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Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on interviews

Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on interviews

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, recently spoke to Cape Talk's Koketso Sachane on the topic of interviews, especially that pesky "what are your weaknesses?" question! Koketso: Such a silly question, what are your weaknesses? "Admitting I have any". That is what...

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Winning a C-Suite Role – How important is a Referee?

Winning a C-Suite Role – How important is a Referee?

In a nutshell – a great referee is EVERYTHING! (almost) Here’s why: Two Executives. One great job. Both executives show up admirably through all three stages of the Jack Hammer screening process, including the face-to-face interview. On paper, by achievements and...

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‘Yente the Matchmaker’

‘Yente the Matchmaker’

Potential clients often contact us when they have urgent need of an executive of some description. “Surely you must have someone in your network?!” they exclaim, incredulously. And of course we do. Sometimes, we can channel Yente, the village matchmaker, and...

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Rise of the Chief Digital Officer

Rise of the Chief Digital Officer

It's official. 'Digital' has made it to the C-Suite. From the lowly corners of the marketing department a few years ago when companies started recognizing that they'd better pay some attention (and allocate some budget) to digital and social marketing, organizations...

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The founder-led company dilemma

The founder-led company dilemma

Founder-led companies are often more successful than those run by professional managers, who might not have the same pizzazz and passion, but may be better placed to lead in the next phase of growth Markus Jooste, CEO of high-flying Steinhoff, says Investec will miss...

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Three top traits of successful executives

Three top traits of successful executives

According to a recent study, the three top traits displayed by successful leaders are ambition, ability to adjust and a consistent quest for learning - and it is possible to cultivate these personal qualities if they are not naturally present. JvR Africa Group...

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Putting mindfulness into the boardroom

Putting mindfulness into the boardroom

Extensive scientific research, supporting the personal and professional benefits of a more holistic approach to life and work, has led to a growing respect for mindfulness programmes and practices in the workplace. The world’s top companies are increasingly...

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Mindfulness makes leap from meditation room to boardroom

Mindfulness makes leap from meditation room to boardroom

The world’s top companies are increasingly introducing mindfulness practices into their organisations to help employees reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and attention, and ultimately enhance productivity – and South African companies are starting to follow...

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Executive Appointments – Do you need to be Discreet?

Executive Appointments – Do you need to be Discreet?

Over the last few years as online platforms like LinkedIn have entered and substantially shifted elements of the recruitment sector, I’ve received many queries from industry insiders and outsiders, asking about the viability and future of executive search. 'Do...

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The Future of Jobs in Africa?

The Future of Jobs in Africa?

As a mother, I think about the future for my child. As an executive search professional, I think about the future role my son will play in business. Perhaps even as a leader in business. In Africa. Yes, he is only four years old, but when you read about statistics...

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The CXO – Saving the Day for the Retail Sector?

The CXO – Saving the Day for the Retail Sector?

There's a sombre tone accompanying the latest sets of financial results from most retailers in South Africa. The size of consumers' wallets is certainly smaller - and shrinking - in many segments, there's less discretionary spend across the board, and many people are...

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A list of South Africa’s top business schools

A list of South Africa’s top business schools

Recent research published by recruitment firm Jack Hammer, concluded that an MBA was no longer the ticket to the top of the corporate ladder. In a previous interview with DESTINY Man, CEO Debbie Goodman-Bhyat of Jack Hammer said that because an MBA was one of the...

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Transformation in SA companies back on the agenda

Transformation in SA companies back on the agenda

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat recently spoke to Moneyweb's Siki Mgabadeli, discussing transformation in SA companies. SIKI MGABADELI: Transformation of the top leadership teams in South African companies appears to be back on the agenda with BEE appointments...

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Jack Hammer is Hiring!

Jack Hammer is Hiring!

Jack Hammer is rated in the top three executive search firms in South Africa and through our IRC partnership, in the top three globally. With our head office in Cape Town, and additional offices in Johannesburg, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt and Kenya, Jack Hammer has earned...

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CEO Appointments – Time is of the Essence

CEO Appointments – Time is of the Essence

I spent a lot of time over the holidays plonked on an outdoor sofa under the trees, catching up on my reading. If there’s one thing I wish to do a lot more of in 2017, it’s just this – read, plonked on a couch! New year’s resolutions aside (sadly, these don’t last...

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Scramble for top managers sees spike

Scramble for top managers sees spike

There has been an increase in demand of more than 100% for senior leaders from South African companies over the past three months, as businesses urgently play catch-up to fill their top posts. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of the top 3 executive...

