New Survey from BlueSteps.com Shows 55% of Senior Executives Unsatisfied with their Work-Life Balance
In April 2010 BlueSteps surveyed over 800 global senior executive members to discover the latest attitudes to work-life balance (The Economist Intelligence Unit assisted with the development of survey questions). Of those surveyed, over half reported that they currently do not have a satisfactory work-life balance – the highest dissatisfaction figure recorded since the survey began in 2006.

The global economic crisis has led to customers downgrading their purchases in terms of both quantity and quality, and are asking harder questions about how your product or service is truly differentiated from others. In ordinary business situations, and especially during economic downturns, the power of a brand can truly never be underestimated in answering this basic consumer need.

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.

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.

The landscape for executive search in the Technology, Communications and Media Sector is markedly changed as we emerge from the global recession. Computing Systems, Software, Communications Services and Technologies, Digital Media, E-Commerce and IT each face its own business challenges and opportunities, which will impact executive search in the sector. In a recent BlueSteps Tele-Seminar, senior executive search consultants from AESC member search firms discussed how the sector has restructured, the outlook for further changes and growth, the likelihood of leadership changes and talent shortages, and the impact of globalization.

Moderator: Peter Felix, President, AESC

Executive Search Firm Panelists:

The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), who own and operate BlueSteps, hosts two annual conferences each year, bringing together AESC member retained executive search consultants. This year, the America’s Conference attracted over 130 consultants from around the world, who discussed key global business issues and the current challenges and opportunities for the retained executive search industry. Each presentation and panel discussion was well received, and here we focus on Ian Davis’s review of ‘The New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities’.

Senior Executives Dissatisfied Following Recession

BlueSteps Survey finds 70% of Senior Executives Reporting Staff Cuts and 41% Indicating Job Dissatisfaction

“Are You Optimistic for 2010?”

We asked our BlueSteps senior executive members to share their opinions on the economic outlook for 2010 and included their responses in our article titled 'Forget the Media Hype: Senior Executive Opinions on the 2010 Economic Outlook'. Please see below for a selection of the full responses, and if you would like to join the debate, please visit our Executive Search Network LinkedIn group.

Andy Harris, CEO