If you're a CEO, you'll want to benchmark yourself against others like you. If you're an in-role senior leader, insight into the chief executive can help you strategically focus your performance goals. For those in job search, you can better position yourself as a solution if you know the CEO's business priorities. Finally, if you recruit top talent, knowing CEOs' retention and engagement triggers can help you place your next candidate.
In an exclusive interview for ExecuNet members, former Medtronic Chairman and CEO Bill George shares his perspective on getting the right management talent in the right roles, the impact of internal politics and empowering enterprise potential.
George, now a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, believes today's global business leaders have to learn how to position people to perform up to their true potential and to their key strengths.
1. The most qualified candidate does not necessarily get the job offer. Many times, candidates with lesser qualifications get job offers simply because they've prepared and presented themselves in a more compelling way. They "package" themselves better, with an outstanding portfolio of career documents and oral presentation skills. The winning candidate is the one who knows how to tie his or her achievements, strengths and assets directly to the employer's needs, problems and challenges.
In a difficult employment landscape, strong qualifications and accomplishments are necessary, but not sufficient, to find a job you love and earn what you deserve. Don't be fooled into believing that the work world is a meritocracy — it's not. In the end, it's the best self-marketer who gets the job.
In an exclusive interview for ExecuNet members at the 2011 World Business Forum, where ExecuNet exclusively reported, workforce management expert Tammy Erickson assesses how the economy has shaped the organizational experiences of multiple generations of employees and what it means for business productivity and performance.
The smartest companies, says Erickson, have been focused on workforce engagement in a challenging business environment because they understand how employees have been stretched — and stressed — and why they must remain engaged to preserve vital customer relationships and market share.
There are many different ways to present information, and we've found three approaches typically resonate with our ExecuNet members:
Benchmarks and market intelligence borne from our statistical research
Authoritative advice from vetted experts
Experiential knowledge from peer communities
When an ExecuNet member landed an opportunity at the top of the org chart, we were able to present him with data revealing CEOs' top business priorities, as well as perspectives from Board experts on what they expected from their chief executives. But the real inside information came from those he engaged in ExecuNet’s General Management Roundtable who already sat in the corner office:
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