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At Egon Zehnder, we take our deep industry and functional expertise and convert it into usable insights for our clients and candidates. Whether an article, a speech, a video, or an event, what we say and create must add value. We’re proud of doing work that contributes to successful careers, stronger companies, and a better world.

CDO Decoded:

The First Wave of Chief Digital Officers Speaks

We asked 107 Chief Digital Officer to share their experience as first-generation CDOs.

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“Let’s get to know each other!”

In conversation with Ed Schein

Ed Schein, MIT Professor emeritus and social scientist, explains why we should forget everything we’ve been taught about leadership – and focus on getting to know each other.

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Celebrating Five Years of Leaders & Daughters

This year’s Leaders & Daughter's Theme – Power Moves: A New Generation of Women Transforms Leadership – addresses how emerging generations sees the world differently. As older generations leaves the workforce, how will this shift in power and perspective reshape organizations?

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To My Daughter

We first began writing to our daughters last year as part of Egon Zehnder’s Leaders & Daughters event series. We have received 160+ letters, with leaders including Judy Woodruff, Egon Zehnder Chairwoman Jill Ader, and others.

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Who's Really On Board?

Egon Zehnder's 2018 Global Board Diversity Tracker captures fourteen years of data on the world’s largest companies to see how much progress has actually been made on board diversity.
 

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The CEO: A Personal Reflection

Egon Zehnder asked over 400 of the world’s top CEOs what it means to be an effective leader today

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Our Featured Harvard Business Review Stories

Featured Insights

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Paul Polman on Corporate's Role in Society

Paul Polman, who just stepped down as Unilever’s CEO, sat down with Egon Zehnder's Dominique Laffy to explain his take on how businesses should handle social responsibility and accountability.

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We Need More Humble Leaders. Here’s How to Get Them

Humility is a top requirement for the emerging workforce. Karl Alleman shares how both individuals and organizations can tap its potential in his latest piece for Fast Company.

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What Is The Mission Of The Chief Digital Officer?

What is a Chief Digital Officer? In Forbes, Lindsay Trout talks about our CDO Decoded research and how this new member of the C-Suite leads digital transformation.

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To Accelerate CEO Diversity, Look to CMOs

Egon Zehnder’s Kristi Maynor discusses which C-Suite role exhibits key leadership factors most closely to the CEO.

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Four Pillars for Developing a Human Capital Strategy

To effectively execute your ambitious business goals, you need a Human Capital Strategy. Benito Cachinero shares four pillars of building this strategy in his latest piece for IESE Insight.

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Negotiating For What You Really Want In Your New Job

Sarah Van Dyck joins the Safe for Work podcast to discuss how to ask for what you really want out of a job.

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Companies Hunt for CEOs with High EQ and Humility

Egon Zehnder's Pallavi Kathuria discusses the shift in why organizations are looking for ethical and humble leaders.

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Insights from Women Directors

A group of women directors of industrial boards share advice for how boards should think about hiring.

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What Type of Digital Officer Does Your Telecom Need?

The telecom industry has undergone a massive digital transformation and will continue to evolve as new technologies emerge and digital executives drive new business strategies. Chief Digital Officers, Chief Innovation Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Analytics Officers and other digital executives are playing prominent roles within organizations, but many of these executives face significant challenges in these new roles.

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Proxy Season: A Springboard for Diversity Discussion

Proxy Season: A Springboard for Diversity Discussion

Investors are continuing their push for board diversity in the 2019 proxy season that was set into motion two years ago. Drawing on the energy from events, such as BlackRock’s letter to CEOs, demanding meaningful change in board composition, more investors are becoming vocal and more definitive about what constitutes boardroom diversity.

It's social

It's social

Strategy consultant and author Peter Schein, co-author of “Humble Leadership” which he wrote together with his father Ed Schein, on psychological safety, matrix leadership, and how human-digital interaction could work in the future.

In conversation with Ed Schein

In conversation with Ed Schein

Ed Schein, MIT Professor emeritus and the father of organizational development, explains why we should forget everything we’ve been taught about leadership – and focus on getting to know each other.

Feeding it Forward: Face the Future of Personalized Nutrition

Feeding it Forward: Face the Future of Personalized Nutrition

As food industry leaders continue to understand the power and potential of personalized nutrition, they are challenged with bringing together two very distinct and often unique skill sets required to successfully navigate this industry movement: scientific expertise and marketing prowess.

Paul Polman on Corporate's Role in Society

Paul Polman on Corporate's Role in Society

Paul Polman, who just stepped down as Unilever’s CEO, sat down with Egon Zehnder's Dominique Laffy to explain his take on how businesses should handle social responsibility and accountability.

Tech “Tonic” – Evaluating The Health Of Your Company’s CTO Function

Tech “Tonic” – Evaluating The Health Of Your Company’s CTO Function

While companies expect their CTOs to have a PhD, they often make the mistake of trying to develop a scientist into a business person. Learn what talent models may work best for this role.

