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The Right Reasons to Change: a Critical View

Being a recruitment and executive search professional, I frequently come across people looking to change their jobs. No big deal, you say? Well, yes, except that I continue to be struck by the reasons people commonly cite for seeking a job change. Irrespective of their roles and levels, I have  ... Read more
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What I think separates the Top CEOs from the rest…

Pablo Isla and Bernard Arnault are on HBR’s 2017 list of “Top 100 CEOs”. HBR follows a rigorous ranking process that takes into account the CEO’s performance on environmental, social and governance criteria as well- which shows that financial performance, while necessary, is no longer a sufficient condition in evaluating  ... Read more
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How Retail is Responding to the “Amazon Effect”

With retailers adding more and more product categories, offering discounted prices and other mouth-watering deals, it is not surprising that more and more people are shopping online. Orders literally come in from across the world, so the number of locations to which products need to be delivered is increasing rapidly.  ... Read more
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The Threat Posed by Resurgent Nationalism to the Pool of Global Talent

The lure of access to new and profitable high-growth markets has, for decades, encouraged companies from the developed world (and increasingly, from emerging economies as well) to expand outside their home countries. Such overseas ventures are initially led by expatriate leaders from parent companies. But over time, local executive talent  ... Read more
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Balancing external hires and internal promotions

  The demand for professionals who can lead change within organizations is on the rise. Based on an article by David A. Shore, Harvard University, entitled Making Change Happen: Five Keys to Driving Successful Change Initiatives: “Given the rapid pace of change in companies today, demand for people who can  ... Read more
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What is the role of business in the new age of political extremism?

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer Global Annual Study made for uncomfortable reading. Edelman shows that trust is very much in crisis amongst the general public right across the world. In fact, trust in all four of the major institutions: business, government, NGOs, and the media has fallen. This decline in trust goes  ... Read more
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The Benefits of Diversity in the Workplace

Joanna Allen, global vice president for Hellmann’s at Unilever, joined us to chat in our recent podcast. With a wealth of experience as a local and global marketer in the food and beverages sector, Joanna is well placed to talk about the benefits of diversity in the workplace. Indeed, she  ... Read more
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Why Wal-Mart is winning in the face of retail sector decline

The size and scale of Wal-Mart is nothing short of astounding when you consider the figures. Worldwide, the company employs 2.2 million people - larger than the total population of several countries. 1% of America's population is employed by Wal-Mart. And all the more remarkable, perhaps, is the fact that  ... Read more
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The continued evolution of the OTC market

Consumer healthcare, also known as over-the-counter medicines (OTC), is an industry that continues to grow and evolve. In Europe, 80% of the online pharmacy market is shared by the UK and Germany. A recent study by James Dudley Management found that the industry is now worth almost 3 billion Euros.  ... Read more
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What are the major challenges facing businesses in Asia?

As VP of Sales for J&J China, James Mounter has extensive experience of working in Asian markets. After holding various customer and innovation roles in the UK and across Europe, he moved to Asia in 2011. Whilst based in Singapore, James led the Asia Pacific Regional Customer Development team. In  ... Read more
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Power inside and outside the workplace

If there is one particular aspect of leadership that is more difficult to grasp than all others, it could well be power. A recent workshop by Sonsoles Alonso focused on Power in Leadership and provided some valuable insights into an area that many leaders struggle with. Power is at the core of  ... Read more
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How brand building has changed and how to stay relevant in the market

Branding is as important as ever, but brand building has certainly evolved over time. It is also now harder than ever for brands to remain relevant in the market. Gianluca di Tondo, Senior Global Brand Director for the Heineken® Brand, is passionate about brands and the power they have to make  ... Read more