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Very few of us have the luxury of sitting back and letting the world come to us especially when it comes to maintaining an executive presence. Maintaining and raising your executive profile is an exercise in continuous improvement and one that pays dividends in a competitive executive job market. 
 
Here are a number of ways that you can stay relevant and active even when you’re not conducting an executive job search:
 

Exceptional findings from a recent BlueSteps survey reveal that senior-level marketing executives are concerned about the impact new technologies have on the role of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). The survey demonstrated that many executives (68%) believe that their marketing teams are not equipped to handle the fast-paced changes in digital marketing; and as a result, those executives who learn how to adapt will be best positioned for new executive opportunities.

In a recent AESC/BlueSteps Executive Search Network group discussion, a group member asked “What does it take to be a high performer, i.e. "the corporate athlete", without experiencing burnout, anxiety and depression?” Response comments came from a variety of group members including HR professionals and international executives.

According to Jennifer Colombo, a Performance Driven Senior HR Director, the overall summary of the Corporate Athlete is that “you have to be strong across dimensions: the body (physically), heart (emotionally focused), mind (mental focus), and spirit.”

Executives often ask us how BlueSteps could be helpful to their career management strategy. The short answer is that a BlueSteps membership should be seen as part of your long-term executive career management strategy, not a quick fix. You’ll still want to network in person, maintain public profiles on LinkedIn, and try to get published or invited to speaking engagements as much as possible to present yourself as an expert in your industry. However, BlueSteps will instantly give you the information and tools you need to confidentially network with executive recruiters and kick start your executive job search.

New survey reveals that while a vast majority of Australian executives have an active and up-to-date LinkedIn profile, only 6 percent had found a job as a result of membership. 

Recent survey by BlueSteps, the career management service of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), looked into the role of social networking websites and the role that they play in career management.

Venture capitalists (VCs) are paying more attention to the structure of the marketing teams they invest in and when hiring for CMO jobs. Why? Because marketing plays an increasingly influential role in the success of their portfolio companies.  To ensure that the marketing department can generate the kind of leads that drive sales, they want to see a particular profile in a marketing executives.

Get Your Career Momentum Going
Thursday, September 13th 2012, 12:00PM - 1:00PM US ET


Join us for a complimentary seminar presented by the McQuaig Institute and BlueSteps Executive Careers Services. We will be discussing:
  • How self-awareness can lead to greater personal and professional effectiveness
  • How knowing your "natural temperament" will assist you in making better career decisions
  • And much more...

Often in our careers, despite our well thought-out strategies coupled with smart/hard work, we notice that ‘undulations’ in accomplishments are unavoidable.   Such occurrences are typically double-edge swords – exposing our weaknesses in the short term while teaching us a lesson or two for the longer haul.   Amidst the variety of remedies that may help overcome such vicissitudes, networks (professional / social) are a powerful option to leverage.  Meaning, how well and how soon an Executive overcomes obstacles may be impacted by the robustness of his/her network too.
 

With an immediate family member passing through a very emotionally demanding chronic condition (persistent vegetative state: PVS. i.e., no evidence of self-awareness or interaction) that actually resulted from an acute event (stroke), I began to explore further on those two topics.
 
I gather that while acute illness, like influenza, a cut wound, etc., may be painful over a brief period, from which one may recover sooner with proper remedial steps, chronic diseases, however, are persistent—even lasting a lifetime—such as kidney trouble or diabetes.

Though both are abhorred, could one of them (acute or chronic) be easier to manage than the other?

The entrepreneurial skills gained in start-up ventures are second to none when it comes to seeking a high executive-level position. Whether or not you have ever begun your own business, these following skills are vital at all levels of an organization and can determine the speed in which you climb to the highest positions.
  1. Those starting a business know that financial knowledge is the most important key to driving successful business whether in start-ups or well-established companies. Even if your job does not involve direct financial control, possessing this knowledge will immediately increase your standing within the organization and allow you opportunities that your colleagues may not spot. If possible, take a local or online class to gain this vital ability.