The Benefits of a Chief Transformation Officer for Growth

As executive search consultants, we focus on understanding and optimizing businesses’ intended transformations and how they are shaping strategic responses to industry-level changes. While our clients focus on strategic planning, we place a great deal of our focus on the board advisory and strategic alignment with the execution of their needs. Especially implementation challenges of…

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Transition Coaching After Executive Search Placement Increases Success in India

By Kunal Jha & Kelli Vukelic Executive coaching was nearly unheard of in India 15 or so years ago. Today is much different. Now there are thousands of certified executive coaches and multiple ICF chapters engaged in helping executives and their organizations succeed. Indian companies are engaging this skilled cadre of coaches to help nurture and develop leaders ripe for transitioning to…

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Improving Leadership Bench Strength

In our meetings with CEOs and HR directors, it is evident there is a growing concern within organizations needing to strengthen current leaders and support the bench of the future ones. After reading Gartner's report on How to Build Leadership Bench Strength, these are my conclusions: HR already invests 23% of its Training and Development budget in Leadership and 27% on the high potential…

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Succession in the Real World- With John H. Tyson, Chairman of the Board at Tyson Foods

Succession is one of the most popular shows on HBO. It’s sometimes even mentioned in the same breath as The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and Veep. Succession showcases super-rich, but deeply flawed characters who struggle for power and seem to face an endless maze of existential conflict.  Viewers love watching the spoiled family members teeter on a knife’s edge of recognizable and relatable,…

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Assessing Culture Fit vs Culture Add

“They seem like a great candidate, but will they fit in our culture?” This is a question often asked that can have unintended consequences when used as a primary weight in assessing a candidate’s fit. If you have ever been in a position to decide on a new hire or taken part in the hiring process, you most likely have asked, “what is our culture missing?” or “What type of individual will help us…

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Maintaining a Winning Resume that Sells YOU

Job searching can be stressful and overwhelming; add in the COVID-19 pandemic, and it can be downright paralyzing. Maintaining a winning resume that sells YOU has never been more important, so I'd like to share a few tips to help. Most of us can agree that putting your professional experience on a piece of paper is daunting for any professional, whether you are newly entering the job market or a…

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Executive Level Hires

Today's question comes from the president of a technology firm that asks: "I don't have the best track record when it comes to making executive-level hires. Do you have any specific suggestions that might help?". Since I have written often on the subject of talent management and have covered the basics of recruiting in previous posts, I'm going to share a few secrets that can help separate the…

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Private Equity and Operational Value Creation Through Human Capital

Unprecedented growth of the Private Equity industry over the last decade made it stronger and better resourced, whereas an increased focus on improving the operating capabilities of portfolio companies is continuously impacting its value drivers. Operational value creation models in Private Equity have been historically focusing on the following levers: sales and margins’ improvement, cost…

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Leadership Interview: Rethinking The Future of Work

In a recent conversation with Sandile Hlophe, Partner and executive leader with EY-Africa, we discussed some ideas around what the future of work could look like over the next few years.  Even though this interview took place before the COVID-19 pandemic, I still believe the topic will be just as relevant as we emerge from the global disruption.  Leadership Interview Summary JH: I am always…

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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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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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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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More Than a Buzzword: Let’s Be Honest About Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is a buzzword in the business world, countless company websites tout their commitment to building diverse teams and inclusive cultures. Human resource departments are instilling D&I training for hiring managers and discussing their role in hiring diverse employees and creating a culture of inclusion. But what does this all really mean and why should companies care?…

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Interview Tips for Executives

Job interviews: these two words conjure a range of emotions and reactions.  Whether those sentiments are anxiety, dread, excitement, or something else entirely, the fact is that job interviews are an indispensable part of professional life, especially for executives.  Even so, there is still an incredible amount of ambiguity and conflicting advice when it comes to interviewing.   There are the…

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