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Leveraging Thought Leadership

Aug 18, 2022

Did you know that more than 50% of executives struggle to feel satisfied with their work?
It's important to have a sense of purpose around your job; the feeling that you've contributed, that you're respected, and that your work matters.

Today, I'm speaking with Gene Rice, the Founder and CEO of Rice Cohen International, which provides executive search and consulting services to a premier list of global clients across the Learning & Development, Ed Tech, and Management Consulting fields. Gene has personally helped place more than 1000 executives, and has a deep understanding of what companies are looking for in senior management.

Over his thirty years of experience in the search industry, Gene discovered several important trends. While corporations are seeking people that meet "standard metrics," those that excel have a proven track record of building growthGene explains that the most valuable executives are those who found a sense of purpose that drives their success - and their job satisfaction.

For years, Gene had been recording life lessons that he would share with interns at his firm. These lessons led to questions which showed how ill equipped many young adults are to start their personal and professional lives. This realization was the driving reason for Gene to collaborate with his daughter, Courtney Bejgrowicz, and write 68 Tips to Excel in Your Personal and Professional LifeThis book gives Gene's experienced tips for life, job search, career, and personal finances, while adding Courtney’s comments to give her perspective as a teacher and mother, and the understanding of the younger generation.

The passion to help others with the book extends beyond the hope that people can learn a thing or two from it. Gene and his wife created The Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation which provides annual scholarships for children ages 10 to 18, to pursue passions and interests outside of school. With this foundation, they work to inspire young people from low-income households with life-altering athletic, artistic, musical and creative activities led by positive role models. 

 Three Key Takeaways:

Those seeking a role as a senior executive will need a proven track record of building growth, to get ahead of their competition.

 It's important for an executive to have a sense of personal purpose, and to share that passion and drive with others.

*  A good match between an executive and company means feeling like you can make a real contribution, and drive your personal as well as professional goals.