The rise of the outsider CEO

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal There are many things about business and recruiting that do not change year to year. But Wall Street Journal business columnist John D. Stoll writes in this column about one clearly demonstrable and important change: More and more companies are turning to the world outside of their respective companies… More

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6 ways recruiters can enhance the candidate experience

Viewed in Korn Ferry What can employers do to enhance candidates’ experiences with their recruitment processes? One of the greatest disappointments of candidates, they found from repeated comments on the job search site Glassdoor is companies’ inadequate communication during the process and especially when they are not selected. Think this doesn’t impact a company? Think… More

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The CEO life cycle

Viewed in Harvard Business Review When a team of researchers from executive search giant Spencer Stuart set out to assess the world’s best performing CEOs, they assembled a boat load of data on 747 S&P 500 chief executive officers, including shareholder return for each CEO’s company and an abundant amount of demographic and other intriguing… More

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The CEO 100, 2019 Edition

Viewed in Harvard Business Review The business world is comprised on an abundant number of companies. Some are run by very high profile chief executive officers (CEOs) whose names have become synonymous with high-level business performance of iconic businesses with household brand identity. Others, of course, are less known. Yet very few efforts have been… More

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The hedge fund headhunter

Viewed in Ritholtz.com Barry Ritholtz, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management LLC, last month hosted an intriguing podcast with guest Ilana Weinstein, the founder and CEO of IDW Group, a leading recruitment firm for hedge funds, private equity groups and family offices. In it, Weinstein describes the evolution of her career… More

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Give a boss a break and the firm will come out on top

Viewed in Financial Times Conventional wisdom holds that the world’s top performing executives largely live their job, logging long days, working weekends, and rarely taking a break from their professional focus and responsibilities. But conventional wisdom likely is wrong, Financial Times‘ Pilata Clark reports in this article.  Among others, Clark cites the case of Salesforce.com… More

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Women exceed 25% of board seats on S&P 500 for the first time

Viewed in Bloomberg. Publicly-traded companies have been making a conscientious effort of late to diversify their corporate boards, and one primary objective has been expanding the number of women on them. But how much progress has actually been made? Spencer Stuart, one of the world’s largest and most prominent executive recruitment firms, has completed an… More

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“Feel the force”: Gut instinct, not data, is the thing

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal. With the rapid ascent of data in corporate decision-making, is there any room left for managerial discretion? Absolutely, Wall Street Journal business columnist John D. Stoll writes in this column. At least in part this is because data is valuable but imperfect. Stoll cites Google chief decision scientist Cassie… More

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Why hedge funds are happy to let the machines take over

Viewed in Financial Times (Paywall). Quantitative investing models have been utilized for decades by money managers, but they are being aided substantially by the ongoing rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, Financial Times reports. Some money managers, such as Michael Kharitonov of the San Francisco-based Voleon Group, say the trend is likely to accelerate… More

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Among today’s most prized leadership qualities: Playing nicely

Viewed in The Wall Street Journal. The rise to the top of a corporation, as nearly any corporate executive can attest, is hugely competitive. The reality is that, when it comes to securing CEO roles, there are vastly greater numbers of aspirants than there are openings. Logic dictates that this competitiveness might lead some aspirants… More

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Making time management the organization’s priority

Viewed in McKinsey Quarterly. When companies face major strategic initiative and projects, it can be tempting to assign them to a high-performing executive. But this temptation overlooks the reality that such executives are already stretched thin on their existing time commitments.  This McKinsey Quarterly article argues that companies need to do a vastly better job… More

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Why commodity cartels break apart

Viewed in Winton.com. Commodity cartels, which were formed after World War II to attempt to establish stable (and lucrative) prices in some commodities, have largely failed in achieving that goal. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which was formed by large petroleum exporting countries to control the price of oil, had some success… More

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Seven steps to a more strategic board: What CEOs need to know

Viewed in Deloitte Insights. How much do we really know about what makes a successful corporate board of directors? To be sure, we could stand to know more. In an effort to add to this knowledge base, Deloitte initiated 50 conversations with Fortune 1000 CEOs about their perspective on corporate boards. A few themes emerged:… More

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How the world’s biggest companies fight to stay ahead

Viewed in Fortune. Fortune has just released the 2019 edition of “Global 500,” its annual listing of the world’s 500 largest companies by revenue. With $514B in annual revenue, the largest company on the 2019 list (by far) is Walmart. This year’s listing of the world’s largest companies reveals two macro trends. First, many companies… More

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It’s time to fight back for data sovereignty

Viewed in Forbes. What’s the world’s most valuable commodity?  For many years, it was oil. “But things have changed in recent years,” Forbes contributor Michael Ashley writes. “Oil has been dethroned.” Taking its place has been the commodities of the ascending technology industry. As a headline in The Economist put it last year, “The world’s… More

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Alibaba to take on Amazon, opening BtoB services to U.S. companies

Viewed in South China Morning Post. China-based Alibaba opened its business-to-business platform to the U.S. last month in a push to challenge Amazon. Alibaba believes its U.S. offering represents a value proposition for U.S. business-to-business customers. Alibaba is offering clients a flat membership fee of “a couple of thousand dollars a year,” Alibaba’s head of… More

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