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Jack Hammer’s annual bonus and business sentiment survey

Jack Hammer’s annual bonus and business sentiment survey

At this point in the year,  we would typically survey executives from dozens of companies on whether they expect to receive a bonus this year, whether they’re expecting increases next year, what their overall business outlook is and whether they’d consider job...

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‘The Living Room Leader’ is my account of the shift that I and many of my peers (leaders in corporations and entrepreneurs running a range of differently sized organisations) have had to make in record time, in order to lead, hire and engage our people, during what is undoubtedly the most challenging work-life experience that any of us have ever encountered.

– Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer

Book Review: No Rules Rules

Book Review: No Rules Rules

The book that should be on every leader’s holiday reading list is No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. Once you start reading, it won’t even stay closed long enough for you to claim it’s “on your bedside table”. The prose is digestible and...

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Why boardroom diversity matters

Why boardroom diversity matters

For any company to succeed, its board is crucial. Recruiting suitable, diverse candidates can be difficult. Whether the need is driven by investors, required by law or simply a matter of good business practise, a strategic approach to board diversity is increasingly...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on EO Wonder

Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on EO Wonder

In honour of Women's Entrepreneurship Day, listen to Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, giving a glimpse into transitioning from a contemporary dancer to law student to the powerhouse behind three s successful businesses.

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Board Diversity – Talent Pipelining to Shift the Needle

Board Diversity – Talent Pipelining to Shift the Needle

If you speak to leaders and board directors on a daily (hourly) basis like I do, you’ll start to hear a common theme when it comes to their biggest challenges. And no, it’s not about Covid, or work-from-home issues and productivity (although this remains an ongoing...

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An Embarrassment

An Embarrassment

Happy Anniversary. To me! Nine years with Jack Hammer, finding leaders who will help great businesses to grow and prosper. Could there be a better job in the whole world? I suffer from an embarrassment of good fortune - and have decided it's not serving me to avoid...

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Finding Sanity in Covid WFH Reality

Finding Sanity in Covid WFH Reality

I started writing this a little while ago and stopped because it felt like maybe this blog had missed its time. However, hearing a number of stories this past week reiterating what I had struggled through almost verbatim, made me want to share again while I feel like...

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Business unusual – moving on after the crisis

Business unusual – moving on after the crisis

The past few months have seen the world thrown into turmoil; as one popular meme puts it, we’re all awaiting a return to “precedented” times. But we all know that won’t happen. McKinsey calls it The Next Normal. Satya Nadella has crystallised the three phases of...

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LinkedIn and search – they aren’t mutually exclusive

LinkedIn and search – they aren’t mutually exclusive

LinkedIn is an invaluable tool. It provides access to data around talent relatively quickly and can often narrow the pool of talent in a considerably shortened time. There is a flaw, though: this information is completely unverified. No checks, references nor the...

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Covid is not an excuse to make low-ball offers!

Covid is not an excuse to make low-ball offers!

I sit (virtually and metaphorically, of course) with one leg on either side of the Atlantic, living in the US, whilst overseeing businesses in Africa. I get my daily news literally 24/7, and find myself viewing ‘the economy’, business in general, and the job market...

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Covid and beyond – what role will you play?

Covid and beyond – what role will you play?

It has been fascinating to note the impact that the Covid-19 response has had on our search assignment portfolio. Any number of clients have ‘paused’ on hires until some version of normality resumes, but just as many (on my desk, at least) are forging ahead with hires...

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Podcast: Practical advice for managing remote teams

Podcast: Practical advice for managing remote teams

With close to 30 countries across the globe in full or at least partial lockdown, working from home became the norm overnight, speeding up a process that normally would have taken weeks and months to set up. As someone who's spent a year dealing with the teething...

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I’m not okay and I’m owning it

I’m not okay and I’m owning it

Lockdown has been extended. What was a 21 day countdown, is now a million day countdown (or so it feels). Please allow me to be not-okay for a moment. Despite everyone trying their best to stay positive, this is one of the hardest things to do - and it’s okay to say...

