Six Key Challenges Identified By C-Level Leaders

A recent TRANSEARCH survey among C-Level leaders regarding their experiences and priorities in a shift to the "new normal" identified six key challenges:

  1. Improving organisational agility and flexibility is seen as the major challenge during and after the pandemic.
  2. Keeping up motivation, engagement & team spirit as well as inspiring trust are most critical for high efficiency.
  3. Major HR challenges are to maintain efficiency despite remote work and to find top talents for transforming the company.
  4. The current situation requires a strong focus on change processes, entrepreneurial spirit and emotional intelligence.
  5. Companies most urgently need digitalisation experts, transformation managers and digital marketing experts.
  6. Keeping sales performance & service levels high and the supply chain running are the major operative challenges.

TRANSEARCH provides a platform to its network of C-Level leaders for discussions on how to come out of the crisis stronger. For further information about the survey or discussion platform please get in touch with Dr. Carlo Mackrodt or Dr. Stefan Schwaenzl.


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Three Tips To Prepare For Returning To The Office
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How prepared would be if you had to return to the office right now? Whether gripped by fear or thrilled with excitement, at some point sooner than later, you will need a pragmatic answer to this question as companies ask workers to transition from fully remote work to some form of a return to the office.

While most organisations plan employing a hybrid return to work model – a mix of virtual and on-site work - being ready for any and all formats is pivotal. Chris Swan and John Ryan provide practical advice from experts on how you and your organisation can prepare for it.

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Ten C-Level Learnings During The Current Crisis

TRANSEARCH International organised a number of C-Level roundtable sessions and conducted personal interviews to facilitate peer-to-peer dialogue regarding their experiences and priorities in an environment of the "new normal". Here are "Ten C-Level Learnings During The Current Crisis":

General Business Impact Of The Coronavirus

  1. Culture will be the future game changer.
  2. Innovations leading to higher customer benefit are key.

Impact On Operations

  1. Leaders have to spend more time communicating with employees.
  2. The focus needs to be on team building and professional onboarding.

Impact On Processes

  1. Transparent KPIs will be more important than ever.
  2. New ways for cross-fertilisation and innovation need to be found.

Impact On Organisational Structures

  1. Organisational structures will change from hierarchies to networks.
  2. Roles will be defined by content and contribution instead of formal hierarchy levels.

Impact On Human Resources

  1. Values and expectations regarding leadership are changing.
  2. Strategic HR management will be a key enabler and needs to be positioned at C-Level.

TRANSEARCH provides a platform to its network of C-Level leaders for discussions on how to come out of the crisis stronger. For further information please get in touch with Dr. Carlo Mackrodt or Dr. Stefan Schwaenzl.


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Psychedelic Medicine: The First Five Executive Roles To Hire For
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Whether you're starting a venture from the ground up or pivoting to something new, the quality of the people driving that momentum will define its success. In an area as new and nuanced as Psychedelic Medicine, getting to the right leadership team needs to be a priority.

The right talent in the exciting and competitive space of Psychedelic Medicine will mark the difference between those ventures that struggle to survive and those that thrive.

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Sustainable Leadership: 5 Key Recommendations
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5 key recommendations from 53 Senior Executives for a successful journey towards sustainability asks:

  • What motivates small and large companies to strive for sustainable business models?
  • How do companies succeed in their sustainability journey?
  • How do leaders and Human Resources integrate sustainability in their strategy?

To explore these questions, a cross-sectional sample of 53 Senior Executives were interviewed from global companies, NGOs, and consulting firms. Drawn from the interviews are 5 key recommendations:

  • Deeply connect sustainability with your company's purpose
  • Embed sustainability in every strategic goal and boost its impact
  • Do not underestimate the whole transformation journey
  • Place collective intelligence and innovative collaboration models at the core of the transformation
  • Find the right engine to boost the transformation

Learn more about the recommendations.

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Onboarding During A Pandemic - Are We Doing Enough?
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Proactive organisations have adapted their induction and onboarding programs to online platforms using structured programs to introduce new hires to key stakeholders and introduce them to key review and decision making platforms.

But we all recognise that integrating with a new organisation is not just about identifying with the mission of the business or delivering performance. It is as much about forming bonds with your colleagues, listening to stories to build a sense of history with the organisation, water cooler / coffee machine discussions about dos and don'ts, understanding the political structure of the company etc.

Rahul Mathur questions whether we are doing enough to support onboarding during the pandemic.

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Three Key Ingredients For Creating A Positive Candidate Experience

Not only is a positive candidate experience vital to attract talent, it's also critical from a reputation standpoint. Given the power of social media, candidates who share poor experiences online can cause significant damage to both the corporate brand and employer brand. Conversely, great experiences that are shared online can have a positive effect.

There are many steps to create a positive candidate experience, but here are three key ingredients for success.

1. Open communication

It's critical to keep candidates updated on your process and your decision. When candidates don't hear back in a timely fashion, they often move on to other opportunities, sometimes carrying negative emotions about the process if left in the dark.

Communicate with the candidate throughout the process and provide council to them as needed. Clearly explain next steps and when they can expect to hear back from you. Advise them early on if they're not going to be part of the short list, speaking with them weekly and sometimes daily throughout the search.

2. A positive interview experience

The interview is perhaps the most vital interaction a candidate has with a prospective employer. According to a LinkedIn survey, 83% of candidates surveyed said a negative interview experience can change their mind about a role or company they once liked. Conversely, 87% of those surveyed said a positive interview experience can change their mind about a role or company they once doubted.

A positive interview experience is simply a matter of respect. It starts with the courtesy of being on time for the interview and thanking them for participating when it's over.

