Are You the Best Executive Recruiter in Minnesota?

I intend to hire a Managing Director at Deare Search Partners in 2014. This isn’t a role I need to fill immediately. It’s a role that will remain open for the right person.

Knowing our business pretty well after 15+ years, it didn’t take long to think through the most important skill, experience and attribute bullets. Ideally, I’m looking for:

  1. A 7+ year recruiting professional with highly successful experience in sales recruiting, executive search and corporate recruiting
  2. A best-practices, high integrity recruiting practitioner with the highest level of skill in contemporary sourcing and recruiting methodology
  3. An influential and inspiring communicator/wordsmith capable of landing a clearly differentiated message
  4. A relationship magician

I drafted a broaderĀ Job Description. I’m discussing the role and exploring fit/mutual interest with a few highly talented people here in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. As I continue to think about the skills, experiences and attributes most important to success in this role, there is no question in my mind that the most important factor is:


Ultimately, the right person for our Managing Director role is someone for whom the “
Hedgehog Concept” applies, as adapted below for an individual recruiter.

Deare Search Partners Minneapolis - Hedgehog Concept for Recruiters based on Jim Collins Good to Great Hedgehog concept















The right person will have a genuine, palpable passion for attracting and compelling elusive, rare and exceptional talent on behalf of our clients. Linked to this passion will be a commitment to being the very best game-changing agent for our clients’ businesses. Our Managing Director will have an equal passion for helping top-performing business professionals leverage their successful experience and reach their career goals.

The role carries a full duality. The individual contribution and clear success in full-cycle recruitment is most important initially. The management aspect of the role will evolve and increase over time.

While there are significant team leadership responsibilities, this isn’t a role for an accomplished recruiter seeking to sunset their hands-on recruiting practice in favor of managing people and process. It’s not a role for someone looking to dabble in all things peripheral to the action in the recruiting and business production trenches. This a role for a passionate recruiting professional still striving to be the best executive recruiter in Minnesota.

Greater yet, this is an opportunity for an exceptional recruiting talent and natural leader to join with a highly specialized team of like-minded search professionals in the quest to provide the very best level of sales and executive recruitment service ever conceived.

If this is you, let’s talk.



Talent Redefines What Is Possible

The proliferation of data [a.k.a. Big Data] has created an urgent demand for bigger storage on smaller devices. IBM Research announced recently that it has developed the capability to store a single bit of data in just 12 atoms. The previous minimum storage space for a data bit? 1,000,000 atoms.

Remember Moore’s Law?

The implications are astounding

According to project leader Dr. Andreas Heinrich, the storage capacity implications could mean you could have EVERY movie EVER produced on your iPhone. See quote on Wikipedia.

12 atoms?

To help us non-nanotech Ph.D.s get our heads around this the IBM Almaden Research Center together with its advertising partner Ogilvy and Mather produced the world’s smallest movie, aptly named “A Boy and His Atom“.

Keep in mind as you watch that to see an atom it must be magnified more than 100 million times.



The talent assembled to make this happen and expand this technology initiative includes over 500 researchers, more than half of whom have Ph.D.s., and include the highest level of science and technology talent in the IBM system. The location of the Almaden Center itself was chosen in part due to its proximity to the talent and facilities at Stanford and Berkeley.