It may seem like a single purpose relationship, hiring. However, that is only one dimension of a search firm.
On October 25th, Samuel Dergel was featured on The Next Chapter: Assessing Your Options for a Career Pivot hosted by BlueSteps, the candidate career service of AESC. The question was asked:
Samuel, how do search consultants help organizations ensure a seamless leadership transition?
Hiring and Problem Solving
Search partners are masters at helping companies figure out what they need to solve their problem.
The search process, however, can only be successful at finding the right people when the search firm also helps the company achieve clarity on what their needs are. In our experience, many of our clients and companies that we work with know that they have a problem, but don’t necessarily know how to fix it.
Succession Planning and Transition
When we work with a client that we have a strong relationship with, and we understand them, and we understand where their business is going, we can greatly help them figure out a path through to succession planning.
Succession planning is a misnomer.
Many people have binders of succession planning materials, but when something happens, the binders get thrown out the window.
You can plan all you want, and then you actually have to deal with what comes up.
Proactive Succession Planning
Things can be very different than you can even imagine.
A great search firm that knows your business and partners well with you can guide you through it.
When the unexpected happens, you have extra help. Your search team is uniquely equipped to recognize your needs and help you meet them.
They have taken the time to understand your company. They understand your values, culture, competencies, mission, and vision, which makes for a valuable asset towards your future success.
Confidentiality and Trusting Your Search Firm
Whether it’s a search that everybody is going to know about or not makes a difference.
Many times, leadership transitions happen behind the curtains, and that is where confidentiality comes in. A great search partner ensures confidentiality to make sure that you’re able to find the best person for the business to move forward.
Confidentiality is key, and so is trusting your search firm. It’s a good sign that you’re considering the right firm when they’re known in your network, referred to by those you trust, and genuine in interactions.
All content is based on the words and ideas of Samuel Dergel.
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