadership pipeline for every senior functional and corporate role to ensure that business results can be achieved and sustained.

ASSESSMENT

Our goal is to mitigate one of the greatest risks to any organization:  the failure of senior executives who are responsible for the financial results of the business.  Our comprehensive, sophisticated analytics integrate a customized set of psychological instruments and assessments and in-depth expert interviews to support critical decisions around hiring, promotion, development, and retention.

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

We tend to go where our clients go. And for many of them, it’s only a matter of time before they are sought out to serve on a Board, or are seeking an opportunity to serve on boards of other organizations.  Our advisors have extensive board and executive leadership experience and their experience can prepare you for successful board service.

Looking for a New RoleStrategic differences with your Board, changes of control, or just recognizing you need a new challenge, means you need advice and a strategy to transition successfully. We make no assumptions about what is next for you and ensure a thoughtful, successful career transition.
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Exiting Senior Team MembersStatistics show that C-suite tenure averages just under four years. With that number in mind, there will be a time when every organization needs to transition a top executive. When the time comes, no matter the reason, corporate clients turn to us to create a smooth transition for the individual leader and the organization.
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Starting a New RoleResearch says that 40% of new leaders fail in the first 18 months. Why? Fit, overpromising and under delivering, or differences with members of the senior team or the Board. We’ve helped thousands of executives build trust in those critical early days.
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Changing CareersIf you find it hard to get up in the morning and know that you need a change, we’d like to talk to you. Professional transition requires structure, support, and the right thought partner. We’d be happy to show you what’s possible.
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Joining a BoardMany top executives want to move on from an operating role to a Board role. They believe that they have relevant experience to share and want to continue to add value. But, board seats are highly coveted. The market is competitive, the search demanding, and the process nuanced. It’s a lengthy, sophisticated process. We can help.
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Becoming an EntrepreneurWe assess personality, skills, and risk tolerance to ensure the right match for such a venture. And we don’t stop there. We also work with the new leadership team to foster success. If you are ready to be an entrepreneur but don’t know how to make the transition, we’d be happy to show you what’s possible.
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Designing a Portfolio LifeYou have had a huge corporate career, are financially secure, and now seek flexibility and the excitement that accompanies something new. Welcome to your Portfolio Life where you integrate multiple interests — board service, travel, entrepreneurship, or philanthropy. Live the life you want. We can help.
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Improving Individual PerformanceMany great leaders have found that a seasoned business coach who knows the way around the executive suite and the boardroom provides a significant performance advantage. Our coaches focus on your professional success.
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Building Team PerformanceWe are brought in when an executive team is facing big challenges — unprecedented growth, lagging financial results, or a major reorganization. Our coaches have held senior operating roles and had first-hand experience with these issues. Every situation and organization is unique. We have no set process. But we would like to talk to you about possible solutions if you or your team needs help.
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Corporate Recruiting And SuccessionCosts associated with senior executive failure are enormous, and assessment can help you predict the likelihood of success. We focus on emotional intelligence and cultural fit in addition to functional competency, leadership and communication style, personality characteristics, success traits, areas for development, and potential blind spots. We also work with new CEOs to help them learn quickly about their new team to aid in timely decision making about organizational structure.
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Private Equity RecruitingThe secret to successful private equity firms is the ability to identify ways in which a business can be improved to create value — through cost reduction, product or service innovation, M&A, or market expansion. The key to value creation is having the right CEO and senior team with the competencies, experience and personality characteristics to lead transformation and growth. We have assessed candidates for these roles for more than a decade with a strong track record of success.
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Life PlanningWhen top executives contemplate the future, they tend to focus primarily on financial concerns. We are not financial planners. But, your financial plan will only be relevant if it is built upon clear decisions about how and where you and your spouse want to live, the individual and mutual interests that you want to pursue, and what mark you want to leave on the world. With our experienced advisors as your guides, you will look back over the life you have shared, examine the crossroads where you may now find yourselves, and determine the direction you would like your lives to take in the future — as individuals and as a couple.
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Board Member SuccessionClients hire us to help design their board refreshment process and to advise/coach on the departures and onboarding of board members. This is highly customized work, based on the culture and dynamics of each board, and the unique qualities of individual board members.
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Board Performance ImprovementBoards are comprised of very senior, accomplished leaders whose positive qualities sometimes interfere with effective collaboration. Clients hire our peer level advisors to evaluate current board performance, identify and quantify performance gaps, and recommend changes to increase accountability and alignment. We welcome the opportunity to learn more about your board’s performance.
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Managing Board DysfunctionBoards can fracture as the result of undue influence of a single board member, a subset of members, or an entire board with a hidden agenda. Board Chairs and Lead Directors hire us to resolve dysfunction and focus the board on corporate performance and shareholder value. They appreciate the perspective our experienced advisors bring from the executive suite and the boardroom. Tell us about your board’s goals and challenges.
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Board EvaluationShareholders and regulators now expect a formal evaluation of Board performance. We are often retained to evaluate individual members, committees, and the full board, but can also help design and execute a Board’s self-evaluation based on best practices. Both approaches ensure that Board members receive constructive, straight-talk feedback to improve overall performance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss a customized, effective Board evaluation process with you.
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Executive Team InterventionThere are often rifts among members of the senior operating team, between the executive team and the CEO, or between the CEO and members of the board. If those problems can’t be resolved internally, we are called in to assess the issues and recommend solutions. We break through the impasse, facilitate difficult discussions, and coach the Board and the Leadership team on ways to avoid future breakdowns in understanding. If you are experiencing or anticipating this situation with your senior team, we are happy to discuss potential solutions with you.
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Managing CEO SuccessionThe successful transition of a Chief Executive Officer is one of the most challenging and important responsibilities of a Board. Having a transition plan in place ensures a measured, orderly change. Unfortunately, some changes in CEOs happen under far less favorable conditions. We are equally prepared and experienced to help you develop a plan that can be approved and deployed immediately. Please call us if you are facing this issue.
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