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Source: Canaan Ridge, Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Steve Boudreau, Vice President Marketing & Communications
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New Canaan, CT, April 22, 2010 – Obtaining honest feedback from all your constituents – not just your clients – is essential to continuous performance improvement in executive search.

That's the winning idea in the April Exceptional Thinking Forum conducted by Canaan Ridge, The Center for Professional Development, submitted Douglas R. Allen, Executive Vice President at DHR International, and Joseph J. Carideo, Partner at Amrop Battalia Winston.

Their insights came in response to the Exceptional Thinking question: "Is it important to solicit constituent (clients, candidates, placements and colleagues) feedback? Yes or No - and Why?" Their responses can be viewed online at http://www.canaanridge.com/main/exceptional.asp.

"At Canaan Ridge, we know that exceptional search consultants possess a wealth of knowledge about what it takes to succeed in this industry. To capture and share some of this knowledge and expertise, we began a regular forum in late 2009 called the Exceptional Thinking Forum," said Bob Benson, founder of Canaan Ridge. "Over the past several months, we have received myriad responses to our questions and have seen a lot of great thinking in the industry."

Past winners include Sabrena Baker from Wilmington Group, Tim Dannels from Sanford Rose Associates, Michael Inserra from Alchemy Search, Tim McNamara from Boyden Global Executive Search and Robin Singleton from DHR International.

Canaan Ridge regularly sends search consultants an e-mail with a thought-provoking question related to executive search. All responses are carefully considered and winners are selected based on who offers the most exceptional thinking on the subject.

The consultant who submits the selected response receives a $100 American Express gift card and will have the distinction of seeing his or her name and response posted on Canaan Ridge's website and in the subsequent Exceptional Thinking Forum e-mail.

The Forum's current question is "What new challenges have you faced when trying to convince your candidates to accept a position, and how have you dealt with them?" To respond to this question for your chance to win a $100 American Express gift card and have your response showcased to the industry, please visit the Exceptional Thinking page on www.canaanrige.com. To read current or past responses to the Exceptional Thinking Forum or to learn more about Canaan Ridge's full suite of offerings, visit www.canaanridge.com.

About Canaan Ridge
Canaan Ridge is the professional development affiliate of RLBenson & Associates and leverages its experience, insight and thought leadership to build and deliver world-class development programs with curricula exclusively designed for consultants and delivered under a common brand of The Exceptional Consultant. www.canaanridge.com

About RLBenson & Associates
RLBenson & Associates partners with global executive search firm leadership to help find impactful solutions to the challenges of the ever-changing business landscape of the search industry through experience, insight and thought leadership. www.rlbensonassoc.com
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