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5 Reasons Santa Claus Is A Better Manager Than You

Ho, ho, ho – Christmas is near and your year as a manager and leader will end soon. Time to have a critical look at your managerial capacities: what is the one leadership skill you evolved with last year, what was your biggest success this year and what is your greatest deficiency as a leader? Let’s refer to one of the best and most stable benchmarks we can think of: Santa Claus. After all, he does not run out
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Should You Hire Someone Without A Degree?

Do degrees determine success? Success in careers or business is determined by various factors. One common factor in question is how important a university degree is for success. It’s no secret that degree holders bring home a higher pay than those without one, but does the degree define their ability? Should CEOs, Directors and other decision makers completely disregard hiring those without a degree? The pay gap betw
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(Executive) Searching For Excellence

I’m old enough to know the impact of the book of Peters and Waterman: ‘In Search of Excellence’.  In 1982, when a lot of yoghurt hit the ‘economy-fan’ – inflation was 10%, interest rates were 14%, unemployment rates were written in double digits as well – the ideas on how to be an excellent company, were pretty radical.  They came up with eight characteristics that mark great companies. To name a few: ‘Customers are
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How To Partner With The Best Executive Search Firm For Your Business

Executive search firms are an essential part of corporate life and choosing the right one with whom to partner can mean the difference between hiring a superstar and an also ran. The war is raging but can you win the battle? If you are like most of the CEOs I know, you are fighting a never-ending battle to ensure that your organisation is at the forefront of your industry. To thrive in today’s business world, you mus
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Three Reasons To Accept A Counter Offer

Counter offer! The nightmare of the recruiter. What has happened until we got here? We have done a full search and talked to 150 candidates, sometimes more to identify those who are a) interesting (meet the criteria) and b) interested (want to move for that job). We have then interviewed the best and presented our shortlist with 3 or 4 approved and reference checked candidates. One remains and s/ he gets an offer. Wh
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Succession Planning – Preempting Empty Chairs In Your Organization

This week’s posting comes from Petter Berg, Partner and Co-founder at Human Assets Consulting/ Kennedy Executive Search Norway. Succession Planning is crucial to avoid “empty slots” in your management team – but most fail to do this exercise successfully. Building a sustainable pipeline of management talent at multiple levels is challenging, but we know from existing clients that it is doable. Most companies st
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6 Ways To Build And Grow Your Employment Brand

Here comes a posting from Annie Wright from Integrated People Solutions in Denver/ Kennedy USA: “Let’s start off by stating the obvious here: finding and recruiting top talent is difficult. You and your organization need to stand out in today’s candidate-driven marketplace. In order to do that, organizations no longer have the option to ignore employment branding as it has become a necessity for driving talent
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Six Reasons Your CV Is Not Good Enough

As executive recruiter many people have asked me, if I could check their Curriculum Vitae (CV or “resume”). I get requests from top executives to specialists. Not surprising as everyone has their own opinion about structure, number of pages, design, etc. Over the last 8 years I have seen thousands of CVs and every time I am surprised with the enormous amount of differences. But what is the best CV? What s
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How To Answer Stupid Interview Questions – And What They Really Mean

In my career as a headhunter, I have conducted approx 2,500 job interviews myself and assisted to hundreds my clients led with my candidates. Since 2001, I have learned a lot from my clients on clever questioning that brings out the best of the candidates. But I have also heard many stupid interview questions. What is the reason stupid interview questions are asked after all? And how should you answer them? In my opi
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