Since its inception in 2010 Corporate Casting has taken a dramatically different course from that of traditional headhunting companies. The origin story for headhunting takes its name from the rather bloody practice of severing the head of an enemy as a trophy of war or conquest. The modern practice of corporate headhunting disdains the bloody part, but nonetheless still searches for the right trophy to crown an organization.
At Corporate Casting we’ve abandoned the less savory connection with headhunting and prefer to find our inspiration from the world of cinema and theatre: We find the right actor to fit the role. The role that we are casting for our client is likely that of director or CEO of a corporation. Or an NGO, a cultural or arts organization. They could either be members of the board, non-executive board members or occupy another key position within an organization.
In serving industry as well as organizations in the public realm we focus our discovery talents on filling key positions on corporate boards of directors, supervisory bodies of listed companies, family-owned businesses, financial institutions, museums, foundations, NGOs and pension funds. Corporate Casting is equally at home in the worlds of art, culture and science.
Without a script there is no cast. First, we ask our client to tell us their story, in their own words, then we help them polish that story into a cogent script. Through honest and revealing dialogue with the company’s key players we define the critical needs of the organization. Essential to this process is our well-honed practice of the art of listening. By the time we start the casting, we understand the company, we have a well-developed storyline and a refined sense of the characters necessary for fulfilling the requested role for the organization to thrive.
Corporate Casting has its own distinctive method for creating a new script to find the story behind the story if requested. We like to think of ourselves as critical sparring partners in this process. It requires a new, different way of thinking’, using lateral reasoning and breaking with traditional patterns. We break some rules. And by breaking rules we arrive at the perfect casting choice, someone who can successfully steer the company or organization to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing world.
Our unique method for screening possible candidates is highly dependent on what is the ‘real’ character of that candidate. Who are they, what do they stand for? Resumes provide all the relevant facts about knowledge and experience, but the critical factors are defined by elements of a person’s character.
It is this definition of a candidate’s character, more than experience and qualifications, that will tell us how well he or she will fit within the story, the team, the identity and the culture of the organization.
In this way Corporate Casting challenges both the client and candidate to step outside their traditional corporate comfort zones and take a calculated risk. We use our intuition to suggest a match that may not always seem logical, using the old rules, but a logic that fits the right character to the right role. This takes confidence, and guts, from both sides.
At Corporate Casting our own roles are defined by integrity, motivation, creativity, expertise, and most importantly, hard-won experience.
Each of our candidates are, ultimately, a unique choice for a role. Where and when we find real talent it always is a combination of character, knowledge, ambition and the desire to succeed. And this brings the candidate and our client the recognition, success and the applause.
All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players - Shakespeare as you like it (1600).