A & P

Identifying the right talent to the executive offices is one of the biggest and daunting challenges an organization faces today and the realization that recruiting for these C-suite positions is very different than looking for front-line workers and other management positions requires a particular kind of talent and plenty of real-world experience.

At A&P our strength lies in assessing and analyzing the current trends in executive recruiting. While the fundamentals of executive hiring remain deeply rooted to basics of hiring principles here are 3 things that could differentiate your search parameters for that executive talent and help you identify a talent more suited to your business and increase the probability for role success.

1. Increased reliance on cultural fitment

While the whole world is going the digital way, executive search parameters will have to turn towards the human way. The most critical part of a successful search completion is when your search partner is able to identify the best suited contender who can fit into your unique Org culture. We agree that AI is getting better at identifying the top candidates, but technology and algorithms alone cannot do justice to this challenge.

2. The need for values alignment

Brian Tracy once said 'Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance' - this couldnt be more true than it is simply put. Thecriticality of values alignment of the leader occupying the seat with the values of the organization is as important as air to breathe - we will know only when it is absent.

3. The ability to connect with leadership talent below radar

Not everyone, especially @ leadership levels are actively looking for a change, but that does not mean they are not open to new opportunities that excite them and give them sense of enriched purpose. Get a search partner who has connections and relationships with the right audience - just because the size of an organization is big it doesnt mean they are well networked.

We should acknowledge that the search for executive talent is never-ending, and it is never easy. Leadership and true leaders are not available on the shelf for us to pick and choose from. From entrepreneurs looking for the best talent for their startups to old-line businesses looking for replacements for retiring baby boomers, there will be plenty of competition for the best C-suite residents and remember it is important whom you partner with - A&P can make a true value difference in this space.