The Improve phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ value stream process is focused on driving the search to a successful conclusion. This phase begins with client-candidate interviews. We typically assist in the logistics of scheduling interviews, meeting times, and other details so that all interviews proceed smoothly for both the client and final candidates. Following the interview, we debrief the candidate and the client, providing feedback, if necessary, to each party. We also take the time to assess our own process performance, ensuring that the presented candidates meet the client’s CTQs.
When the final candidate is identified, and both the client and candidate express strong interest in moving forward, we complete final reference checks to validate further the candidate’s leadership abilities, integrity, technical competence, achievements, and personal characteristics. This process can either be done before, or after the final interview process, depending on client preference.
Detection and prevention of potential failure modes before this point in the process is critical to the successful conclusion of the search process. Our Lean Sigma Search™ value stream process is designed to continually test, at every phase, candidate commitment to the search process. We probe, in detail, with questions about relocation preferences, salary expectations, and spousal buy-in to understand the candidate’s CTQ requirements. We also take great care to coach candidates on how to handle the inevitable counter-offer scenarios that follow a resignation.
We recommend that we serve as the liaison between the client and the candidate during the offer and negotiation process. By serving as an intermediary, we can often work out details that have a significant bearing on the final acceptance or rejection of the offer.
Each phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ value stream recruiting process is based on standard work, which is designed to move the search along efficiently and effectively through our value stream, thus enabling us to exceed our client’s expectations and requirements.
Learn more about the recruiting deliverables for each phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ value stream executive search process.
Learn more details about the Define Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how we start our methodology by going to Gemba and with the voice of the client (VOC).
Learn more details about the Measure Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how we develop a Position Benchmarking Specification validated and approved by the client before initiating the search project. This specification is the measurement system by which all potential candidates will be benchmarked and assessed, ensuring the client’s CTQs are met. (VOC).
Learn more details about the Analyze Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how we identify and find the vital few “X”s, those candidates with the right skills and qualities that best correlate to the client’s CTQ requirements.
Learn more details about the Improve Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how it’s focused on driving the search to a successful conclusion. This phase begins with client-candidate interviews. We typically assist in the logistics of scheduling interviews, meeting times, and other details so that all interviews proceed smoothly for both the client and final candidates.
Learn more details about the Control Phase of our Lean Sigma Search™ Value Stream Process and how it’s focused on maintaining the positive results gained from a successfully concluded executive search effort. As a result, our involvement with the chosen candidate and client doesn’t end with the completion of the search process.
Timothy Noble is the president & managing partner of The Avery Point Group. Mr. Noble has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in business transformation, manufacturing operations, supply chain management, distribution, and executive search. Throughout his career he has been consistently promoted and has held senior level executive band roles in major Fortune 500 companies like General Electric (GE) and The Stanley Works (SWK – now known as Stanley Black and Decker). As a GE trained Master Black Belt and Shingijutsu trained Lean executive, Mr. Noble has extensive transformation experience applying Lean, Six Sigma, and digital transformation globally.
Prior to starting the Avery Point Group in 2004, Noble was the Global Operations Executive for Stanley-Bostitch, the second-largest division of The Stanley Works . In that role, he had full operational leadership responsibility for 8 plants and over 1,900 employees with operations throughout North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Asia, supporting revenue of just under $1.0 Billion.
Yvonne Hite is a partner and board advisor at The Avery Point Group. Ms. Hite has over 30 years of executive-level leadership experience in manufacturing, financial services, Lean Six Sigma, and executive search. Throughout her career, she has been consistently promoted and has held senior-level executive roles in major Fortune 500 companies like General Electric (GE), Bank of America (BAC) and The Stanley Works (SWK – now known as Stanley Black and Decker). As an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer, ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Bank of America Certified Master Black Belt, and Shingijutsu trained Lean executive, Ms. Hite has extensive experience leading Lean, Six Sigma, and digital transformation initiatives on a global scale. Ms. Hite was also one of GE Lighting’s first female Executive Band plant managers in its over one-hundred-year history.
Before her career move into executive search, Ms. Hite was a Senior Vice President with Bank of America, where she led the Trust Services Operation for the Southeast with responsibility for over 8,300 client accounts and over $1.3B in assets under management (AUM).