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Transition Services

Transitions in top leadership are moments of significant opportunity for any organization—moments that also carry inherent risks, beyond finding and selecting the right candidate. Leadership transitions are often accompanied by questions about institutional strategy and governance, organizational identity and structure, and leadership development. Before, during, and especially after the search and selection process, institutions must focus on creating the conditions for long-term success for both the new leader and the organization. Talented newly-placed leaders can sometimes struggle to succeed because their organizations are not prepared to support them through their transitions.

Isaacson, Miller has a longstanding strategic alliance with CFAR (, a management consulting firm specializing in strategy and organizational development for high performance organizations including universities, academic medical centers, family and founder led enterprises, foundations, and associations. Our partnership is built on a shared commitment to collaboratively serve the growing needs of our clients by helping institutions achieve excellence in their leadership, and maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks at important moments of transition. Over many years, we have drawn upon each other’s expertise and counsel. Through our strategic alliance, we leverage the expertise of both firms to help our clients navigate through critical leadership transitions.

CFAR’s services include:

  • Leadership transition services and onboarding of new leaders
  • Leadership and organizational development, including coaching, organizational definition and design, and top team development
  • Board development linked to leadership change
  • Strategy development and execution connected to leadership change

CFAR combines an understanding of social and human behavior with financial and business acumen, built upon its rich heritage as a spinoff of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and bolstered by over 30 years of practical consulting experience applying new ideas to difficult organizational challenges. They partner with leaders driven by a deep sense of mission and purpose, including family and founder-led enterprises, health systems, academic medical centers, foundations, associations, and universities. Forbes designated CFAR as one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms in both 2016 and 2017.