For the past 25 years, Steven has managed executive search assignments for a broad range of Canadian and international clients from early stage companies to Global Fortune 1000s. He continues to serve the following sectors: technology/media/telecommunications, retail, consumer hard goods/soft goods, financial services, and real estate. Steven is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bedford Group TRANSEARCH, which has become Canada’s largest, privately-held executive search firm.
Steven has been recognized as one of North America’s top Executive Recruiters (profiled in “The Career Makers”) and has developed a reputation for recruiting U.S.-based senior executives for Canadian and U.S.-located assignments. In April 2008, Steven was profiled by Business Week as one of the “World’s Most Influential Head Hunters.” He is the Chairman of TRANSEARCH, Americas (13 offices), and is serving his third term on the Board of TRANSEARCH. Steven is based in Toronto, Canada.
Advice: Build your early experience with great companies. Achieve outstanding corporate results. Surround yourself with the smartest people that complement your skills. Learn to ask great questions. Become the best listener you know. Make candor a way of life. Make your people decisions faster. Move outside of your comfort zone and take on different challenges. Get international experience. Learn at least one other language. Take calculated risks and after you have done all of your analysis go with your gut. Find a mentor or hire an executive coach. Work with executive search firms.
A Note from Steven: “There has always been ‘change’, but never change that is this unpredictable, this disruptive, this dramatic. Ever! We need to revisit organizational assumptions that owe more to the last century than the present. We need to demand not just exceptional leaders – but a new way of thinking about ‘leadership’. We need to highlight new qualities in today’s emerging leaders. Doing so will allow us to develop extraordinary executives who will thrive in today’s unprecedented, global, turbulent and disruptive business environment”. Some of the things I look for include a consistent history of outstanding corporate results with a track record of building and retaining great management teams. Someone who can communicate in a concise and compelling way. Have they been successful in more than one company? Do they possess a balanced ego including humility, passion, drive and a sense of humor and authenticity? How has their leadership style affected corporate culture? What was their relationship like with the board? With customers?