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How to Prepare for the Future of HR

Posted by on Nov 26, 2015 in Global HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Every couple of years the HR function goes through this existential crisis. We had it in the nineties when we moved to HR Business Partnering, in the 00’s when we it was all about outsourcing HR transactional work and now we at it again with the rise of mobile technology, big data and our perpetual favorite, the Millennials. Having spent 18 years working as an HR executive in a global company and the last ten years advising CHRO’s and CEO’s on leaders, talent and culture – I can feel the pain. I can hear the frustration of CEO’s on the contribution of HR to their business. A much quoted  Survey and Conclusion...

Should Marissa Mayer Focus on a Strong HR Strategy?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Global HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Marissa Mayer is making headlines again. We all know that she was brought into Yahoo just 3 years back with hopes of implementing the strategic brilliance that she’d been showing at Google. But the latest news coming out of Yahoo seems to be quite troubling: a significant number of key executives have exited the organization for better opportunities. They were key players in the turnaround strategy that Mayer’s had for the company. After this boat rocking event at the company, some sources have reported that she had the remaining key leaders sign a written agreement to stay with Yahoo for at least 3 more years. Desperate moves of a leader...

The 5 Things Successful Leaders Don’t Do

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Youri was a very successful CEO of a multinational logistics company. He grew the top and bottom-line 5 times during his tenure, his team was extremely committed and loyal to him and he and was regarded as one of the best CEO’s in the history of the company. Then after 7 years he decided that there was little growth in the organisation, the organisation needed a new leader and decided to accept a huge challenge. He was appointed as the CEO of an industrial group that needed to be transformed from a process and compliance driven organisation to an entrepreneurial growth driven one. On paper, the new CEO was the...

How to Really Be an Equal Opportunity Employer

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Driving Gender Diversity | 0 comments

The majority of job adverts around the world have a statement at the bottom along the lines of “Company XYZ is an equal opportunity employer.” I know that there are a number of companies in frontier markets who make the statement but in reality, don’t really enforce it. It’s tough to say whether this happens because of deliberate decisions to not hire a certain type of candidate or just because certain jobs actually cannot thrive with equal opportunity employees. In either case, it happens. Being an equal opportunity employer means much more than implementing gender diversity hiring and promoting practices. There are actually 6 elements that must be considered to...

How to Build An Employer Brand that Employees will Love

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Global HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Whether you’re a corner shop or a large multinational, whether you have significant talent turn over or your employees are very loyal, whether you are in Ouagadougou or Seattle, in mining or the design of woolly hats, each and every company has an employer brand. The difference between companies that are successful in attracting and retaining top talent is that some of them work hard on building their employer brand and others leave it to ‘nature’. The good thing is that building an employer brand that rocks is not that difficult (and even better not that expensive – on average smaller companies spend less than $5,000 on employer brand...

4 Toxic Behaviors That Leaders Need to be Wary Of

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

If you’ve ever mentored someone then you know how baffling some people find it when they seem to be doing everything right but simply aren’t able to find the success they’re looking for. Unfortunately for these people, they’re not able to step back and look at things from a third person’s perspective (hence why they’re working with a mentor in the first place). If they could, they’d see that one challenge they face is that they have an undercurrent of toxic behaviors that undermine their success as a leader. By identifying these toxic behaviors and modifying them (it’s often very hard to eliminate core elements of how we lead), their chances of...

Find Success in Frontier Markets: 6 Traits You Need to Master

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

People often ask me, what are the differences between Asian (where I have spend the majority of my career) and Western leaders. Two weeks ago I shared my views on how there are no major differences between the two and that there are basically two traits that would make you a truly global leader. However, what I’ve noticed is that leaders that have worked and prospered in Frontier Markets have developed a number of traits and skills that make them more successful and stand out in their leadership roles. The leaders, those who succeed in these uncertain but potentially lucrative frontier markets are: 1. More Adaptable The markets are so fluid that what makes...

Learn from the Experiences of these 5 Remarkable Leaders

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

The year is coming to an end and the lists are beginning. Best Gifts for 2015. Most Important Resolutions To Make. Best Leadership Blogs of the Year. And though I’m guilty of doing the same (The Millennials Are So 2015 – It’s Time for Generation Z!) I wouldn’t dare say this is a comprehensive list of notable leadership blogs of 2015. I compiled this list based on those writers who use everyday, relevant life tips to make people into better leaders. These blogs are far from book based, theoretical learnings. And though they make for a great foundation for any CEO, they definitely aren’t the way of remarkable leaders find success today....

The Millennials Are So 2015 – It’s Time for Generation Z!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Talent Management in Asia | 0 comments

A recent study published on Universum found that an impressive 55% of future Generation Z (born between 1996 and 2000) say they are interested in starting their own company. The study found an even higher number of students wanted to become their own boss in emerging markets. This doesn’t surprise me at all, but what did was that most of them are interested in starting their own business because they believe it offers more job security. Having witnessed many large corporations shedding jobs in the never ending rat race of improving efficiency, share price increases and shareholder value (even senior jobs are no longer sacred, see Standard Chartered Latest Decision to Cut...

How to Win in the Job Hunting Game of 2016

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

Job hunting is more refined now than ever before. Long gone are the days where it was okay to make a generic CV and spam it across all the “wanted” ads you could find. In the past 10 years, extreme focus has been placed on creating a specific CV and cover letter for a company and job that you’re applying for. Candidates are expected to have thoroughly researched everything possible about the job from the background of the organization to the people they’d be working with. As expectations change, so do the tools available to you for meeting them. You must be smart when it comes to what tools you...