Henry Ford, who knew a thing or two about the workplace, once said:

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

Yet how many individuals, groups, and local, regional and even multinational corporations fail to heed these sage words? Too many, we would argue.

What follows is our own distinctive story about collaboration in action. It is intended to show what real collaboration – Ford’s idea that moving forward together is the best way to succeed – can mean for our clients and candidates around the world and how we live and breathe this ethos.

This philosophy will, we feel sure, resonate with all readers of Observe from whichever discipline he or she comes, and at whichever stage in their career they might find themselves. After all, no client wants a candidates' shortlist of one when it comes to filling a key position. Our in-depth knowledge of candidate pools, which includes tomorrow’s stars and not just today’s leading lights, means the best people take our calls and trust our guidance throughout their careers.

Our values have remained constant for more than 50 years. That’s a long time in which to develop and hone our skills as a leading executive search firm with truly global reach.

At the root of everything we do is a collective desire to help great organisations place great people. Collaboration and teamwork – locally and globally – isn’t just part of our culture; it’s what we do every day. We form strong relationships with the most talented people, which in turn are underpinned by a distinctively non-transactional ethos.

A candidate can, of course, become a client, but that might be the case only if the relationship begins in a professional, courteous and honest manner, and remains so well beyond the point of appointment. In a world of quick-fire global business and pressure to deliver now, adopting a longer-term view has never been more critical. For us it’s essential, so we combine the freedom to consider the future with the agility to act today. And all of this is predicated on immersing ourselves in a client’s business and applying that deep knowledge in the most effective way possible: by ultimately finding the best possible leaders in every part of the business world.

Another great American industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, wrote: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” 

Carnegie’s premise, that collaboration has no hierarchy, is exemplified in every search we conduct. Individuals across Odgers Berndtson’s extensive global network of 58 offices in 29 countries work together as one. It is by no means an easy task, but we maintain that our ability to meld together thoughts, actions and deeds from across our business gives us a unique edge. Just read the individual stories that follow to get a sense of how this works on the ground.

Ultimately, Odgers Berndtson exists to help form strong partnerships with the most talented people, with those seeking them and between our own teams globally to bring both sides together for a long-term benefit.

It’s our point of difference. Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. Without it we would not be able to provide the level of service, thinking, expertise and rigour that today’s business demands.

Six senior Odgers Berndtson leaders from around the world will describe their approach to seamless collaboration in six different individual insights that we will release in the upcoming weeks.

Please come back later to our Insights section to discover them all!



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