Regardless of our age, we’ve all been exposed to a James Bond. Whether it was Daniel Craig, Sean Connery or my personal favorite Pierce Brosnan (yes there are plenty of others, but these are my top 3) we all know they each carry a certain swagger, as well as an ability to fully immerse themselves in the character they're playing in their respective mission (IF they chose to accept it!).
But, to my point: working as an embedded consultant on the client’s site is not too dissimilar to being a secret agent. We are approached by M (Bond’s Boss, aka our Boss) with our assignment. They give us a top-level overview of expectations, and of course, our main objectives. We are provided a timeline of how long we have to accomplish certain milestones and reach certain objectives before we are to be extracted from the site. Failure is not option...we, the recruiter, are always judged on effort.
Similar to Bonds before us, we are all complex individuals, with different traits and special skills that we must apply, as necessary, in order to be successful on our assignment. In my opinion, the most successful agent - errrr, I mean consultant - is the one that dives so deep into their character that they must become the client. Integrity and quality must never be compromised, and one must remain composed and be aware always.
Granted I’m of the assumption that you have seen at least one 007 movie, as well as understanding that it doesn’t always go according to plan. With that being said, one must always be ready for the unexpected. Be prepared to call on reinforcements, and always be aware of the tools that Q (Quartermaster, another famous Bond character) has offered you. It's imperative to always have a backup plan based on your tools.
In our field as a recruiter or client manager, our client might not always see eye-to-eye on our approach. They might not entirely recognize you as a non-employee, but again we must never lose sight of our goal or mission. You must become at one with your role, just like 007 does, with the client recognizing you as one of them.
Just like Bonds (James Bonds), always carry yourself with style and class amongst the client, and remember that even if the sky is falling, the people around you will never know unless you let them.
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We work just like 007 across our embedded operations in North America. If you’re looking to source the best team for your startup, or are scaling up and need to grow fast, MitchelLake does this on a daily basis and would love to work with you. We're a global company, so wherever you are contact us here to chat about your next mission.