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At the end of the year, we often reflect on our goals for the New Year and beyond. As you think about your career goals, you may consider focusing on incorporating something you're passionate about.

Know Your Passion
It probably will not surprise you to know that the majority of people are not passionate about their work. In the United States, 77% have no job passion (Deloitte LLP, 2010); in Japan the number is 60% (The CONNECTYOU Report, 2009).
 

You’d need to have spent six months living on the moon to have avoided hearing talk of China’s economic slowdown. China’s new normal has been providing headlines for much of 2015. While China’s growth rate is still good by global standards, it’s nonetheless a big drop in the context of an economy as big and powerful as China. Let’s take a look at the possible impacts of China’s slowdown on executive jobs. No doubt China’s new normal will have an impact on executive employment, but the effects will be uneven and will impact expatriate executives, returning Chinese, and local executives differently.
 

Our current state of IT and associated data security is largely due to a drive toward innovation on various fronts without ensuring that associated security threats are fully addressed. On almost a weekly basis, organizations, both public and private, are reporting security breaches. Thus the topic of security has become a top of mind issue.  

It's Politically Correct to Value Senior Talent in Word...Not Deed

For a while now, companies have lamented the loss of what’s called institutional knowledge – the know-how that walks out the door when a long-time employee retires. That person’s skills, understanding of products and customers, experience with getting things done, insights into regulatory compliance issues, or the integration of remote suppliers and employees are all considered valuable (and difficult to replace).

Corporate HR and accounting departments frequently ask us: “Does employee classification really matter?” 
The answer is “yes”, because the misclassification of workers as something other than employees presents a serious problem for the affected employees and impacts the US economy. Moreover, it is now especially important for all US Companies since the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Misclassification Initiative under the leadership of Vice President Biden’s Middle Class Taskforce. Now, the DOL is making huge strides in combating this nagging issue and to restoring rights to those denied them.

Almost all executives are aware of this little country, but for most executives and expanding companies, Japan plays a relatively small role compared to neighboring China. This article is therefore intended to throw light on Japan’s globalizing economy and the executive opportunities that are opening up there.
 

The executive search and leadership consulting profession continues to grow, according to third quarter trends, with an increase in average fee per assignment (3% year-on-year; 5.81% quarter-on-quarter) driving a 2.75% uptick for year-on-year net revenue. While the average number of searches started declined slightly quarter-on-quarter (1.25%), its year-on-year performance is up 4.87%.

I recently read a really (sadly) negative article about why the author was sick of emotional intelligence (EI/sometimes EQ). I am not going to send further traffic that way by citing it, but I am sure if you care enough to search it out—it won’t be difficult to find. It is disappointing to see that it has received many views to date. Perhaps there are others like me who are simply just interested to see how something positive can incite such a negative reaction. We know that negativity is a powerful emotion and that it is more contagious than positivity—I cannot imagine why anyone would seek to encourage it.

The AESC Middle East Talent Survey 2015 asked senior executives from 100 companies in the Middle East about the challenges they face in attracting and retaining top talent. AESC also asked a selection of search consultants for their views on talent related issues in the region. Survey data is highlighted Part One while Part Two contains highlights from interviews with search consultants in the region.

For anyone who ever studied Latin, there are certain nuances. In referring to unclothed deities, you use the Latin word for “naked.” For mortals, it’s “nude.” And the mnemonic device to remember is “naked is sacred, but nude is lewd.” The difference doesn’t mean much nowadays – not even in America where any form of undress that’s viewable by the general public can still be considered immoral.