15 in ’16: Chapter 1
Category : 2015
2016 will mark a significant occasion…our 15th year in business. We want to take the opportunity to thank you and share how we got here, our current state, and where we are going. We will tell the story over three separate installments.
So, consider this Chapter 1, “How We Got Here”. From very humble beginnings, we began to invest in relationships, frankly without the laser-like focus most “experts” would recommend when you start a new venture. But, you know, we were onto something. The same focus on relationships that made sense in 2001 remains the bedrock of our business philosophy today (more on this later).
As a small, underfunded, entrepreneurial venture in those first five years, cash flow was an important consideration. In sometimes miraculous fashion, we managed to generate enough business activity to make it to the next day, leading to one of our favorite lines: “Survival precedes success!” As we moved into the following ten years we were blessed as talented individuals joined our team. Our retention has been outstanding and our talent philosophy is simple…we engage great people!
As a team, we gained valuable experience and intellectual capital as we built internal systems and processes. Along the way, we have had the privilege of working with numerous large companies whose brands are easily recognizable, smaller and mid-sized organizations – a number of which have been venture capital backed, and some small companies that are unrecognizable to most …they all matter!
Hard work and determination…grit! Executive Search can appear glamorous and at times even look easy. The truth is that our success has been driven by an unrelenting desire to succeed and the satisfaction of a job well done. Our clients who achieve their talent objectives and our candidates who land meaningful and rewarding roles have provided incredible momentum allowing us to strive for more.
Bookending “grit” is the aforementioned “relationship” component. We believe our success is founded in our desire to perform. In doing so, we have leaned on the words of Zig Ziglar, “If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want.” We have been privileged to be in relationship with tremendous people – like you – and that is the most fulfilling part of our work!
For now, that’s the tale of how we got the ball rolling. Look for Chapter 2 shortly after the first of the year.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas season and a festive New Year!