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The Future of Executive Search

Executive Search (Headhunting) reaches the age of maturity. Will new technologies, capable of crossing millions of data on companies and their leaders, overcome the most seasoned Executive Search Consultants? Nothing is less sure.


“For ALSpective, Executive Search remains an art exercised by experienced advisors, to motivate bold talents to invent possible futures in another company”.

In fifty years of existence, headhunting has become a science, deploying a rigorous process:

– Direct leadership search

– To offer a choice of solutions (at least three) as possible answers to an identified need: a new key executive (M / F) for an organization. The methodology is relentless: definition of a target profile, search of 100+ relevant contacts, ten appointments, three finalists selected, up to one recruited leader. It is a statistical law, almost mathematical. However, each mission is a unique project.

1. The digital world as a new tool for the Executive Search industry

However methodical it may be, conservative and classic, it can be seen in the eyes of some, Executive Search is transformed at high speed and integrates all new technologies.

Here are some illustrations:
– Data management. What do dating sites of people, CV screening machines will do: to sort millions of profiles in a few milliseconds…
The use of cloud (remote), and data security (confidentiality), are two instruments of the future of Executive Search– Support of social networks. Digital transforms the search for talent: end of classifieds, searches by keywords, solicitations of communities, online selection tools … For the heart of its business, the connection, Executive Search relies on all available tools and makes choices according to the sectors, countries, populations targeted…– Its territory is the world. No leadership hunt is limited to a region or a country. The talent sought may be far or ideally rubbed with other cultures. The first interviews will take place at a distance, reserving the face to face at the final stage of selection.

– Complex assessments and enhanced guarantees. With larger governance involved in all strategic decisions, decision-making becomes collegial and more complex. Consequently, Executive assessments, especially for a better “cultural fit” between the company and the candidates,
will be part of the executive search expertise, on the one hand… and more guarantees, to protect the clients from all stressful risks, on the other hand, become complementary dimensions of Executive Search, essential for the success of this “Industry”.

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« Care, Dare, Share », three essential dimensions of leadership.
(source : ALSpective Leadership Index)

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