“It’s a small world…”
It might be an ‘age and stage’ thing but I am finding it increasingly difficult in these interesting times not to introduce a political angle to most business and commercial issues … I won’t mention the “B” word directly but that, alongside some of the 140-character missives from POTUS have made for challenging short/medium/long-term planning sessions for many of our UK-based clients! That said, according to a recent Deloitte economic presentation, the Wall Street “Fear Gauge” (a US measure of expected volatility in the market) is at a 25 year low, global trade is accelerating nicely and the Eurozone growth forecast is as good as it’s been for ten years.
Putting that to one side, from an executive search point of view, whatever happens politically over the coming months and years, the globalisation genie is out of the bottle – clients may or may not have some additional trade barriers to contest with, but candidates are definitely more visible, more connected, more open to geographical moves and more able to work remotely than ever before.
As a UK based boutique search firm, we are often asked by clients about our international reach. It is a fair question. However, like many of our clients, our networks and connections are in no way limited to geographical boundaries as they may once have been. We are strong champions of diversity and work hard to ensure there is always a balance on any long/short list of potential candidates – across geographies as well as gender and ethnicity.
As an example, we’ve recently placed two individuals based overseas into key leadership roles back in the UK – a CEO from Kuwait and an Operations Director from Indonesia. The search criteria we’d agreed with our clients for both roles were clear, and while the focus was on the domestic market, our reach via both our network of contacts and other sources was very much cross-border, as the final appointments would confirm.
This is by no means unusual, and as the 4th Industrial Revolution based around the Internet of Things gathers further momentum, national boundaries are going to become even less relevant to global business leaders.
Ps. Anyone interested in a good read to try and make sense of where things are heading in the next 5-100years(!), I thoroughly recommend Yuval Noah Harari’s book, “Homo Deus”
sample quote: “If Kindle is upgraded with face recognition and biometric sensors, it can know what made you laugh, what made you sad and what made you angry. Soon, books will read you while you are reading them”. Hmmmm…
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