A recent survey of executives about traits needed to succeed as an executive highlighted leadership skills as the most commonly cited one. While there are several definitions of leadership skills (who doesn’t have a say on his or her own interpretation of leadership) with encompassing factors such as communication, motivation and strategic orientation, a pragmatic denotation which I picked up from a mentor is the impact you have on the people around you…
If the time has come to accelerate your career and you are ready for a change, chances are you’ve considered reaching out to executive search firms.
Partnering with executive search firms can be an excellent way to expedite your search and begin exploring opportunities, but it’s best to carefully plan your approach. Read on to discover some top tips to consider when reaching out to executive search firms.
Executive interview success doesn’t happen by chance. It requires careful research, strategic planning and a plethora of preparation. There are proactive steps that candidates can take at every step of the process to increase their chances of success: from pre-interview research and perfecting their first impressions to learning how to expertly navigate challenging questions and knowing how to conduct post-interview follow-up.
There are many interview pitfalls that executive candidates can succumb to, so for those with interviews on the horizon, BlueSteps presents this checklist of do’s and don’ts for prospective executive interview candidates…
As an executive career coach, I often encounter entrepreneurs who have left the corporate realm to launch their own business ventures. For a variety of reasons, some want to transition back to a corporate role, but they’re unsure of how to go about it.
Driven and innovative business leaders sometimes seek room for experimentation. Entrepreneurship allows them to explore a passion they were unable to focus on working in a demanding role for a corporation. If the venture takes off, they stay, or they eventually sell the business. If it doesn’t, they seek employment again.
You probably know your company’s core values well. Maybe you can even recite them. But what about your own values? You know inherently what you value and stand for, but have you ever truly articulated it?
Identifying your values is foundational to exuding your brand. It is the core of who you are and what emanates outward to others. Companies that stick to their core values are more recognizable and more successful in the marketplace. The same holds true to individuals. And not only are they more recognizable, they are also more fulfilled. When work and life are aligned with your values, this is when you are at your best. You are positioned to succeed…
We are often asked about the qualifications and experience we are looking for in candidates for board positions. Similarly, executives are always keen to know what they can do to best position themselves as potential candidates for appointment to a board.
The boardroom is one of the places where character and experience reign supreme. Landing a role as a board member can be a prestigious and lucrative venture but board opportunities are rare.
Consider this, there are fewer than 4,000 U.S. companies listed by Nasdaq. According to CFO.com, each of those companies has an average of 9.2 board members with 1.5 of those being inside directors. Therefore, the total number of seats available for outside directors is approximately 30,800.
If you’re approachable, a fast learner, and willing to take calculated risks, you already possess some of the traits to become a great leader. Aspiring executives will also benefit from their ability to communicate, network and demonstrate understanding with those they work with.
Although there is no exact formula for becoming a “great executive leader”, there are many common traits, strengths, and skills that the majority of great executive leaders possess. Learning how to acquire, develop and utilize these attributes can dramatically improve your career performance and help you to stand out among other executive candidates.
Our increased reliance on digital technology in everyday business means greater exposure to the risks associated with cyber security. However, safeguarding those systems and our even more valuable data requires a strategic approach led by executives, not just IT professionals.
Though cybersecurity is a common topic of conversation in today’s hyper-connected, digital world, companies may still be lagging when it comes to making security a priority. In spite of the focus on protecting networks and the sensitive information they hold, a recent survey by KPMG showed that 40% of audit committees felt their organization’s risk management programs and processes “require substantial work.”
Cyber threats are among the biggest risks to businesses today. They have the potential to harm workers, customers and a company’s reputation. Revenue may sag as a result of a data breach if clients and collaborators no longer trust the organization. A network intrusion could cost a firm its competitive advantage if intellectual property is stolen. Without a solid cybersecurity program in place, it may be just a matter of time before a breach throws a company into chaos.
We often have discussions with C-suite executives about their path to Board directorships. This pathway can be a lengthy process. The article below by Lisa Marsh, Marketing Manager at the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC), provides some practical advice for individuals with Board aspirations.
The executive career goal of becoming a board director is one that is both highly coveted and highly challenging to actualize. Board member positions offer directors the opportunity to use their wealth of experience to tackle intellectual business challenges and influence the success of a chosen company. Despite there being many routes into the boardroom, below are our universal top tips for better positioning yourself for new board opportunities…
The Chief Financial Officer role requires a strong candidate able to lead the charge. But the qualifications needed and the route to get there is ever-changing. BlueSteps Executive Career Services Advisor, Debbie Ellis, discusses the status of the CFO position and the attributes needed to obtain a CFO position.
Over the past couple of decades, the C-Suite has overall expanded, continuously growing to pinpoint and meet targeted needs of an organization. It is now more apparent than ever that strong leadership skills and a strategic, forward-thinking mindset are necessary attributes for an executive pushing an organization’s growth, often even more so than technical and functional expertise. As such, the C-Suite has seen several senior-level functional roles added into the elite Chief roster and established C-Suite roles have been forced to re-evaluate the roles and responsibilities vital to meet the current needs of the function.