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Women in Manufacturing Need More Proactive Career Approach

What is holding back women in manufacturing? This was the central issue recently raised at the annual Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Summit in Illinois.

Egon Zehnder Singapore Launches “20 by 20” Initiative To Boost Board Diversity

Egon Zehnder Singapore has announced a “20 by 20” program aimed at catalyzing change and helping women to obtain 20% of SGX-listed company board seats by 2020.

Board Diversity: Time to Pick up the Pace

The number of women in top management roles is rising, but the pace of change remains painfully slow, reports Andrew Hill in the Financial Times.

CEO Succession: Make Potential a Top Priority

With a massive leadership talent shortage on the horizon, the oil and gas industry needs to radically overhaul its approach to identifying and developing leadership talent.

Board Succession: Look at the Big Picture

Greater pressure to go global is leading to closer scrutiny of board composition, writes Egon Zehnder’s US Board Practice leader Kim Van der Zon in Agenda magazine.

Female CEOs Bring More Women onto Boards

Firms with female CEOs tend to have more female directors, while companies with 3+ female directors significantly outperform those with none, reports The Wall Street Journal.

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis: Giving Women More Board Leadership and Executive Roles

On 8 October 2014 Egon Zehnder released its 2014 European Board Diversity Analysis, the sixth in a series of biannual studies. According to the 2014 study, more than 20% of directors on large European company boards are now women, up from 15.6% two years ago, and from just 8% in 2004.

Harvard Business Review Blog Network – Boards Need to Go Global

Companies need boards that are as global as their business in order to sidestep risks and seize opportunities, writes George L. Davis, Co-Leader of Egon Zehnder’s Global Board Practice, in a blog contribution for the Harvard Business Review.

Leadership and the art of listening

In an interview with the Business Times, Egon Zehnder Chairman Damien O'Brien reflects on the 50 year history of the firm, and the evolution of leadership in the era of globalisation.

Leadership: Emotional Intelligence Is Essential

In his contribution to the recent debate between academic heavyweights Wharton Professor Adam Grant and bestelling author Daniel Goleman, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz stresses the importance of EI-based competencies for success in leadership roles.

Tech Firms Need to Develop Female Top Talent Pipeline

While Europe still leads the world in terms of board diversity, too few women hold executive positions, according to the results of a recent survey by Egon Zehnder International reported in ComputerworldUK.

The Three Virtues of Failure

In the Fall 2014 edition of Leader to Leader, Christoph Lueneburger explores how successful organizations “feast on failure” to cultivate the virtues of Energy, Resilience, and Openness, thus attracting people who are engaged, determined, and curious.

Boards Start to Take Succession Planning Very Seriously

Sudden CEO departures can send companies into a tailspin, especially in the absence of solid succession planning, reports the Financial Times.

US Boards Lack Global Insights

While major US companies increasingly rely on overseas revenue, their boards often remain all-American, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing Egon Zehnder’s recently published Global Board Index.

Egon Zehnder First to Set Female CEO Target

Egon Zehnder is committing to a target of 25 female chief executives of FTSE 100 companies by 2025 – a five-fold increase on the number today. The public commitment by the firm follows the appointment of its own female Managing Partner, Miranda Pode, to lead Egon Zehnder in the UK.

Boosting Board Diversity in Italy

The barriers keeping women out of boardrooms are largely built on unconscious bias, notes Tommaso Arenare, a consultant at Egon Zehnder, Milan, in Corriere della Sera.

Future Challenges and the Future of Leadership

What are the challenges companies face today? What will those be tomorrow? How do you align future leaders with future need? These are some of the question Damien O’Brien, Chairman of Egon Zehnder, and Rajeev Vasudeva, CEO of Egon Zehnder, talk about in an extensive interview at Businessworld TV.

Sustainable Products Need Customer Appeal

What kind of culture does it take to develop fundamentally new products combining profit and purpose? Christoph Lueneburger, head of Egon Zehnder's private equity practice, shows why openness, energy and resilience are the three defining characteristics of such cultures.

Banks give Tech Talent Top Jobs

In recognition of technology's growing impact on their bottom line, banks are increasingly recruiting technology experts for a range of top jobs, reports American Banker. According to Eric Anderson, leader of Egon Zehnder's financial technology practice, this marks a new approach to technology staff in banking.

The Road to Resilience

What characterizes a highly resilient organization? According to Christoph Lueneburger, leader of Egon Zehnder's Private Equity Practice: "A highly resilient culture is strong, tightly linked, mutually supportive, and able to sustain tremendous pressure from the outside."

Leadership: building a purpose-driven culture

How can executives create a sustainable, purpose-driven culture? In an article for the British newspaper The Guardian Christoph Lueneburger, leader of Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity Practice, looks at the leadership lessons to be learned from Chrysler’s recent come-back.

How to prepare for a new executive role

Tommaso Arenare, consultant at the Milan office, has published a blog contribution on the question of how to prepare for a new executive role.

Private equity: from star cult to focus on strategy and process

Private equity is seeing a paradigm shift away from a star cult and towards an emphasis on strategy, process and due diligence, reports the European private equity magazine realdeals.

Give leaders complex jobs, not big ones

Why do leaders typically pursue silo-based career paths, asks Cynthia D. McCauley in her review of Claudio Fernández-Aráoz's latest book It’s Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best?

"Moving sustainability forward” – Radio interview with Christoph Lueneburger on KOGO Radio

Profitable and successful companies are integrating sustainability into their business model, says Christoph Lueneburger in an interview with KOGO Radio on Earth Day.

MSNBC Morning Joe – Claudio Fernández-Aráoz on how to surround yourself with the best

Introducing his new book “It’s Not the How or the What but the Who – Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best” at MSNBC Morning Joe (07/01/2014), Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, senior advisor at Egon Zehnder, explains the importance of focusing on potential rather than just competencies when making hiring or promotion decisions.

Developing digital leadership skills

The digital transformation is driving demand for leaders able to use social media to boost customer service and engagement, writes Catherine Zhu, a consultant at Egon Zehnder Hong Kong, in her column for the South China Morning Post.

BBC – How to launch a green revolution

Companies nowadays should be thinking about sustainability as their long-term strategy, according to Eric Barton, BBC. In the experience of Christoph Lueneburger, consultant at Egon Zehnder, New York, and author of the book A Culture of Purpose, you get to green thinking by asking how you can prepare your company for the future.

Leaders weary of bureaucracy opt for Indian employers

Leaders frustrated by long, bureaucratic decision-making chains are leaving top jobs at multinationals, reports the Indian newspaper The Economic Times. Many are now opting for positions with Indian employers instead.

PharmaExec blog – Talent: the key to success in consumer health

Firms from both the pharma and consumer industries are competing hard to corner the promising consumer health market. What is the key to success in selling health and wellness sustaining-brands?

Fernández-Aráoz in HBR: for 21st century leaders, potential trumps experience

As companies recruit and promote executives in a fast-changing, talent-scarce world, the deciding factor should be potential—even more than skill and experience. This is the radical proposition at the heart of an article in the latest Harvard Business Review by Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Senior Adviser at Egon Zehnder.

The world is looking for different kinds of leaders

In a recent interview with the Times of India, Egon Zehnder Chairman Damien O'Brien and CEO Rajeev Vasudeva reflected on the leadership qualities – particularly the ability to champion diversity – required for success in a rapidly globalizing world.

Why soft skills are more important than ever - searching for a new breed of leaders

Tougher regulation, swift technological advances and volatile global markets call for a new breed of leader, notes Rajeev Vasudeva, Chief Executive Officer of Egon Zehnder in an interview with the South China Morning Post.

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