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Ailing economy douses hopes of any bonus, pay increases

Ailing economy douses hopes of any bonus, pay increases

South African senior professionals, especially in the retail, manufacturing and finance sectors, are neither optimistic about a bonus this year nor a salary increase in the new year. The belt-tightening as a result of the sluggish economy has doused expectations of a...

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A ‘strained relationship’ with psychometric assessments

A ‘strained relationship’ with psychometric assessments

You may have recently heard Jack Hammer’s fabulous COO, Advaita Naidoo speaking on Cape Talk about psychometric assessments. Listening avidly, I was pushed to finish writing this blog which has had far too many edits and versions to count. If you know me, you probably...

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Beware the hidden cost of downsizing

Beware the hidden cost of downsizing

As companies increasingly turn to retrenchments in response to pressures on their bottom line, they should beware the unintended but very real consequences that are likely to flow from a reduced staff complement, an expert warns. “In many instances, the reduced profit...

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Transformation in SA companies is well underway

Transformation in SA companies is well underway

Another Women’s Month has come around and, depending on where you sit, the cause for women in the corporate perch is well and truly being secured – or is it? According to data from executive search firm Jack Hammer, the appointment of women in corporate positions is...

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South Africa’s CEO bloodbath

South Africa’s CEO bloodbath

The past few weeks and months have seen arguably the biggest exodus and purge of leaders from the country’s top companies and state owned companies in recent history, with more heads expected to roll in future. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, leadership strategist and founder...

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The 10% Investment That Will Get Your Business Game Back On

The 10% Investment That Will Get Your Business Game Back On

Disruption. Uncertainty. Rapid technological advancement. Obsolescence. We all know that the world of work and business is changing and transforming rapidly, even exponentially. I’ve seen some form of a Moore’s Law graph at every conference I’ve attended in the last...

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Non-executive appointments – Time for Fresh Eyes

Non-executive appointments – Time for Fresh Eyes

Non-executive Board appointments are a growing part of the Jack Hammer business offering. Increased complexity around conflicts of interest and the need for impartiality and good governance is partly driving this. Board diversity is another.  Interestingly, the...

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My Market Map Lightbulb Moment

My Market Map Lightbulb Moment

I admit that for many years I was a little cynical about the value of market mapping as a tool to help businesses. “Why spend the money? What value can this really add?”, were the thoughts commonly occupying my mind. And then I had a lightbulb moment, and now I truly...

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Remote working – an emerging trend

Remote working – an emerging trend

As the remote working trend gains popularity in South Africa, our COO Advaita Naidoo shared our research findings that local companies reluctant to offer remote work options to prospective employees are losing out on top talent. Some of the reasons employees motivate...

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The jobs of the now and the future

The jobs of the now and the future

Jack Hammer COO, Advaita Naidoo, recently spoke to Cape Talk's Refilwe Moloto about what the future of the job market looks like. What kinds of qualifications / skills / positions might the graduates of 2029 be looking at? Click here for great insights into the...

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African Ivy League grads – it’s a war!

African Ivy League grads – it’s a war!

Whether you’re Google or a small business, hiring managers will all say the same thing. It’s a war for talent. As executive recruiters we hear this daily, and we also know where the biggest battle-fields lie. A battle field where the demand for talent so far outstrips...

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Easing into 2019

Easing into 2019

I’m a massive goal-setter. I have spreadsheets for my big picture life and business goals, my one-year goals, and every month….yes…a spreadsheet for my monthly goals. My lists are legendary and, although I don’t always achieve everything I set out to do, my mantra is...

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CEO Appointments – Career Trophy or Career Suicide?

CEO Appointments – Career Trophy or Career Suicide?

Many of the ambitious executives I speak to on a daily basis have aspirations to ultimately become CEO. In fact, at least 80% of execs will take the call from a headhunter when the role has this 3-letter acronym as its job title. They’re interested for a range of...

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International US companies are looking for you

International US companies are looking for you

Multinational companies seeking to establish or grow their presence in Africa are looking for qualified and experienced professionals to lead their organisations, both in South Africa and on the rest of the continent. This is according to Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of...

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IRC Global Conference in Lima: Embracing the Future

IRC Global Conference in Lima: Embracing the Future

Members of IRC Global Executive Search Partners met in Lima, Peru, on October 3-5, 2018. Delegates from 40+ countries celebrated 25 years of the largest global alliance of locally operated executive search firms. Our Partners gathered at the annual IRC Global...

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The Top-Job Gender Gap

The Top-Job Gender Gap

You may have seen my colleague on the news recently discussing gender diversity in South Africa. It is a hot topic and her interview was the result of Jack Hammer’s recent findings around the lack of women in the CEO job in South Africa. This data is not new, and it’s...

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Career Success in the Digital Age

Career Success in the Digital Age

What’s going to put you ahead of the other 1 billion talented people out there? We’d all like to believe that a combination of talent and hard work will lead to career success. This is partly true. Talent and hard work may lead to some success – if you measure success...

