Seeing, but not believing

When it comes to senior level hires, there is often talk of chemistry', how pleasant or well liked the company and/or candidate was, the overall bonhomie and friendliness of the interview and conversation. Without question it's an important component, but insufficient to make a decision, based on some talks and gut feel. Whether you're hiring or being interviewed, do not…

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Ain’t what you do but the way you do it

The people I work with in my coaching practice average 20 years work experience, some more, some less. Most know their business reasonably well and are proficiently good or excellent in their jobs (let's skip over those that hate what they do; that's another blog..). What these people have in common is their functional, industry-specific knowledge, having 'tilled the soil'…

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Talent, where art thou? A tale of two leaders

Some organisations–and leaders–seldom have a problem attracting good talent(and not just huge branded MNCs). If asked, these people would likely say that if you want strong talent, spend time knowing the market–who is where, a lot of effort meeting and interviewing people, hire only on strength, and when ready to get them on board, act decisively, methodically, and in concert…

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All in favour say “Ay”… uh-oh..

When senior management gathers around the meeting room table, the focus is often on decisions to be agreed upon, short-term or long-term, the impact on corporate performance and direction, all fairly standard stuff. A decision is always a choice-usually between not-so-good and potentially good ones, hardly ever between a great and awful choice. No guarantees what will work, but everyone…

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The job description–made to last

I look at job descriptions and at people's CVs through the day. I assess their skills, work history, presentation and aspirations, how they compose and formulate their CV, their reflections, aspirations, ability to listen, how the articulate and market themselves, sometimes with a dollop of self awareness.. I usually (after an hour or so) understand what they want to do,…

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