Finding the next leader of your organization by serving on a search committee is a long process, full of potential pitfalls. It’s also an honor and a privilege.1 6 DRAGON B-17 US 8TH AIR FORCE FUSELAGE & .50 CAL WAIST-GUNNER DIORAMA WW2 BBI But although the conversations are fascinating, the daunting complexity of the decision and the risk of making a mistake can weigh heavily on each committee member.
Happily, having the right decision-making process can dramatically improve your odds of success.1 6 Dragon cyberhobby Apollo Astronaut 2011 Version Space collection NASA figure Long before you develop the job description, and certainly before you begin interviewing candidates, the search committee needs to develop their decision support process, where the information on the position and candidates is gathered and organized effectively.1 6 DRAGON GERMAN 1ST SS DIV ASSAULT LDR P-38 MP-40 FULL GEAR WW2 BBI DID 21stAlthough “deciding how to decide” can sound terribly bureaucratic, being attentive to this governance question is important. You need to understand who has the authority to decide, who needs to approve the decision, who should have input into the decision, and what information should be used to make the decision.1 6 DRAGON GERMAN 34TH SS DIV PPSH-41 EASTERN FRONT WW2 DID BBI 21 Most importantly, this process will also need to include enough time to consider all the gathered information.
So what should you consider when you evaluate executive search firms proposals and what should you discuss with each search firm?