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Balancing the future with the present

Balancing the future with the present

Signal Risk Director, Ronak Gopaldas, gives more food for thought on the transformative powers of technology. Africa’s demographic advantages are well documented. Yet, of late, rapid changes and technological advances have divided opinions about these prospects. For...

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Executive stress levels – And what to do about it!

Executive stress levels – And what to do about it!

Stress can kill you. Fact. And even if one’s heart remains beating, it can wear one down so significantly that life loses its meaning, and you spend your waking (and sometimes sleeping) hours in a state of despair, anxiety and misery. The frequency of executive level...

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The Hustle of the Kenyan Side Hustle

The Hustle of the Kenyan Side Hustle

WHY DOES THE INFORMAL ECONOMY OF THE SIDE-HUSTLE THRIVE IN KENYA? To ask a Kenyan, “what do you do?” is a singular question that can lead to many other questions: “Do you mean what I do as my full-time job from 9 a.m. or 5 p.m.?” “Or what I do from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m....

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How to use science & data for greater hiring success

How to use science & data for greater hiring success

There is a wealth of new methods, backed by research and new data sets, to inform the hiring of executive teams. Despite this, many companies still approach hiring based on outdated principles and concepts, which means that they are not making optimally successful...

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The African Leadership Opportunity

The African Leadership Opportunity

Fintech, solar-tech, health-tech, and the ecosystems that connect the tech to customers in Africa – these are all massive growth sectors throughout the continent. They have emerged because of limited access to financial services, power, and healthcare, and they are...

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Ronak Gopaldas, weighs in on the land reform debate

Ronak Gopaldas, weighs in on the land reform debate

Nothing illustrates the sharpness of the fork in the road that SA faces more than the land issue. President Cyril Ramaphosa is caught on the horns of a political dilemma: on the one hand, investor-led growth in the economy is pivotal to the success of his government...

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What does it take to be at the top?

What does it take to be at the top?

The biggest differentiators between senior executives and employees at all other job levels are not track record and education as might be expected; but rather ambition, the ability to adjust, and a consistent quest for learning. The research was conducted by JvR...

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Jack Hammer – What’s in a Name?

Jack Hammer – What’s in a Name?

When we decided to call our executive search firm ‘Jack Hammer’, we were in the early stages of establishing ourselves as a boutique, with an approach to delivery that was obsessive and fierce. Our tagline, ‘relentlessly getting it right’, encapsulated our rigour,...

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Executive perks on the decline

Executive perks on the decline

Cost cutting measures by companies have seen a decline in the number of benefits executives get. Recruitment specialist Tracy Dawson speaks to Motheo Khoaripe

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Hiring the ‘best’ person or the ‘right’ person

Hiring the ‘best’ person or the ‘right’ person

“Have you found me the best person out there?” So often in my career I have been confronted with the requirement of clients looking for the “best” – urging me to do whatever possible to secure these ‘mythical beasts’. But, increasingly, I am working with organisations...

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Use science & data for greater hiring success

Use science & data for greater hiring success

There is a wealth of new methods, backed by research and new data sets, to inform the hiring of executive teams. Despite this, many companies still approach hiring based on outdated principles and concepts, which means that they are not making optimally successful...

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Mindfulness Masterclass

Mindfulness Masterclass

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, will be delivering Mindfulness Masterclass at the Red and Yellow School on the 1st of March. It is a comprehensive 4-hour workshop focused on principles and tools to incorporate Mindfulness as a key element of leadership...

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Confessions of an Accidental Tech Entrepreneur

Confessions of an Accidental Tech Entrepreneur

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat is an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member in Cape Town, South Africa, and founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, one of Africa's top executive search firms. Debbie found herself unexpectedly at the helm of a new tech company, Virtual Coaching...

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Our Egypt Partner wins MEA Markets Award

Our Egypt Partner wins MEA Markets Award

Every year, MEA Markets, a quarterly publication dedicated to researching and publishing the major moves and events as they happen across the Middle East & Africa region, awards women within this region who manage to establish themselves highly in political,...

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Does MBA guarantee you a lucrative financial package?

Does MBA guarantee you a lucrative financial package?

With the value of pursuing an MBA increasingly under scrutiny, Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, expert weighs in on if the qualification is still a differentiator for professionals looking to make themselves more desirable from hiring perspectives. The CEO of...

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SA is losing its shine as the gateway into Africa

SA is losing its shine as the gateway into Africa

Global multinationals seeking to invest in Africa are no longer automatically opting for South Africa first before spreading their wings to the rest of the continent, but are instead increasingly setting up shop directly in the market they wish to enter. “From the...

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The Zero Budget Growth Strategy – Leadership Alert!

The Zero Budget Growth Strategy – Leadership Alert!

It's a story I've heard several times in the last month or so. A story about companies making leadership appointments with the objective of organizational growth and transformation - only to discover that they no longer have the budget or investment appetite for said...

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Consider social media an ally, not a friend – expert

Consider social media an ally, not a friend – expert

Social media aggregators are rapidly gaining traction in the executive search and recruitment industries, and anyone planning on rising through the ranks in their careers should be on the alert with this trend, a leadership expert warns. “Most people will be aware...

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