Are you looking for executive talent but struggling to find the right people for your organization? It’s always been tough to find top executives and even harder to know if their soft skills will help build your culture. In the latest Hunt Scanlon Global Private Equity Talent Leadership Report, top Denver executive recruiter Sheer Velocity was named to their PE Recruiting Power 100 firms list.
The report emphasizes culture, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. And notes that Private Equity (PE) firms understand the need to modify their operating models coming out of the pandemic, focusing on improving operational capabilities and evaluating new business models. Agility has become a critical leadership required in order to adjust to business disruptions thoughtfully.
PE firms are also taking a new approach that emphasizes talent, training and development, employee engagement, and company culture. Companies that hadn’t adequately invested in their Human Resources (HR) capabilities are now facing challenges as hiring HR executives has become more difficult, and the needs in the ‘new normal’ demand an increased focus on people management.
And it doesn’t stop with HR executives. PE firms are investing at historical rates and the need to find executives to lead these companies is paramount. However, top talent is going to require above-market rates. “One interesting outcome of the current situation is that the pandemic has exposed leaders that looked better than they actually were because of a strong economy. Management at all levels is now being tested on having true leadership skills and strategic capabilities.”
Sheer Velocity has always placed culture fit at the forefront of their search process. Headquartered in Denver with offices in six US cities and a presence in more than 30 countries through its association with INAC Global, Sheer Velocity is a boutique retained executive search firm with a global reach.
Through a unique Cultural Alignment Survey, personality assessments, and innovative onboarding processes, Sheer Velocity stands apart from other retained executive search firms. In fact, one of the top reasons a C-suite hire ends up leaving an organization is a cultural mismatch.
Using a proprietary cultural alignment survey process helps to identify potential candidates who inherently align with your culture. Conversely, negative results can cause a candidate to be eliminated though they may be a strong technical fit, but not a good cultural fit. In the end, the process is driven entirely by a candidate being the “right fit” for the role, and “cultural fit” is a key component as to whether they are the “right fit” for your organization.
Sheer Velocity also partners with Hogan Assessments to identify the work style of candidates, understand their core drivers, and recognize patterns of behavior that impact performance. Working together during the search process, an assessment program is developed that will strengthen the hiring decision. The results of the assessments are then integrated into the consistent recruitment process using customized dynamically-cued interview questions based on candidates’ work style behaviors.
To learn more about Sheer Velocity or schedule an appointment, send us a note, and one of our private equity recruiters will get back in touch with you.