Cornerstone International Group’s Göran Jansson compared hiring an executive search firm to getting a liver transplant. As he put it, most avoid transplants if they can. But when they need one, they want the best doctor they can find. Those doctors not only transplant the liver, they mitigate the risks of organ rejection. When your new hire is complicated enough to warrant using an executive recruiter, use the best you can find, and then manage the onboarding risks.
10-20% of kidney transplant patients experience at least one episode of rejection. This compares to the 40% of new leaders that fail in their first 18 months. The good news is that both risks can be mitigated with the right approach.

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