Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics

Inside the Secret World of Executive Recruiters...

Three distinct events from differing perspectives

April 3, 2008

Featured Guest Speaker: Joseph McCool


Joseph McCool

Joseph Daniel McCool is a writer, speaker and advisor on executive recruiting and management succession best practices. He is the author Deciding Who Leads: How Executive Recruiters Drive, Direct & Disrupt the Global Search for Leadership Talent (April 2008, Davies-Black), a book exploring the global executive search consulting business and its impact on corporate leadership, culture and organizational performance. Deciding Who Leads was recently endorsed as "one of the 30 best business books of 2008" by SoundView Executive Book Summaries.

A contributor and online columnist for BusinessWeek, Mr. McCool also writes as senior contributing editor for ExecuNet, a leading executive business network, and as featured columnist for Search-Consult, ‘The International Executive Search Magazine.’

His work exploring issues relating to executive search consulting, corporate talent management and management succession best practices has appeared in Chief Learning Officer Magazine, European CEO Magazine, Healthcare Executive Magazine and The Industry Standard. His perspectives have been cited in media worldwide, including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist, Investor’s Business Daily and three books by other authors.

Mr. McCool worked for eight years as editor of Executive Recruiter News and also as a vice president with its publisher, Kennedy Information, Inc., a New Hampshire-based subsidiary of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (BNA).

He holds a masters’ degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Plymouth State College.

He can be reached at and 603-532-4143.

Sponsored by:

The Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
The Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs
The Michelin Career Center
Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership




Tucker's Restaurant, Anderson, SC

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce's

" Toast 'n Topics "

Tucker's Restaurant; Anderson, SC






How To Avoid Costly Hiring Mistakes & Get The Best Of Executive Talent

Bad hires at any level hurt, but they are particularly painful and costly at the executive management level, where the wrong leader can disrupt corporate performance, wreck organizational culture and strain key customer relationships. (More)


Rutland Institute for Ethics

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce

Toast ’n Topics corporate co-sponsors


Commerce Club, Greenville, SC

Navigating The Potential (And Very Costly) Hazards in Executive-Level Recruiting and Management Succession

A Clemson Renaissance Center Event

Commerce Club; Greenville,SC





How can today’s HR leaders reconcile the reality that the demands of corporate leadership have reached an all-time high while executive management tenure has reached a record low? How can HR mitigate the risks inherent in management-level recruiting and work with external headhunters to maximize corporate investments in human capital? (More)


**A Renaissance Center Event***

Registration for this event is limited. Please register early to ensure a space.




Rutland Institute for Ethics

Michelin Career Center

Clemson Renaissance Center


Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Looking to the Future: Managing Your Career to Reach Your Full Potential

Strom Thurmond Institute; Clemson University





Looking to the Future: Managing Your Career To Reach Your Full Potential

The careers of the future are being shaped today by globalization, intense competition and shifting workforce demographics. (More)


Rutland Institute for Ethics

Michelin Career Center

Strom Thurmond Insititute

The Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership