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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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‘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

An MBA is no longer a ‘golden ticket’

An MBA is no longer a ‘golden ticket’

Ambitious executives were warned on Monday that they should look beyond an MBA, which was no longer a ‘magic ticket’, when considering education options that might help them further their careers. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, chief executive of Jack Hammer, one of South...

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Private sector should be clear about leadership

Private sector should be clear about leadership

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of South Africa's top three executive search firms says, although it may seem obvious that companies want to appoint ethical leadership with integrity, the reality is that this requirement does not always translate...

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Top management still hugely dominated by white males

Top management still hugely dominated by white males

This was one of the findings of the Commission for Employment Equity, which released its annual report for the 2015 year on Monday. Commission chairwoman Tabea Kabinde said at a media briefing that the slow pace of change was"disconcerting".   Click here to go to...

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Hiring for diversity, or hiring for fit?

Hiring for diversity, or hiring for fit?

Fit. Hiring for fit is the one constant, overriding demand from companies recruiting new leaders. Because, regardless of skill and capability, fit is the key that will ensure long term success or seemingly never ending hassles and, ultimately, middling performance....

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Gender still the black sheep in transformation debate

Gender still the black sheep in transformation debate

Jack Hammer's research shows that, locally, the question of the ongoing lack of gender transformation needs a spotlight shone on it. “In South Africa, racial representation in boardrooms and executive teams rightfully gets an enormous amount of attention, and is a...

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Gender and the transformation debate

Gender and the transformation debate

According to the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report, “Finding the Facts: South Africa’s Future Leaders”, the gender and transformation debate rages on - of the 334 executives in the JSE’s Top 40 companies, only 17% of executives are female, compared to 21% who are...

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Skuif-skuif bereik jy top-pos

Skuif-skuif bereik jy top-pos

Verdere opleiding kan jou van die middelste sport op die korporatiewe leer tot die top-pos help klim. Maar neem slim besluite as jy verder studeer. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, uitvoerende hoof van die personeelagentskap Jack Hammer sê goeie loopbaanbeplanning is vroeg al...

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Counter-offer: Appreciation or a slap in the face?

Counter-offer: Appreciation or a slap in the face?

In my daily dealings with executive and senior candidates, one of the most important discussions I have during the interview process is around counter-offer. Because one thing is almost certain: top professionals will receive one from their current employer at the...

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Purpose, People and Growth

Purpose, People and Growth

My team and I interview hundreds of executives every year. Almost none of them are actively looking for a job. In spite of that, many of them are open to exploring new career opportunities, and some of them will land up accepting an offer to join a new organisation,...

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Tough markets spark demand for versatile leaders

Tough markets spark demand for versatile leaders

"As the global economic outlook gets bleaker by the day, with the South African market following suit while battling its own additional and unique challenges, companies increasingly want to appoint versatile leaders with a track record of penetrating new markets and...

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The Year of the Blog – or not!

The Year of the Blog – or not!

First blog of the year. I had resolved to do this monthly, but we're mid-Feb already and the first one has only just hatched. At this rate, 2014 could be the 'Year of Sporadic Blog-posting'. But I'll do my best to at least make it interesting! Point of interest number...

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Name Dropping – When Not To…

Name Dropping – When Not To…

Here’s a (fairly) true story. Candidate X - let’s call him Jim - attends an interview for an Executive role. His resume rocks – he has all of the required skills and experience, and he comes across as professional, committed, enthusiastic and interested in the...

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So are Executives Coming Home…or not?

So are Executives Coming Home…or not?

In the recent Financial Mail (April 25), an article on the ‘Brain Drain’, and whether it still exists, caught my eye. Are executives coming home or not? Various parties were slinging mud at one another regarding the data around returning South Africans – on the one...

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The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days

Initially used to describe the first period of a first term presidency in the US, this phrase has become commonplace in the executive landscape and is now part of the rhetoric of ‘leadership development’. Many books have been written on the topic (a scan through...

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Executive Interviews – Beware the ‘Informal Dinner’

Executive Interviews – Beware the ‘Informal Dinner’

Anyone who thinks they've nailed their next top job because they've sailed through the formal interview process (most likely around 5 - 7 interviews with all key stakeholders including the Chairman of the Board) as well as the psychometric assessments, and have now...

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Jobs in the C-Suite – an alternative approach

Jobs in the C-Suite – an alternative approach

More and more frequently, I see that the executives we appoint to C-Suite positions who take a stance of listening, observing and questioning, transition best into their new roles. It seems that 'slowly, slowly' is in fact what enables successful leaders to reach...

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Search Engine Optimisation and Executive Jobs

Search Engine Optimisation and Executive Jobs

One of the reasons that I write this blog is to pen down the ideas about the executive search landscape that pop into my head every few days (or weeks, or months....sometimes ideas are scarce!). It's nice to have an outlet for those random thoughts that roam inside by...

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Talent Mapping – not always worth the money!

Talent Mapping – not always worth the money!

If you're a specialist in executive search (ie. you focus purely on senior level appointments, using a search methodology), there is limited scope for 'product innovation' and Talent Mapping. One could do the process faster, and/ or at a reduced cost, but these...

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Why Google discarded a Key Hiring Requirement

Why Google discarded a Key Hiring Requirement

Did you know that Google, the icon of legendary recruitment process, has apparently discarded one of its key hiring criteria! According to George Blomgren (Director of The Good Jobs in the USA), Google have decided no longer to focus on academic grades (college GPA's)...

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Leadership Lessons – from a 7-year old!

Leadership Lessons – from a 7-year old!

One of the key descriptor of a ‘Leader’ is one who can create a vision, and inspire others towards its achievement. Implying a relatively strong orientation towards goals and outcomes. Set the goal, figure out a way to get there, and motivate the troops towards the...

