September 12, 2016 – IIC Partners Executive Search Worldwide has launched the IIC Partners Knowledge Academy. The platform serves to provide IIC Partners members with access to a library of professional development webinars, training and educational resources and collaborative learning tools.
Knowledge Academy serves as an opportunity for members to grow their business through the exploration of a wide array of topics relevant to today’s industry trends and demands. It was created with the intention to capitalize on the wealth of knowledge that IIC Partners holds as an organization and to bring new tools, services and ideas to its membership community on a complimentary basis.
IIC Partners will deliver the information and services via webinar, and the Knowledge Academy module hosts the entire registration and delivery process. Each webinar is recorded and archived to the Knowledge Academy module and available to view and access at any time.
Sharing Best Practices In Real Time
To date, IIC Partners has conducted six webinars since the launch of Knowledge Academy, and plans to continue offering future webinars. The organization views these online learning events as separate from in-person meetings and conferences due to the frequency and nature in which IIC Partners can quickly deliver this information to its members. For this reason, the firm built a separate module function within IICNet, its IIC Partners intranet. All of these webinars are completely free for members to participate in.
Knowledge Academy hosts several different types of informational webinars. It has held member-to-member webinars, where IIC Partners members discuss and share best practices on a specific industry trend or strategy. It also held informational webinars that range from training sessions for researchers to marketing strategy best practices. Knowledge Academy topics are determined based upon membership feedback and opportunities of growth for its firms.
“IIC Partners Knowledge Academy leverages our global partnership by connecting our firms with resources to enable professional development at all levels of a search organization,” said Christine Hayward, executive director of IIC Partners. “The Knowledge Academy provides access to tools to assist with the challenges and issues faced by executive search firms as they conduct and carry out searches for their clients, as well as focused training topics to assist with professional development.”
Leadership & Development Services Rising Among Top Search Firms
Leadership development and training has clearly become an evolving interest among executive search firms. Hunt Scanlon Media has recently reported on an expanding cadre of recruiting outfits becoming more active in these areas. Here’s a short sampling:
- Russell Reynolds Associates and Hogan Assessments, a global provider of personality assessment and leadership development, formed a partnership designed to increase the success rate of executive appointments and accelerate the development of rising leaders. The alliance combines Russell Reynolds’ expertise in advising senior executives and boards on executive search and succession planning with Hogan’s suite of assessment instruments, data assets and scientific acumen;
- Ryan Search & Consulting formed a partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) a few months ago to provide clients with a deeper array of leadership development resources. A global provider of leadership development, CCL works with individuals, teams, organizations and companies to help them achieve their objectives through leadership development & organizational guidance, coaching, change leadership, culture transformation and succession planning. For over 40 years, the firm has worked with more than one million leaders at all levels in more than 130 countries worldwide;
- In February, Heidrick & Struggles acquired Decision Strategies International (DSI), a Philadelphia-based strategy and leadership advisory firm. Founded in 1990 by Paul Schoemaker, DSI has advised some of the world’s best-known organizations; it specializes in strategic planning and decision making in uncertain operating environments, leadership development, and talent strategy. This acquisition comes on the heels of Heidrick’s acquisition of Co Company, a London-based advisory boutique specializing in leadership services that accelerate organizational performance. Both firms have now been merged into Heidrick’s leadership consulting business;
- Executive search firm Conroy Ross recently partnered with Optimum Talent, a privately owned integrated talent management firm. Together, they provide clients with a full offering of leadership solutions including executive search, leadership development, coaching, organizational psychology and career transition;
- And of course late last year Korn Ferry finalized its acquisition of Hay Group for $452 million. Hay Group now includes Korn Ferry’s former Leadership and Talent Consulting segment. Hay Group, founded 72 years ago, is a global leader in people strategy and organizational performance. The acquisition is expected to catapult the combined company into the larger global talent management and people analytics & advisory sector, where a host of billion dollar brands, like HR transformation consultant Capgemini and Ernst & Young (EY) — with 10,000 employee and $1.3 billion in talent-related service revenue emanating from offerings in workplace strategy, culture change management, learning leadership & development (including executive coaching and management & executive assessment), and diversity & inclusion — exist.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media