The new division provides executive recruiting services with an emphasis on candidate culture fit and accountability for clients’ organizations. Building upon Partners In Leadership’s strengths in accountability, culture management and executive leadership, the division offers major corporate clients and non-profit organizations “an approach to finding not just talented additions to their leadership teams, but executives who will best fit with their existing or desired organizational culture,” according to the firm.
Mr. Weiner previously spent the past 12 years as president of Global Recruiters Network of Charlotte (GRN). There, he established and managed a recruiting firm focused on supplying talent to the pharmaceutical and education fields.
“Culture Search builds on nearly three decades of Partner In Leadership culture and accountability consulting expertise,” said Gordon Treadway, president and chief executive officer. “This approach offers clients a unique reciprocal model. It’s a fairer recruiting arrangement than the traditional retained model and offers a true partnership with our clients. Benefits of our reciprocal model start with a proprietary organizational culture assessment that we design based on the extensive work we have done in this field over many years.”
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Mr. Treadway says the organizational culture assessment is provided free of charge at the time of engagement and provides insights into the organization that can be of great value beyond its applicability to the key search initiated.
“This helps Culture Search better serve our clients by going beyond the experience and skill set requirements that are the exclusive focus of most recruiting efforts,” Mr. Treadway added. “This allows selection of the best candidates suited to an organization’s existing culture or culture change objectives.”
The reciprocal model has a number of client-friendly and cost-saving benefits as well as other client-favorable features, said Mr. Weiner. “These features, including a no penalty clause, a back-end loaded payment schedule, and a fee cap, make Culture Search stand apart from other executive search firms. This enables our clients to add executive talent that fits with the values and beliefs of the leadership team and can deliver key results.”
Culture as Strategic Driver
With their network of experts around the world, Partners In Leadership helps clients achieve their mission by dramatically boosting employee engagement, inspiring innovation, improving cross-collaboration, developing accountable leaders, blending strategy with culture, and more.
Strong company culture is now seen as one of the most important drivers to achieve competitive advantage. In recent poll by Hunt Scanlon Media on this emerging trend — ‘Aligning Strategy and Culture’ — respondents cited culture as the most important workplace consideration at their organization (73 percent). When asked how culture was driven as ‘a leadership priority’ at their organization, 42 percent responded ‘from the top down.’ Half of respondents said that culture at their company could be ‘significantly improved upon.’ Tellingly, when asked if culture could be ‘significantly improved upon,’ nearly half of respondents (48 percent) said yes.
Culture seems to be what attracts many employees to companies: 56 percent of respondents to the Hunt Scanlon culture poll selected it as a ‘priority’ over job satisfaction and compensation. Respondents said that culture change needed to become a ‘more significant part’ of their organization’s leadership agenda (44 percent). When asked which search firm was best identified with offering culture shaping services, Heidrick & Struggles came out on top, with 44 percent citing the recruitment company over Egon Zehnder and Spencer Stuart (each identified by 28 percent of survey respondents).
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media