Authors of “The Talent War” Launch Executive Search Firm Talent War Group LLC

May / 2021

Based on the bestselling book showcasing how Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent, the firm also deploys customized leadership development, executive coaching, and talent advisory services.

AUSTIN, TX, April 19, 2021: Mike Sarraille and George Randle, the authors of The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent, announced today the launch of Talent War Group, an elite talent recruiting and leadership consulting firm that will combine highly lauded talent processes and insights with executive placement, talent advisory, and leadership development services.

Formerly EF Overwatch, Talent War Group offers today’s businesses and organizations an advanced, competitive approach in the battle for hiring, developing, and engaging high-performing, A-player leaders.

  • Executive Search with Overwatch: Unlike other recruitment firms, Talent War Group aligns elite leadership candidates with a company’s goals, metrics, and cultural attributes. Once hired, both client and candidate receive ongoing team and executive coaching, ensuring long-term success and impact.
  • Talent Advisory: Through full-service organizational strategy, on-call executive HR coaching, and leadership development support, Talent War Group works with businesses to develop a high-functioning, high-performance culture for talent and organizational excellence
  • Leadership Development and Executive Coaching: Talent War Group designs custom leadership development and executive coaching programs taught by former special operations and executive leaders, range from in-class or virtual leadership development curriculums to leadership development excursions to help develop executives into effective, unflappable leaders while simultaneously building team cohesion and ‘shared adversity’ through mental and physical challenge.

The Talent War underscored the importance of aggressive talent design and execution,” said Founder and CEO Mike Sarraille, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and graduate of the University of Texas McCombs Business School.  “It also highlighted how hard it is for companies to attract, develop, and engage leaders without ongoing insight, oversight, and support. Talent War Group was born out of that critical need.”

One book element, the talent mindset, drives the company’s core values and its primary offerings. “A true sign of a talent mindset is when you treat your human capital with the same discipline, rigor, and focus you place on your financial capital,” explains George Randle, Managing Partner and Co-Director of Talent Advisory. “It is the single greatest weapon a company has in the battle for top talent—and the only way to win it.”

With over 100+ years of combined hands-on and all-hands-in industry experience in U.S. Special Operations, Human Resources, and leadership development, Talent War Group deploys proven talent and HR tactics that deliver sustainable success and an unmatched competitive advantage to organizations around the world.

For more information on executive placement and recruiting, leadership development, and other services, contact us.

About the author

George Randle
Managing Partner & Co-Director of Talent Advisory | View Bio | More From the Author

George Randle is an experienced talent executive, veteran, coach, mentor, and leader known for selecting, building, and reorganizing teams to reach their full business potential. George has 20+ years of Fortune 100 and Fortune 1000 global Human Resources and Talent Acquisition experience building elite teams. George began his professional life by enlisting in the US Army Reserves.  While serving in the USAR, he received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and was commissioned an officer. His career assignments included Berlin, US CENTCOM, and III Corps with deployments to Africa (Somalia and Kenya), Central America, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Following his successful military career, George transitioned to the corporate world, experiencing many of the same challenges the Military and Veterans face today. These challenges along with the recognition that building elite teams are his true passion, George ultimately transitioned to the Human Resources and Talent Acquisition function. He later went on to create one of the largest and most successful Veteran Hiring Programs for a Global Fortune 50 firm. Collectively, the teams George has built have hired over 85,000 professionals, including over 2000 executives. He is also a Hogan (HPI, HDS, and MVPI) Leadership Assessment Certified coach.

George currently resides in Austin, Texas, and is the co-author of the best-selling book, “The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent” and the Host of "The Talent War" Podcast.

Mike Sarraille
Founder, Managing Partner & CEO | View Bio | More From the Author

Mike Sarraille is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer and a former enlisted Recon Marine and Scout-Sniper. A graduate of the University of Texas McCombs Business School, he is the founder and CEO of Talent War Group, a specialized executive search firm, and talent advisory that finds high-performing business leaders for senior, executive, or other critical leadership positions. He is co-author of ‘The Talent War: How Special Operations and Great Organizations Win on Talent’ and a columnist for Men’s Journal and Men’s Fitness under ‘The Everyday Warrior’ column. He founded and served as a board of directors for the VETTED Foundation, a cutting-edge executive-level transition program.

Mike enlisted in the Marine Corps and later became a Recon Marine and also served as a scout sniper. He was selected for a Marine officer program, but after finishing his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University, he sought a commission in the Navy to try out for the SEAL Teams.  He is also a recognized keynote speaker and subject matter expert in leadership development, talent acquisition, and talent management.

Tom Lokar
Partner & Co-Director of Talent Advisory | More From the Author

Founder and Principal of OnCoaching LLC, Thomas Lokar, has over 25 years in the field of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness. After graduating with his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from Kansas State University, he started his career in management consulting with the HayGroup, ascending to Regional Practice Leader. He has had a distinguished career in Human Resources functions, with increasingly larger roles as an expert leading Talent, Learning and Staffing functions, and then on to large-scale HR Business Partner roles in global organizations, like Hewlett-Packard. Most recently he served as the EVP, CHRO at Mitel. Tom resides outside of Dallas, TX with his wife of 20+ years, Kathryn, and their 5 kids (and a few labs). He is an accomplished and avid endurance athlete, having had a very successful amateur Triathlon, Running, and Cycling career for over 30 years.

Karli Waldon
Managing Partner, President & COO | More From the Author

Karli Waldon is a former US Air Force Cryptologic Language Analyst, proficient in 6 languages and has served with distinction across multiple intelligence agencies on several classified but critical missions and in several hostile areas overseas.  Following her career in the US Air Force, Karli was the Global Sales Talent Acquisition Executive Leader at Forcepoint, a human-centric cyber security firm.

She is known in the Talent Acquisition space for designing, building, and executing complex talent strategies to help business leaders plan, attract and retain top talent- helping them achieve exceptional business results. Her experience spans across multiple industries and within corporate and agency settings.

Karli is a trained expert in human behavior analysis through complex questioning and observation as well as talent acquisition selection and assessment.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from the University of Maryland and is considered an SME in all things relating to veterans’ transition efforts.

Karli was the clear choice to take the reigns as President and COO of Talent War Group, leading and evolving the executive search function while driving best in class business processes from the start-up through maturity phases of our company’s evolution.

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