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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to use science & data for greater hiring success

How to use science & data for greater hiring success

There is a wealth of new methods, backed by research and new data sets, to inform the hiring of executive teams. Despite this, many companies still approach hiring based on outdated principles and concepts, which means that they are not making optimally successful...

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The African Leadership Opportunity

The African Leadership Opportunity

Fintech, solar-tech, health-tech, and the ecosystems that connect the tech to customers in Africa – these are all massive growth sectors throughout the continent. They have emerged because of limited access to financial services, power, and healthcare, and they are...

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Ronak Gopaldas, weighs in on the land reform debate

Ronak Gopaldas, weighs in on the land reform debate

Nothing illustrates the sharpness of the fork in the road that SA faces more than the land issue. President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught on the horns of a political dilemma: on the one hand, investor-led growth in the economy is pivotal to the success of his government...

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What does it take to be at the top?

What does it take to be at the top?

The biggest differentiators between senior executives and employees at all other job levels are not track record and education as might be expected; but rather ambition, the ability to adjust, and a consistent quest for learning. The research was conducted by JvR...

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Executive perks on the decline

Executive perks on the decline

Cost cutting measures by companies have seen a decline in the number of benefits executives get. Recruitment specialist Tracy Dawson speaks to Motheo Khoaripe

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Use science & data for greater hiring success

Use science & data for greater hiring success

There is a wealth of new methods, backed by research and new data sets, to inform the hiring of executive teams. Despite this, many companies still approach hiring based on outdated principles and concepts, which means that they are not making optimally successful...

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Mindfulness Masterclass

Mindfulness Masterclass

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, will be delivering Mindfulness Masterclass at the Red and Yellow School on the 1st of March. It is a comprehensive 4-hour workshop focused on principles and tools to incorporate Mindfulness as a key element of leadership...

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Confessions of an Accidental Tech Entrepreneur

Confessions of an Accidental Tech Entrepreneur

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat is an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member in Cape Town, South Africa, and founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, one of Africa's top executive search firms. Debbie found herself unexpectedly at the helm of a new tech company, Virtual Coaching...

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Our Egypt Partner wins MEA Markets Award

Our Egypt Partner wins MEA Markets Award

Every year, MEA Markets, a quarterly publication dedicated to researching and publishing the major moves and events as they happen across the Middle East & Africa region, awards women within this region who manage to establish themselves highly in political,...

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Does MBA guarantee you a lucrative financial package?

Does MBA guarantee you a lucrative financial package?

With the value of pursuing an MBA increasingly under scrutiny, Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, expert weighs in on if the qualification is still a differentiator for professionals looking to make themselves more desirable from hiring perspectives. The CEO of...

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SA is losing its shine as the gateway into Africa

SA is losing its shine as the gateway into Africa

Global multinationals seeking to invest in Africa are no longer automatically opting for South Africa first before spreading their wings to the rest of the continent, but are instead increasingly setting up shop directly in the market they wish to enter. “From the...

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Consider social media an ally, not a friend – expert

Consider social media an ally, not a friend – expert

Social media aggregators are rapidly gaining traction in the executive search and recruitment industries, and anyone planning on rising through the ranks in their careers should be on the alert with this trend, a leadership expert warns. “Most people will be aware...

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When CEOs fail – look at the root cause

When CEOs fail – look at the root cause

Companies spend months sourcing top leaders for their executive teams – at great cost – yet often these newly appointed leaders fail to perform to expectation, which further impacts on the morale and bottom line of an organisation. In many cases, the fault can be...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on interviews

Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on interviews

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, recently spoke to Cape Talk's Koketso Sachane on the topic of interviews, especially that pesky "what are your weaknesses?" question! Koketso: Such a silly question, what are your weaknesses? "Admitting I have any". That is what...

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The founder-led company dilemma

The founder-led company dilemma

Founder-led companies are often more successful than those run by professional managers, who might not have the same pizzazz and passion, but may be better placed to lead in the next phase of growth Markus Jooste, CEO of high-flying Steinhoff, says Investec will miss...

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