Let’s talk about values! You know… the words and phrases every company has plastered on their website, but not every company lives by in their day-to-day? Luckily, we’re not “every” company. I want to talk about one of our core values here at Creative Talent Endeavors: “Play The Right Way.” It’s more than just a catchy phrase—it’s a mindset that defines how we operate and deliver exceptional results to our search and advisory clients. So, grab your favorite snack and let’s dive in!

Why is “Play The Right Way” important to us? Well, we believe that true success is achieved when we combine external competitiveness with internal collaboration. Just like professional athletes, we approach everything we do with unwavering focus, dedication, and an insatiable drive for excellence. This value is ingrained in our DNA, and it sets us apart in the industry.

On a daily basis, our amazing team of Executive Search Partners and Consultants lives out this value in various ways. We foster a supportive and inclusive culture where collaboration thrives. We aren’t afraid of showing our faces or our backgrounds during meetings. We actively share knowledge, bounce ideas off one another, and offer help when needed. Our incentives and compensation are aligned in such a way to facilitate collaborative wins. It’s not about one person shining above the rest; it’s about harnessing our collective expertise and channeling it towards outstanding outcomes for our clients.

Now, let’s talk about what other companies may get wrong about this value. Some may mistakenly equate competitiveness with cutthroat behavior or a win-at-all-costs mentality. That’s where they miss the mark. We firmly believe that true success is achieved through collaboration, not by stepping on others to get ahead. By playing the right way, we build resilient relationships with clients and partners, fostering trust and delivering sustainable solutions.

Speaking of cautionary tales, let me share an example of what happens when teams don’t “Play The Right Way.” Imagine a company where internal competition is prioritized over collaboration. Silos form, communication breaks down, and knowledge sharing becomes scarce. The result? A toxic environment filled with distrust and missed opportunities. I know this is true from past experience! Keep that little secret for me, will you? In contrast, our CTE approach fosters a positive and supportive team dynamic, leading to innovative solutions, increased employee engagement, and ultimately, client satisfaction.

So, I leave you with this question to consider: How can you embrace collaboration and competitive spirit in your own work, ensuring you “Play The Right Way”? Share your thoughts with us!


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