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What does it take to be at the top?

What does it take to be at the top?

The biggest differentiators between senior executives and employees at all other job levels are not track record and education as might be expected; but rather ambition, the ability to adjust, and a consistent quest for learning. The research was conducted by JvR...

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Executive perks on the decline

Executive perks on the decline

Cost cutting measures by companies have seen a decline in the number of benefits executives get. Recruitment specialist Tracy Dawson speaks to Motheo Khoaripe

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Use science & data for greater hiring success

Use science & data for greater hiring success

There is a wealth of new methods, backed by research and new data sets, to inform the hiring of executive teams. Despite this, many companies still approach hiring based on outdated principles and concepts, which means that they are not making optimally successful...

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Mindfulness Masterclass

Mindfulness Masterclass

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, will be delivering Mindfulness Masterclass at the Red and Yellow School on the 1st of March. It is a comprehensive 4-hour workshop focused on principles and tools to incorporate Mindfulness as a key element of leadership...

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Confessions of an Accidental Tech Entrepreneur

Confessions of an Accidental Tech Entrepreneur

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat is an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member in Cape Town, South Africa, and founder and CEO of Jack Hammer, one of Africa's top executive search firms. Debbie found herself unexpectedly at the helm of a new tech company, Virtual Coaching...

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Our Egypt Partner wins MEA Markets Award

Our Egypt Partner wins MEA Markets Award

Every year, MEA Markets, a quarterly publication dedicated to researching and publishing the major moves and events as they happen across the Middle East & Africa region, awards women within this region who manage to establish themselves highly in political,...

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Companies looking beyond South Africa for investments

Companies looking beyond South Africa for investments

Global multinationals seeking to invest in Africa are no longer automatically opting for South Africa first before spreading their wings to the rest of the continent, but are instead increasingly setting up shop directly in the market they wish to enter. Jack Hammer...

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Does MBA guarantee you a lucrative financial package?

Does MBA guarantee you a lucrative financial package?

With the value of pursuing an MBA increasingly under scrutiny, Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, expert weighs in on if the qualification is still a differentiator for professionals looking to make themselves more desirable from hiring perspectives. The CEO of...

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SA is losing its shine as the gateway into Africa

SA is losing its shine as the gateway into Africa

Global multinationals seeking to invest in Africa are no longer automatically opting for South Africa first before spreading their wings to the rest of the continent, but are instead increasingly setting up shop directly in the market they wish to enter. “From the...

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Consider social media an ally, not a friend – expert

Consider social media an ally, not a friend – expert

Social media aggregators are rapidly gaining traction in the executive search and recruitment industries, and anyone planning on rising through the ranks in their careers should be on the alert with this trend, a leadership expert warns. “Most people will be aware...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman on women at executive level

Podcast – Debbie Goodman on women at executive level

Ray: We're going to discuss the Big Five interesting facts about women at executive level. My guest tonight is the CEO of Jack Hammer, Debbie Goodman. Let’s go through the big five and I’ve got them right in front of me so I’m going to read them through and id like...

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When CEOs fail – look at the root cause

When CEOs fail – look at the root cause

Companies spend months sourcing top leaders for their executive teams – at great cost – yet often these newly appointed leaders fail to perform to expectation, which further impacts on the morale and bottom line of an organisation. In many cases, the fault can be...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman on interviews

Podcast – Debbie Goodman on interviews

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman, recently spoke to Cape Talk's Koketso Sachane on the topic of interviews, especially that pesky "what are your weaknesses?" question! Koketso: Such a silly question, what are your weaknesses? "Admitting I have any". That is what...

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The founder-led company dilemma

The founder-led company dilemma

Founder-led companies are often more successful than those run by professional managers, who might not have the same pizzazz and passion, but may be better placed to lead in the next phase of growth Markus Jooste, CEO of high-flying Steinhoff, says Investec will miss...

