FAQs – Executive Search and Development

How do I get recommended for senior roles?

Like all sponsors we need to be confident in our recommendations.

That means that we’ve seen you in action, been impressed by you and we think you’re well suited to a role.

This is a high bar and most likely only presents itself if we’ve worked together closely and been impressed by you.

Do you get many search opportunities?

We work as a key node in the CRO and Chief Auditor network which means our name comes up regularly as someone to talk to.

If we’ve got a search remit then we’ll actively engage. If not we’ll sometimes refer people who we think are well suited for those roles and if we know it’s a good fit for both sides. This is a very select group and requires a recent working relationship.

How do I get to work with you?

We normally get started in two ways:

project is working together to solve a particular problem and achieve breakthroughs in thinking and performance.

It is deliberately short term focused and solves an immediate need. It is a very good way to get to know each other and a feel for fit and capabilities (from both sides) while also having a clear tangible by product that’s based on best thinking.

program is enduring and supports leaders over a range of their own projects and work responsibilities and has a longer duration.

While the business case and deliverables are often driven by near term performance, our focus is helping you develop as a leader in your discipline across multiple initiatives including setting direction, providing clarity in direction, targeting, leading others and communicating well.

What’s the difference between you and other development programs?

We see four segments in this space. It’s important to understand the different roles that they play – all of which are valid.

  1. The coach-mentor is someone you respect professionally and have travelled a path that is relevant to your own. Great mentors have had breakthrough success that involved struggle and risk. They are not people who just got lucky. You are likely to follow aspects of their path, so make sure they are someone you admire greatly and will learn a lot from. 
  2. The professional coach focuses you as a person, often tapping into a range of psych models, benchmarks and deep self reflection. They contribute in a significant way without needing a record of achievement in your chosen career path. They are foundational, and good ones stay with you for life. Choose wisely.
  3. The sponsor is someone with professional standing who is prepared to use their reputation and network to help open doors. In selecting sponsors, go for those with the best reputation and highest quality networks, but expect them to guard this carefully. Expect to put in the long haul to earn their respect. Also expect access to be commensurate with the value of their time. There are no short cuts here. Those that are nearly always backfire.
  4. The vocational coach is someone who’s focus is on helping you to be the best you can be in your chosen field. They embody all of the above and are committed to you and your craft. They can and should deep dive on any topic and help you get clarity with the real world complexity in your role. This is where we sit.

Is this for me?

It really depends on your short and long term goals.

The business case for what we do is built on mastery of your craft and is complementary to your company’s personal and professional development program. It is often funded through delivering a project or program.

If you want to be one of the top risk and assurance leaders in the country, and are committed to realising the full potential of your craft, then we want to hear from you. Please contact us to let us know where you’re at and want to go.

And if it isn’t?

Maybe the timing’s wrong or the budget isn’t there. This is okay.

There’s a lot of generalised help around from professional bodies. In house professional development programs are often good too as long as you have clear intent. Tap into them.

If you want to keep an eye on what the leading lights are thinking and doing, you can still do that. We put out a quarterly bulletin to keep you fresh, inspired and alert to what’s happening elsewhere.

And if something we’re saying and doing is the right initiative for your place, then perhaps the business case and reason for us to work together becomes clearer.

But until then our focus remains on helping risk and assurance leaders to become the best that they can be. Feel free to tap into our resource centre  and get in touch when the time is right.

Until then…