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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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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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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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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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New rule and roles – no time for companies to stick their heads in the sand

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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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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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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New breed of leaders wanted throughout Africa to harness impact investment

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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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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What does it take to be at the top?

When CEOs fail – look at the root cause

Companies spend months sourcing top leaders for their executive teams – at great cost – yet often these newly appointed leaders fail to perform to expectation, which further impacts on the morale and bottom line of an organisation. In many cases, the fault can be...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman-Bhyat on the rise of fintech in Africa

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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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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Ronak Gopaldas, weighs in on the land reform debate

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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The founder-led company dilemma

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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The African Leadership Opportunity

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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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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