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The interview – a journey of discovery

The interview – a journey of discovery

I love interviewing. However, I know not everyone does. I had a client once say he would rather get teeth pulled than undertake an interview. Why do I love it? An interview is a very powerful communication tool. When conducted well, it is like going on a...

Trust is the X-factor in business

Trust is the X-factor in business

In the entertainment industry, a person’s X-factor is typically a mystery quality that’s hard to articulate. In business, it is generally much simpler. A business’ X-factor comes down to their unique application of known ideas like skill, innovation…and trust. Our...

Visibility has changed the recruitment space

Visibility has changed the recruitment space

Candidates are now much more visible. Since the advent of LinkedIn, which was only founded in 2002, there has been an explosion of people displaying their professional history and showcasing their skills and background on the web. This may be in the form of a LinkedIn...

Long-term hiring versus the gig economy

Long-term hiring versus the gig economy

The gig economy is growing in its prominence, but don’t lose sight of the advantages of hiring and engaging for the long term. Businesses today require greater flexibility to respond quickly to market changes. The gig economy – or the ability to deliver specialised...

Interviewing the interviewer – for culture-fit, of course

Interviewing the interviewer – for culture-fit, of course

Every employers’ focus these days is on finding the right person for a role. However, as an employee, have you ever gone into a new role only to find out it is not what you thought it was? When the pitch doesn’t match the practice Recently, when interviewing a senior...

Seek out the learners

Seek out the learners

There is a drive for ongoing improvement in every business. Remember the adage, “if you are standing still, you are going backwards”? Well, it is the same for individuals and yet, in the drive to find great staff, one of the attributes or qualities that seems to gain...

Mind the gap – but don’t try to close too much

Mind the gap – but don’t try to close too much

Any business should have strategic goals and objectives…and understand the competencies needed to achieve those objectives. If you compare that to the competencies you have within your business, it becomes your gap analysis. At a simplistic level, you then have the...

Recruiting A players – Topgrading one year on

Recruiting A players – Topgrading one year on

It’s been more than 12 months since I undertook the Topgrading course developed by Brad Smart and made famous by Jack Welch. It follows a process Jack rolled out across GE’s businesses giving his management team the skills to identify and recruit ‘A players’. Jack...

Personality tests – a layman’s description

Personality tests – a layman’s description

Personality tests have been a key part of human resources functions – particularly recruitment – for some decades now. However, a lot of misrepresentation has occurred over the years around these tests. Some have positioned them as a final arbiter (which they...

The rising value of curiosity

The rising value of curiosity

Curiosity as a leadership trait has surged in popularity recently. It is a quality that can underlie authentic diversity and our ability to really uncover the ‘why’ of something. When you consider the power of diversity, doing things a different way, or making...

The power of proactivity

The power of proactivity

When our clients seek to fill key leadership roles, they turn to us to help them define what success in a given role looks like – and then how to best find the person aligned with that success profile. Through this work, we are continually refining our understanding...