John R. Ferneborg

John R. Ferneborg

Partner
The Ferneborg Group
Web site: www.execsearch.com
john@execsearch.com

Sector specialization: Technology, digital media, publishing, entertainment, consumer goods

Job function specialization: CEO's, Board Members, Senior Operating Executives

Geographical focus: North America, Globally with our Network Partners

Career advice: One of the best ways to develop outstanding leadership skills is to blend the management techniques of successful leaders with your leadership style. Too many times managers are focused on their particular industry. Successful executives that we have observed get outside their comfort level and learn from successful professionals in other industries.

Qualities sought in candidates: Search assignments vary in complexity and scope. I always look for a combination of technical expertise and personal attributes that translate into a track record of accomplishments over time. We look for a person who is bright, ethical, and of high integrity. These attributes build confidence with co-workers. I also look for individuals who are good at developing team members and delegating responsibilities appropriately. I identify candidates with a positive attitude who take a sense of pride and ownership in their organizations and are willing to go the distance through both good and bad times. Finally I look for candidates with an outstanding track record of success who come from highly regarded, well-managed industry leaders. These types of candidates bring an added value to my clients.

Favorite historical figure: Winston Churchill

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