TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ -- Felix Global Corporation, a leading national
provider of integrated talent management services, is pleased to announce the
launch of Felix Global Search(TM), an executive search service that gives
Felix clients unprecedented access to top performers, leveraging Felix's broad
spectrum of talent management services to better enhance retention.
"Our expansion into executive search," explains Jim Graham, President and
CEO, Felix, "includes an ongoing geographical expansion as well. Our search
service is not a start up. We are thrilled to have Walter Donald, former Vice
President of Murray Axmith and, most recently, President of The Executive
Network, a leading executive search firm in B.C., join the Felix team with his
entire team in B.C. Mr. Donald will oversee Felix's national Global Search
practice while also heading up the Victoria and Vancouver offices. Gord
Wilson, formerly the search partner with Pivotal Integrated HR Solutions,
joins Felix as the Managing Director in Ontario; and Lewis Efford will oversee
the St. John's offices." Felix now has nineteen offices across Canada.
Putting Retention into Recruitment
With his experience as President of The Executive Network, Mr. Donald
understands that recruitment is no longer enough; retention has to become part
of recruitment and overall resourcing strategies. "We know from experience
that employers are not just looking for the best possible match they can get,
they are also looking for retention."
Mr. Wilson, who has over thirty years in the field and a specialization
in financial services, agrees. "Finding the right fit for your organization is
vital, but as companies downsize or diversify, retaining talent becomes
critically important." Mr. Wilson adds, "With the retirement cohort
anticipated over the next two years, there will be a chasm in the hierarchy.
That's why retaining and developing executive talent is key to keeping
companies more competitive.
"The last remaining competitive advantage organizations have is through
their people," emphasizes Mr. Wilson. "If you don't have good people, if they
are not engaged, and if you don't encourage, develop, and reward them, you
will be severely challenged."
Executive Search: Completing the Complement
Many organizations outsource their assessment and training requirements
to a variety of vendors. Felix offers all those services under one roof, with
Executive Search completing the service spectrum. In this way, Felix can offer
what most other vendors cannot: a single-source solutions provider who
understands the macro issues and needs of the client, thus providing a more
integrated process for fulfilling client needs.
"Because Felix offers assessment of cultures, addressing what
organizations do around development, coaching, and team building," explains
Mr. Wilson, "the executive search piece becomes part of a larger talent
management strategy that can support people through the process from intake to
development; or, put another way, from hire to retire."
Adds Mr. Graham, "Because Felix's Global Search(TM) fits seamlessly into
Felix's full-spectrum talent-management suite of services, Felix customers no
longer have to find separate vendors for each of the talent management
Steps to Executive Search Success
Felix's Global Search(TM) starts with helping organizations define what
they are looking for. The search team then strategically drafts and populates
a map of the marketplace with candidates drawn from a wide number of outbound
search tools, including Felix's broad and long-standing business networks.
Once candidates are identified, Felix's search experts perform an
exacting process of due diligence, ensuring that both parties get the facts
about each other, thus enabling them to make sound decisions.
"In order to do that, you also have to understand the talent's
perspective -- their skills, interests, training, values, attributes and so
on," explains Mr. Donald. "Executives have been through downsizing and
reorganizations, and, as a result, through change-management programs. They
know change is traumatic for themselves as well as for the organization, which
is why they want to make sure their next challenge is a match for success."
Felix's reputation in the field attracts high-quality talent. "Because
Felix has been a full service talent management company that offers long-
standing career transition services, the people who have been through Felix's
programs trust Felix when job opportunities arise," adds Mr. Donald.
The Felix Difference: Talent Guaranteed
What differentiates Felix Global Search(TM) is the quality of search
strategies that only long-time experience and expertise can provide.
"What good search experts know, but what many companies may not know, is
that advertising a position draws out only the 'available' 20% of the job
seekers, but this 20% may not necessarily represent top performers. What Felix
Global Search(TM) taps into is the other 80%, the hidden market of key
performers who many not be actively looking, but who may be better placed in a
different position," explains Mr. Donald.
"There is not an endless pool of talent anymore," adds Mr. Wilson, "So
having an organization dedicated to attracting, developing, and retaining good
people is Felix's competitive advantage."
Felix does not just find and deliver people with the right fit for your
company and then walk away. Felix's search team also helps with the
'onboarding' process, monitoring the employee's progress in order to address
issues right away.
About Felix Global
Felix is an international organization specializing in Integrated Talent
Management Solutions. Established in 1986 as Victor Apa & Associates Inc.,
Felix helps business leaders assess, understand and shape their corporate
cultures to drive exceptional business performance one person at a time. Felix
provides a full range of employment lifecycle products and services including
Executive Search, Career Management, Leadership & Coaching services,
Assessment & Measurement tools and services as well as life planning and
organization consulting, enabling an impressive list of national and global
blue chip clients to develop and manage talent in an increasingly competitive
labour market. With its head office in Toronto, Felix also has offices in
major population centres across North America, and a growing network of
strategic partners around the world. Read more at www.felixglobal.com.
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