Executive Search Video

Our latest executive search video asks a question that inspired us to found The Good Search in New York City more than a decade ago. We are a next-generation retained executive search practice dedicated to the proposition that there has to be a better way — it is a passion that begins with a simple question,”What if . . . ?”

“What if there were a better way?”

We are an executive search firm with some very big ideas that started with the same question has inspired entrepreneurs the world over to found startups and venture capitalists to invest and risk vast sums of money. The National Venture Capital Association reports that that 25% to 30% of venture-backed businesses fail. A story in the Wall Street Journal says the startup failure rate is more like three out of every four. Still, dreaming “what if” is how the Founder of Reddit identified a genuine need and set out of fill it. Daring to believe that there must be a better way than the way everyone else is doing it takes courage and a soupçon of crazy.  Daring actually to do something about it requires full-on Kevin-Kostner Fields of Dreams crazy as in If you build it, he will come.

Nearly a dozen years ago, I came to the conclusion that the retained executive search model was upside down. Traditional search firms emphasized sales and worried too little about execution. At the time, 40% of retained executive searches failed to complete, a figure that was shockingly high and persists to this day. When nearly one-in-two executive searches results in failure, executive search buyers start longing for something better and they too start to wonder,“What if there were a better way?” It is why large corporations are standing up internal executive search teams, bringing executive search in-house. It is why LinkedIn is thriving. It is why The Good Search has seen a dramatic increase in our retained executive search business.


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