Talent is a Business Strategy

The Truth About Talent

Now more than ever, top companies are recognizing that in order to succeed and thrive – they must attract and retain the best talent in the marketplace. To be considered truly exceptional, people must be aligned to your organizations purpose and mission AND possess the skills and abilities to do the job. Most often, they aren’t actively looking for a new role. Getting them engaged and excited to make a switch takes relationships and expertise cultivated over time.

Y Scouts understands our clients and our candidates at a deep level and works to build those relationships so the right introductions can be made for today and tomorrow.

We help our clients build the systems to support these transitions and create a legacy of lasting success. Our purpose and drive is around changing the expectations of leadership search.

Our Model



We believe Learning Crushes Knowing. We dive deep to understand your organization and the type of Leader who will thrive in your culture. We are relentless in our pursuit of identifying the best possible outcome. Hiring the right Leader requires the alignment of purpose, values, expertise, and leadership characteristics to create the greatest impact.



Through our Covert Discovery Process©, we cut through the recruiting noise and cultivate meaningful conversations and relationships with those Leaders who are most often referred to as “A” players or super stars. Simply put, we find those who aren’t looking to be found.



Possessing the right experience is table-stakes. Exceptional Leaders bring the right combination of purpose, values, expertise and leadership characteristics to help your organization reach its goals. Our Exceptional Leadership Model© is the holistic framework you need to achieve the best possible outcome.



You’ve chosen Y Scouts because you need the right Leader to join your team. We are dedicated to transforming how people and organizations connect to work that matters – it’s what we do.

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Purpose Alignment In Action

We’re driven by the belief that talent is the ultimate competitive advantage.

About Y Scouts

Y Scouts purpose is to transform how people and organizations connect to work that matters.

Since we first started, Y Scouts has always had one focus – to disrupt the talent acquisition space. We’re driven by the belief that talent is the ultimate competitive advantage. Creating business solutions to help attract and select the best leaders is what we do best. Our clients range from family-owned and multi-generational businesses to Fortune 500 multi-billion dollar organizations. We support candidates and clients at all levels of leadership, across every industry. We take great pride in a core business built around conscious companies, purpose-driven enterprises, and those organizations that are working towards building a better tomorrow for their employees, customers and stakeholders.

Paradigm Shift

Working with Other Firms

  • High cost per search
  • Off-limits agreements: reducing your access to the top talent
  • Misaligned interests: fees tied to compensation, not results
  • Recruiters paid on commissions: incented to make transactions
  • Firms not spending enough time to understand culture, values and purpose
  • Rolodex and proprietary databases and the primary source for candidates

Working with Y Scouts

  • Flat Fees - no surprises or hidden charges along the way
  • Covert search - we don’t advertise
  • Our search consultants are salaried: focus is on creating win-win outcomes
  • We start with purpose, values and culture
  • Every search is unique: we start by understanding the best possible outcome for our client

Purpose & Values

We are disciplined in our approach to finding great leaders for our clients. We look first to align candidates with organizations around purpose and values. This foundation must be strong, and supports everything that our search is based upon.

Modern Functional Expertise

Y Scouts understands our clients and our candidates at a deep level and works to build those relationships so the right introductions can be made for today and tomorrow.

Executive Search Firm

Exceptional Leadership Model

We believe that while an alignment of values and ability to execute upon those are key indicators of a strong match, there is more to uncover when looking for an exceptional leader. Throughout our process we work to validate proof points where the candidate has demonstrated their ability to Drive Results, Develop People and continues to Learn Relentlessly.

It is our belief that these individuals above all others are truly the exceptional leaders who will take teams and organizations to the next level and create dynamic results.

Is Y Scouts The Right Solution For You?

When purpose, focus and discipline align

  • We learn about our clients culture and values, and screen for purpose AND functional expertise
  • We build deep relationships with all stakeholders: the client and the candidate, because we aren’t incented to do anything other than find the best possible outcomes
  • We engage and retain the top talent inside Y Scouts because of our shared core values and commit to our mission
  • We have a systematic approach and adhere to the process consistently, with rigor and attention to detail
  • We are innovative and creative, we recognize that we are cultivating people relationships and acting as an extension of your hard built brand
  • We act deliberately every day, and improve continually on every action - your feedback and input is not just welcome ... its invaluable
  • We believe that great search is a team sport - and everyone at Y Scouts is committed to the outcome. 1+1 =11
  • We will always work with authenticity and transparency. It is our deepest promise to our clients, candidates and each other
  • We don’t compromise when it comes to finding exceptional leaders, and won’t let you either
There was a time when it was only about the resume when searching for a leader. Y Scouts has literally redefined executive recruiting to assure we have the right leader driving the bus.
Ann Rhoades, Founder/CEO, People Ink & Former Chief People Officer, Southwest Airlines

Still Scrolling? Let's Dive Into The Data.

A few vital statistics…

Count Up to 93

Percent of CEOs say that they recognize they need to change their strategy for attracting and retaining talent

Count Up to 81

Percent of employees consider a company’s purpose and community involvement when choosing where to work

Count Up to 34

Percent of CEOs felt that HR was well-prepared to capitalize on transformational trend

Organizations with a strong sense of purpose are:


Percent more confident their organizations will grow this year


Percent more optimistic they will stay ahead of industry disruptions


Percent more optimistic about their ability to outperform

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