Stone Soup Recruitment


Stone Soup Recruitment

There is an old European folklore story, entitled Stone Soup, that illustrates the values of teamwork and sharing.  (Some of the older readers of this blog will recognize it from the Captain Kangaroo show with Bob Keeshan).

The story goes like this … Three hungry travelers, (some versions mention soldiers), arrive at a village carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot.  The trio go to a nearby stream, fill the pot with water, add three large stones, and place it over a fire.  A curious villager asks what they are doing, and the travelers reply that, “they are making stone soup which they would love to share with everyone in the village”.  “However,”, they go on, “the soup needs a little garnish to improve the flavor”.  The villager, who is looking forward to tasting the soup, contributes a few carrots which are added to the pot.  As more villagers pass by the travelers convince them that the soup needs a few more ingredients for seasoning.  More and more items are added and finally, the stones are removed, and a delicious pot of soup is ready to be enjoyed by everyone.

A good cook knows that the success of each dish is based on the quality of the ingredients.  Each search we engage in at DSML Executive Search is just like this.  The process starts with the basic framework – the pot and the water – and slowly the ingredients are added by each participant in the search, including the client, contributing elements based on their knowledge and expertise.  We have found, from years of experience, that reaching a successful outcome is dependent on pooling our resources and working together.  There is an art to preparing an executive search.   Skipping steps in the process can lead to a disastrous conclusion.

Teamwork is essential and something DSML Executive Search can ever lose focus on.  “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” (Henry Ford)

Hiring is the most important decision a company make, no matter what industry one is in.  If your company is seeking to recruit for a key position, such as CEO, COO, President, VP or other Senior level role, have a conversation, (contact), with DSML Executive Search to ensure your search includes a thorough process with all the right ingredients.

DSML Executive Search has offices in Chicago and Boston.