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By: Caitlin Jesse
In 1993, Malcolm Gladwell proposed a theory that stated that 10,000 hours of practice in pretty much any field will take someone to the expert level. Years later, that theory has been challenged by multiple scientific studies. The current argument is that, although 10,000 hours of practice is a good thing, it is only 12% of the equation. Genetics, intelligence and even the age when the person started doing whatever it is they practice weigh almost as heavily as the practice time. Well known athletes like Michael Jordan, Sydney Crosby and even retired Brazilian footballer Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, have to thank their genetics as much as their dedicated hours of practice and coaching. Athletics is not the only field in which this principle holds true. The world of business is at least as cutthroat as any athletic pursuit, and executive recruitment agencies have their eyes out for the next superstar.

What is Necessary?

An executive recruitment agency looks for the best and brightest candidates to match with the appropriate job roles. They scout universities and head hunt from businesses across the globe. Candidates can be recommended, can put themselves forward for consideration, or can be fast-tracked by their sponsors or mentors. Recruiting leadership talent is a challenge for any organization – leadership is dependent on so many things. Building teams, meshing personalities, or finding the right mix of productive conflict. Matching the right leader to the right team is even more important. Imagine putting Sydney Crosby into a lacrosse team. There are some transferable skills: his talent for leadership would likely still be apparent, his athletic abilities would play a role, but his true niche is hockey, and he would likely be no more than a mediocre lacrosse player.

Star Recruiters

The human resource professionals at an executive recruitment agency are superstars in their own field as much as any of the professionals they recruit. It takes true talent to build teams well, to match the right individual with a position that will make the most of their talents and fit them into a team that complements those skills. The same study that debunked Gladwell’s 10,000 hour practice theory also states that, in professions, practice accounts for just a 1% difference in performance levels. Natural born talent is what will take someone to the top. Judgement, discretion and perseverance will count for a lot more. Sheer luck and being in the right place at the right time has accounted for success many times in the past.

Getting it Done

Consistent excellence is what is expected from executive professionals. There are no down days, no sick days and no excuses. Goals must be met consistently and exceeded more often than not. Managing business relationships, generating high performance from a team, and playing as hard as you work is the expected norm. An executive recruitment agency is a place where dreams may be realized or crushed. There are not many people who have what it takes to play the game at high stakes for a long time and still come out on top.

Executives Unlimited is an executive recruitment agencies ( http://www.executivesunlimited.com/ ) serving clients from a variety of industries ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to billion dollar multinational corporations. To know more about executive recruitment agencies, visit Wikipedia.org( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_search ).
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