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Half-centurions, take heart: Opportunities still await

While some get anxious about job hunting after 50, experts tout the age as prime time for leadership, and offer tips for the search. "Individual candidates tend to make a much bigger deal of that than the hiring organization,” recruiter Wayne Luke of Witt/Kieffer said.

Want to be a successful CEO? Tell stories, take risks

Association heads discuss the skill sets of accomplished leaders at a CEO Update live executive forum, held Oct. 8. These days, a CEO also needs to be a “great storyteller,” says Peggy Smith, CEO of Worldwide ERC. That means that leaders should not simply recite a list of their group’s successes at board meetings, but instead present a coherent narrative of accomplishment.

Ask the Recruiter: Key to a winning resume

Question: I am looking for effective CEO resume samples. Would you suggest ways to find modern looks that are still very professional?

Stephanie Tomasso
Executive Search and Assessment Consultant
Russell Reynolds Associates

Turning a group around takes vision, tough choices and buy-in from board

The prescription for change may involve new image, new culture and replacing staff stuck in old ways. “You don’t want to take the job as CEO unless you can really understand what the issues are," said Steve Anderson of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. "Financial issues can be overcome. … But if you have an issue with governance, you have a problem.”


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