executive careers in Asia Pacific

The Pace of change
Asia is changing pretty fast. The region has an ageing population but also a relatively young one. As GDP growth picks up and lifestyle changes continue, there are indeed an increasing number of market opportunities in Asia. Managing headquarters expectations about “markets of billions” (China and India) will become an even bigger challenge for regional executives. Demands for higher margins and pressures on selling, general and administrative costs are likely to increase.

In order to gain an insight into the executive search market in Spain, we asked Luis Truchado, partner at EuroGalenus and Penhryn International, for some brief comments about the past, present and future.
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BlueSteps: What happened to executive search in Spain during the Recession of 2008-2009?

Executives, once at that exclusive and illustrious level, no longer have the luxury of applying for a job through the regular means which were available to them during the earlier part of their careers: an ad in the paper, or on an online job board, or just randomly approaching target employers by mailing a CV. At senior and executive levels, individuals seeking a change need to reconsider the usual push strategy and employ a more drawn out, pull strategy and this requires a switch in mindset that they have to get acquainted with.

Ever since Goldman Sachs coined “BRIC”, and China/India/Brazil etc. continued to grow during the worldwide economic crisis, many Multinational Corporations (MNCs) have asked themselves the same question: “are we doing enough to ride the emerging market curve?” The usual approach is to set up a “white space” team, hire a few local managers and hope for a strong investment proposal that they can put their capital behind. For the purpose of focus, these 5 insights, suggestions and watchouts have been tailored to help MNCs enter a previously untapped emerging market.

Manufacturing Executive Career Forecast

BlueSteps recently spoke to three noted experts who specialize in retained searches for manufacturing executives, to gain their insights into developments within this sector, and their outlook for 2010. Find out how executive job opportunities in manufacturing are on the rise, and how to remain visible to executive recruiters and search consultants.

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Many senior executives aspire to becoming a CEO - the ultimate goal of a successful career. So what does it take to be a CEO? To gain an idea we asked Jim Morris, a Manufacturing CEO and member of BlueSteps, to comment on what he thought it takes to lead from the top position:

Experiencing only a -0.2% change from 2008 to 2009 GDP, Brazil has become a bright star amongst troubled markets around the world. So how is this reflected in the executive search market and hiring for senior executive positions in Brazil? To find out, we asked Adriana Prates from Dasein Executive Search to comment on the effects of the recession upon hiring, the present recovery, and what we can expect for the future. Read on to see how executive job opportunities have been affected:

Have you ever thought about what makes a great leader? There have been a number of books written on the subject but many go too deep and fail to communicate the key principles needed for successful leadership. Motivating people and getting them excited about their contributions to company success is vital to successful leadership. When executives work together with no agenda other than creating greater company value, there are no limits to accomplishment. It is a Leader’s responsibility to create that atmosphere and grow it within the workforce.
Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of key executives – CEOs, Partners, COOs, Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, and so on. Top business professionals like these present unique challenges to the Career Consultant, because they face unique challenges in their own transitions! Specializing in working with this clientele, I have identified 10 distinct issues that senior executives usually confront with when conducting a job search – and I have developed practical solutions for each one of them:

#1 – EGO
  • Loss of self-esteem, identity, self-worth, and self-concept
  • Embarrassment, shame, and “tarnished” image
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