About Adaptive Talent
Founded in 2008 and based in Vancouver, Canada Adaptive Talent is a talent acquisition and leadership development consultancy designed to help entrepreneurs and their teams achieve amazing results and enable ongoing adaptability.
We’ve worked with companies of every size, trajectory, culture, and in most sectors, but tend to do a lot of work with tech, creative, and consumer packaged goods companies. We love partnering with leaders who hustle, who are open minded and committed to growth, and who find a way to get things done. You can count on the same thing from us.
Finally, and most importantly, we are honest, ethical, and committed to your long-term success. Our repeat business and referrals tell us we’re doing something right and we encourage you to ask our clients directly.
Brad Herbert is a certified Leadership Coach (CPCC, PCC) with 27 years in HR spanning multiple sectors, countries, fast-growth start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. He was the VP, Talent Development and Organizational Effectiveness for Electronic Arts’ 9,000 employees, and prior to that the VP of HR for its 15 worldwide studios. He’s been the HR Leader for two start-ups and began his career in Silicon Valley working at Netscape and EA during their hyper-growth years. It’s been quite a ride, and since 2008 he’s had the incredible privilege of contributing to others’ success via his own practice, where he specializes in cultivating adaptability via leadership assessments (including pre-hire, online, and stakeholder interviews), leadership coaching for individuals and teams, and custom leadership development programs.
His clients are usually CEOs and their direct reports in high-growth organizations. They are committed to achieving goals in all areas of their lives, and creating thriving, adaptable businesses where people love to work. Promoted to a Vice President and relocated to a new country at age 35, Brad truly understands the experience and pressure executives feel when trying to simultaneously execute strategies and develop the capacity of themselves and the company. Blending progressive talent theory and strategies, pragmatism, and a positive, casual style Brad’s partnership helps leaders achieve results, develop outstanding leaders, and strategically approach people and culture development to stay ahead of the growth curve.
Brad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Michigan State University, a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, is a Certified Co-Active Coaching Professional and graduate of the Leadership Program from the Coaches Training Institute, is certified as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation, and holds certifications in The Leadership Circle Profile, The Leadership System, Hogan assessments, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tools. He has deep interest and additional training in adult development (in particular the Immunity to Change methodology), neuroscience, and progressive approaches to organizational adaptability, leadership, and culture. Brad is married, loves learning, travel, dogs, experimenting with ketogenetic diets and intermittent fasting, meditation, early morning workouts, and is an active member of the ICF Vancouver chapter where he was a finalist for the 2016 Coach Impact Award.
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Mark McEachran is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with 17 years of experience spanning the tech, consumer packaged goods, and engineering sectors, and companies ranging from 10M to $10B in revenue. His clients are usually fast-growing high-tech and CPG firms who are looking for top talent in key senior design, development, product management, sales, and marketing positions to start new products, improve execution, and manage change.
Mark’s in-house and agency experience involved critical, hard-to-fill positions, and the creation of successful employer branding and onboarding practices. As a result, he operates with urgency, is transparent, and designs outstanding candidate experiences. This has resulted in former candidates inviting him to recruit for their employers, and many clients working with him on a long-term and exclusive basis, thus allowing him to truly understand their business, team dynamics, and culture.
Having spent the last 5 years primarily focused on executive searches, Mark has developed a robust, North American wide network of thought leaders in sales, design, marketing, product management, human resources, and finance. His genuine, thoughtful approach of connecting talent with the right opportunity, while maintaining contact after a successful placement, has built a high level of trust between candidate, client and recruiter.
Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree from Trent University, a diploma in Human Resources from BCIT, and has taken additional coach training from CTI.
A trained chef, nutritional enthusiast, snow boarder, urban planning and architecture fan, and dog lover, you’ll find Mark outdoors enjoying BC’s natural beauty and culinary scene.
AFCC has worked closely with Brad since 2015. As an external coach and certified Leadership Circle practitioner, Brad has helped support AFCC’s 360-degree feedback initiative – a key part of AFCC’s Leadership Development Program. During this time, Brad supported over 20 AFCC leaders providing 360-degree debriefs and follow-up coaching sessions to help each leader create their “One Big Thing” statements. Brad’s support and expertise with this initiative was a key part of its success. We received very good feedback from the leaders who worked with Brad. In particular, they appreciated Brad’s incredible subject matter expertise and his interpersonal style and sense of humour. I would strongly recommend Brad for any company looking for a leadership or coaching expert.
Silver Hills Bakery
STAT Search Analytics
United Front Games
University of British Columbia
University of California at San Francisco
West Coast Gifts
Vancouver Airport Authority
Yaletown Venture Partners
“As part of an initiative to help our studio leadership at Relic Entertainment, I was given the opportunity to work with Brad as my coach over several months in 2013 and 2014. I quickly learned to appreciate the deep understanding Brad has on the subject of coaching and self-improvement and on how he was able to instill in me some very valuable insights around celebrating successes, personal interaction, building goals, and on finding the self-confidence to push myself. When I started, I was looking for a silver-bullet solution to being a better team member and mentor but Brad gave me the tools and confidence to ask myself the questions only I can truly answer. Much of this was accomplished with exercises and sessions with Brad where I was able to verbalize my challenges, be encouraged to work through some tough questions and feedback, and reach those goose-bump inducing moments of self-realization and epiphany where I truly understand when I’m happiest and most fulfilled in my career and life in general.”