“People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”
Jim Collins, Author, “Good to Great“
- 7 Books of 10M+ Copies Sold Globally
- 1992 Stanford Graduate School of Business Distinguished Teaching Award
- Founder – Management Laboratory for CEO’s & Senior Leadership Teams in Boulder, CO
- 2012/2013: Class of 1951 Chair of Study on Leadership at the U.S.M.A. at West Point
- 2017 Forbes “100 Greatest Living Business Minds”
The country of Mexico is often viewed by the international community as a great option for low-cost labor for manufacturing and as a beautiful place to vacation in. Many see it through the lens of a handful of cities (e.g. Mexico City, Cancún, Tampico, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas) that are scattered about a very wild, rugged, and (often) arid terrain that is widely-dispersed. But that’s not Mexico at all and Maccabeus understands that from the inside-out having worked in Mexico for almost 30 years with companies like Masterwork Electronics (Mexicali, Baja California), Ford Motor Company (Hermosillo, Sonora), and Metalsa (Monterrey, Nuevo León) – just to name a few. We’ve also worked with most Automotive OEM’s – many of which now have production facilities in Mexico; including Ford, GM, Stellantis, VW, Audi, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, and Fiat.
Like the United States of America, the United States of Mexico is made-up of 32 states. Each of the Mexican States are very distinct and quite unique from each other in many regards. Recruiting to the capital of Mexico City is very different than recruiting to Hermosillo, Sonora – including the cultural reality that while some people in Mexico use English as their common language, Spanish is the most common language and a working, speaking, reading, and understanding of it is critical in recruiting here (especially in the more rural States). It is critically-important for Executives considering roles in one of the States to understand the regional cultural differences. And it’s even more critical for the Executive Recruiting Firm to get this “right” from the beginning (to avoid hiring “misfires”, search “re-do’s”, etc.).
Maccabeus has been working in Mexico for over thirty (30) years for both domestic and international clients and companies. Whether recruiting in and around Monterrey (Nuevo León), Guadalajara (Jalisco), Querétaro (Querétaro), Mexico City (Mexico City), Puebla (Pue, Tlax), Toluca (Estado de México), and/or Tijuana (Baja California), Maccabeus understands Mexico from the inside-out.
Culture, Culture, Culture
Realtors and related real estate investors will regularly talk about the most important decision for making an real estate investment is “location, location, location”. At Maccabeus, we say Executive recruiting comes down to three (3) words, as well – “culture, culture, culture”. Specifically, the culture of the company (or the client), the Executive, and the State, Region, etc.
While it’s true that corporate vs. individual cultural fit is very important, what often gets missed is the “regional cultural fit”. Per the chart below, it’s important to remember how widely-dispersed Mexico’s population is – as well as the legacy and Genesis of each of Mexico’s thirty-two (32) States and corresponding cities. Anyone who’s lived and/or worked in Mexico understands full-well how different the Mexican States and their cities are from each other. Mexico is not for the “tepid” Executive – even in a very international city like Mexico City – the country’s capital.
At Maccabeus, we understand the Mexican Regional differences and how to apply those unique qualities across the cultural aspects of both companies (clients) and Executives (and their Families). We have recruited to many of the States in Mexico and from very rural, low-population areas to densely-populated city centers and surrounding suburbs. We know the differences across Mexico (both regionally and from an industry perspective) not just from an Executive Recruitment Firm’s perspective, but also as Executives who have considered relocations and/or new career challenges directly for ourselves and our Families. While we have counseled hundreds of Executives to not take an opportunity based on their concerns around cultural differences (based on location and/or the company), our Partners and Staff have also declined offers ourselves as Industry Executives – opportunities that just weren’t the right “fit” for either ourselves and/or our Families. We get it.
Finding the right Executives takes a tenacity to see through the surface of experiences and to look into the intangibles behind who a leader really is as a person. To get to know the companies, clients, Executives, Families, etc. behind the search project. Maccabeus is committed to and has a strong track record of recruiting and placing Executives across a diverse landscape of industries and locations.
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you and your Board.
“Teach us to give and not count the cost.”St. Ignatius de Loyola