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Your Executive Role – ‘It’s not what they promised!’

Your Executive Role – ‘It’s not what they promised!’

So, you’ve left your old job – which was actually quite a nice one, even though your career wasn’t really going places – and joined a new company, because the role on offer sounded really great! Now you’ve been in your new executive role for a few months, and it’s...

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A global perspective of leadership in Africa

A global perspective of leadership in Africa

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Europe to participate in the annual IRC Global Executive Search Partners meeting. In case you’re not aware, Jack Hammer is the South African partner of the global executive search network, IRC – which is rated in the...

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SA executives optimistic about future earnings

SA executives optimistic about future earnings

Despite being surrounded by bad news at home and globally, a new survey of South African business executives has recorded much better sentiment than a year ago on prospects for personal earnings and bonuses, as well as business growth next year. The annual bonus and...

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What’s holding you back from the C-suite?

What’s holding you back from the C-suite?

Despite the fact that there is a huge demand for top leaders in South Africa who boast the ‘full package’, the pool of suitably qualified and experienced C-suite executives is relatively small, not least because the leadership skills-set of the future is more...

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Executive Search: Four critical elements for success

Executive Search: Four critical elements for success

The success of an executive search process depends on four broad categories: Research, Headhunting, Interviewing and Selecting the Shortlist. If the executive search team is not highly accomplished in all four of these areas, the process is pretty much a hit and miss...

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Executive hiring – Do you really ‘know everyone’?

Executive hiring – Do you really ‘know everyone’?

From time to time, I engage with companies with a critical vacancy to fill, who are firmly of the belief that they ‘know everyone’ in their industry, and that they have no need of any external support in identifying and securing a candidate for the role. “We know...

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CVs for executive leaders: Back to basics…

CVs for executive leaders: Back to basics…

On a daily basis, I deal with executives who lead companies or sizeable businesses in large corporates, are adept and confident around the negotiating table, and orchestrate complex deals but, when it comes to putting together a CV that is essentially their personal...

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IRC – Top Three Global Executive Search Provider

IRC – Top Three Global Executive Search Provider

IRC Global Executive Search Partners, of which Jack Hammer is the exclusive South African partner, has been named in the top three global executive search services providers in terms of geographic coverage. As per the Global 25 rankings, recently released by Hunt...

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Considering a sabbatical?

Considering a sabbatical?

An expert of all things "executive", Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, recently spoke to 702’s Bruce Whitfield on the topic of sabbaticals. In 7-minute interview, she explains what they are and certainly are not, how taking one would affect your future prospects...

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Podcast – how to handle counter-offers

Podcast – how to handle counter-offers

Jack Hammer Consultant, San-Marie Barnard, recently spoke to SAFm presenter Ashraf Garda on the Afternoon Talk show about counter-offers. http://peararchive2.co.za/broadcast/070716SAFM1437Jackhammer.mp3 Presenter: Lets get to San-Marie Barnard, the Principal Executive...

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Leadership mastery in chaotic markets

Leadership mastery in chaotic markets

I was winter-vacationing on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean when the Brexit vote came out, and watched from the sidelines with sporadic internet signal as markets roller-coasted and whiplashed with shock. A short while later, there has been some...

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Accepting a counter offer: counter-productive?

Accepting a counter offer: counter-productive?

Should a counter offer be seen as sign of how much your organisation values you or is it really a slap in the face? Receiving a counter offer can be one of the most flattering feelings in the world. No one would blame you for assuming that the gesture demonstrates...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on MBAs

Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on MBAs

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat recently appeared on Cape Talk, speaking to Stephen Grootes about an MBA qualification and whether it sets executives apart in today's competitive corporate world. Click on the sound bar above to hear more.

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An MBA is no longer a ‘golden ticket’

An MBA is no longer a ‘golden ticket’

Ambitious executives were warned on Monday that they should look beyond an MBA, which was no longer a ‘magic ticket’, when considering education options that might help them further their careers. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, chief executive of Jack Hammer, one of South...

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Private sector should be clear about leadership

Private sector should be clear about leadership

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of South Africa's top three executive search firms says, although it may seem obvious that companies want to appoint ethical leadership with integrity, the reality is that this requirement does not always translate...

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Top management still hugely dominated by white males

Top management still hugely dominated by white males

This was one of the findings of the Commission for Employment Equity, which released its annual report for the 2015 year on Monday. Commission chairwoman Tabea Kabinde said at a media briefing that the slow pace of change was"disconcerting".   Click here to go to...

