Archive for August, 2012
I’m often amazed at how different recruiting leaders across the country are, and how their differences lead to both high and low performing teams. Most recently I met with three Corporate heads of staffing that had very different views of their teams, and outcomes from their teams. It became very obvious after a few minutes with each leader that their style of management had a direct impact on the success of their team.
After some savvy Internet research, I found these three leadership styles that describe what I experienced. The big qyestion is: What is your leadership style? Read More→
Remember when titles like “sanitation engineer” and “domestic engineer” were the politically correct term for garbage man and housewife? I remember hearing those terms when I was in my 20’s and chuckling to myself at the silliness. Fast forward 20 years later and it seems like maybe the geniuses who came up with these titles were actually on to something – note the bit of sarcasm here!
In 20 years of being in the recruiting business I have seen my share of interesting titles. It seems that the past 24 months have brought on a new onslaught of made-up, sometimes ridiculous, titles by professionals trying to jazz up their image and create their own personal brand. Read More→
On Thursday evening I had the pleasure of attending the CEO of the Year Award in New York City. We began with cocktails on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, giving the attendees the opportunity to mingle, make connections, and exchange business cards. CEO’s in attendance came from $2 million startup companies to Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company and the 2011 CEO of the Year Award Winner.
As I wandered the Stock Exchange floor and mingled with the group, I connected with 12 of these CEO’s and had an opportunity to ask them about their businesses. It was a thrill to listen to stories of success that included immigrants from South Africa that have been in business for 40 years, to the CEO of a Real Estate Trust with more than $5 billion in assets that went public 5 years ago and awards every single employee with stock each year. In almost every instance each of these successful CEO’s credited their success to a great idea and the execution of that idea by a great team – it was still all about the people.
As I probed a bit more I asked each of these individuals what their biggest challenge in growing their businesses was. Of the twelve, only one pointed to the current economy. The other 11 immediately pointed to the lack of qualified, self-motivated, future leaders – Again, it was all about the people. It was obvious that one of the major issues on the mind of CEO’s today is the ability to attract and retain the right team. Read More→