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The One And Only New Year’s Resolution You Should Make

12 fresh months lie ahead of us and we can start on a blank page. Time to fix all the mistakes from 2015 and an opportunity to overcome our shortcomings and become a better human being. What are the new year’s resolutions you have made? Let me guess: more fitness, less work and an overall better work life balance? But hold on: statistically, only 8% of all new year’s resolutions are ever achieved and most
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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 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 people manager? How do you compare to Santa Claus? Santa does not run out of style, he is a charismatic leader, respected authority, he manages
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How To Fire Someone

Laying someone off is probably the hardest thing for a manager – but it is much harder for the employee. For most people, losing the job has a serious impact on their life as it provides the base to pay rent, dinner etc. A lay-off is often a personal tragedy and should always be the last alternative. It is a very sensitive, emotional and touchy issue and a timing is very important at all times. Here is our R
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Will An Open Application With A Headhunter Work? Be Resilient And Creative!

Is it worthwhile to send an open application to a headhunter? Will I stand out to be invited to an interview with an Executive Search Firm? Here at Kennedy Executive Search The Netherlands/ Lens & Partners, we are currently doing two Executive Searches at present. Different roles: a Finance Manager and a Manager Category Management. The positions have been presented, without mentioning the clients name, through d
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2+7 Tips To Becoming More Creative

This week’s posting comes from Annie Longeot, a creativity and innovation consultant and coach and founder of Rondement Carré, a consulting firm in Paris: How can you become a more creative Manager or Professional? Certainly not by striving hard to be creative! “Trying to” just means “trying” (but not always getting there) after all and as so often, more is less. Here below come 2+7 tips
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The Best Reasons To Pay A Retainer To A Search Firm

If you want to be sure to find the best talent in the market available, there are many advantages going through an executive search firm (click here). Especially for the executive search firm. Be careful though as barriers of entry to the recruitment industry are low, the title “headhunter” is not protected and the market is thus very heterogenous. Anyone can run this business with a phone and business ca
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5+1 Tips To Hire The Best People In The Market

Much later than the US (as tradition has it), most European countries have left the economic crisis. Here at Kennedy Executive Search, we see double-digit growth in our offices in Benelux, The Czech Republic, France, Germany and Italy. I hear the same when I talk to executive search firms in UK or Scandinavia. Classical mechanisms set in: Candidates, especially best talent, move faster and become pickier. Here in Fra
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How To Prepare For Your Next Job Interview (Continued)

This weeks’s posting comes from Dave Heilbron, Partner of Kennedy Executive The Netherlands/ Lens & Partners in Amsterdam. “Last week, my French colleague Jorg Stegemann gave an overview on how to prepare for your next job interview. This focused on presentation. I would like to focus on content. So now you definitely have been invited for your next interview. This is of course an honor but does not g
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7 Tips For A Winning Job Interview

Congratulations! With the invitation to your first job interview, you have taken the first step in finding a new job. Based on the skills in your resume, your potential new Manager has decided that you should be able to do the job. Good news: it is now “only” about the personal impression you will make. Here are 7 tips for a winning job interview: You only get one chance to make a first impression: be on
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