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Embracing Agile Leadership

In the ever-evolving landscape of executive search and consulting, Birn+Partners Norway is forging a new path guided by Agile leadership principles. In my role as Managing Director at Birn+ Partners Norway, I am committed to redefining our executive search and consulting approaches through Agile leadership principles.

Agile leadership is an approach that offers several advantages, especially in dynamic and rapidly changing industries like executive search and consulting.

Since assuming my role in May, we have discarded conventional leadership norms in favor of embracing an Agile mindset. This mindset thrives on adaptability, swift responses, and proactive change management—a philosophy that is paramount for achieving success in today's dynamic market.

Our industry is subject to frequent changes, whether in market demands, client needs, or other advancements. Agile leadership encourages a quick and adaptable approach, enabling us to swiftly respond to these changes and adjust strategies as needed. We foster an environment where quick decision-making and actions can be taken in response to client requirements, or market shifts always with a client-centric approach, facilitating close collaboration and transparent communication to provide tailored solutions that precisely address client requirements.


Our journey is founded on nine core principles:

  1. Embracing change: In our line of work, change is not merely a constant—it is an opportunity. Embracing change is our gateway to exploring new markets, evolving client needs, and innovative solutions.
  2. Continuous learning: Our commitment to ongoing learning allows us to stay ahead in a dynamic industry. Understanding industry trends and advancements is crucial to providing insightful recruitment and consulting services.
  3. Prioritizing innovation: Innovation in our field is pivotal. From optimizing our search methodologies to developing unique consulting strategies, we encourage innovative thinking to remain competitive.
  4. Data-Driven decision-making: In the realm of executive search and consulting, decisions based on robust data analysis are necessary. It guides us in offering the most effective and informed solutions to our clients.
  5. Agile processes: Breaking down our search and consulting goals into manageable tasks allows us to adapt swiftly to the evolving needs of our clients and the market.
  6. Client-centric: Our success is linked to understanding and meeting the unique needs of our clients. Collaborating closely with them ensures tailor-made solutions.
  7. Leveraging technology: Technology is the accelerator on our Agile journey. AI and data analytics streamline our operations and provide invaluable insights and enhance the efficiency and quality of our executive search and consulting services.
  8. Embracing calculated risks: We view setbacks as learning opportunities, essential for growth.
  9. Leading by example: We personify Agile principles. This sets the tone for a culture of continuous improvement and adaptability in our company.


In the realm of executive search and consulting, Agile leadership is not just an advantage—it is a necessity. By adopting this mindset, we are creating pathways for growth, maintaining resilience in the face of uncertainty, and positioning ourselves in the industry.

Our journey is an ongoing one, marked by both challenges and triumphs. Ultimately, Agile leadership allows us to stay ahead in a competitive market by being more responsive, innovative, and aligned with the ever-changing needs of clients and the industry.

//Written by Vermund Nilsen, Managing Director, Birn+Partners Norway


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