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Locking down video call etiquette

Locking down video call etiquette

After the first week and a bit under ‘Lockdown’, many of us may be questioning whether we’ll emerge with our sanity in tact. And we’re now contemplating the next full week of proper ‘work from home’ under these extraordinary circumstances. For the next while, video...

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A letter to my Work-Friends

A letter to my Work-Friends

Dear Work-Friends As we head into Week 1 of Lockdown in South Africa, I’m into Week 3 (THREE!) of self-quarantine here in Los Angeles with my family (where I currently live). My daughters are also into Week 3 of remote learning (otherwise referred to as...

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Leading remotely: management mindshift in time of crisis

Leading remotely: management mindshift in time of crisis

Advice abounds for the suddenly remote workers across the globe on how to adjust to the new normal for the foreseeable future, yet leaders of companies and teams who may have resisted the idea of remote work until now may need an even greater mindset shift during...

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Coronavirus: The end of the office?

Coronavirus: The end of the office?

Could the coronavirus pandemic hasten the demise of the traditional SA office environment? The country is several years behind much of the world in adopting "remote working" — the ability to work for your company from wherever you want. But now, as in the rest of the...

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Corona-quarantining – a note to WFH parents!

Corona-quarantining – a note to WFH parents!

It’s one week down, into what is probably going to be the new norm for the foreseeable future. Full time working mum, alone at home with two small children, digging into the depths of her patience capacity! A similar situation to so many around the world right now. I...

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How to work from home

How to work from home

If you’re lucky enough, privileged enough and sufficiently ‘enabled’ from a technological perspective, you might just find yourself working from home a bit over the next weeks or months. Here’s some advice from a professional occasional remoter. 1. Get dressed for...

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Change Management – the new Leadership Imperative

Change Management – the new Leadership Imperative

Over half the global working population requires significant up-skilling or re-skilling*. By 2022. It’s a topic on everybody’s lips, and on most** 2019 integrated reports up-skilling is both a strategic imperative and a KPI for all key leadership appointments. So...

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The future of financial services – Global insights

The future of financial services – Global insights

Jack Hammer is the exclusive Southern African partner of IRC Global Executive Search; a professional alliance of executive search firms, united in our commitment to support clients in sourcing and retaining key leadership talent. Watch this brief video, put together...

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Jack Hammer: Women in Leadership

A Diversity Study on US Women CEOs Jack Hammer has initiated an independent study project with contributors from Harvard Business School to analyse a sample pool of organisations in the US with women at the helm (in CEO roles). The objective of this study is to...

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Stronger Together

Stronger Together

Jack Hammer recently released our annual bonus and salary survey, where we unpack whether SA executives are expecting incentives (nee, meneer) or pay increases (aikona) in the coming year. Given the state of the economy, the results were unsurprising – respondents are...

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Ailing economy douses hopes of any bonus, pay increases

Ailing economy douses hopes of any bonus, pay increases

South African senior professionals, especially in the retail, manufacturing and finance sectors, are neither optimistic about a bonus this year nor a salary increase in the new year. The belt-tightening as a result of the sluggish economy has doused expectations of a...

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Multi-generational diversity impacts workplace productivity

Multi-generational diversity impacts workplace productivity

Managing teams comprised of a range of generations is a growing challenge for leaders and, if this challenge is not constructively and proactively addressed, it can have a substantial negative impact on affected employees and ultimately the organisation, a leadership...

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A ‘strained relationship’ with psychometric assessments

A ‘strained relationship’ with psychometric assessments

You may have recently heard Jack Hammer’s fabulous COO, Advaita Naidoo speaking on Cape Talk about psychometric assessments. Listening avidly, I was pushed to finish writing this blog which has had far too many edits and versions to count. If you know me, you probably...

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Beware the hidden cost of downsizing

Beware the hidden cost of downsizing

As companies increasingly turn to retrenchments in response to pressures on their bottom line, they should beware the unintended but very real consequences that are likely to flow from a reduced staff complement, an expert warns. “In many instances, the reduced profit...

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Transformation in SA companies is well underway

Transformation in SA companies is well underway

Another Women’s Month has come around and, depending on where you sit, the cause for women in the corporate perch is well and truly being secured – or is it? According to data from executive search firm Jack Hammer, the appointment of women in corporate positions is...

