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Separate What's True From What's Not In Your Candidate Search

As someone who glimpses rather sparingly into all the rhetoric being spun throughout the American Presidential elections, two issues stand out for me as attention getting. The first issue is the proliferation of miscommunication being literally thrown out in the campaign. Half-truths, misinformation, sound bites with no substance and a twisting of words and phrases that shape the messages. It seems to be a race to see who can “best” the other candidate with the most untruths.

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Do You Want to be an Executive?

As an executive search professional, I am always looking to meet young up-and-coming professionals who are seeking that top job. Many only see the fame and fortune they think will accompany the promotion rather than the hard work that goes with it.


 

Senior executive jobs are much more stressful. For instance, you will now have a governance board of some kind which means you are now like a symphony conductor facilitating a wide variety of ideas and shaping them into a collaborative goal. You will need to be very strategic with a focus on both short and long term planning because now your drive for results must include the entire company.

A senior executive must have excellent communication skills so that their communication is always timely as well as clear. They need to be good listeners, encouraging staff input and being open to hearing new ideas. They need to be good face to face communicators as well as having strengths in the written word.

Communication is a relationship building tool and good executives use this skill to develop extensive industry specific networks. They take external leadership roles in professional associations and they volunteer in community activities, all to become a known entity, market their organization and to be fully aware of everything that is going on around them.

Senior executives need to have a strong sense of political acuity in order to evaluate, understand and collaborate with the different political agendas that will be at play as decisions are being made.  Political acuity is all about judgment; understanding and effectively dealing with both internal organizational issues as well as external trends. It’s about the know-how as well as one’s timing in approaching and dealing with issues.

Financial management at the most senior level is complex and a senior executive must be highly tuned to the financial levels within their organization and how to continually balance these to ensure profitability. This means ensuring the highest level of financial analysis capabilities to identify trends and monitor productivity. It also means hiring the most capable people and being able to translate financial issues into understandable terms for general staff and board representatives.

Good senior executives also inspire and motivate people, they build relationships throughout the organization. They are able to mobilize everyone behind a common goal and thrive in a participative and collaborative leadership style. That old fashioned, “do as you are told”, just doesn’t work anymore.

Yet, there is no way around it, balancing the role of a senior executive with professional obligations and family responsibilities is difficult and challenging. They work longer hours and have the pressure of success for the entire organization on their shoulders.

Energetic and ambitious young professionals need to ask themselves if they really want this challenge and lifestyle. They need to recognize that “climbing the ladder” isn’t the only path to success.  There are many elements that make up a great work experience and individuals need to find this out before they step on the first rung of the executive career ladder.

Take time to really do a self-assessment not only about your skills and experiences but what kind of lifestyle you want. What type of balance do you want between work and home? Do you want to be your children’s sports coach or will you be happy to attend the occasional game? If there is anything that senior executives say they would do again, is to spend more time with their kids.

If you decide that being at the top of the career ladder isn’t for you, that’s great because there are many projects and new assignments at work that you can take on. Sometimes volunteer leadership will help to fill a gap. Continuing with your education for intellectual stimulation is another good choice.

But whatever choice you make, know that your decision is the right one for you. Once you make the right choice, you will find your pride, self confidence and self-esteem will confirm you are at the right place at the right time and doing the right things.

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Hiring by a Wing and a Prayer Doesn’t Work!

It’s not good news to start the New Year, 2017 but unfortunately, research is continuing to show that candidates recruited for an executive level role for an organization are failing at rates anywhere from 30-40% after only 18 months on the job. Of those who stay on the job, at least 50% are struggling. So, what’s the problem?

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Avoid the 6 Traps Facing New CEOs

Congratulations, you’ve now been appointed CEO of a growing enterprise! You are anxious to get started and you have the energy to change the world.  Well…..put the brakes on that!  This is where new CEO’s often cause problems for themselves. They carry this “change the world” thought too far and try to do too much too soon.

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Internal orientation is a must

Congratulations, you’ve completed a thorough executive search and made the decision to promote an internal candidate! The individual has been groomed for years and was seen as the best candidate overall. The individual had all the qualifications you are looking for and you’re therefore confident they can take the assigned business unit to the next level.

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Burning the Candle at Both Ends

I am sure by now you’ve heard that Black Friday, a US phenomenon that’s usually celebrated the Friday following Thanksgiving Day is being pushed forward by one week. This forward push is being initiated by Amazon.com which is aggressively offering huge discounts and sales on their online products in the hope they can cash in on the upcoming Christmas shopping season. The frenzy will certainly be quickly followed by the major brick and mortar retail stores who will have to scramble to catch up.

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Critical Decision Making Skills are a Must

Although we appear to be far away from any potential of encountering the Ebola virus, after reading and hearing the daily news, I can easily envision the heightened fear that’s beginning to occur amongst workers. Not only are general citizens becoming ill, doctors, nurses and other health care workers are also becoming patients with a number of them passing away from the disease.

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What is the Internet Saying About You?

Most marketing professionals as well as corporate leaders understand how a poor online reputation can damage their company’s sales. In fact, a poor online reputation can drive customers away thus causing a loss in sales. It can prevent you from hiring top talent and it can turn away investors. Marketing professionals also know that it is very expensive and very difficult, if not impossible, to rectify a bad online reputation after the damage is done. Therefore, most leaders today are paying a lot more attention to this issue and in fact, monitor and aggressively manage their online presence.

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Attitude is Everything

What’s your opinion about people who are always late versus early for work? How do you value a college diploma versus a university degree? Why do you so dislike carrots versus broccoli as a favourite food? And why did you go ahead and purchase a white coloured Nissan car versus blue coloured car from a competitor? Believe it or not, your answers will be influenced by attitude. In fact, all of your beliefs and your behavior reflects your attitude. Yet, most of us don’t think very much about what exactly attitude is and how we acquire it. Nor do we think about how our attitude influences how we think, believe and act. But attitude does indeed influence us and it is visible for all to see.

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Hiring senior candidates who are "all beef," not horse meat

It seems we are once again learning that the traditional saying, "what you see is what you get" is simply no longer the case. For instance, news reports focusing on the recent meat scandal in Europe identified that packages of frozen beef burgers actually contained unlabeled horse meat. While horse meat isn't necessarily harmful to one's health, eating it is taboo in some countries while in many other cultures, horse meat is just not viewed as acceptable ingredient. This incident seems to be just scratching the surface as other analyses have reporting finding pig DNA in beef burgers.

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Secure the budget for your capital project - here's how

It can be challenging in any environment to secure the budget for a capital project such as an HRIS. Our HRIS partner - Onyva HR Software - shared a few strategies that can help you earn stakeholder support and ultimately, get the investment budget you need. Read their six tips for achieving buy-in, support and budget for your project.

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