By Christine Billettback-to-old-school-recruiting
Acumen Executive & Talent Search (Acumen) is proud to partner with McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) in the search for their new Executive Director. Acumen is currently working with the MEDP Board of Directors. The search is in the initial stages with a goal of a Q1 hire.
Acumen’s Karen Anderson stated they are “experts in developing unique value propositions that market organizations powerfully, ethically, and authentically – not just to capture the highest caliber of candidate, but to market organizations to potential future investors and customers.” She added, “I am personally vested in this search, I live and work in this community. It would be a privilege to serve McMinnville and partner with this board on a shared quest for continued growth and success”.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the Acumen Team ~ Suzanne, Karen, Amanda, Molly, and Chris.
Acumen Executive Search was the proud recipient of the Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) 2018 Sustaining Member of the Year Award for their ongoing leadership, work on the Board and committees, assisting with transitions PNDC went through this year…and general awesomeness. The award was presented at the PNDC Annual Dinner. Acumen’s own Suzanne Hanifin and Karen Anderson were pleased and delighted to receive it. Acumen and PNDC have enjoyed a long relationship, placing President and CEO Sarah Garrison earlier this year.
Congratulations to Suzanne, Karen and team Acumen!
Acumen was a proud sponsor and exhibitor at OEDA’s (Oregon Economic Development Association) Annual Fall Conference in Klamath Falls. The conference is an opportunity for Oregon’s economic development community to come together and offers pertinent information on the latest in economic development, Oregon trends, and Oregon’s economic future.
Photo depicts Acumen’s own Karen Anderson with Avery Pickard OEDA’s new Executive Director, whom Acumen helped place. Acumen took great pride in helping OEDA with this critical new position. The conference was a wonderful opportunity for the two ladies to reconnect.
Congratulation to the award winners!
OEDA’s Urban Renewal Project of the Year award goes to The Windward development in Lake Oswego and partner PHK Development!
OEDA’s Exceptional Economic Development Marketing and Promotions award goes to Edco and East Cascades Works.
Outstanding Collaborative Partnership award goes to the joint investment in Salem’s Career Technical Education Center and partners Mountain West, City of Salem, and Salem Keizer Schools.
Business Development Success award goes to Greater PDX and partners Portland General, City of Gresham, Port of Portland, and Business for the Element Six recruitment!
Developer of the Year award goes to Tom Nelson
Congratulations to Avery Picakrd, President Sarah Means, and the board for an excellent and insightful conference!
By Molly Norton
The Most Critical Component of an Executive Search Takes Place Before the Search for an Executive
From Laszlo Bock, former SVP of People Operations at Google and author of Work Rules:
“Superb hiring isn’t just about recruiting the biggest name, top salesperson, or cleverest engineer. It’s about finding the very best people who will be successful in the context of your organization, and who will make everyone around them more successful.”
In today’s highly competitive business environment, companies cannot afford to make a less-than-optimal choice when it comes to filling mission-critical leadership. A well-suited and high-caliber hire can also have a multiplier effect on a business.
To greatly increase the probability of search success, finding and engaging the right executive search partner is the most important first step in any executive search. Ideally this partnership is forged prior to a need arising so that an organization is a step ahead of the current talent-driven market.
There are a veritable plethora of reasons why it’s critical to engage the right search partner, but here are the most important:
Because executive searches are typically a blend of art and science, and are inherently iterative, the most successful executive search firm partnerships require deep levels of trust, candid and frequent feedback, honest and open communication, and strong commitment to ensure successful outcomes.
Top search firms have three easily recognized characteristics:
When interviewing potential executive search firm partners, here are some qualifying questions you might consider asking:
Finding the right strategic search partner that meets the criteria and leverages the strategies above prior to a critical executive search will set the stage for great success.
And here’s to great success!
“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” ~ Lawrence Bossidy
PNDC is seeking a Business Development Representative and an Events & Member Services Coordinator to drive customer relationships and grow our membership in the Puget Sound region. Learn more, share with a friend, or apply today! Use the link below for more information on these jobs.