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Three top traits of successful executives

Three top traits of successful executives

According to a recent study, the three top traits displayed by successful leaders are ambition, ability to adjust and a consistent quest for learning - and it is possible to cultivate these personal qualities if they are not naturally present. JvR Africa Group...

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Putting mindfulness into the boardroom

Putting mindfulness into the boardroom

Extensive scientific research, supporting the personal and professional benefits of a more holistic approach to life and work, has led to a growing respect for mindfulness programmes and practices in the workplace. The world’s top companies are increasingly...

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Mindfulness makes leap from meditation room to boardroom

Mindfulness makes leap from meditation room to boardroom

The world’s top companies are increasingly introducing mindfulness practices into their organisations to help employees reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and attention, and ultimately enhance productivity – and South African companies are starting to follow...

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A list of South Africa’s top business schools

A list of South Africa’s top business schools

Recent research published by recruitment firm Jack Hammer, concluded that an MBA was no longer the ticket to the top of the corporate ladder. In a previous interview with DESTINY Man, CEO Debbie Goodman-Bhyat of Jack Hammer said that because an MBA was one of the...

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How to stand out and position yourself for a leadership job

How to stand out and position yourself for a leadership job

It’s no secret that the corporate world is dominated by white, predominantly male, leaders. And while new research suggests that the number of black professionals appointed to senior management and executive positions rose by about 10% last year, there’s no getting...

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Transformation in SA companies back on the agenda

Transformation in SA companies back on the agenda

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat recently spoke to Moneyweb's Siki Mgabadeli, discussing transformation in SA companies. SIKI MGABADELI: Transformation of the top leadership teams in South African companies appears to be back on the agenda with BEE appointments...

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Jack Hammer is Hiring!

Jack Hammer is Hiring!

Jack Hammer is rated in the top three executive search firms in South Africa and through our IRC partnership, in the top three globally. With our head office in Cape Town, and additional offices in Johannesburg, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt and Kenya, Jack Hammer has earned...

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Scramble for top managers sees spike

Scramble for top managers sees spike

There has been an increase in demand of more than 100% for senior leaders from South African companies over the past three months, as businesses urgently play catch-up to fill their top posts. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of the top 3 executive...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman on her new book, InTheFlow

Podcast – Debbie Goodman on her new book, InTheFlow

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman recently spoke to 702's Bruce Whitfield on the Money Show, discussing her newly-published book InTheFlow: Taking Mindfulness to Work. Click on the sound bar to hear more. Bruce: Tonight's book is a local book InTheFlow: Taking...

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SA executives optimistic about future earnings

SA executives optimistic about future earnings

Despite being surrounded by bad news at home and globally, a new survey of South African business executives has recorded much better sentiment than a year ago on prospects for personal earnings and bonuses, as well as business growth next year. The annual bonus and...

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What’s holding you back from the C-suite?

What’s holding you back from the C-suite?

Despite the fact that there is a huge demand for top leaders in South Africa who boast the ‘full package’, the pool of suitably qualified and experienced C-suite executives is relatively small, not least because the leadership skills-set of the future is more...

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IRC – Top Three Global Executive Search Provider

IRC – Top Three Global Executive Search Provider

IRC Global Executive Search Partners, of which Jack Hammer is the exclusive South African partner, has been named in the top three global executive search services providers in terms of geographic coverage. As per the Global 25 rankings, recently released by Hunt...

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Considering a sabbatical?

Considering a sabbatical?

An expert of all things "executive", Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, recently spoke to 702’s Bruce Whitfield on the topic of sabbaticals. In 7-minute interview, she explains what they are and certainly are not, how taking one would affect your future prospects...

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Podcast – how to handle counter-offers

Podcast – how to handle counter-offers

Jack Hammer Consultant, San-Marie Barnard, recently spoke to SAFm presenter Ashraf Garda on the Afternoon Talk show about counter-offers. http://peararchive2.co.za/broadcast/070716SAFM1437Jackhammer.mp3 Presenter: Lets get to San-Marie Barnard, the Principal Executive...

