Client and candidate have reached an agreement, their signatures seal the contract. For many, this would already count as a successful close. Not so at Valdivia! In our Executive Search Process, signing the contract only kicks off another, an especially sensitive stage of our work. This illustrates the special level of responsibility with which we approach our job.
Your Companion in Stormy Weather
Terminating your previous employment contract is an executive’s Cape Horn of changing positions. Sometimes some tailwind will be of help; the previous employer can relate to your wish to change, maybe even sees the opportunity of a fresh start. Many enterprises, however, are not willing to let their high-perfomers leave just like that. They will make offers, mention tempting numbers. Sad faces will evoke moral doubts. There was this one head of a company who specially came flying over in order to personally fight for an employee who was about to leave. Disbursal of company shares can pose a another challenge.
We stand by our candidates’ side at any time during this crucial period, even if takes months in some cases. First of all, we prepare them, do dry-runs of all kinds of scenarios with them: How will the company’s management respond to the news? And how about your own team? Thanks to our experience and the results of the Profile Analysis, we know our candidates well. This way, we can tell how best to achieve separation from the current employment without any pressure or moral qualms. And when hell does break lose, we will be readily available as a counsellor.
Our Responsibilty Has No Expiry Date
Next, the on-boarding period begins – joining the new enterprise and integrating. In the Valdivia Executive Search Process, this is the final step. However, there is no pre-arranged ending date. Much rather, we regard this as part of our responsibilty: being a companion to the executive while adapting to the new role. Part of this is to sit down and talk to all involved parties at certain intervals – this can go so deep that many a long-term business friendship has originated there.
In most cases, this is a smooth process; after all, we have put in a lot of preparatory work beforehand. And yet, some things cannot be anticipated. Individual misjudgement or unexpected influences from the outside can all of a sudden impede integration. This is where our experience comes in to help us find solutions and put the integration process back on track – provided we have been informed in a timely and trusting manner!
A Foundation of Trust and Experience – the Valdivia Executive Search Process
Actually, besides experience, trust is our most important foundation. Without both our clients’ and our candidates‘ faith in us, we would not be able to do our job. So it is one of Valdivia’s principles to never forget the giving that goes with the taking: As a matter of principle, we will not accept mandates from our clients’ employees without them knowing about it. For it is the thorough transparency of our work that forms the basis on which our trustworthiness is built. Together with our know-how and the systematic structure, it is this transparency that makes the Valdivia Executive Search Process so special – which is also what our Internal Series here is aiming at.