Executive Recruiters Slay So CEOs Slay
Executive recruiters deliver star executives so that our clients can be more successful. We recruit the human capital that venture-capital-backed startups and Fortune 100 companies need to win. Yet to recruit well, one must learn how to recognize top performers. We focus on gifted executives because, as the Harvard Business Review reports, the best of the best leaders have a way of getting even better. They use the competition to hone their skills, and they constantly reinvent themselves to stay ahead of the pack.
“Star players focus on what they can control and forget the rest. They’re masters of compartmentalization.”
Executive athletes use the competition to inspire themselves to new heights. They love pressure. And all that pressure comes with a release value. You see, champions aren’t all about the work. They are also about the play. Big time.
“The elite know how to party. They also know that celebrations without victory are meaningless.”
The Best of The Best Get Even Better
I understand that mindset having been married to a world-renowned saxophonist who has toured with the Rolling Stones. To get to that level, you woodshed (practice) harder than your competitors. But the drive is intrinsic. You wake up that way. Every day you find a way to do what you do better.
Michael Jordan was known for practicing ridiculous hours every day. Before regular practice started, Jordan would even practice at his house. Eventually, his work ethic rubbed off on his teammates, making the Chicago Bulls one of the best NBA teams in history.
Champions put in the time to perfect their craft that so that when it comes time to walk on stage (or onto the court), you deliver your best performance. The music just flows. You nail three-pointers. Swish. You lay that groundwork so that when the time comes, you slay.
Understanding the Championship Mindset
No matter what you do for a living, it takes three things to be a champion. It takes talent. It takes passion. And it takes heart. Case in point: last night’s Beyoncé concert. Despite torrential rains, Beyoncé packed a stadium in Philadelphia during her Formation tour.
— Brad Sattin (@BradSattin) June 5, 2016
Beyoncé Raises The Bar With Each Performance
Beyoncé lit up social media. Twitter. Instagram. Periscope streaming live. There were no haters. Beyoncé is a champion through sheer force of will. While growing up, her father trained her by having her run and sing at the same time so she wouldn’t get winded performing. After every show, she reviews the video recordings to up her performance and gives feedback notes to her team
Beyoncé makes it look so damn easy. But it never is. To be a champion, yes, you need talent and some luck but, more than anything else, you have to want it, bad.
Only then, can you slay.
“You just might be a black Bill Gates in the making, cause I slay
I just might be a black Bill Gates in the making”
— Formation World Tour (@FormationWT) June 6, 2016
No Sick Days For Superstars
When you have stadiums full of fans waiting for you to appear, there are no sick days. (Of course, it certainly helps when you travel with a trainer, nutritionist, masseuse, and a physician.) You show up. You keep on showing up and, eventually, you rise. Once you achieve stardom, you surround yourself with others who slay.
That’s a rockstar’s playbook and the playbook for CEOs of every innovative company out there. You slay or you get eliminated. So, ladies (and gentlemen), let’s get in formation.
I see it, I want it
I stunt, yeah, yellow bone it
I dream it, I work hard
I grind ’til I own it
I twirl on them haters
El Camino with the seat low
Sippin’ Cuervo with no chaser
Sometimes I go off, I go off
I go hard, I go hard
Get what’s mine, take what’s mine
I’m a star, I’m a star
Cause I slay, slay . . .
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation, I slay
Okay ladies, now let’s get in formation
You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation
Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper
To Recruit “Rock Stars”, It Helps to Know Them
A lot of executive recruiters talk about recruiting rock stars when actually they haven’t been backstage or witnessed what it takes to be the best of the best firsthand. Seriously. Some recruiters may talk a good game, but deep down you have to have lived it to recognize true talent.
So the next time a recruiter tells you they recruit rock stars, ask him what actual rock stars or famous athletes they been fortunate enough to get to know. If they return a blank stare, they don’t get it. They never will.
The Wildabeast dancers get it. They bring their championship mindset to Beyoncé’s Formation. A little inspiration with which to begin the week. . . Enjoy!