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The Future of Work Is Flexibility

The future of work is flexibility, and for many, it was an unwelcome surprise.  In the last few years, many organizations have granted employees the ability to adjust their start and end times, work certain days from home, and "allowed" for unlimited personal time off. These are all considerable changes but for many, they long for more. The common theme amongst all these initiatives is…

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Memorial Day Should Make Us All Better Leaders

Is Memorial Day weekend just another holiday, or does it mean something more to you? Put simply, the lessons we can learn about those we honor on Memorial Day should help make us all better leaders. While this weekend simply signifies a long-awaited prelude to summer for some, it is much more than that for others. As a veteran and lifelong student of leadership, I have always found Memorial Day…

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Preventing Burnout With Self-Care While Working at Home

Ironically, I volunteered to write this article on preventing burnout with self-care while working at home on a week where I felt near to, if not completely burned out. It just seemed easier to take on another project than to try and convince someone else on the team to volunteer. Thankfully, at the time of writing, I’m feeling like I’m back to my normal energy level and disposition! My goal is…

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The Neuroscience of Learning With Rapelang Rabana

The future of employee engagement can be influenced by how a company incorporates modern learning techniques into their own leadership development programs, training scenarios, and various other offerings that will bring a learning value to employees. In a recent conversation with Rapelang Rabana, founder of Rekindle Learning, we discussed how to pull learning techniques into the future.…

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Setting Boundaries While Working at Home

Almost everyone searches for “it” in their job. Is it gaining success? Is it money? No, I am talking about work-life balance, and setting boundaries while working from home makes this even more challenging. It does not matter where you sit on the leadership totem pole. We are all human and our needs are mostly identical. While our individual ratios of work and life vary, our needs are the same.…

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“Live in the Moment” With Hakim Marrakchi, CEO at Maghreb Industries

Hakim Marrakchi, CEO of Maghreb Industries, shared his perspective to Live in the Moment as the advice he would give his younger self. Even though Hakim is a very humble businessman and made it clear this advice given would be different for himself and differ from what he would give others. I still think these insights are powerful and worth sharing with you. Interview Summary HM: Start with a…

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CEO Marketing Priorities

COVID-19 has made CEO marketing priorities synonymous with survival. CEOs who have a focused, crisp, creative, and clear message, and who understand how to best communicate that message, will navigate the pandemic better than their less-skilled peers. The following are five tips to help CEOs refine and distribute their message during the coronavirus pandemic. Embrace Distance: Virtual is your…

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Only The Start: Change and Forecasting Comes With Risk

Change seems to occur at an ever-increasing speed, forecasting, especially concerning long term scenarios is an extremely risky business today. Forecasts often lead to disappointments, for management, employees, shareholders and other stakeholders. Because of the complexities at hand, we can always find reasons for why forecasts and change plans didn't work... The following may sound familiar:…

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Talent Management and Preparing Leaders Correctly with Piet Hein Merckens

I recently sat down with Piet Hein Merckens, Former CEO of Aviko and leadership influencer to discuss a shocking talent management trend that was exposed in a 2018 global leadership survey... In this survey, the results stated that over 80% of CEOs say they do not have the talent within their organizations to execute upon their current corporate strategy. That is a tough statistic to try to wrap…

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Digital Hiring: What Are You Worried About, Exactly?

In my last article, I spoke about the importance of managing candidate relationships while searches are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As we figure out how to navigate from here, I’d like to think outside the box a bit about digital hires. Let’s assume, for the purposes of this article, that important hires will still have to be made while almost 90% of the country is under lockdown.…

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Leadership Interview: Mehdi Tazi, CEO at Beassur Marsh Shares His Perspective on Talent Gaps

I recently had the privilege of speaking with Mehdi Tazi Chief Executive Officer at Beassur Marsh, a Morrocan based insurance brokerage during our global leadership tour. We discussed the global issue of talent gaps within organizations and what he believed was the cause and possible solutions to the problem. Interview Summary JH: In a recent international leadership survey, over 80% of CEOs…

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Candidate Management During a Crisis

I am no stranger to the challenges of candidate management during a crisis. I started my career in executive search right out of college over 13 years ago, so recruiting is work that I've always done and always loved. While in the second year of my profession the great recession hit and had a significant impact on my area of expertise including venture capital, and private equity-backed…

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Working From Home Now? Here are Our Best Tips to Ease the Transition

Are you working from home now? Because of the Coronavirus and new social distancing guidance, many people have been directed whether voluntarily or involuntarily to work remotely until the pandemic subsides. If you or your team have never worked this way it can certainly be a challenge for anyone, whether you are an employee or a leader this can be a frustrating change. Fortunately, most of our…

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Leadership Interview: Awareness as a Way to Understand Impact

Many new executives come out of business school still unprepared with desired competencies when entering into potential leadership positions. I asked Naina Desai, Head of Revenue Growth Management and Bottler Strategy at Coca-Cola what her thoughts were on competencies that leaders should focus on to face the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous business environment we find ourselves…

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The Impact of a Great Leader

I am always surprised by the impact that just one person can have on a team or an organization. In particular, the speed which that effect takes place. I have seen examples in multinational enterprises, where the appointment of a new CEO resulted in a change of atmosphere within a few weeks. This phenomenon happened not just to the people working closely with the CEO, but also with people who had…

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Leadership Interview: Connecting With People is The Key Competency

I recently sat down with Dudu Hlatshwayo, CEO and founder of Change EQ Corporate Advisors in Johannesburg. I think you will find her answer to be thoughtful and full of insight, everyone reading this should take heed of this simple advice. Interview Summary JH: What is the number one leadership competency required in this fast-paced, unpredictable world we now find ourselves in?  DH: Connection…

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