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South Africa’s CEO bloodbath

South Africa’s CEO bloodbath

The past few weeks and months have seen arguably the biggest exodus and purge of leaders from the country’s top companies and state owned companies in recent history, with more heads expected to roll in future. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, leadership strategist and founder...

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The 10% Investment That Will Get Your Business Game Back On

The 10% Investment That Will Get Your Business Game Back On

Disruption. Uncertainty. Rapid technological advancement. Obsolescence. We all know that the world of work and business is changing and transforming rapidly, even exponentially. I’ve seen some form of a Moore’s Law graph at every conference I’ve attended in the last...

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Non-executive appointments – Time for Fresh Eyes

Non-executive appointments – Time for Fresh Eyes

Non-executive Board appointments are a growing part of the Jack Hammer business offering. Increased complexity around conflicts of interest and the need for impartiality and good governance is partly driving this. Board diversity is another.  Interestingly, the...

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My Market Map Lightbulb Moment

My Market Map Lightbulb Moment

I admit that for many years I was a little cynical about the value of market mapping as a tool to help businesses. “Why spend the money? What value can this really add?”, were the thoughts commonly occupying my mind. And then I had a lightbulb moment, and now I truly...

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Podcast – Remote working: an emerging trend

Podcast – Remote working: an emerging trend

As the remote working trend gains popularity in South Africa, our COO Advaita Naidoo shared our research findings that local companies reluctant to offer remote work options to prospective employees are losing out on top talent. Some of the reasons employees motivate...

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Podcast – The jobs of the now and the future

Podcast – The jobs of the now and the future

  Jack Hammer COO, Advaita Naidoo, recently spoke to Cape Talk's Refilwe Moloto about what the future of the job market looks like. What kinds of qualifications / skills / positions might the graduates of 2029 be looking at? Click here for great insights into the...

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African Ivy League grads – it’s a war!

African Ivy League grads – it’s a war!

Whether you’re Google or a small business, hiring managers will all say the same thing. It’s a war for talent. As executive recruiters we hear this daily, and we also know where the biggest battle-fields lie. A battle field where the demand for talent so far outstrips...

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Easing into 2019

Easing into 2019

I’m a massive goal-setter. I have spreadsheets for my big picture life and business goals, my one-year goals, and every month….yes…a spreadsheet for my monthly goals. My lists are legendary and, although I don’t always achieve everything I set out to do, my mantra is...

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CEO Appointments – Career Trophy or Career Suicide?

CEO Appointments – Career Trophy or Career Suicide?

Many of the ambitious executives I speak to on a daily basis have aspirations to ultimately become CEO. In fact, at least 80% of execs will take the call from a headhunter when the role has this 3-letter acronym as its job title. They’re interested for a range of...

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International US companies are looking for you

International US companies are looking for you

Multinational companies seeking to establish or grow their presence in Africa are looking for qualified and experienced professionals to lead their organisations, both in South Africa and on the rest of the continent. This is according to Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of...

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IRC Global Conference in Lima: Embracing the Future

IRC Global Conference in Lima: Embracing the Future

Members of IRC Global Executive Search Partners met in Lima, Peru, on October 3-5, 2018. Delegates from 40+ countries celebrated 25 years of the largest global alliance of locally operated executive search firms. Our Partners gathered at the annual IRC Global...

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The Top-Job Gender Gap

The Top-Job Gender Gap

You may have seen my colleague on the news recently discussing gender diversity in South Africa. It is a hot topic and her interview was the result of Jack Hammer’s recent findings around the lack of women in the CEO job in South Africa. This data is not new, and it’s...

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Career Success in the Digital Age

Career Success in the Digital Age

What’s going to put you ahead of the other 1 billion talented people out there? We’d all like to believe that a combination of talent and hard work will lead to career success. This is partly true. Talent and hard work may lead to some success – if you measure success...

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Balancing the future with the present

Balancing the future with the present

Signal Risk Director, Ronak Gopaldas, gives more food for thought on the transformative powers of technology. Africa’s demographic advantages are well documented. Yet, of late, rapid changes and technological advances have divided opinions about these prospects. For...

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