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Diversity within German Management Boards: Achieving success with multicultural teams

While scarcely 30 percent of executive board positions in DAX companies are filled by foreign managers, last year saw new appointments soar. Angela Westdorf, Managing Partner and Vice Chairman of Signium, examines why mid-sized as well as larger companies need to rethink their approach.

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'MISFIT' - An ill fitting executive

Senior appointments do not always work out as planned. Signium Peru's Bret Rogers shares his insights related to the delicate task of not only identifying a 'misfit' executive, but more importantly, accepting responsibility and taking careful action to rectify the situation.

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Women have head start in quest for new leaders

Women's Month in South Africa is a good time to share a secret - recent events give women executives a big opportunity to fulfill their potential as key contributors to corporate success. Signium Africa's Mosima Selekisho explores how women are ideally placed to meet the growing need for a new type of corporate leader.

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Global consumer trends remixing executive DNA

Senior Executives are typically influenced by business needs and economic conditions. Signium Africa's Annelize van Rensburg explores how societal factors, technology developments, and changing consumer preferences have led to evolving executive profiles and a broadening of focus - thus shifting the DNA of today's executive.

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The bots are coming! If the headlines are to be believed, robots are coming for your job. Or are they?

Gusti Coetzer from Signium Africa speaks to Brainstorm Magazine about the true jobs at risk of being replaced by robotics. Who will be affected?

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Individual integrity - The best defence against corporate failure

Given current pressures in the realm of corporate governance and audit practice, Auguste Coetzer of Signium Africa and J Michael Judin of Johannesburg law firm Judin Combrinck suggest now is a good time to remind ourselves of basic principles in the conduct of business and the behavior of directors.

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Is your leadership style akin to a sailboat or a speedboat?

In his recent address to Signium's global conference, Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, looked at the essential components of successful leadership - vision, courage and integrity - and countries that have effected major strategic change through effective leadership.

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Why opting for an outsider can deliver the cultural shift you seek

As Executive Search consultants, we are often tasked with thinking 'outside the box' when drawing up a shortlist of candidates for senior positions. However, when we present candidates from outside the sector alongside candidates from within, one with specific knowledge and contacts from within the industry is invariably the one chosen. Martin Peterson of Signium Sweden looks at why sometimes opting for the outsider is the right thing to do.

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Senior Execs and Signium Greater China agree that insight into shifting consumer lifestyles is key to success in Chinese market

China's GDP growth is slowing, but consumption is still growing by over 10% a year, thanks to strong structural shifts in the economy. Between now and 2021, China is estimated to add $1.8 trillion in new growth alone - a huge opportunity for consumer companies. Two Chinese business leaders, Sam Shih, Global President of APP Tissue and James Lau, Managing Director China for the Miele Group, as well as two Signium Greater China Partners, Charles Bien and Kasper Cheung, provide insights.

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'What will you do for an encore? I'd like to electrify Africa' - Leadership lessons from a global leader in renewable energy

Eddie O'Connor, a world leader in the renewable energy sector, shares with Paul Holland of Signium Ireland some of the leadership lessons he has learned throughout his remarkable career. And his remaining ambition - to electrify Africa.

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Cobots in the Workplace - Can't we all Just Get Along?

Science fiction is fast becoming a reality in manufacturing and service industries across the world as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robots and cobots (collaborative robots) become a reality. Auguste (Gusti) Coetzer of Signium South Africa looks at why businesses need to pay attention to this trend and how it will impact on human employment.

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Millennials...Who they are and why they matter

Paul Holland of Signium Ireland looks at what makes Millennials tick and how firms need to position themselves to attract the best of the Millennial talent pool.

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Customer Experience has moved beyond 'fixing the service' to occupy a strategic role

When it costs a lot to win a customer with a high lifetime value, Customer Experience assumes central importance. Clive Sugars of Signium UK looks at what it is, where it sits and the kind of people you should be hiring for it.

