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Time to Take the Reins

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2020
“There is enormous power in taking control, especially in a situation that is fundamentally changing the economy, and how businesses operate, including recruitment,” says Nicolene Di Bartolo, Founder and Managing Director of Nicolene Di Bartolo Executive Search and Management Appointments (NDB). “However, to do so requires courage, agility and innovation.” While some businesses are buckling

How Mobile is Your Top Talent?

Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
Traditionally, the number one motivation for employees to relocate was money. Today, however, there is a newly emerging workforce that is motivated by more. A workforce that values happiness and flexibility inside and outside the workplace. For this new workforce, offering more money as an incentive for them to move abroad has become less effective.

Solving Youth Unemployment in South Africa

Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa emphasized that one of the most grave and pressing challenges within the country was the ballooning rate of youth unemployment. From 2013 to 2017, the youth unemployment rate in South Africa has averaged 51.95%, with an all-time high of 55.90% recorded in the

Achieving Gender Diversity in Organizations

Posted on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Men and women are innately different, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, views and different approaches to problems and opportunities. By fostering gender diversity, organizations are able to harness the strengths of each gender. This is particularly evident in leadership roles. Women usually have a leadership style that encourages excellence without being too autocratic or

When Does Your Business Need a Young Executive?

Posted on Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Today’s business climate is characterised by an accelerated pace which corporate leadership must keep up with in order to maintain a competitive edge in the market. More and more, global boards are leveraging the progressive education, business technology acumen and drive of younger professionals by appointing them into executive roles. In fact, younger executives are

How to overcome the leadership skills shortage in South Africa

Posted on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
The main factors impacting leadership skills in South Africa are that the right candidate, with the necessary leadership skills, is simply difficult to access, and therefore, to identify. Often, this is more a problem of recruitment methodology than a problem of skills shortage. In order to find a candidate with leadership skills, many organisations employ

Why FMCG is losing leadership skills

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017
We may be recovering from the recent economic and financial crisis, but that does not mean we are entering calmer waters. Turbulence ahead is the message, as a raft of new technologies continues to transform the shape of the economy, the workforce, and consequently organizations. Companies need to plan ahead to understand the new skills

The Leadership Skills required in FMCG in 2017

Posted on Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
The transition into a new digital era and changes in go-to-market routes driven by e-commerce and smart devices present business leaders in the FMCG industry with new challenges and is creating larger gaps in leadership. Leaders face pressure to adapt their businesses to respond quickly to rapidly changing consumer needs whilst at the same time