As executive search professionals, we have been entrusted by our clients to find the best available talent. Scouring thousands of resumes, interviewing hundreds of candidates on our clients’ behalf, it’s clear that finding great talent is about blending the traditional with the unorthodox.
Many recruiters and search professionals have become lazy and formulaic in how they find and assess talent. Do they come from the right university? They better not have any gaps in their work history! Do they show a progression from junior to senior? Do they have 5 to 7 years experience in a related field? Did they pass the personality test? And quite frankly, some clients have also adopted a “good enough” mentality towards talent acquisition.
It’s no secret that in order to be successful, a company must be committed to building and maintaining high-quality teams. This not only means recruiting the right talent through executive search efforts, but it also means finding the right cultural fit so you can develop a team that will work together in harmony toward the achievement of important goals and objectives.
Here are some essential characteristics of a successful team:
According to a 2010 study by neuroscientists at the French medical research agency Inserm, if a person is focusing on two tasks simultaneously, each side of the brain tackles a different task. This means the human brain can only handle two tasks at a time.
Taking on more tasks results in an increased chance of errors. Rather than spreading your focus thin between multiple projects, try dedicating a 20-minute slot of time to one task, then switch to the next one. Not only will you notice an increase in productivity, but you’ll also see a rise in your level of innovative thinking.
Making the wrong decision during the hiring process can be devastating for an organization; not only does it cause extensive aggravation for the employer, but also significant financial repercussions for the company. A bad hire can also upset team dynamics and innovation.
The best way to avoid the cost of a bad employee is by hiring right the first time. As a leader in executive search, Four Corners Group offers the resources and hiring talent to do exactly that – saving your company time and money.
According to a study by CareerBuilder, 69 percent of employers report their companies have been negatively affected by a bad hire in the last year. Of those businesses, 41 percent estimated the bad hire cost them more than $25,000, while 24 percent tallied a loss of over $50,000.
The New Year offers a fresh canvas for which you can paint your latest goals and aspirations. It is a time of change. And 2013 brings great potential.
Technology is evolving at a more rapid pace than ever; just think of how quickly our cell phones are going to become credit cards. Every two days now we create as much information as we did from dawn of civilization up until 2003. And we have the ability to consume this data at an astounding pace. By reading one copy of the New York Times today, you’ve already absorbed more information than a person living in England in the 1700s would in their entire lifetime.