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Subscribe to LeadershipTV 10/16/2014 David Boehmer and Todd Taylor

In the latest installment of Heidrick & Struggles’ LeadershipTV™, outline a three-step process for finding, on-boarding and sponsoring transformational executive talent.

“Companies can differentiate their talent acquisition strategy by looking beyond traditionalists among the Baby-Boomer generation,” says Taylor. “For the first time ever, we are soon going to have four generational cohort groups working at the same time. People from Gen X, Gen-Y and very soon a new cohort of post-Millenials each interact and network very differently than Baby Boomers—so the talent acquisition strategy must be multi-dimensional as well.”

On-boarding is an often over-looked step in the process of bringing in transformational talent, Boehmer says. “Finding and recruiting a talented person is almost the easy part. On-boarding, helping them to be successful is sometimes the harder part. It is critical to give a new executive the means to understand the organization before attempting to transform it. ” 

Executive partnerships also can be effective in helping the transformative executive succeed. “We are seeing the greatest success where the CEO or another C-Suite executive sponsors the creative hiring, sponsors that person to be successful,” says Boehmer. “The sponsoring executive provides air cover with the organization that the new leader needs to avoid being rejected by the corporate culture, giving him or her some time to gain traction and to be accepted in their own right.”


David Boehmer Managing Partner +1 415 981 2854
Todd Taylor Partner +1 212 8679876

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