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Admitting Failure (And The Lessons It Provides) A Key Test Of Leadership Capacity

Beware the executive who can't describe their biggest business failures and who doesn't harbour some emotion about them, whether in the form of profound disappointment, frustration, regret or gratitude, perhaps. While it may seem counter intuitive or selfishly counterproductive to any executive being interviewed for what could become his or her next management career opportunity,..
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Tomorrow's Leaders Are Rebuilding High-Performing Teams Today

Today's search for world-class executive talent is also a search for a multiplier-effect that will create a competitive, sustainable business advantage. In human capital and leadership terms, this value premium is achieved first and foremost through senior management executives who recognise the dividends on inspiring peak performance from their teams. American diplomat and Nobel Prize winner...
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Searching For The Agile (And Proven) Leader

Global corporations are looking for a special breed of leader. Strategic priorities for 2011 are framing ever more specialised requirements for new executive hires and the selective upgrading of existing management roles. As global markets continue to distance themselves from economic upheaval, superior executive talent is increasingly seen as an important lever to calibrate investment in new markets, new products and new innovations.
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Helping Executive Job Seekers Get To Where They Want To Go

Where exactly do you want to go? This is the pivotal question for executive job seekers to consider as they attempt to differentiate themselves in the highly competitive waters of management transition these days, and the critical question for prospective employers to establish.
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The Folly Of Mistaking 'Best Available' For Who's Really The 'Best'

For the past couple years, as global companies have tightened their belts, corporate human resources teams have been wise to leverage referrals, social networks, and their own web sites to attract talent and keep recruitment costs low.Today, however, as the global economy continues its slow but steady recovery from the economic tempest and more companies consider their options for growth...
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Why Firing A Misfit Executive Is Nearly As Important As Hiring The Best

Hiring. Firing. Inspiring. The very best global companies are good at all three. Inspiring others is a function of organisational culture, personal character and pure leadership. Yet the more one explores best practices for hiring superior executive leaders, the more appreciates the how the unpleasant business of firing misfit or consistently under performing managers is nearly as consequential on enterprise performance.
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Keeping Job Boards And Social Networks In Perspective

There remains a lot of buzz and media focus on social networks, and rightfully so, because of how they've changed the feel of technology and connected people to old friends, college classmates and others we may wish to stay in touch with. But from a talent perspective, particularly at the executive management level, much of the noise about the use and promise of social networks as a recruiting...
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Why Executive Counter-Offers Usually Fizzle Out

There simply aren't a lot of long-tenured, high-performing executives out there who, while describing their excitement for the company, its culture and people, tack on to their comments a footnote about having been coaxed to stay by an attractive counter-offer. That's because, over the long-term, the desired effect of a counter-offer to a top-notch management executive most often fails to...
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Why Executive On Boarding Makes Sense For Insiders As Well As New Recruits

Business leaders and Human Resources executives have known for some time that getting an externally recruited executive started well in a new role and their new organization pays dividends in terms of their long-term tenure and performance. Effective management on boarding, also known as integration and assimilation, has proven a wise insurance policy engaged to follow up any investment in executive search.
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Balancing Executive Compensation With Business Performance

As government regulators apply more scrutiny to executive compensation, corporate boards are spending more time reconciling increasing calls for pay-for-performance reforms with their need to motivate and retain chief executives and other senior management leaders.
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