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Executive Search Solutions to Meet Your Leadership Needs

A bad executive hire is one of the most expensive mistakes a business can make. Aside from the major financial impact, the wrong hire at the senior level can cause long-term damage to your company, resulting in negative brand reputation, decreased morale, low performance, and higher turnover, among other hard-to-fix problems.

That's where we come in.

EFL Associates, one of the nation's premier retained executive search firms, provides executive recruiting solutions for clients who need to select the best talent possible to serve in leadership capacities within the organization.

Our firm, with offices in Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis, distinguishes itself from other providers by devoting significant time upfront to learn the nuances of the project, the culture of the organization, and, most importantly, jointly crafting a strategy that improves the predictability of success. Read more about our executive search firm here.


3 Talent Acquisition Trends Impacting Higher Education in 2022

3 Talent Acquisition Trends Impacting Higher Education in 2022

From leveraging technology to communicating compensation, here are three talent acquisition themes that should be on the minds of institutional leaders as we head into the homestretch of 2021.
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6 Strategies to Combat the Great Resignation

6 Strategies to Combat the Great Resignation

COVID-19 has led to the Great Resignation — millions of people, from frontline workers to senior executives, voluntarily quitting their jobs. Further, more than 40% of workers are considering leaving their employers by the end of 2021, according to recent research by Microsoft.
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Navigating Counteroffers: What to Know as an Employer and Employee

Navigating Counteroffers: What to Know as an Employer and Employee

Counteroffers are on the rise. For employers, especially those actively recruiting, anticipate the counteroffer. With top talent in high demand, it's dangerous not to have a plan for this situation. Consider these tips for dealing with and considering counteroffers.
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The Basics of Succession Planning

The Basics of Succession Planning

Recruiting and training for key positions can be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, even more so when filling a position that was unexpectedly vacated. Being proactive through succession planning makes the process more efficient.
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Tackling the Talent Gap in Life Sciences

Tackling the Talent Gap in Life Sciences

The life sciences sector played an essential role in the COVID-19 pandemic. While this accelerated positive change within the industry, leaders in life sciences continue to face a number of challenges – one of the biggest being the fundamental shortage of talent.
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Equal Pay for Equal Work Act: What Employers Need to Know

Equal Pay for Equal Work Act: What Employers Need to Know

Businesses that employ Coloradans should be aware of a new law that affects the way they hire and promote from within. The Equal Pay for Equal Work Act requires all Colorado employers to immediately give notice to current employees of promotional opportunities, and, for any job posting, provide information on compensation and benefits.
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4 Things to Consider When Transitioning Your Business to Hybrid Working

4 Things to Consider When Transitioning Your Business to Hybrid Working

Companies considering transitioning to a hybrid working model should keep a few things in mind, including what their staff wants, creating new office guidelines, and finding ways to maintain company culture.
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5 Hiring Trends to Consider in 2021

5 Hiring Trends to Consider in 2021

Recruiting has never been simple, and the COVID-19 pandemic has further complicated matters and changed the talent pool. In this rapidly changing landscape, employers must adapt to attract and retain top-quality talent. This article covers five recruiting trends employers should consider in 2021.
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Supporting Working Parents During Covid-19

Supporting Working Parents During Covid-19

Covid-19 is the gift that keeps on giving. Months ago, we imagined that summer would bring an end to the crisis and life would return to normal in the fall. With the most recent unemployment number at 10.2% (BLS.Gov) and virus numbers at concerning levels, there are a lot of stressed people out there –getting a job if you have been laid off can be complicated – and keeping the job you have may be wearing thin as well.
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How to Lead a Team Remotely

How to Lead a Team Remotely

Despite stay-at-home orders that are moving entire workforces remote, companies and boards of directors are continuing their hiring efforts, looking for the right leaders to head their organizations. Finding the right executive can be tough. But finding one who can lead a remote team, without ever meeting their employees in person, is a new challenge.
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Some Higher Education Leadership Thoughts (Not Your Basic Blog)

