Looking to Change Careers? Focus on the Employer's Risk
May 4, 2017
While most of the literature on career change focuses on the individual contemplating the change, one study (NBER working paper by UNC professor Camilia Kuhnen and Stanford's Paul Oyer) examined the issue from the perspective of the potential employers
Think a Candidate is Lying?? Think again
April 11, 2017
We all occasionally hear interview responses that while plausible also conveniently serve the purpose of ending further probing. As we listen to these responses we may look for cues by which to better judge their veracity.
The Art of Termination Part I: The Employer
March 7, 2017
If you are saddled with the unfortunate job of terminating someone, below are a few tips on how to do it respectfully. Caveat 1: Because the termination process varies from one region to the next, much of what is written pertains to Canadian and American audiences. Caveat 2: Terminations resulting from layoffs might follow a different process; this advice is intended for terminations resulting from poor performance, and where the employee is asked to leave immediately. Caveat 3: The male pronoun is used consistently simply to alleviate the text. This article applies equally to all genders.
To All of Our Fair and Foul Weather Candidates
March 3, 2017
As headhunters we interact with two categories of candidates; those we pursue and those who pursue us. The former are often elusive, the latter not so much.
Our bread and butter is finding candidates for our clients. We scour every crevice of every database, web site, tradeshow and directory we can find for the high performing candidates most likely to thrive in the roles we are trying to fill.
The others are candidates who reach out to us. Some are individuals who maintain regular contact while others are unknown to us. More than a few are what we call our ‘foul weather friends'. These are individuals who've just remembered, after many years of not returning our calls, how much they like us, miss us, and by the way, would like our help now that they have lost their jobs.
Why Selecting Leaders Is So Difficult In Practice - Reason #8: Some Attributes Are Undervalued, Misunderstood or Hard To Weigh In Importance
January 13, 2017
I once asked a small group of executives to speculate on the most important attributes for career success. The ensuing combined list contained almost 25 different attributes including work ethic, drive, initiative, loyalty, winning attitude, conscientiousness, team-orientation, integrity, intelligence, passion, enthusiasm, commitment, integrity, judgment, courage, etc etc etc.
Why Selecting Leaders Is So Difficult In Practice - Reason #7: Companies Hide Behind Bromides
November 10, 2016
Several years ago, a major company trumpeted the hiring of its new CEO, describing the executive as "a star – unshakable, self-reliant, passionate about the big picture, a leader who really embraces change". On the same day, a second firm said of their newly hired CEO, "We set out to find a winner and we did. He will elevate our company's fortunes and take us where we need to go".