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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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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 : Be
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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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Should You Pay A Retainer To An Executive 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 . Anyone can run this business with a phone and business cards and no further investment, even from home. There are many dos and don’ts when working with us. One which I found little on my research, however
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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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Right Or Wrong: “Headhunters Have Access To Candidates You’d Never Meet”

True. Direct search or “headhunting” is not only having someone call employees at your competitor’s with a cover story. If the headhunter has access to the hidden job market (the job YOU as a hiring manager gave us!), we also are in contact to the equivalent of the hidden job market: the “invisible man”, the hidden talent or the candidates that are not actively on the job market. And the
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How Many Job Interviews Are Too Many?

The job interview process is probably the most crucial part to a successful hiring. And without successful people on board – from the switchboard operator, over Research & Development and accounts receivables to the CEO – no company will stay in business. Much has been written (including on this blog) on how to master the job interview, both for the hiring manager and the candidate. This is the qualit
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Is Direct Search/ Headhunting Unethical?

I am an executive search Consultant (or “headhunter”) and when I tell people what I do for a living, I sometimes get the reply that is unethical to call employees at the work place, lure them into an interview and force them to resign if we feel they are good enough. However, in 15 years in this industry, I have never crossed anyone who told me “I am perfectly happy here, my boss motivated me daily
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