BlueSteps Career Management and Executive Search Blog
The BlueSteps Career Management Blog is written with a C-level audience in mind on career management topics ranging from executive compensation, executive resumes, and interview tips to networking, executive job search, and gaining visibility as a professional in one’s industry.
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The United States has an explicit culture, where being modest or not “putting yourself out there” won’t bring you the success you’re looking for. This means that, unlike China, France and Japan, where implicit communications are the norm, in the US you need to not only be able to speak up and talk about your strengths, but show them as well. Only those who stand out from the crowd, have clear, known strengths, will succeed.
Executive search consultants interviewed and surveyed for this article see a bright, long-term future for the industry. The challenging business environment, high executive turnover, changing demographics, and increasing complexity and greater due diligence requirements of executive and board recruitment should translate into steady demand. Yet despite—or perhaps because of—a robust market, search consultants see challenges ahead, chiefly in three areas:
In a recent survey of senior executives, we sought to find out what experience is best for the CEO position, a CFO or a COO? Read the following 6 key elements a CEO must possess:
1. A Sales and Marketing background is essential for a CEO.
Harold Torninger, CEO at Sight Executive Group, stated, “In my experience the CEO position is best prepared from individuals who have a Product Marketing and Sales and Marketing track record. They have demonstrated a strong Customer focus and also an ability to handle the whole Supplychain.”