IMD International Search Group Conference in Paris Takes a Different View on Leadership and Innovation - Jose J Ruiz

IMD International Search Group Conference in Paris Takes a Different View on Leadership and Innovation

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Zurich, Switzerland (April 30, 2019) – IMD International Search Group Partners gathered in Paris on April 25-27, 2019 for their Annual General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by Sirca Executive Search.

Among the topics on the agenda were varied sessions on innovation and challenges, in a market that is currently open and stimulating with new tools and methods, on best practices sharing in our core executive search processes and on other services such as board evaluation.

Participants were also guided by our guest speaker Christian Monjou, Research Professor at Oxford, UK and ENS in Paris, through a different perspective on leadership and innovation by the study of artworks.

Every process, originally a vector of energy, starts some day or other confiscating an ever growing portion of the energy it is supposed to convey in order to ensure its own survival. Without the leader's vigilance, it is no longer the process which is in the service of the firm, but the firm which ends up in the service of the process, leading to an absence of change. Innovation, i.e. "finding what you did not even know what you were looking for", therefore often proceeds as an act of subversion of the existing, the radicalization of an intuition, like Manet getting inspiration from Goya, before being himself reinvented by Russell Connor then by Magritte, or like photography changed forever the act of painting. The role of the leader will be to avoid that paralyzing standardization and "siloization", to let creative ideas emerge in the company, and not only showing the direction but going along with the change.

Present members were then invited to a personal development exercise based on the experience of IMD Director Stéfan Danis of multi-marathon in the Gobi desert: What are our own personal and professional challenges? How to deal with them and actually get things done and reach our goals?

The conference was also rich with exciting news, such as the elections called to the IMD Board:

Simona Cremascoli, Partner at Carter & Benson, IMD member based in Milan, Italy, joins the Board as Director in charge of internal communication of our organization.

Besides, IMD is also pleased to announce that the mandates of Directors Daniel Lewczuk, Founder and CEO of Executive Network (Poland) and Stéfan Danis, Partner at Highfield Human solutions (Canada) were renewed.

The board as well as all IMD members wish to express their gratitude to Director Gerard Ketelaar, Managing Partner at Quaestus Executive Leadership (Netherlands), who's resigning from the IMD Board, for his creativity and commitment during his mandates.

Present members were delighted to welcome two new members to their first IMD conference, from the UK and Singapore (announcements to come).

Awards were handed out to the winners of the Member of the Year 2018:
  • Highfield Human Solutions, IMD Canada – Business Excellence Award
  • Dr. Heimeier & Partner, IMD Germany – International Business Award

The meeting ended with a "save the date" and plans for our next meeting in Budapest, Hungary, on October 3-5, 2019, hosted by our Partner Telkes Consulting.

About IMD International Search Group

Founded in 1972, IMD International Search Group,, is a Top-20 global search organization with offices in major markets and business centers throughout the world, providing instant access to a world-class executive talent pool serving the global economy. Providing instant access to a world-class executive talent pool serving the global economy, IMD specializes in placing top-tier executives throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East, and specializes notably in the following industry sectors: consumer, financial and professional services, industrial and manufacturing, life sciences, technology-communications-media (TCM), education-government-not for profit as well as leadership consulting services.

IMD International Search Group was again nominated by Hunt Scanlon in the Top 25 worldwide ranking of global executive search organizations – See ranking HERE

Jose J. Ruiz
Jose J. Ruiz
Jose Ruiz serves as Alder Koten’s Chief Executive Officer providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm’s future. He is a recruiter involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures. An important part of his time is spent on research work focused on organizational effectiveness centered on leadership and culture. Prior to joining Alder Koten, Jose was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Industrial Practice based in Houston, TX and Monterrey, Mexico. His professional experience also includes leadership positions in engineering and operations management for manufacturing organizations in the US and Mexico. This experience includes serving as vice president and general manager at Holley Performance Products. Jose holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
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