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Hiring for diversity, or hiring for fit?

Hiring for diversity, or hiring for fit?

Fit. Hiring for fit is the one constant, overriding demand from companies recruiting new leaders. Because, regardless of skill and capability, fit is the key that will ensure long term success or seemingly never ending hassles and, ultimately, middling performance....

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Gender still the black sheep in transformation debate

Gender still the black sheep in transformation debate

Jack Hammer's research shows that, locally, the question of the ongoing lack of gender transformation needs a spotlight shone on it. “In South Africa, racial representation in boardrooms and executive teams rightfully gets an enormous amount of attention, and is a...

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Gender and the transformation debate

Gender and the transformation debate

According to the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report, “Finding the Facts: South Africa’s Future Leaders”, the gender and transformation debate rages on - of the 334 executives in the JSE’s Top 40 companies, only 17% of executives are female, compared to 21% who are...

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Skuif-skuif bereik jy top-pos

Skuif-skuif bereik jy top-pos

Verdere opleiding kan jou van die middelste sport op die korporatiewe leer tot die top-pos help klim. Maar neem slim besluite as jy verder studeer. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, uitvoerende hoof van die personeelagentskap Jack Hammer sê goeie loopbaanbeplanning is vroeg al...

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Counter-offer: Appreciation or a slap in the face?

Counter-offer: Appreciation or a slap in the face?

In my daily dealings with executive and senior candidates, one of the most important discussions I have during the interview process is around counter-offer. Because one thing is almost certain: top professionals will receive one from their current employer at the...

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Purpose, People and Growth

Purpose, People and Growth

My team and I interview hundreds of executives every year. Almost none of them are actively looking for a job. In spite of that, many of them are open to exploring new career opportunities, and some of them will land up accepting an offer to join a new organisation,...

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Tough markets spark demand for versatile leaders

Tough markets spark demand for versatile leaders

"As the global economic outlook gets bleaker by the day, with the South African market following suit while battling its own additional and unique challenges, companies increasingly want to appoint versatile leaders with a track record of penetrating new markets and...

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The Year of the Blog – or not!

The Year of the Blog – or not!

First blog of the year. I had resolved to do this monthly, but we're mid-Feb already and the first one has only just hatched. At this rate, 2014 could be the 'Year of Sporadic Blog-posting'. But I'll do my best to at least make it interesting! Point of interest number...

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Name Dropping – When Not To…

Name Dropping – When Not To…

Here’s a (fairly) true story. Candidate X - let’s call him Jim - attends an interview for an Executive role. His resume rocks – he has all of the required skills and experience, and he comes across as professional, committed, enthusiastic and interested in the...

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So are Executives Coming Home…or not?

So are Executives Coming Home…or not?

In the recent Financial Mail (April 25), an article on the ‘Brain Drain’, and whether it still exists, caught my eye. Are executives coming home or not? Various parties were slinging mud at one another regarding the data around returning South Africans – on the one...

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The First 100 Days

The First 100 Days

Initially used to describe the first period of a first term presidency in the US, this phrase has become commonplace in the executive landscape and is now part of the rhetoric of ‘leadership development’. Many books have been written on the topic (a scan through...

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Executive Interviews – Beware the ‘Informal Dinner’

Executive Interviews – Beware the ‘Informal Dinner’

Anyone who thinks they've nailed their next top job because they've sailed through the formal interview process (most likely around 5 - 7 interviews with all key stakeholders including the Chairman of the Board) as well as the psychometric assessments, and have now...

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Jobs in the C-Suite – an alternative approach

Jobs in the C-Suite – an alternative approach

More and more frequently, I see that the executives we appoint to C-Suite positions who take a stance of listening, observing and questioning, transition best into their new roles. It seems that 'slowly, slowly' is in fact what enables successful leaders to reach...

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Search Engine Optimisation and Executive Jobs

Search Engine Optimisation and Executive Jobs

One of the reasons that I write this blog is to pen down the ideas about the executive search landscape that pop into my head every few days (or weeks, or months....sometimes ideas are scarce!). It's nice to have an outlet for those random thoughts that roam inside by...

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Talent Mapping – not always worth the money!

Talent Mapping – not always worth the money!

If you're a specialist in executive search (ie. you focus purely on senior level appointments, using a search methodology), there is limited scope for 'product innovation' and Talent Mapping. One could do the process faster, and/ or at a reduced cost, but these...

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