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Leader or Psychopath?

Leader or Psychopath?

I've just read a fascinating and scary book: "Snakes in Suits. When Psychopaths go to work", by Paul Babiak and Robert Hare (both are PhDs). The fascinating bit is the comparison the good doctors make between psychopaths and leaders. The scary bit is how close the...

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Goodbye bosses, long live the leaders

Goodbye bosses, long live the leaders

The golden age of leadership development gives rise to a new breed of company captain. The necessity of quality leadership in South Africa - whether in the public or private sector, in listed companies or start ups - has never been more pronounced than now. Read this...

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Job-flitting hurts prospects

Job-flitting hurts prospects

"The survey by SA search firm Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, found that almost 90 percent of HR managers also said candidates would have to provide a very good explanation for repeated instances of short tenure at the companies for which they had worked." Click...

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Job-hopping still a no-no – survey

Job-hopping still a no-no – survey

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, says although companies acknowledge the changed reality regarding tenure, and even though nobody still expects a person to have stayed with a company for a decade or more before moving on, repeated...

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Times have changed, but HR still frowns on job-hopping

Times have changed, but HR still frowns on job-hopping

The survey by top SA search firm Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, found that almost 90% of HR managers also said candidates would have to provide a very good explanation for repeated instances of short tenure at the companies they worked for. Click here to go to the...

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Horrible bosses: Toxic leaders drive out top talent

Horrible bosses: Toxic leaders drive out top talent

As noted in the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report*, 50% of respondents said they would leave their company if they did not receive a promotion within a specified period of time. But 91% of respondents said organisational culture such as work cohesion, teamwork,...

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Nare base dryf toptalent weg

Nare base dryf toptalent weg

Volgens Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, uitvoerende hoof van Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, is dit een van die grootste verrassings in die jongste Jack Hammer-bestuursverslag. Dié verslag ondersoek die uitdagings in die werwing en behoud van topbestuurders. Click here to go...

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Horrible bosses drive away top talent – survey

Horrible bosses drive away top talent – survey

According to Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, this is one of the biggest surprises in the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report. The report investigated the challenges faced by businesses in attracting and retaining top executives while...

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Tips to retain your top talent

Tips to retain your top talent

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, says often companies are lulled into a false sense of security when their core talent performs well, produces results and appears motivated and happy with the status quo. Get some tips to retain your top...

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Let your leaders know how much you value them

Let your leaders know how much you value them

"Let your leaders know how much you value them" - says Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, chief executive of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, who believes companies are often lulled into a false sense of security when their core talent performs well, produces results and appears...

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Engaged employees will stay

Engaged employees will stay

“Arguably, the foremost tool for hanging on to a company’s most strategic human resources is putting in place pro-active systems that allow leadership to close the gap between what they think is going and what is actually happening in the minds of their employees,”...

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How to retain the talent

How to retain the talent

"Often companies are lulled into a false sense of security when their core talent performs well, produces results and appears motivated and happy with the status quo," says Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters. Click here to to the article

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Old fashioned conversation key to talent retention

Old fashioned conversation key to talent retention

"Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, says often companies are lulled into a false sense of security when their core talent performs well, produces results and appears motivated and happy with the status quo." Click here to go to the...

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The Importance of Building Brand Equity & Reputation

The Importance of Building Brand Equity & Reputation

Never before have companies so feared their customers. It takes only one furious tweet or indignant Facebook post to spark a firestorm that even the most skilled public relations team cannot contain. With consumers becoming increasingly vocal, companies are placing...

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‘Stupid’ executive packages falling out of favour

‘Stupid’ executive packages falling out of favour

"The days of top executives being lured to new positions by outrageous pay packages are drawing to a close - apart from the occasional exception", says Debbie GoodmanBhyat, managing director of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters. Click here to go to the article

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How to win the war for talent

How to win the war for talent

"What became abundantly clear is that it is definitely not all about the money. Sure, most of the respondents definitely wanted companies to show them the money, but finding and keeping executives requires much more than just a compelling package,” says Jack Hammer...

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Why Do Top Executives Move Companies or Career Paths?

Why Do Top Executives Move Companies or Career Paths?

"It’s a new year and for many, upward movement on the career ladder is a new year’s resolution. According to the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report, the number one reason for top executives moving companies or career paths is the prospect of a fresh role and...

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Money isn’t the only thing that attracts top talent

Money isn’t the only thing that attracts top talent

"Last year, as we celebrated 20 years of democracy, South Af­rican companies con­tinued to grapple with the imperatives of transformation while attempting to find, appoint and re­tain the executive leadership resources needed to make busi­nesses flourish," says Debbie...

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How to keep top people

How to keep top people

"The findings, contained in the lat­est Jack Hammer Executive Report, highlight the need for employers to consider their holistic offering and image, and go beyond mere financial incentive when trying to lure the cream of the crop over to their side." Click here to go...

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How to attract talent

How to attract talent

"Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, says the main reason top executives seek new pastures at a different company is the prospect of a fresh role and career challenges, with 97% of respondents in the survey citing dissatisfaction with their...

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Attracting Top Talent Requires More Than Money

Attracting Top Talent Requires More Than Money

"The number one reason for top executives to seek new pastures at a different company is the prospect of fresh role and career challenges. And 97% of respondents in a recent survey cited dissatisfaction with their current role as a reason for accepting a new...

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Survey – attracting top talent requires more than money

Survey – attracting top talent requires more than money

"The findings, contained in the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report, highlight the need for employers to consider their holistic offering and image, and go beyond mere financial incentive when trying to lure the cream of the crop over to their side." says Debbie...

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