Organizational health a fast track to performance improvement

Working on health works. It’s good for your people and for your bottom line. The central idea underlying our organizational work for the past decade has been that the best way to run a business is to balance short-term performance and long-term health. Healthy companies, we know, dramatically outperform their peers. The proof is strong—the top quartile of publicly traded companies in McKinsey’s Organizational …

Corporate America on the Move

Spring forward and fall back. But sometimes we don’t have the choice as to when we move, because our employer has decided to shift headquarters. In 2016, we saw a significant number of companies choosing this option as a route to find operational efficiency and a boost in productivity (it might be just a perception and I might be biased, …

Why & When Partner with Recruiters

I’m currently absorbed by one of the most exciting business books I’ve ever come across — Zero to One, a masterpiece written by Paypal and Palantir co-founder, Peter Thiel — in collaboration with one of his students, Blake Master. Zero to One’s line of thought can be summarized as follows — it is easier to copy a model than to create something new; doing what we …

3 Ideas to Support and Mentor Other People’s Children

Summer is always a terrific opportunity to spend time with younger relatives and friends. In my case, I have the chance to get to better know a large group of wonderful nephews and nieces, who are no longer teenagers and are either figuring out what to study, completing their degrees or kicking off their professional careers. Read more on Medium

The Power of Reset

One of my young daughters is in competitive sports. Her performance is quite decent so far; however, when things go South for whatever reason, her brain does not let her to perform to the level she expects. Without boring you with too many details, I thought the challenge was moving from negative to positive thinking. “ Yes, positive thinking is …

How to Choose Your Clients

Having the luxury to choose who you work with has been on our aspirational whiteboard since we set up INGENIA. And this is a tough one… especially if your company is in an early stage and your brand name is still in its infancy. As a newcomer to the recruiting industry, I published a post declaring our intention to be …

How to separate yourself from the dominant crowd

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect — Mark Twain That would be my current LinkedIn status: pausing & reflecting. Since we set up our new business, I would give ourselves an A-. We have developed a fresh, modern approach to recruiting middle managers and qualified professionals, embracing the dynamics of today´s …

Generational Differences

Last week I had the great pleasure of enjoying breakfast with one of my distinguished Professors from MIT. Despite his overwhelming curriculum, he is humble enough to spend quality time with (current and former) students like me, dedicating his undivided attention to a relaxed conversation around a cup of coffee, sunny side eggs and crispy bacon. A priceless luxury. Read …

Silence

Silence. In this world of constant communication and next-big-things every other week, silence dominates in some instances. Lately, I feel we are becoming quite selective with whom we interact, getting less responsive to those who do not belong to our closest circle of trust or come up with a very appealing value proposition — personal o professional. Maybe it is just a …

Understanding Culture to Select the Right Fit

Culture as a set of basic assumptions defines for us what to pay attention to, what things mean, how to react emotionally to what is going on, and what actions to take in various kinds of situations. We all agree that one crucial element when it comes to successful recruiting is cultural fit. This is simply hiring someone that fits …