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Digitalization and the passions of a professional Head Hunter

Digitalization and the passions of a professional Head Hunter

InterSearch Worldwide Chairman Frank Schelstraete shared his views about the future of Executive Search with the HR community attending Zukunft Personal Hungary in Budapest, a specialised HR event combined with more than 130 professional debates and workshops led by subject matter experts.

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Why Leaders Must Inspire Learning

Written by Clementina Mustapha

Executive Search Researcher

InterSearch Ireland 

“When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.”- Lao Tzu

Leaders want their teams to not only learn about the resources available to them, (technology, human capital – connections and networks, legislations, internal and external policies) but significantly, how to harness and use resources around them for the advancement and achievement of organisational goals. The ability to inspire teams should be one that comes naturally to a leader and if not, must be learned. Leadership must be inspirational, provoking learning because not only does the team learn, but the organisation progresses in ways that puts it a step ahead of the competition.

It is well to foster a knowledge based organisation, however, in a constantly changing environment, leaders must ensure that learning is targeted and relevant to stated objectives and helps the organisation along in its developmental or growth phases. It is important to note that an organisation’s future success depends on identifying and developing the next generation of its leaders. Managers are not only leading their units and departments, but are also nurturing the future leadership of the organisation.

Stages of Organisational Development and Control System

Considering the organisational growth above, it is important for organisations to target individuals for leadership positions who are not only academically qualified, but have proven track record of leadership in the current and developmental projections of the organisation.

Is a delegator most relevant at the initial phase? This for most start-ups is one of experiments, trials, iterations and creativity. A hands-on approach is vital in this phase, not only because of the need for the business idea and project to take root, but the need to safeguard initial investments is crucial at this stage. This is the phase that requires a nurturing of the business idea by the creator. Delegation may not be the core need of leadership at this phase.

As the organisation develops, number of employees grows, markets and customer base expand, the leadership needs change and it is the responsibility of management to ensure that line managers, middle management and executives are able to lead and steer the organisation in tandem with its phase and prevailing external socio-economic circumstances as well as internal organisational culture.

Ideas and propositions are not only products in today’s economy, but they are the bedrock upon which goods and services are created, leaders are not just saddled with the ultimate goal of testing and learning about them, they have the vital responsibility of deciding how the organisation is going to make progress in terms of creating a value proposition and business model that works and is geared toward achieving set goals.

Inspire Learning

Management must determine the specific leadership skills and behaviours needed to effectively implement and achieve the company’s strategy. Be it in the planning and execution of a merger, penetrating new global markets, increasing sales operations, introducing and implementing the use of technology in public services or delayering the corporate structure, the importance of time spent thinking through skills requirements to successfully execute identified initiative cannot be overemphasised.

The growing role of technologies such as the Internet of Things, blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are bringing decision-makers to cross-roads.  This is true for both private and public sectors. To effectively respond to the demands of the 21st century, leaders in governments especially need to be agile and adaptable to seize the opportunities provided by digital transformation. They have to possess the ability to quickly choose between the different alternatives available, most times with inadequate information and high degrees of uncertainty, combined with public structures that are often bureaucratic, risk-adverse and hierarchical.

Identifying and employing top executives and leaders who recognise the significant and often dynamic role of technology and globalisation in today’s socio-economic environment is key to achieving organisational goals. A major requirement for the success of implementing any strategic objective in all sectors is the ability of leaders to inspire and encourage learning.

Responding to questions on leadership and how we target potential candidates for top management positions both in the public and private sectors, Duncan Gruselle who leads the Health Care and Public-Sector practice group at InterSearch Ireland responded that:

“targeting a global talent pool of relevant candidates is a scratch at the surface of identifying what clients need in their leaders. The ability to filter and target individuals who fit the organisational ambitions of our clients and who through their track records have shown that they can move the organisation along in its strategic journey is key to identifying desirable leadership for our clients. Determining best fit requires much more than having the qualifications, but showing an ability to align oneself with what the client organisation represents”.

Learning is key to knowledge and knowledge in this instance provides future leaders the opportunity to identify organisations and cultures that they aim to lead. Aspiring to lead must not be considered in isolation- identifying who (team/organisation), where(time/sector/location), what(objectives/goals) and how(style/culture) must form the basis upon which leadership aspirations is planned.

“A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.”— David R. Gergen

executive search, Inspiration, leadership, Learning, Success, Talent


Considering relocating? Here’s what you should think about

Relocating for work is an exciting opportunity, but it’s also a big decision. Have you thought it all the way through?

Written by Jenny Darmody

Reposted by InterSearch Ireland


Have you ever thought about relocating to a different city or even a different country for work? Depending on your situation, it might be a dream come true or it might fill you with anxiety.

Whether or not you are dying to get on the first plane out and continue your career in a new destination, there are some things to consider before you drop everything.

Think about pros and cons

The first thing you should do with any big decision is to always weigh out the pros and cons. It’s better still to do this on paper so that you can visualise the difference.

Are you moving for more money? A better job? Is there something about the location that you like? On the flip side, how far away will you be from your friends and family? Is the cost of living more expensive than what you’re used to?