Some Higher Education Leadership Thoughts (Not Your Basic Blog)

You have made countless decisions during the past five months.  Most of them were completely unanticipated.  The same will be true in the coming 12 months.  At times, the weight of the world will seem to be on your shoulders. 
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5 Ways an Interim Leader Can Help Your Business

5 Ways an Interim Leader Can Help Your Business

During uncertain times it may be helpful to know that highly-skilled interim leaders are available on short notice to solve your talent shortages without adding to headcount. We are often asked about the ways in which clients utilize interim leaders.
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As Companies Recover from COVID-19

As Companies Recover from COVID-19

As economies slowly recover, the threat of renewed waves of coronavirus remains. Uncertainty will stay with us for many months, and it will be almost impossible to define what’s “normal.” What we need to think about is not a “new normal” but a new reality—a “new now.”
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Virtual Hiring Amid Covid-19

Virtual Hiring Amid Covid-19

While unemployment numbers are rising during the coronavirus pandemic, there are still jobs to be had. So, as the world practices social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, nearly all hiring managers are turning to virtual interviews to fill open roles in all ranks of their business -- from presidents and CEOs to part-time employees. The virtual interview is a practice large global companies adopted years ago to connect with potential employees around the world – flash forward - it’s now becoming the new normal across the board.
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Turn the Covid-19 Crisis into an Opportunity with a Career Change

Turn the Covid-19 Crisis into an Opportunity with a Career Change

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a variety of crises across various sectors of business. Perhaps most notably, unemployment is at an all-time high and has continued to rise throughout the pandemic.
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Ways for Nonprofits to Survive the Pandemic

Ways for Nonprofits to Survive the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofit organizations in previously unthinkable ways, from the inability to carry out core missions while volunteers, board members and employees practice social distancing, to a general lack of engagement.
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COVID 19 and Your Hiring Process

COVID 19 and Your Hiring Process

Has COVID-19 disrupted your firm’s hiring process? You’re not alone. However, maybe this is a unique opportunity to think strategically and retool for the future. Here are a few ideas our clients are thinking about.
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Why a Career Transition Service Can Ease the Impact of COVID-19

Why a Career Transition Service Can Ease the Impact of COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented numbers of employee furloughs and layoffs, resulting in historically high unemployment rates across the U.S. As companies struggle to make financial decisions regarding their employees’ futures in the workforce, having a robust career transition services (CTS) program in place would make today’s crisis far less stressful. 
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Bold Strategic Vision or Return to Normalcy

Bold Strategic Vision or Return to Normalcy

Be wary of returning to the comfort of normalcy.  As the recent wave of urgent, reactive change swept across the higher education landscape, colleges and universities found themselves in one of three basic categories: those who were [relatively] prepared; those who were unprepared but able to grind out a short-term solution; those who were neither prepared nor able to respond.  We have already seen institutions in the last category shutter their doors.  There will be more in the coming months. 
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Recent Success

American Century Investments
Vice President, Marketing Operations

American Concrete Pavement Association
President & CEO

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Board Member, Board of Directors

Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association
Chief Benefits Officer

Diversus Health, Inc.
Chief Administrative Officer

Emprise Bank, N.A.
EVP, Trust & Wealth Management

Johnson County Community College
SVP, Chief Operating Officer
Vice President, Human Resources

Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Executive Director (Indianapolis & Kalamazoo)

Maryland Supplemental Retirement Plans
Executive Director (CEO)

McCownGordon
Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Midland University
Athletic Director

New Jersey Division of Investment
Chief Operating Investment Officer
Head of Fixed Income

Ottawa University
President and CEO

PBI-Gordon Companies, Inc.
Vice President, General Manager (PetAg)

PKD Foundation
Chief Operating Officer

Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Vice President, Communications

The Missouri Foundation for Health
Board Members, Board of Directors

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