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Accepting a counter offer: counter-productive?

Accepting a counter offer: counter-productive?

Should a counter offer be seen as sign of how much your organisation values you or is it really a slap in the face? Receiving a counter offer can be one of the most flattering feelings in the world. No one would blame you for assuming that the gesture demonstrates...

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Podcast – Debbie Goodman on MBAs

Podcast – Debbie Goodman on MBAs

Jack Hammer CEO, Debbie Goodman recently appeared on Cape Talk, speaking to Stephen Grootes about an MBA qualification and whether it sets executives apart in today's competitive corporate world. Click on the sound bar above to hear more.

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An MBA is no longer a ‘golden ticket’

An MBA is no longer a ‘golden ticket’

Ambitious executives were warned on Monday that they should look beyond an MBA, which was no longer a ‘magic ticket’, when considering education options that might help them further their careers. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, chief executive of Jack Hammer, one of South...

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Private sector should be clear about leadership

Private sector should be clear about leadership

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer, rated one of South Africa's top three executive search firms says, although it may seem obvious that companies want to appoint ethical leadership with integrity, the reality is that this requirement does not always translate...

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Top management still hugely dominated by white males

Top management still hugely dominated by white males

This was one of the findings of the Commission for Employment Equity, which released its annual report for the 2015 year on Monday. Commission chairwoman Tabea Kabinde said at a media briefing that the slow pace of change was"disconcerting".   Click here to go to...

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Gender still the black sheep in transformation debate

Gender still the black sheep in transformation debate

Jack Hammer's research shows that, locally, the question of the ongoing lack of gender transformation needs a spotlight shone on it. “In South Africa, racial representation in boardrooms and executive teams rightfully gets an enormous amount of attention, and is a...

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Gender and the transformation debate

Gender and the transformation debate

According to the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report, “Finding the Facts: South Africa’s Future Leaders”, the gender and transformation debate rages on - of the 334 executives in the JSE’s Top 40 companies, only 17% of executives are female, compared to 21% who are...

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Skuif-skuif bereik jy top-pos

Skuif-skuif bereik jy top-pos

Verdere opleiding kan jou van die middelste sport op die korporatiewe leer tot die top-pos help klim. Maar neem slim besluite as jy verder studeer. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, uitvoerende hoof van die personeelagentskap Jack Hammer sê goeie loopbaanbeplanning is vroeg al...

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Tough markets spark demand for versatile leaders

Tough markets spark demand for versatile leaders

"As the global economic outlook gets bleaker by the day, with the South African market following suit while battling its own additional and unique challenges, companies increasingly want to appoint versatile leaders with a track record of penetrating new markets and...

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Goodbye bosses, long live the leaders

Goodbye bosses, long live the leaders

The golden age of leadership development gives rise to a new breed of company captain. The necessity of quality leadership in South Africa - whether in the public or private sector, in listed companies or start ups - has never been more pronounced than now. Read this...

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Job-flitting hurts prospects

Job-flitting hurts prospects

"The survey by SA search firm Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, found that almost 90 percent of HR managers also said candidates would have to provide a very good explanation for repeated instances of short tenure at the companies for which they had worked." Click...

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Job-hopping still a no-no – survey

Job-hopping still a no-no – survey

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, says although companies acknowledge the changed reality regarding tenure, and even though nobody still expects a person to have stayed with a company for a decade or more before moving on, repeated...

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Times have changed, but HR still frowns on job-hopping

Times have changed, but HR still frowns on job-hopping

The survey by top SA search firm Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, found that almost 90% of HR managers also said candidates would have to provide a very good explanation for repeated instances of short tenure at the companies they worked for. Click here to go to the...

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Horrible bosses: Toxic leaders drive out top talent

Horrible bosses: Toxic leaders drive out top talent

As noted in the latest Jack Hammer Executive Report*, 50% of respondents said they would leave their company if they did not receive a promotion within a specified period of time. But 91% of respondents said organisational culture such as work cohesion, teamwork,...

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