This article was originally published on LinkedIn.
A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend of mine who works in publishing, and I was telling her that in my 20+ years of working I’ve seen a lot and learned even more and that I probably have enough anecdotes and proven professional advice to write a book. She quickly recommended writing a blog instead. So here we are.
You’re reading this post right now because a notification came up on your LinkedIn dashboard or it came up through your feed, or someone thought you’d like it and sent it to you. At some point, we met, connected, and perhaps worked together. Some of you know me quite well and have known me for a long time. Others don’t know me that well, and over the next few months I’m going to share more about my experience as an executive search professional.
Check out my LI profile and you’ll see that I’ve been working in executive search for twenty years, primarily with private equity, venture capital, and technology companies. Some of you might refer to me as a headhunter. Those of you who’ve worked with me and my organization know that finding the right candidate for a position is a far cry from someone looking to poach talent or accumulate the heads of enemies. Talent search goes beyond identifying possible candidates for leadership positions. Search begins with my relationship with the organizations looking for talent—it is this relationship that determines a successful placement.
Over the next few months, you can expect to hear from me on a regular basis, remember, I think I have a book’s worth of expertise and stories to share. My articles will focus on the main points of the process of finding the right person for your team. I explain how to identify what exactly a team needs and how a team needs to communicate through the search. I’ve worked with some amazing people and can tell what makes great C-Suite players. I’ve learned a lot from my clients and will share profiles of what they do, and how they create and lead their teams.
One such organization, Achieve3000, a rapidly growing ed tech company that leads the field with its online differentiated literacy instruction and currently serves over 2 million students. Last year, Achieve 3000 was acquired by private equity firm Insight Venture Partners, and my team at BSGTV and I were asked to help search for Achieve3000’s new CFO. Along with Insight Venture Partners, my team and I partnered with Saki Dodelson, Achieve3000’s CEO, to find the best candidates for the position. Though the search was national, Achieve3000 is headquartered in Lakewood, NJ, so we focused on the NY metro area. We looked at people in many sectors; however the candidate ultimately placed did come from the education sector. Scott August brought the right mix of financial sophistication and showed a strong cultural and chemistry fit with the leadership team. It is incredibly rewarding when all the stars align on a search.
Speaking of great teams, BSG Team Ventures has been very busy:
Next week I will delve deeper into search relationship building. In the meantime, please follow me here and on twitter @handtodd.
Happy New Year!