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Why International Work Experience Matters

Is international work experience overrated? Kennedy Executive Search is a network with Partner all over Europe and North America and I talk to executive search firm owners, clients and candidates not only in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Denver, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris and Prague but also in many other destinations in Europe, North America, Middle East and APAC. Some of what I hear and experience is very different. Some is
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Why Italians Are Like Mobile Phones

Italy is a country of endless resources and at the same time of great contradictions, many of which come from its unique history that also contributed in shaping the culture and personality of the Italian people. Philip Kotler wrote “For the rest of the world Italy is a proper enigma, the most notable among marketing theoreticals – because it is the only country system that manages to produce value despite the situat
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Onboarding: 10 Sure-Fire Tips To Demotivate Your New Hire As Of Day 1

Here comes what looks like an easy read—but not a banal one. The truth is that many companies manage the onboarding badly and they know it—and the candidates too. The factor that might save you as a hiring manager is that your new hire is in the honeymoon phase for the first weeks. Otherwise, you might demotivate them on day 1! If, however, demotivating your new hire is what you want to do, here comes our list of 10
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One Thing You Should Know About Hiring And Firing In The Netherlands

Every culture has its own recipe. So does the Dutch culture. Also when it comes to hiring and firing. Here comes what you should know about hiring and firing in the The Netherlands – written by a Dutch. The Netherlands has been quite successful on an economic note for over 400 years. If you look at all the lists, the country, on a global scale,  is one of the largest investors, has one of the lowest unemployment rate
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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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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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