In the latest of our #WESC2017 "Speaker Spotlight" series I would like to introduce Carol O'Driscoll, Director at Archer Search, who will advise the international audience of the upcoming World Executive Search Congress on How to Get the Best out of Research.

In the Executive Search profession, the process of placing top talent begins at the researcher level, so knowing how to get the most out of your sourcing team is paramount to the success of any search project.

Carol O'Driscoll: High Quality insightful research is my passion. I have been involved in Executive Search Research for over twenty years, including Research Director for a Global Search Firm for over 15 years. During that time we have witnessed an explosion of new tools and information resources- which have made identification and access to candidates easier. However, the core values of insight, knowledge, professionalism and curiosity are just as important - if not more so. The ability to find, analyse and use information- whether it be from published sources or speaking to people is critical to providing the very best candidates for our clients. Building relationships with sources and candidates, sharing information, being clear and ethical in our communication are key to providing a high quality research service.

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Carol O’Driscoll is the Director of Archer Search, the bespoke learning and development and consulting company for Executive Search.  For over eighteen years Carol has been involved in the development of research teams and in interviewing and successfully hiring talent both internally and for clients at Russell Reynolds Associates and a number of other leading search firms. She has successfully developed various learning and development courses and implemented them across the world.

Carol has over twenty two years international search experience working on senior level assignments across all sectors but primarily in the Industrial/Natural Resources and Consumer sectors.  She also has significant experience in emerging market searches. A qualified information professional, Carol’s earlier career was in investment banking and with a leading professional services firm.

Her session at #WESC2017 is called How to Get the Best out of Research and will cover the following aspects: 

Whether you have an in-house team of researchers or use freelancers, how to you ensure you are using research as efficiently and effectively as possible. What are the challenges that you and your researchers face and how do you address them? Are the roles changing and if so what impact does this have on the search process? 

This session will include - teamwork, communication, reporting, ownership and accountability. Attendees should be prepared to come and share their own experiences - good and bad - with the aim to provide solutions to ensure you have the most outstanding experience of using research.

Delegates from 3 continents have already signed up to attend the event and the bookings are coming in daily - join them to benefit from the speakers' insights and invaluable networking opportunities. Check out the full agenda at