“Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer give a damn.”

Once shared, I was amazed to see how ‘viral’ the quoted statement went on both LinkedIn and Facebook and the number of “Likes” increases by the minute!

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Exclusivity as a must in Executive Search


All Executive Search companies include an exclusivity clause in their recruitment contracts. The exclusivity clause, as much as many clients nowadays try to avoid it, is definitely very much in the advantage of the client.

The exclusivity clause allows the Executive Search firm the needed flexibility to design and apply a targeted direct search strategy into the market, ensuring thus both clients and candidates of the expected confidential approach.

Confidentiality is a critical concern for most candidates (and clients) and this can only be assured if an Executive Search firm/consultant is singularly and exclusively responsible for overseeing the search.Continue reading

The ABC of Managers

The Manager’s Imperative Alphabet!

Having worked with so many managers over the past two decades, I always asked what defines them as good managers, what affirmations have been valid for them at all times as business managers and people managers. The information gathered is now herewith alphabetically listed, almost quotes from their self-imposed imperatives for being valued managers!

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  • Avoid assumptions!
  • Ask the right questions!
  • Assess correctly!
  • Admit own shortcomings or mistakes!
  • Achieve!
  • Attract the right people!
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  • Be dependable and reliable!
  • Build morale!
  • Be consistent in behavior!
  • Believe!
  • Be honest!
  • Be flexible!
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  • Commit yourself!
  • Coach & counsel!
  • Collaborate!
  • Care!
  • Communicate!
  • Control emotions / control your ego!
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  • Delegate!
  • Develop people! Develop yourself!
  • Discuss objectives!
  • Discover!
  • Do it!
  • Dare to experiment with your ideas!
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  • Empathize!
  • Engage people!
  • Empower your team!
  • Enjoy managing!
  • Excel at time management!
  • Earn recognition!
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  • Follow from the front!
  • Focus on customers/clients to improve business performance!
  • Face the reality!
  • Facilitate new business development!
  • “Fear not!”
  • Find solutions!
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  • Go the extra mile!
  • Gain the commitment of your team!
  • Grasp opportunities!
  • Grow with your team!
  • Gather people around you!
  • Get your message across!
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  • Help others!
  • Have faith!
  • Hand down your knowledge to your team!
  • Harden your business!
  • Highlight team effort and team spirit!
  • ‘Hang loose!”
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  • Innovate!
  • Inspire people!
  • Influence the culture of teams!
  • Improve!
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats!
  • Implement best practices!
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  • Join people whom you can learn from & with!
  • Judge objectively!
  • Joke once in a while and maintain a good sense of humor!
  • Joie de vivre!
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  • Keep your promises!
  • Kindle the spark within!
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  • Listen!
  • Lead by example!
  • Leverage!
  • Launch!
  • Learn!
  • “Leave no man behind!”
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  • Make decisions!
  • Motivate yourself and others!
  • Mediate!
  • Make it happen!
  • Manage sagely!
  • Mirror yourself in the eyes of your team!
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  • Navigate your ship safely!
  • Negotiate in win-win terms!
  • Narrow down!
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  • Open your mind!
  • Optimize!
  • Organize!
  • Observe!
  • Originate!
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  • Persuade!
  • Provide feedback!
  • Plan ahead!
  • Participate!
  • Pay it forward!
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  • Question yourself and others to develop!
  • Qualify!
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  • Respect people!
  • Recognize achievements!
  • Remain calm!
  • Recruit wisely!
  • Resolve conflicts!
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  • Share!
  • Set clear goals!
  • Show integrity!
  • Seek input, response and feedback!
  • Safeguard your business and its people!
  • Service your customers/clients!
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  • Think outside the box!
  • Thank people!
  • Take the lead!
  • Team-up!
  • Tackle every task efficiently!
  • Tailor your systems, practices & policies!
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  • Understand technology!
  • Unchain creativity and innovation!
  • Underline targets!
  • Undertake responsibility!
  • Update!
  • Use your talent and skills!
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  • Value others & value everyone’s contribution!
  • Validate!
  • Venture calculatedly!
  • Verify!
  • Vow to accomplish!
  • Volunteer if it keeps your heart beating!
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  • Wake up happy every morning!
  • Welcome opportunities!
  • Work towards success!
  • Waste no unnecessary time, nor money or energy!
  • Watch over your crew!
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  • X-Ray your thoughts before acting!
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  • You owe thanks to your inspirational models!
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  • Zigzag business obstacles smartly!
  • Zoom in when necessary, zoom out when needed!
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Development Feedback

Development Feedback

More and more candidates complain about the lack of feedback from interviewers. The complaints go against both interviewers of recruitment companies and internal recruiters of employing companies.

Feedback after an interview is the most basic form of respect that an interviewer should pay to an interviewed candidate! Even negative feedback is better than none!

Nobody really expects an interviewer to provide instant feedback (although this might happen as well and, constructively given, there is considerable value in learning from this prompt assessment); however everybody expects to have a comeback on the interview in a reasonable time frame.Continue reading



Many of you might have been involved in recruitment processes and eventually rejected with a simple sentence: “You are overqualified for the position”!

As much as this feed-back may be accurate in some cases, most often “overqualified” is just an ‘honorable’ excuse used by recruiters and a more easy way for them to reject candidates, without confronting you with the real situation or issue.

Behind the curtain, “overqualified” can be thus a “synonym” for:Continue reading

Confidentiality in Executive Search

Confidentiality – a Must in Executive Search


It is often said that ‘Information is Power’. In our business, nothing is more valuable to our clients and candidates than quality information that is accurate and 100% confidential.

Our company subscribes to a code of ethics that states that the relationships to clients and candidates should be characterized by honesty, objectivity, accuracy and respect for confidentiality.

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