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The Ingredients for Success in Food Service - the 5 Key Qualities required of Senior Executives

Following interviews with leading executives, Signium's Paul Kaye and Helene Landre look at the skills and attributes required to succeed in Food Service, and how they differ from the traditional branded food manufacturing sector.

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Inclusive, family-oriented leadership helps Roche seize the opportunity in Myanmar

Myanmar is growing at a strong rate – and its Pharma market is expected to mirror this growth over the next 5 years. Roche was one of the first Big Pharma companies to see the opportunity. Signium Myanmar's Linda Gadd and Michael Coyet talk to Roche General Manager, Mark Lewis, about their experience, his inclusive leadership style and what advice he would have for multinationals looking to locate in Myanmar.

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Industry Insights: How Venture Capital is fueling Innovation in Food and big Brands step up to match pace

'Flexitarians' and a distrust of 'Big Food' are driving major changes in the food market. And venture capitalists are inserting themselves in the process. Ann Frances Kelly of Signium Germany looks at the future of food and speaks to food industry experts.

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'Don't hire a Chief Digital Officer'

Signium's first bi-annual meeting focused on digital content and delivery. A presentation on the digital future by Christoph Bornschein, CEO of international digital transformation agency TLGG kicked off the event. It was as unnerving as it was eye-opening. Companies that survive the digital era will place digital at the heart of the organisation - before people, processes and structure - and develop the flexibility to make decisions quickly. And they will not hire a Head of Digital.

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Are Emerging Markets the last great brand opportunity?

A predilection for imported brands that signify quality means that Emerging Markets represent tremendous opportunities for established brands. But the landscape is far from uniform and great care must be taken to get it right. Signium South Africa's Auguste Coetzer and Annelize van Rensburg look at how to take advantage of what might be the last great opportunity for brands.

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As more brands take their digital marketing in-house, they need to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater

More and more consumer brands are taking their digital marketing in-house and abandoning agencies. Helene Landre of Signium Belgium looks at the reasons behind this and the dangers involved as companies progress along their digital evolutionary path.

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For Challenger brands, attitude is everything. Here’s how to make sure your senior hires don’t fall into the 89% of hires that fail due to attitudinal misfit.

Business people tend to refer to 'Challenger brands’ as though they are all much the same. Far from it. Matthew Dallisson looks here at the different types of Challengers and how attitude is critical for them. Matt also explains why attitudinal fit for senior hires is crucial for these growing companies; how so many get it wrong and key questions to ask to enhance your chances of success.

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Innovation ‐ whose job is it anyway?

David Sneesby, Managing Partner Signium UK, discusses Innovation and where the responsibility for it sits within the organisation.

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As technology brings all the Life Science players together, leadership recruiting shifts to 'big picture' people

Angela Westdorf, Partner Signium Germany, discusses digital healthcare and its implications for the industry and future leaders.

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Is it time the Chief CyberSecurity Officer got a seat at the board room table?

Paul Holland, Partner Signium Ireland, discusses the important role of an organization's Chief Cybersecurity Officer.

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Can Social Media Recruiting Replace Direct Professional Search Services?

Horst Neller, Managing Partner and Vice Chairman of Signium, talks about databases, contacting candidates directly and the science and art of identifying, evaluating, choosing, committing and recruiting ideal candidates.

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Cognitive Computing: What executives should know about Watson

Experts believe Cognitive Computing heralds a new computer era. Their vision is for cognitive and comprehensive systems to replace today's computers.

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Emotional Intelligence ‐ the X factor for great leaders?

Paul Holland, Consulting Partner at Signium Ireland, discusses emotional intelligence. (posted via LinkedIn)

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Talent Trends - The Imperative for Global Mobility & Cultural Fit

At an international conference of leading Executive Search professionals from 5 continents hosted by Signium Ireland in Dublin recently; among a much broader range of topics delegates discussed in some detail the benefits of international mobility, experience and cultural fit for current and future business leaders.

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