Spotlight on leadership in changing times
Metin Mitchell - Managing Partner
I close this series of blogs with probably the most risky one of all. Previously, I have written about being a great executive search candidate and about being a great executive search client. Here I will explore what in my opinion it takes to be a great executive search partner. No doubt I will be held to account for these views for years to come – so, like all good consultants, I shall quickly caveat, and say that I shall talk in ideals and recognize that I amongst all, fall short of these ideals rather more than I would like…
I can hear the reactions already, “the cheek of that fellow at MM&CO, telling us how to be a great client – doesn’t he get it, that he and people like him are there to do what we say and find us great executive candidates?! It’s not up to him to tell us how to behave!”
“It’s your job to find my husband a job,” cried out the rather petulant voice calling me long distance from Hong Kong. Today I have no recollection of that lady’s husband, just of the shrill admonition that came down the phone line a few years back. I have thought of it often for it sums up so much and so often what ‘candidates’ seem to think that we, as executive search professionals are in business to do.