Getting all of these thoughts down on paper in two lists will help straighten out the decision in your head. If you’re not sure about a lot of things, it’s time to move on to the next few points.

Know your new home

How familiar are you with the city or country that you’re moving to? No matter how close to home it might be, or whether or not you’ve been there on holidays, moving with a certain level of permanency brings about different considerations.

Do as much research as possible about the city you’re moving to. Think about everything from public transport and amenities, to cost of living and crime rates.

Consider all the knowledge you have about where you currently live and work, and see how much of that you know about your new destination. It might be less than you think. Social media is a great source of information for this.

Know your job

If you’re relocating to do the exact same job in the exact same company, lucky you – half the work is done. However, you should still do your research about the team you’ll be working with, your superiors and any other differences about your new office.

If you’re relocating for a new job, you’re going to need to do a lot more research. Learn about the company, the role, the team, the competitors and anything else you can.

Job satisfaction will play a huge role in your happiness as you move to a new place, especially if it’s the sole reason you’re moving.

Salary v cost of living

Again, this might be easier to know if you’re moving to a different office in the same company, or if your company operates on a set scale.

However, for a completely new role with a new salary, you should do your research about accommodation, transport, childcare and other such expenses that will add to your cost of living.

A massive salary jump in a country with a cost of living double to what you’re used to might not seem so shiny when you get there. You should also do your research into the tax levels in your new location.

How will you get there?

No, the answer we’re looking for here is not ‘by plane’. Have you factored in the cost of moving? What about the amount of time you will need to make the move and settle in?

Is your company contributing to your moving expenses? Have you thought about how you’re going to bring all your stuff with you?

It’s also worth considering how much of your stuff you’re bringing. If it’s a permanent move that involves selling up and buying a house over there, then the simple answer might be to bring it all.

However, if it’s only a year or two, you’re probably not going to bring everything with you. But where is the rest of your stuff going to go? Into storage? Are you keeping your current property? Make sure you’ve fully thought about this.

Learn about the admin

There’s more than just the physical action of moving that you need to think about. You also need to learn about how to set yourself up as an employee in your new place of work.

Many companies will help employees who are relocating to come and work for them, but it’s important that you read up on what you need to know so that you’re not left confused and caught out.

Think about work visas, taxes, registrations and other such systems associated with setting yourself up as a new employee in your new home and, once again, do diligent research.

Consider your family

This will go for both employees who have a spouse and children as well as those who are single. If you’re relocating and expecting to bring your family, you have to think about the implications for them. Do they want to move? Will there be work for your partner over there? What about school for your children?

For those who are moving alone, how far away will you be from your parents, siblings and extended family? How long will you be gone? How easy will it be to visit?

Make sure you discuss relocating with your nearest and dearest because, even if they’re not coming with you, your decision will affect them.

Visit your new home

If you can do so, try to visit your new location before you make the final decision. Like I said, even if you’ve been there before, you will look at a place with very different eyes if you know you’re going to live and work there.

There’s a chance that you’re moving somewhere too far or expensive for a scouting mission but, if at all possible, take the time to go and experience the transport and the area you’ll be working – and possibly living – in. Your new company might even bring you over to help you make your final decision.

Think about the long term

It can be hard to think so far ahead when you’re already trying to get your head around the near future, which involves uprooting your whole life and getting to grips with a new home (and possibly a new job).

However, when you’re thinking about relocating, you should think about how long you’re going to be there for. How long is your contract? Can you see yourself living there permanently? Would you build a life and family there?

Or is the end goal always going to be coming home eventually? This very important thought will dictate how you view the move and how much you’re willing to lay down roots. It might also be what makes your decision on whether or not to go at all.

Trust your gut

At the end of the day, our gut is very strong when it comes to making decisions. When you’re thinking about relocating, take a few minutes and listen to what it is telling you. Is it excited? Is it telling you it’s a bad idea?

Could it be giving you nerves and fear? Remember, fear isn’t necessarily the same as telling you not to go, so, if you acknowledge fear in your gut, dissect it and think about what is making you scared.

If you pull your fears apart and work towards alleviating them, you should be left with a solid gut feeling that’s telling you whether or not you should go for it.

For more on this see: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/advice/relocating-for-work-things-to-consider

executive search, Job Opportunity, Job Placement, Relocating, Relocation, Working abroad

Inclusive Economy

Ireland is world’s eighth-most ‘inclusive’ advanced economy

Written by: Joe Brennan 

Reposted by: InterSearch Ireland


World Economic Forum measurement looks beyond economic growth data!

Ireland is the world’s eighth-most “inclusive” advanced economy, based on a measure from the World Economic Forum (WEF), which looks beyond economic growth data to examine living standards, environmental sustainability and protection of future generations from indebtedness.

The ranking marks an improvement on Ireland’s 12th place among 29 advanced economies in a previous report published by the WEF, organisers of the annual Davos conference taking place this week.

“Our reliance on GDP [gross domestic product] of national economic achievement is fuelling short-termism and inequality, and leaders must urgently move to a new model of inclusive growth and development,” according to the WEF report, published on Monday, on the eve of the four-day gathering in the Swiss ski resort.

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For more on this, visit: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/ireland-is-world-s-eighth-most-inclusive-advanced-economy-1.3364436

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