Leaders have a multiplier effect on a company's bottom line success. They drive
performance throughout an organization, working through others to impact
profits, productivity, morale, customer satisfaction, and safety. One mis-hire
can cost an organization 14 to 28 times the executive's salary. That's why
selecting the right leader is a fundamental first step to building organizational
For more than 20 years, professionals at the Center for Executive Solutions have
assessed candidates to assist in the selection of high-level executives who
demonstrate critical leadership and management capabilities.
Through our Leadership and Management Assessment process (LAMA), we work with
our clients to identify the leadership and managerial qualities that are required
for success in the position for which candidates are being assessed.
We then evaluate candidates
vis-à-vis those qualities, assessing leadership
and management practices, skills in problem solving, communication, and interpersonal
interactions, and motivators and values relative to the needs of the particular
organization at a specific point in time.
The evaluation consists of three components: 1) an online assessment that
provides a complex portrait of a candidate's professional characteristics
grouped into four broad categories (dealing with others, self-management,
motivations and thinking style, and leadership/management characteristics),
2) an interview and cognitive testing in which we explore key strengths and
potential areas for development, and 3) a feedback session in which we discuss
the assessment results with the hiring authority. This process yields a matrix
for our clients comparing each candidate's strengths and areas for development
relative to the qualities needed for success in the position. We also provide
a list of issues for further investigation via reference checks and other
means. Finally, if desired, we will provide a feedback session in which we
discuss the assessment results with the newly hired candidate and his or
Whether working directly with organizations
or in coordination with executive recruiters, we bring independence and
objectivity to ensure a rigorous evaluation. Once selected, we offer newly
hired executives assistance in addressing developmental needs, inventorying
company talent, cultivating open working relationships, and otherwise integrating
them into the organization.
Company-wide Employee Selection
In addition to executive selection, we help our clients make the most of their
company-wide employee selection programs. We work with Human Resources on
a variety of employee selection enhancement initiatives that have yielded
tangible benefits and prestigious recognition for our clients. Examples of
our work include defining candidate attributes that support the desired organizational
culture and creating interview tools that assess candidates with reference
to those attributes. We have designed and implemented team interviewing programs
that significantly enhance the accuracy of and buy-in to selection decisions.
We train our clients in the art of team interviewing to enable them to reap
the benefits of incorporating diverse stakeholder inputs, both in unionized
and nonunion environments.
Client Success Story:
Compatibility Assessments Improve Fit and Retention of New Hires
Selecting the right leader is the first step in building organizational success.