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International executives perceive China as a land of opportunity, but also express concern about high levels of pollution.



2014 China Perceptions Report CoverA recent survey of global executives conducted by the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) found 85% of senior executives view China as providing positive opportunities for career growth. However urban air quality could have a significant impact on the country’s ability to attract the best global talent, as 72% of international executives identified pollution levels as a core concern when considering a move to China.

According to Peter Felix, AESC & BlueSteps President, "Senior executives are clearly working out how to balance the extreme demands that globalization and 24/7 accessibility can make upon them. Technology, while creating this accessibility, has also provided a form of liberation from the traditional work place environments and the constraints on personal freedom that they can create.

executive_career_coachingProfessional athletes have long known the secret to success is hiring a coach. Take any sport—tennis, football, boxing, even the Olympic athletes—and behind every one of them, especially the high achievers, you will find a coach mentoring and supporting that athlete.
 

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Executive Search and the HR Executive, featuring John Touey, from Salveson Stetson.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

A friend recommended this article to me recently that talked about how office workers in China are literally working themselves to death. Working on Wall Street can certainly feel that way in many ways (the highest highs come with the lowest lows), and with the news that a 21-year old intern working for Bank of America (BofA) collapsed and died last year after he worked until 6 am for three straight days (he also suffered from epilepsy, according the CNBC article), banks put forth explicit guidelines limiting the number of hours interns, and now first-year investment banking analysts, can work.
 

A new breed of interim manager or “super temp” has arisen due to the preference of companies to hire experienced executives, rather than consultants. This year, 29% of super temps previously held chief executive positions, whereas only 16% had done so in 2012. These so called super temps can earn over $1,000 per day, and so it is unsurprising that 63% of super temps would choose this style of work over permanent employment. Super temping is increasing in popularity and could change the way businesses operate.

For many years China has been a magnet for foreign investment. Between 1980 and 2011, China experienced double-digit GDP growth in 16 of those years. America’s position as the world’s largest economy is under threat; The Economist currently predicts that China’s GDP will outstrip the USA’s by 2019. But this rapid and unprecedented growth has slowed since 2011, with the Chinese government lowering its growth target in an attempt to foster sustainable development and address concerns around wealth inequality. “The Chinese economy is going through a transition period,” says Jin Zhang, China managing director at Russell Reynolds.

Gerry Roche is it at dinner with his friends. Not a fan of small talk, he doesn’t want to discuss golf scores, the weather, grandchildren or real estate (“20 minutes of that is ok, but that’s it!”). He wants to get to know the people sitting at his dinner table, beyond their incidentals; he wants to know what really makes them tick.

BlueSteps recently hosted the #ExecCareer Chat: Digital Opportunities for Executives, featuring Per-Andre Marum, from Panamera Executive Search.
 
Some of the questions asked included:

Earlier this week, the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) hosted the annual Global Executive Search Conference in New York City. The Conference provided two days of interactive sessions and presentations to over 200 retained executive search consultants and influential talent management leaders from across the world. During the conference, valuable advice was given in the areas of leadership, talent management and executive search.

Keep an eye out for more photos and videos from the AESC Conference - coming soon!