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Although I research and teach about emotions, I also have clients, colleagues, and a family (including two cats, two dogs a husband, and an almost four-year-old), so I can very well understand why we all struggle sometimes. This afternoon, my son has been in the house for 15 minutes, has spilled water all over the kitchen floor and then walked in it with his dirty feet from outside, screamed (happily) about 100 times (or so it seems) while playing with one of the dogs, whined about having his nails cut and has been singing in between it all. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful to be able to work from home some of the time and have him come by for a hug once in a while and to just be here in the midst of the craziness of life.

The 2016 BlueSteps Job Outlook Report, just released by Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, shows that global executive optimism has decreased 10.9 percentage points since 2014. Forty-one percent of respondents expect the number of senior management-level positions to remain sluggish as the number of professionals seeking a new opportunity continues to increase, reaching its highest point since 2010 - 90.2 percent.

Every industry sector reported a quarter-on-quarter increase in searches started, with Consumer and Industrial leading the way with a 9.2 and 6.9 percentage point increase respectively. Non-Profit saw an increase of 42.7 percentage points, but is prone to much larger shifts due to a smaller volume of searches overall. Revenue grew by 8.8% quarter-on-quarter and 18.4% year-on-year, which is especially noteworthy considering the profession has recorded two consecutive years of record-breaking growth. Karen Greenbaum, AESC President & CEO, said: “It’s interesting to note that while average fees were flat year-on-year, the number of searches, total revenues and average revenues per consultant increased. 

The speed of technological growth has changed our lives significantly. Explore some of the technology trends that will inform the next decade of business leadership and question how to strike a balance between the art and science of strategic advising.  

Walmart may not have been the first company whose pricing policies forced suppliers to send jobs overseas, but it was, for years, the one with the highest public profile. Yet, like so many things involving marketplace dynamics, the issues that attracted the most attention had to do with the wages and benefits that Walmart offered employees. It’s a subject that makes good press but, ultimately, bad economics. By contrast, with the impact of offshoring, though, it’s almost insignificant.
 

The Good

I just don’t have the time.

We all say it, or at least think it, every day. We have to make some hard decisions on how we use our available time. We have to prioritize.

Our jobs and careers demand that we set priorities, too. I hear it every day from friends and colleagues – especially when they try to explain why they aren’t more involved with their industry associations.

The 2016 BlueSteps Job Outlook Report, just released by Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, shows that global executive optimism has decreased 10.9 percentage points since 2014. Forty-one percent of respondents expect the number of senior management-level positions to remain sluggish as the number of professionals seeking a new opportunity continues to increase, reaching its highest point since 2010 - 90.2 percent.

In this interview, we talked to Stafford Bagot, from Heidrick & Struggles, about the results of the 2016 BlueSteps Executive Job Outlook report and his advice for candidates. Download the full report here.
 

Many executives expect the number of executive jobs to increase in 2016. Is now the time to make a move?

In this interview, we talked to Adriana Prates, from Dasein Executive Search, about the results of the 2016 BlueSteps Executive Job Outlook report and her advice for candidates. Download the full report here.
 

What global economic trends do you see having the most impact on executive jobs in the coming year?

In this interview, we talked to Shane Phillips, from The Phillips Group, about the results of the 2016 BlueSteps Executive Job Outlook report and his advice for candidates. Download the full report here.
 

Many executives expect the number of executive jobs to increase in 2016. Is now the time to make a move?