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Boreout? Chronic boredom at work is insidious

Boreout? Chronic boredom at work is insidious

When we’re thinking about goals and New Year’s resolutions, we should be seeking new opportunities, learning new skills, taking on more responsibility to counter ‘bore out’ – Advaita Naidoo, Africa MD at Jack Hammer. SIMON BROWN: I’m chatting now with Advaita Naidoo,...

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Excellent vs. Average – How to Hire a Great CMO

Excellent vs. Average – How to Hire a Great CMO

In this past week, several leaders in my network expressed disappointment in their recent CMO hires. Now, whilst there's always a measure of risk in any new hire at any level, I've observed that when critical elements of the interview and screening process are...

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‘The Living Room Leader’ is my account of the shift that I and many of my peers (leaders in corporations and entrepreneurs running a range of differently sized organisations) have had to make in record time, in order to lead, hire and engage our people, during what is undoubtedly the most challenging work-life experience that any of us have ever encountered.

– Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer

The Hidden Cost of Meaningless Meetings

The Hidden Cost of Meaningless Meetings

Meetings have been a part of the business landscape and company calendar for as long as anyone can remember, and indeed have played a valuable role as a forum to communicate, collaborate and innovate. However, many, perhaps even most meetings today no longer serve a...

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Busting the 5 behaviours keeping you stuck in a rut

Busting the 5 behaviours keeping you stuck in a rut

Advaita Naidoo, Africa MD at Jack Hammer, joins Gugulethu Mfuphi on Kaya Biz to help listeners understand how to avoid being stuck in a rut, adapt behaviours, and equip themselves to change gears and propel them into cruise control with their careers. Advaita says it’...

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Performance reviews are dying. It’s about time

Performance reviews are dying. It’s about time

The world of work has changed dramatically over the past few years, even before the pandemic and the rise in remote work cemented new ways of working. But while many historic business processes and practices have long since fallen along the wayside in favour of more...

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A Wakeup Call for ‘Quiet Quitters’

A Wakeup Call for ‘Quiet Quitters’

Quiet quitting became a trend after lockdown, but it is time for this trend to stop and rather change to trying to be the best at your job. Workplace trends in recent years have been dominated by phrases like quiet quitting and ‘acting your wage’, which involves doing...

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How to successfully negotiate a salary increase in 2023

How to successfully negotiate a salary increase in 2023

Debbie Goodman, CEO at Jack Hammer Global, was recently featured as a host speaker on Channel Africa Radio, to discuss how to successfully negotiate salary increases in 2023. Debbie discusses why negotiating a salary package is prickly and awkward (particularly for...

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Getting back to business travel

Getting back to business travel

Travelling for business – locally and globally – is starting to pick up rapidly again in the wake of the pandemic, as companies once more start dispatching employees to the in-person conferences, events and meetings that were the normal order of business pre-2020....

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Working Well

Working Well

Debbie Goodman Of Jack Hammer Global On How Companies Are Creating Cultures That Support & Sustain Mental, Emotional, Social, Physical & Financial Wellness The pandemic pause brought us to a moment of collective reckoning about what it means to live well and to work...

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Top 10 inspiring women driving industry impact

Top 10 inspiring women driving industry impact

Earlier this month, Jack Hammer’s Group CEO, Debbie Goodman, was included on the list of the Top 10 Inspiring Women Driving Industry Impact! For more than 20 years, Debbie and the Jack Hammer team have been shaking up the male-dominated world of executive search....

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Defuse the ticking mental health timebomb

Defuse the ticking mental health timebomb

Workplaces across the globe are facing a mental health crisis of unprecedented scope, as the effects of almost two years of anxiety, uncertainty and fear will transition into another period of flux as we enter 2022, a leadership expert says. Debbie Goodman, group CEO...

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Preparing For The Future Of Work

Preparing For The Future Of Work

Debbie Goodman of Jack Hammer On The Top Five Trends To Watch In The Future Of Work Social impact is a critical differentiator for attracting top talent. The way in which high-quality candidates make decisions about their future has changed. Emerging as one of the key...

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Winning strategies for blockchain & crypto hiring

Winning strategies for blockchain & crypto hiring

I’ve called it a hiring ‘frenzy’. I’ve even resorted to the cliché ‘war for talent’ when describing the fierceness of the competition for skilled blockchain and crypto professionals. And that’s because the reality of what’s taking place in this incredibly hot market...

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Keeping clear of hiring chaos in hot emerging industries

Keeping clear of hiring chaos in hot emerging industries

After more than two decades as an executive recruiter and business leader in frontier and emerging markets, I have lived and worked through numerous waves of hiring splurges as new niches, in new industry sectors and new markets, started to spike. The tech boom in the...

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Book review: Radical Candor

Book review: Radical Candor

Towards the end of last year, I read No Rules Rules, the story behind the culture at Netflix and all the personal work that goes into making the company one of the most sought-after workplaces in the world. In it, the authors talk about Radical Candor which, at first...

