Picking Leaders, Teams and Networks

Today's search for game-changing executive leadership talent extends far beyond a hunt for the right CEO, Vice President, Country Manager or Managing Director.

With the pressure for performance so high, any enterprise seeking a capable change agent, innovator or exceptional visionary would be wise to consider that the global business climate not only demands the best leaders, but those with experience inspiring their organisations to achieve great things, attracting high performance teams and building superior peer and industry networks.

There is a new chemistry of organisational success, and its genesis lays in the recognition that as individuals, we can only accomplish so much, but as leaders and catalysts and stimulators of great connections and relationships with employees, customers and industry influencers alike, big and bold things can take flight.

In fact, the sooner we dispose of the mythical 'Superhuman', the faster many of our businesses can move on to what's really important. And that is recognising that we need executive management leaders capable of fanning the flames of innovation, human performance and strategic vision and constantly aligning them to gain and keep a competitive edge.

The task of renewing our organisations, therefore, is much more about picking leaders and the teams and networks they can access and far less about pinning our hopes - and those of shareholders - on just one leader's ability to gain market share, increase sales and improve profitability.

Of course, the very best leaders already know how vital it is to have the right people on board and to continually stoke their personal and professional networks to get ahead. This requires a sense of humility and a willingness to accept that the best answers to a tricky business problem may reside in someone else's head or literally outside the walls of the organisation.

So the next time you interview a key potential leader for your enterprise, don't just ask about what they've done. Instead, explore more deeply how their decisions about people and their networking activities and commitment are magnifying and multiplying what they alone can bring to your table.


As passionate experts in the executive search and leadership consulting industry we build leadership teams for our clients every day. Learn more about TRANSEARCH International and our wide-ranging approach to leadership acquisition and management assessment.

The Now, The Next, and The New Normal
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"It's important to take lessons out of this rather quickly. So, what can you learn out of this crisis? What can you do? How can you shape your solution? How can you shape your services? How can you shape the sale of your product? This is pretty much something that every single industry or every single client has to think about." - Ullrich Ackermann, Chair of the Board at TRANSEARCH.

Ullrich shares his views on dealing with the ever-evolving status of organisational life, with the AESC.

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Developing a New Business Identity
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Following the sale of its premier brand, the legacy portfolio of companies that constituted a diversified investment group required a new business identity, a cohesive growth strategy and new leadership to drive results.

This case study highlights how TRANSEARCH helped shape and align organisational cultures across diversified component companies, and found a General Manager with the level of experience and credibility in the finance markets capable of pushing the kind of innovation and cultural transformation required to achieve the group's exciting new business plan.

Read the challenge, action, impact and client perspective of finding an anchor for culture transformation and an important driver of new business expansion.

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How do you prepare before commencing your new Executive role? The following suggestions will help

How do you prepare before commencing your new Executive role? The following suggestions will help:

  • Involve the family – the support of your family and closest friends is invaluable, so share your excitement about the opportunity
  • Research the organisation's history, key players and culture
  • Reflect on what old habits you could let go of, what you need to start and stop doing
  • Develop a beginner's mind – be inquisitive and ask lots of questions from day one
  • Rehearse your story and be prepared to provide your new team with some insights about you
  • Build trust early by being transparent, sharing your personal values, being respectful and understanding
  • Thank those who assisted you secure the role, including your referees

Insights from "7 'Must Do' before you commence your new Executive role" by Bill Sakellaris, Managing Director of TRANSEARCH International Australia.


As passionate experts in the executive search and leadership consulting industry we build leadership teams for our clients every day. Learn more about TRANSEARCH International and our wide-ranging approach to leadership acquisition and management assessment.

Forecasting the Future with Digital Disruption
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Overcoming the current talent gap in the Canadian Power Utility sector has become a priority for every board of directors.

TRANSEARCH International Toronto partner The Bedford Consulting Group highlights the tremendous challenges ahead as the sector works to keep pace with digital change and adopt new technologies in the name of efficiency, environmental responsibility and innovation.

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The Leadership Shift: The Effect of Millennials Moving into Senior Positions
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Given that by 2020, Millennials will make up more than a third of the global workforce, how this generation will lead others is becoming an increasingly pressing issue in the modern workplace. Here is Bedford's take on the shift and how your company can prepare for Millennial leadership now.

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The Global Expansion of Executive Search
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The demand for skilled leadership exceeds supply worldwide and the pressure is high for organisations to find and retain top talent. Ulrich F. Ackermann, Chair at TRANSEARCH International, is interviewed alongside other global AESC leaders for the most recent Executive Talent magazine to discuss the tremendous growth in the executive search and leadership consulting profession.

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Catalyst for Growth | TRANSEARCH International Case Study
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Our highly successful client was struggling to continue its expansion and had stagnated at $800 million in annual revenue. The company was having difficulty attracting new customers despite having a superior business approach and commitment that outperformed large, publicly-traded competitors and which was far more sophisticated and more consistently delivering elegant solutions than its privately-held competitors.

The challenge was to sort and answer the question of whether a new leader of marketing and communications could develop and then execute the kind of market-focused strategy that could help pull the company forward. The following case study explains how we tackled that challenge.

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Keys to success in your first CEO role
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Change is and will continue to be the order of the day in todays business climate, and that can be intimidating for a first-time CEO. Any time a new chief executive is appointed - be they an internal promotion or an external hire, leading a successful company or an underperforming one - the status quo just won't cut it.

Assessing and managing change is a key part of any new CEO's job and both external and internal appointments face unique challenges. In this Q&A, Darren Raycroft shares his experience in helping first-time CEOs manage their first few critical months in a new role.

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