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Winning Silver in Athens!

Carlos Acosta | 25.10.2019

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."

“The value of a diverse team is its capacity to challenge the norm or group think and thus boost organizational performance and improve decision making.” – Yrtha Dinzey Flores

These two inspiring quotes summarize my experience attending our annual search & recruitment conference in Athens, Greece earlier this month. One of the highlights of this year’s event was participating (and competing) in an array of team building exercises in Panathenaic Stadium. 

The Panthenaic Stadium is also known as the Kallimarmaro and hosted the world's first modern Olympic games in 1896.  It seats more than 50,000 people and 
is the world's only stadium made entirely of marble.  

Each of the 6 teams competed in a variety of physical and mental exercises that challenged us to achieve an objective under tight time and physical constraints. 

The 6 teams were comprised of our search colleagues from 45 countries.  While we're generally focused on collaborating with each other to secure key talent for our clients, this exercise pitted us against each to win Gold, Silver or Bronze status.  

My team was comprised of my search colleagues from Finland, Israel, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Japan, the US and the UK.  Aside from the age, gender and physical diversity, our group also represented distinctly different cultural backgrounds and native languages and yet our collective efforts netted us Silver medals (2nd place) out of the 6 teams in the exercise. 

Pictured left to right:  Piotr Mazurkiewicz (Poland), Michelle Bedford-Shaw (South Africa), Richard Boot (United Kingdom), Jan Holmstrom (Finland) behind Richard Boot, Raj Kumar Paramanathan (Malaysia), Ron Magen (Israel), Grace Abella-Zata (Philippines) & Carlos Acosta (USA & Mexico).

While the exercise served as a great source of camaraderie and laughter, it also served to underscore one of the most practical experiences I’ve had regarding the value of diversity coupled with the strength in teamwork.

It wasn’t just fun and games, we settled into the global conference along with our search and recruitment partners from 45 countries to engage in Best Practice benchmarking, hear about some of the latest technology in talent acquisition and hear from thought leaders that impact our ability to be the best at supporting our clients by leveraging both practical and Best-in-Class recruitment and retention strategies. 

 
Left to right:  Monicca Yan (Singapore), Carlos Acosta (US & Mexico), 
Cees Hagoort (Netherlands), & Michael Kantel (Germany).

In my role as the Americas Leader for the Industrial / Manufacturing Practice Group, our annual meeting is an opportunity to go beyond our monthly video conferences and meet face to face.  (Monicca Yan is the Practice Group Leader for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, Cees Hagoort the Practice Group Leader for Europe, the Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and Michael Kantel is the Global Practice Leader.)  Each of us are active in an ongoing effort to ensure full visibility of trends or market dynamics for both our clients and our regional and global partners.  We're also vigilant to opportunities to reinforce our bench strength for recruiters and consultants in regions or markets as needed.

It was a fun conference, one where we had many take aways and we now look forward to our 2020 annual meeting in Bangkok.

Carlos Acosta is the Senior Managing Partner and Practice Leader for The QualiFind Group's professional recruiting and search practice.  Based in San Diego, CA; The QualiFind Group has recruiters and research staff in strategic locations throughout both the US and Mexico and is ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the Top 20 Search & Recruiting Firms in North America.  Carlos can be reached at cacosta@qualifindgroup.com  or  619-240-2638.


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