3. The human touch

While technology is transforming HR and the hiring process is becoming increasingly automated, the human touch is still critically important. A personalised approach will make candidates feel like they truly matter and keep them engaged, which will help an organization stand out in the candidate's mind.

Infuse every interaction with a personal touch. For example, help new hires with the offer negotiation process and serve as a sounding board to them, as well as an advisor. Also, follow up with new hires on their integration into the company and meet with them 30 days into their new role for a coaching and feedback session.

Adapted from "Why The Candidate Experience Matters More Than Ever - And How To Improve It" by Howard Pezim, Partner, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bedford Consulting Group Inc.


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Mental Health, Virtual Integration & 'Remote' Compensation
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After enjoying the comfort and cost savings of working from home, would you rule out a potential job if remote wasn't an option? Ever struggle logging into a video meeting and then face "technology bias"? How about your employees' mental health – are you seeing resilience or deepening depression?

These compelling questions and issues, impacting workforces the world over right now, were explored recently during TRANSEARCH USA's Executive Human Resources Virtual Roundtable.

The following are key themes that emerged and some useful guidance for HR professionals.

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People Are Critical To Success

The best business minds of our times have understood that people are critical to success.

A great HR leader is arguably still the most valuable person in an organisation. What has changed is the function of the CHRO role in today's age of disruption. On top of navigating the complex challenges of the labour market, the modern CHRO has to tackle critical issues such as changing demographics, the speed of change and the corresponding role of technology while also managing workplace culture and employee engagement.

Some of the more specific challenges facing today’s CHRO are:

  • Dealing with alternative workforce arrangements.
  • Creating effective teams when there are multiple generational cohorts.
  • The increasingly high-tech world of HR.

The good news is that boards of directors have and will increasingly view the CHRO as critical to long-term business sustainable success. However, as their role continues to rapidly evolve, CHROs will require new and broader skill sets that allow them to tackle the changes and challenges of today's disruptive times.

Insights from "The New Role of the CHRO in the Age of Disruption" by Darren Raycroft #hrexecutive #humancapital #hr #chro #humanresources


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The Culture Conversation

Culture isn't an end in itself. It's the engine that enables the business to win in the marketplace. In a successful organisation, it also shapes every aspect of the leadership conversation. And, if you get it right, it's the one thing the competition can't copy.

Moving beyond today's crisis isn't simply about having a better plan. To come out of this stronger means thinking differently about the business that will emerge. Some aspects, those that make the business special, must be protected. Other elements will have to be transformed. Elsewhere, the challenge means initiating "a new beginning".

Pulling everything together; the container that allows diversity to flourish; the system that provides meaning and supports momentum; the performance platform that enables a winning value proposition - are described by one simple term: "Culture". The challenge? The culture conversation we have now will determine not only what is possible but, more importantly … what becomes possible!

When tomorrow will be different, it's not enough to continuously improve on what you have always done. Two things are clear:

  1. Today's leaders see culture as essential to future success.
  2. Though it may be important, top teams don't spend much meaningful time on it.

The central question becomes "why?"

That culture is perceived as a slippery and esoteric concept is the start of it. That measurement is largely ignored is also clearly part of it. But the heart of it? Top teams struggle in knowing how to have the culture conversation.

"The Culture Conversation" explores critical issues:

  1. The Culture Carriers
  2. Look, Listen, Learn
  3. The Building Blocks
  4. Is the Organization Managing Its Culture?
  5. What Makes the Business Special?
  6. One Culture or Many?
  7. Measurement
  8. Strategy Versus Culture
  9. A Team of Teams
  10. Without Leadership You Ain't Got Much
  11. The Orxestra Change Model
  12. CULTURE ASSESSMENT

Download "The Culture Conversation" today » https://www.transearch.com/orxestra/downloads


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Seed Your Re-invention

Losing a job or losing fit due to decline in an industry can be difficult, but these developments can also help seed your re-invention. Your severance pay can fuel this ambition, and you can use skills that perhaps were not necessary for your past role to leverage your future success. You get to decide how to strategize this and how to spin it. Change gives you the chance to see your experience, skill set and goals from a different vantage point. That’s empowering. Use the momentum.

When HR professionals are reviewing materials to assess potential fit, they look to see if you have experience enacting the functions they need. If they are looking for a PR specialist or a licensed mechanical engineer, they are likely to recruit candidates who have done the job. If the setting is different but the competencies are the same, that often bodes well for fit.

It may be a cultural shift, but you can tell the story of how being a change agent is a comfortable role for you, once you’re ready to embrace again.

Insights from "How To Transition Into A New Industry" by John Ryan.


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Leaders Who Capitalise On These Opportunities Will Set Themselves Apart

The pandemic is moving us into the future and creating a host of opportunities - a professional renaissance. In 2014, global futurist, best-selling author, and speaker Jack Uldrich remarked: "the future does not belong to 'a place.'" The pandemic has fast-tracked us towards this future.

As a result, we are experiencing a dramatic, systemic, and permanent change in many areas of life, particularly in our workforce. Enormous productivity advantages await companies that can take advantage of potential increases in productivity, skills, and compensation rates by hiring the best people wherever they live.

Companies that can execute a seamlessly integrated approach that maximises the value from this potential exponential growth in creativity, diversity, and efficiencies will see productivity expansion and increased profits. Of course, this is easier hypothesised than executed, but with the entire world working on seamless integration and explosive value coming from incremental and step-change value creation. It is a good bet to see dramatic improvements soon; this is what we might expect.

Leaders who capitalise on these opportunities will set themselves apart with greater agility, emotional intelligence, and authentic communication. The winning leaders of the future will be empathic, engaged with their teams, and skilled at delivering impact on challenging problems.

Insights from "Location, Location, Location - Not Anymore" by Chris Swan.


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