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The Now, The Next, and The New Normal
aesc.org

"It's important to take lessons out of this rather quickly. So, what can you learn out of this crisis? What can you do? How can you shape your solution? How can you shape your services? How can you shape the sale of your product? This is pretty much something that every single industry or every single client has to think about." - Ullrich Ackermann, Chair of the Board at TRANSEARCH.

Ullrich shares his views on dealing with the ever-evolving status of organisational life, with the AESC.

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Seven Surprises for New CEOs
hbr.org

Leadership is fickle. As you climb the corporate ladder your role changes. When you lead a department you are expected to give orders. People look for leadership. When you lead a division you are expected to empower middle management. People look for guidance. When you become the CEO of a company you become a servant leader. People look for inspiration. Reaching the pinnacle role of a CEO is every graduate's dream, but when you finally arrive you have too much to do, with too little time and too little information. Moreover, you become a public figure and vulnerable to critique. Not everybody wears the armor to withstand such forces.

The findings of Harvard Business Review published in 2004 still seem relevant in 2020. Here are 7 surprises that new CEOs discovered when entering office:

  1. You can't run the company
  2. Giving orders is very costly
  3. It is hard to know what is really going on
  4. You are always sending a message
  5. You are not the boss
  6. Pleasing shareholders is not the goal
  7. You are still only human

Published by Michael E. Porter, Jay W. Lorsch and Nitin Nohria
From the October 2004 Issue

Summary by Geo Wehry, Senior Partner at TRANSEARCH, originally published on LinkedIn here.

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The mindsets and practices of excellent CEOs
mckinsey.com

"With this article, we set out to show which mindsets and practices are proven to make CEOs most effective. It is the fruit of a long-running effort to study performance data on thousands of CEOs, revisit our firsthand experience helping CEOs enhance their leadership approaches, and extract a set of empirical, broadly applicable insights on how excellent CEOs think and act."

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Attracting a Non-Executive Director | TRANSEARCH International Case Study
transearch.com

A private company board with a unique mix of personalities wanted to attract a non-executive director with the right chemistry and Audit Committee leadership ability. The following case study shows how our team leveraged a global network of trusted business relationships, our proprietary TRANSEARCH Orxestra® Method, and the Hogan Assessment tool to help attract and select a globally experienced executive with a reputation for being a true collaborative leader with deep finance and board experience.

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How to define your business culture (and why it's important to know how things are really done around here)
transearch.com.au

Over many years, TRANSEARCH International have developed a unique set of tools that has enabled organisations to clearly articulate what they are looking for when hiring, based on a clear definition of their current culture.

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The Global Expansion of Executive Search
aesc.org

The demand for skilled leadership exceeds supply worldwide and the pressure is high for organisations to find and retain top talent. Ulrich F. Ackermann, Chair at TRANSEARCH International, is interviewed alongside other global AESC leaders for the most recent Executive Talent magazine to discuss the tremendous growth in the executive search and leadership consulting profession.

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Staying Competitive in Low Wage Economies
transearch.com

When a more than 100-year-old speciality chemicals company needed to change to a proactive sales culture with a clear focus on target markets and emerging competitors they turned to TRANSEARCH. The challenge, to find a CCO capable of turning a proactive sales concept into a cohesive business strategy and action plan. The following case study explains how we helped.

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Skills versus Passion. What makes a better Board?
transearch.com.au

"Skills based boards have been common in the commercial sector for many years. More recently we are seeing For Purpose Organisations move towards this format, but there is some debate as to whether it comes at the cost of losing the organisations soul. So what is the right balance to ensure the mission of an organisation does not get lost?" Article by Sandra Brown, Director at TRANSEARCH International Australia.

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