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Leadership Transformation in the Age of Disruption

Technology and digitalization are demanding leadership transformation. Several broadly applicable recommendations to guide forward-thinking organizations in the era of omnipresent disruption emerged during IRC Global Executive Search Partners’ C-Suite Roundtable Discussions held in Singapore, Amsterdam, and Miami in early 2018.
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Innovation & Agility - Part 9/9: Identifying and Developing Innovative Talent

In the final part of IRC’s 9-part video series on Innovation & Agility in collaboration with the Georgia State University of Atlanta, the expert panel at the IRC Global Conference 2017 in Shanghai elaborate on how they identify and develop innovative talent in their organisations.
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Innovation & Agility - Part 8/9: Women Leading Innovation

In this 8th part of IRC’s 9-part video series on Innovation & Agility made in collaboration with the Georgia State University, the expert panel at the IRC Global Conference 2017 in Shanghai explain how women can and do help drive innovation from within their organizations in China.
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Why Leaders Need to Flex Their Style to Meet Business Needs

Torben Nørby, IRC Denmark | Sept. 24, 2018

As a 25 year veteran of business leadership, one of the most important things I’ve been reminded of during my recent research is that, as leaders, we should never stop learning our craft or honing our skills.

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Education Disrupted – an African Perspective

Tracy Dawson, IRC South Africa | Aug. 8, 2018

From the time of Aristotle (and presumably rather before then, but with less recognition), learners have gathered together at predetermined times and places to learn from the wisdom of scholars. This model of pedagogy has survived the first, second and third industrial revolutions but will it survive the fourth?

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Five Ways to Balance the Genders in Leadership

Iltemas Amin Adee, IRC Malaysia & Thailand | July 4, 2018

In 2016, only 20.2% of board members at Fortune 500 companies were women. According to Catalyst, a non-profit organization, Fortune 500 companies with more female board members demonstrate better financial performance than those with fewer women board members.

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North America’s Industrial Talent Map – Where to from here?

Carlos Acosta, IRC USA and Mexico - The QualiFind Group | June 11, 2018

Vast portions of North America’s talent map are under threat of disruption. Between NAFTA’s pending renegotiation and greater use of automation in manufacturing, talent as we know it is about to change in the world’s largest trading bloc.

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Leadership Transformation in a Digital Age

Rohan A. Carr, IRC Australia | April 17, 2018

At a recent IRC leadership event in Singapore Mr Vivek Bhatia, the Asia Pacific Regional CEO of engineering giant Thyssen Krupp, spoke on leadership transformation.

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10 Reasons Why Retained Search Is The Most Effective

Steven B. McKinney, IRC South Korea | April 6, 2018

The most important decision a company or organization ever makes is arguably its investment in human capital. Well-placed leaders challenge the status quo, inspire their people to maximize their potential and shoot for the stars with upward growth strategies.

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IRC Responds to Growing Demand for Trusted Board Advisors in Emerging Markets

Patrick Westerburger, IRC Netherlands | Nov. 14, 2017

Outgoing IRC President Patrick Westerburger of IRC Netherlands reflects on the growth of the executive search network under his leadership and analyses the latest industry trends during an interview at the recent IRC Global Conference in Shanghai. Rohan Carr of IRC Australia has been appointed as his successor.

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China’s education revolution: more questions than answers

Rohan A. Carr, IRC Australia | Oct. 27, 2017

During a recent visit to Shanghai to attend our global IRC conference, it was interesting to observe the rapidly changing Chinese economic, social and political environment and the impact on the education sector.

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A Career Path to the Top: Starting with HR!

Amanda Bassin, IRC Canada | Oct. 3, 2017

Stephen Liptrap, the newly appointed CEO of Morneau Shepell Ltd. took time out of his jam-packed day of running a global enterprise to address a question that many HR professionals wonder about: “How can a career in HR lead to earning a seat at the Executive table, and moreover, to becoming the CEO?”

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Is it compulsory to have ‘experience’ to become a manager?

Gaye Ozcan, IRC Turkey | Sept. 11, 2017

I believe that we have a lot to learn from each other. I mentor many young people and some of them mentor me. I enjoy spending time with them and finding the opportunity to discuss corporate life. There are some “hotspots” so to say, issues which the young lament about the current culture of work. One is the unproportionate value bestowed upon ‘experience’. The other is the role of ‘age’ in their positioning in the workplace.

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