Bolster and diversify your leadership skills by serving on a non-profit board

Posted on August 2, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Serving on a non-profit board is a full body exercise in governance. Board members contribute far more than just their votes. They fill a vital leadership role that engages both their subject matter expertise and their leadership skills.

A board member’s role is to advance their organization’s mission and vision. They do so by understanding and championing the needs and values of all stakeholders who interplay with the organization. To serve their institution well, board members must be good listeners, versatile professionals and big picture thinkers…

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Five tactics executive candidates can use to assess company culture

Posted on July 26, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Most of us have heard the famous quip attributed to Peter Drucker, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It’s become so commonly repeated that’s it’s almost a cliché at this point. But what does the statement really mean? It essentially means that strategy is null without a culture that can support it.

The values and behaviors that contribute to an organization’s social and psychological environment also fundamentally impact the performance of that organization. An organizational strategy without the right culture to drive it will not be successful. Organizations have gotten the message and have thus placed much more emphasis on culture over the past decade…

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Four tips to revitalise your executive job search

Posted on July 19, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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One of the most difficult challenges faced by job seekers during a sustained job search is maintaining the motivation to commit time and effort to the search. One of the best ways to reignite your job search can be to re-strategize and critically assess which activities are yielding results and which activities can be retired.

If your job search is in need of a boost, see below for our top tips on activities that can propel your efforts to the next level…

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5 Pros share their top leadership tips

Posted on June 25, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Being a leader is hard. If you struggle in a position where you’re affecting change, making decisions, and managing employees, learn from those who are already doing it well. Instead of harping on yourself, or running away from a great position, use these executive leadership ideas to get better.

With each task you delegate, every employee you empower, and each moment of self-reflection, you’ll find yourself becoming the leader you always knew you could be…

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The ins and outs of Executive compensation negotiation

Posted on June 15, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services

Recently, during an evening with friends at the local club, the topic of compensation negotiation emerged as a dominant theme amidst discussions on various topics. It got me thinking and based on an analysis of various pieces of advice doled out by others over the years, and my own research, here’s a dossier on this important aspect of our corporate lives…

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Hiring trends for 2018 and how they impact Executive jobseekers

Posted on June 6, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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With unemployment at record lows, combined with baby boomers retiring at an all-time high, companies are competing for the best talent, especially at the executive level. Today’s hiring process indicates companies are relying on artificial intelligence and algorithms as part of the mix to choose the next hire…

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Pressing business issues for C-suite leaders today

Posted on May 24, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Identifying the critical challenges global business leaders and their organizations will face remains important and complex. How are organizations reinventing themselves for the digital age and how are leaders managing digital transformation? For 18 years, The Conference Board (TCB) has surveyed CEOs from around the world to better understand the challenges executives face and the strategies used to address them. This highly-anticipated annual research report has been expanded this year, to include the full C-Suite in TCB’s “C-Suite ChallengeTM 2018: Reinventing the Organization for the Digital Age.”

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Developing and showcasing Executive leadership skills

Posted on May 3, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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Leadership has been defined as the process by which an individual influences a group and directs the group toward a specific goal or mission. Great leaders lead by example, possess strong communication skills and have both the trust and respect of their employees. True leaders inspire people to live the vision, mission and values of their organization while simultaneously empowering people to make decisions and contribute ideas…

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People-First Leadership: How to become an inspiring Executive

Posted on March 15, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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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…

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Top job search tips for reaching out to Executive Search firms

Posted on March 1, 2018 by BlueSteps Career Services
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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…

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