Our dedicated Global initiative designed to address diversity in search and selection…

STANDOUT is a dedicated initiative, designed by Manners Maclean in 2012, that provides specialist leadership search & selection services focused on addressing diversity of thought.

This initiative offers proven solutions to very typical problems encountered in the effective reach, engagement and hiring of executives from senior management to board level, partnering with businesses to implement diversity initiatives in functions and geographies, to ensure that it’s fully representative.

About the STANDOUT initiative

Traditional search methodologies simply do not work.

We started the STANDOUT initiative in 2012, to promote Diversity of thought in the widest sense, providing access to the best candidates irrespective of gender, race, sexuality, disability or socioeconomic background.

Since then, the business case for diversity has built rapidly with conclusive data supporting that diversity positively impacts a company’s financial performance. Many companies declared greater diversity balance to be business imperative laying out objectives to achieve desired quotas and targets.

However, businesses have discovered that meeting diversity quotas and objectives is not straightforward. Traditional search methodologies simply do not work. STANDOUT has conducted research that has identified very typical problems inherent in diversity recruitment and has determined the need to have a disruptive “proactive” model for success

Reasons to use STANDOUT

We have the tools in place to turn diversity strategy to diversity success

It is not enough to set out targets, quotas and ideals without identifying the root causes of imbalance in senior leadership and attrition in mid-management. Even addressing one or two of the above issues is often inadequate for a long term, sustainable solution (though it is a start).

Through the STANDOUT initiative we have embraced all of the root causes of existing diversity imbalance and the difficulties in implementing diversity hiring initiatives. We have the tools in place to turn diversity strategy to diversity success, enabling reach and engagement with unprecedented numbers of professionals as well as eliminating unconscious bias in the recruitment process, from identification to interview.


Compromised Hiring Strategy

Low numbers or complete lack of female candidates


False Perception And Unconscious Bias

Women habitually disregarded or overlooked


Inefficient Sourcing

 Untargeted recruitment methods that are diversity-inefficient


STANDOUT delivers diversity focused executive search to complement internal recruitment initiatives where diverse talent is under-represented.


STANDOUT ensures that talent from diverse backgrounds is not overlooked but sought out, consulted to gauge interest and given every opportunity to compete for senior roles.


STANDOUT is a targeted recruitment solution that reaches and engages with unprecedented numbers of ‘best in class’ senior, professionals relevant to a search.

Planning for success

Integrate plans for diversity into Talent Acquisition & Leadership Development strategies.

Addressing diversity has a positive impact on attracting and retaining the very best professionals in business. STANDOUT works in partnership with organisations that recognise the need for change and whose leadership & internal talent teams are inclusive, dynamic and forward thinking.

Unlike many of our competitors that offer empathy, advocacy or the ‘business case for diversity’ STANDOUT offers practical and tangible recruitment solutions, enabling those responsible for the hiring process to integrate plans for diversity into Talent Acquisition & Leadership Development strategies.

Consultation & Development

STANDOUT offers best practice recommendations that are aligned with business objectives and compatible with diversity and inclusion policies appropriate to your business and markets.

STANDOUT provides assistance in addressing the root causes of very typical problems in sourcing and engaging external candidates, taking into account existing culture, legacy pipelines and statistics.

  • Listening, Learning, Understanding Your Business
  • Uncovering Pain Points in Current Diversity Hiring Methods
  • Determining the Most Effective Strategy for Change

Targeted Solutions

STANDOUT delivers a diverse approach to executive search which complements existing recruitment initiatives where diversity of talent is under-represented. Selected individuals are presented as an independent shortlist or as a supplement to traditionally sourced shortlists, as required.

STANDOUT utilises a long term engagement strategy, a proven methodology that delivers tangible results and affords our clients the very best solution to gender diverse search and selection.

  • Assigning the Very Best Diversity Search Methodology
  • Ensuring Optimum Reach & Engagement
  • Identifying the Perfect Fit for Your Organisation

Planning for the future

Proactive diversity pipelining is fundamental to changing the landscape of leadership and reducing attrition in functions and geographies where diversity of talent is under-represented.

The STANDOUT Talent Pipelining solution is used by multinational companies to complement internal talent acquisition strategies whether for succession planning, tackling skill shortages, business & headcount growth or simply to improve diversity at all levels across the workforce.

STANDOUT can tailor a benchmark assessment of the presence and availability of external talent relevant to your industry and markets with unprecedented reach and engagement.

  • Cost-Effective Mapping & Market Analysis
  • Engaging with the Leaders of the Future
  • Enhancing Internal Talent Acquisition Capability

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