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Moneyball in Recruiting

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Recruiting Using ‘Moneyball’ Tactics

The Good Search CEO Krista Bradford was quoted in an Agenda Week article, an excerpt of which is copied below. Agenda Week asked her about the use of Moneyball in Recruiting.

Moneyball in recruiting

Boards of Directors Recruit Using ‘Moneyball’ Tactics

By Amanda Gerut May 26, 2015

Human resources information systems that give companies reams of data about employees’ tenure, trajectories, and retention patterns, plus years’ worth of executive assessments, are giving rise to new insights into talent development and CEO hiring.

Welcome to the world of big data and succession planning.

Consultants say progressive companies and boards are beginning to use big data as well as smaller data sets in hiring C-level executives and even recruiting new directors. Data analysis is also being used as a means to verify — or bust — long-held myths in companies’ hiring practices. Search firms have also entered the market and are rolling out new tools and research systems designed to complement traditional methods of vetting CEO and director candidates.

Krista Bradford, Founder and CEO of The Good Search, has been using data analytics in the executive search process for nearly 15 years. Bradford says using data related to executives’ actual performance and results can give companies more information to help determine which employees are strong performers and which have potential.

“There’s a boatload of data out there outside of traditional résumés and your standard social media profiles that speaks to who is good”, Bradford says. “Big data is bandied about a lot these days,” but companies don’t necessarily need to “go big” to leverage a set of data, she adds.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Moneyball, Toronto Film Festival 2011.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie at the premiere of Moneyball, Toronto Film Festival 2011.
Photo Credit: GabboT, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

There’s More on Moneyball in Executive Recruiting

For more on the Moneyball approach in recruiting, check out Why Executive Searches Fail. A data-driven Moneyball approach helps searches succeed.

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Krista Bradford

Krista Bradford

Krista Bradford is CEO of the retained executive search firm The Good Search and of its research division Intellerati. A former award-winning television journalist and investigative reporter, Ms. Bradford now pursues truth, justice, and great talent in the executive suite.View Author posts

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