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Hiring And Dating. The Same, Just Different. Part 1 Of 2

This week’s posting comes from Miroslava Barcova, Statutory Director at Delta Advisory in Prague/ Kennedy Executive Search Czechia: “Dating and finding a new job: Two completely different things, different life situations, personal life and work. Do they really differ so much or can we find any similarities common to both of them? First of all, they both are relationships. Let’s have a closer look at the
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Women’s Quota: What’s The Buzz About It?

I am surrounded by women. Approximately 50% of the people around me are female, sometimes even more. Politics implement women’s quota, there are business clubs for women only and even job boards for female senior executives. What is going on? I wanted to know more about female executives and women’s quota and interviewed Nicole Bernthaler, founder and CEO of Exxecta, a platform for female senior executives: The
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How To Negotiate Your Departure

At work, there are only two really important meetings: your job interview and the negotiation of your departure. Earl Nighingale said “The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. .” As of a certain level on your career, it is normal to negotiate a departure rather than finding a new job first and then resigning from the old one.  becaus
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Why International Work Experience Matters

Is international work experience overrated? Kennedy Executive Search covers today every corner in Europe and I talk to executive search firm owners, clients and candidates not only in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, 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 not at all. In a nutshell, what
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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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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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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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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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