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The future face of the office

The future face of the office

COVID-19 has changed the way we work, not only through global hard lockdowns, but also with a hard reset in the world of work. The traditional sense of the workplace has met its demise and it’s time to think of the post-pandemic office in creative, new ways. Remote...

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Video interview 101 in the year 2021 – Execs take note!

Video interview 101 in the year 2021 – Execs take note!

I thought I was a pretty skilled video interviewer. I mean, I’ve been doing this for more than a year now, day in and day out, and I can’t recall any particular disasters to date. I certainly believed that my video interview chops were right up there, no doubts about...

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Executive hiring: How to know if they’re good

Executive hiring: How to know if they’re good

I took an outdoor walk with a friend recently. Masked, of course. Physically distanced, naturally. But within conversational range. My friend knows that I’m ‘in recruitment’, but she’s unfamiliar with the specifics of executive search, and how this field is distinct...

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Jack’s growing…Globally and in Africa

Jack’s growing…Globally and in Africa

Thankfully, 2020 was a year of significant growth for Jack Hammer. With our US office in Los Angeles, and the extension of our on-the-ground presence to all the main markets in Africa, we were the fortunate (and delighted) recipients of a substantial increase in...

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Three key leadership trends to note in 2021

Three key leadership trends to note in 2021

1. Making a call on the office/WFH/hybrid strategy During 2020, it was all about logistics – how to get everyone working from home as quickly, efficiently and productively as possible. Sending office furniture and computers to those who needed them, addressing all...

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A Proud Day for Leadership

A Proud Day for Leadership

Yesterday was a great day for Americans. It was a great day for anyone living in America (like me). It was a great day for democracy. It was a great day for unity. It was a great day for anyone who looks to America as an example of freedom, humanity and justice....

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Book Review: No Rules Rules

Book Review: No Rules Rules

The book that should be on every leader’s holiday reading list is No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. Once you start reading, it won’t even stay closed long enough for you to claim it’s “on your bedside table”. The prose is digestible and...

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Why boardroom diversity matters

Why boardroom diversity matters

For any company to succeed, its board is crucial. Recruiting suitable, diverse candidates can be difficult. Whether the need is driven by investors, required by law or simply a matter of good business practise, a strategic approach to board diversity is increasingly...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman on EO Wonder

Podcast – Debbie Goodman on EO Wonder

In honour of Women's Entrepreneurship Day, listen to Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman, giving a glimpse into transitioning from a contemporary dancer to law student to the powerhouse behind three s successful businesses.

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Board Diversity – Talent Pipelining to Shift the Needle

Board Diversity – Talent Pipelining to Shift the Needle

If you speak to leaders and board directors on a daily (hourly) basis like I do, you’ll start to hear a common theme when it comes to their biggest challenges. And no, it’s not about Covid, or work-from-home issues and productivity (although this remains an ongoing...

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An Embarrassment

An Embarrassment

Happy Anniversary. To me! Nine years with Jack Hammer, finding leaders who will help great businesses to grow and prosper. Could there be a better job in the whole world? I suffer from an embarrassment of good fortune - and have decided it's not serving me to avoid...

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Finding Sanity in Covid WFH Reality

Finding Sanity in Covid WFH Reality

I started writing this a little while ago and stopped because it felt like maybe this blog had missed its time. However, hearing a number of stories this past week reiterating what I had struggled through almost verbatim, made me want to share again while I feel like...

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Business unusual – moving on after the crisis

Business unusual – moving on after the crisis

The past few months have seen the world thrown into turmoil; as one popular meme puts it, we’re all awaiting a return to “precedented” times. But we all know that won’t happen. McKinsey calls it The Next Normal. Satya Nadella has crystallised the three phases of...

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Covid is not an excuse to make low-ball offers!

Covid is not an excuse to make low-ball offers!

I sit (virtually and metaphorically, of course) with one leg on either side of the Atlantic, living in the US, whilst overseeing businesses in Africa. I get my daily news literally 24/7, and find myself viewing ‘the economy’, business in general, and the job market...

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Covid and beyond – what role will you play?

Covid and beyond – what role will you play?

It has been fascinating to note the impact that the Covid-19 response has had on our search assignment portfolio. Any number of clients have ‘paused’ on hires until some version of normality resumes, but just as many (on my desk, at least) are forging ahead with hires...

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Podcast: Practical advice for managing remote teams

Podcast: Practical advice for managing remote teams

With close to 30 countries across the globe in full or at least partial lockdown, working from home became the norm overnight, speeding up a process that normally would have taken weeks and months to set up. As someone who's spent a year dealing with the teething...

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I’m not okay and I’m owning it

I’m not okay and I’m owning it

Lockdown has been extended. What was a 21 day countdown, is now a million day countdown (or so it feels). Please allow me to be not-okay for a moment. Despite everyone trying their best to stay positive, this is one of the hardest things to do - and it’s okay to say...

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