REALtalk – with Jeff Hauswirth (Ferguson Partners)

Jeff Hauswirth, Vice Chairman, Ferguson Partners, recently joined us on REALtalk to share his thoughts around the field of executive search, the importance of the decision making process in talent management, forces at play influencing leadership, skills required by existing leaders, and what emerging leaders should be doing to equip themselves with these skills.

Jeff discussed:

  • His experiences starting off in executive search
  • Ensuring that job descriptions, mandates and decision making are matched to fit
  • The opportunity cost and consequences of poor decision making
  • The importance of a robust search committee
  • The onboarding process and the impact it has on the effectiveness of the candidate
  • What has the biggest impact on the effectiveness of today’s leaders
  • Future C-suite: what are today’s and tomorrow’s required leadership skills?

Jeff Hauswirth focuses on expanding Ferguson Partners’ Canadian platform and global footprint by partnering with the firm’s management team to refine and implement new business strategies and service offerings. He also leads the firm’s CEO Succession Practice and participates in both the Board Recruitment & Advisory Practice and the PE/REIM Practice.

Prior to joining Ferguson Partners, he led the global real estate practice at Spencer Stuart, where he conducted CEO, C-Suite and Board mandates for 25 years. He completed approximately 250 senior-level recruitment and advisory assignments during his time at the firm and authored thought leadership on topics ranging from executive succession to the value of board service. Jeff began his career by launching his own companies in the retail and distribution sectors, thereby gaining a firsthand understanding of the demands facing CEOs, Boards and C-Suite executives.