The Age of Insurtech

The Age of Insurtech

Insurance Technology, or “Insurtech,” is reshaping the conservative insurance industry. With rapid growth and increasing investments, innovation in this sector IS changing how the insurance industry operates.

What Is The Mission Of The Chief Digital Officer?

What Is The Mission Of The Chief Digital Officer?

What is a Chief Digital Officer? In Forbes, Lindsay Trout talks about our CDO Decoded research and how this new member of the C-Suite leads digital transformation.

Karim Jalbout at CogX 2019: Leading Through Change

Karim Jalbout at CogX 2019: Leading Through Change

Karim Jalbout discussed “Leading Through Change” with two upcoming tech leaders at CogX 2019.

CDO of Macerich Kevin McKenzie Shares What It's Like Being a CDO Today

CDO of Macerich Kevin McKenzie Shares What It's Like Being a CDO Today

As part of Egon Zehnder's global survey, Lindsay Trout spoke with Macerich EVP & CDO Kevin McKenzie for his personal take on what it means being a Chief Digital Officer today.

Digital Executive Laura Merling Shares the Biggest Challenges Facing Today's Chief Digital Officers

Digital Executive Laura Merling Shares the Biggest Challenges Facing Today's Chief Digital Officers

As part of Egon Zehnder's global survey, "CDO Decoded: The First Wave of Chief Digital Officers Speaks",  Lindsay Trout, Egon Zehnder's Digital Practice Leader, and Laura Merling, Digital Strategic Advisor formerly at AT&T and Ford, discuss what it means to be a Chief Digital Officer today.

From GIC to GCC

From GIC to GCC

Global In-House Centers (GICs) are no longer just a repository for internal IT or operations functions. Today, GCCs not only drive process and productivity improvements for global corporations, but they also create new capabilities, lead cross-functional efforts, and bring new product and service offerings to the market based on innovations borne at these centers.

Efectividad de los Directorios en Argentina

Efectividad de los Directorios en Argentina

Los factores que determinan la efectividad de un Directorio.

We Need More Humble Leaders. Here’s How to Get Them

We Need More Humble Leaders. Here’s How to Get Them

Humility is a top requirement for the emerging workforce. Karl Alleman shares how both individuals and organizations can tap its potential in his latest piece for Fast Company.

To Accelerate CEO Diversity, Look to CMOs

To Accelerate CEO Diversity, Look to CMOs

Egon Zehnder’s Kristi Maynor discusses which C-Suite role exhibits key leadership factors most closely to the CEO.

Introducing SQN:  Where Technology and Humanity Unite

Introducing SQN: Where Technology and Humanity Unite

Despite the rise of big data, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics, human resources is still waiting for its revolution.

Change Agents: The Need of the Hour to Reinvent the Organization

Change Agents: The Need of the Hour to Reinvent the Organization

Large-scale transformation in the telecommunications industry requires leaders who understand technology with a proven ability to transform organizations – a rare find.

What Brought Us Here Won't Get Us There

What Brought Us Here Won't Get Us There

Amidst eroding margins and predatory competition, legacy business models are under pressure – and so are industry leaders.

The 3 Values You Need for a Successful Career Transition

The 3 Values You Need for a Successful Career Transition

According to our own internal research, professionals between the ages of 45-60 leaving the consumer industry have surged from 30 percent between 1991-2000 to 50 percent between 2000 and 2019. This means one out of every two senior leaders in the consumer industry has undergone a career transition in the nine years.

Personalized Nutrition: Preparing for Agrifood’s Coming Transformation

Personalized Nutrition: Preparing for Agrifood’s Coming Transformation

Personalized nutrition will fundamentally reshape the agrifood industry. How do organizations need to prepare – and develop – their leaders for success?

Fostering Entrepreneurial Leadership to Re-imagine Our Careers, Companies, and Community

Fostering Entrepreneurial Leadership to Re-imagine Our Careers, Companies, and Community

Hong Kong and China's most successful business leaders gathered to answer the question: Will we be marginalized by the disruptions of technology and the phenomenal growth of the rest of China—or will we embrace this chance to reinvent ourselves?

Leadership for a Better World

Leadership for a Better World

Egon Zehnder is committed to transforming the leaders of today into the great leaders of tomorrow.

“Transformation” Transformed

“Transformation” Transformed

As companies harness technology and data to transform into more agile organizations, they must also transform their cultures to support this operating shift. It is nearly impossible to engage in any type of corporate transformation without taking culture into account. Much of the heavy lift in this culture shift rests on the shoulders of the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).

Digital Gravity – A Global Automotive Study (by KPMG and Egon Zehnder)

Digital Gravity – A Global Automotive Study (by KPMG and Egon Zehnder)

The digital transformation of the automotive industry is a huge priority, but our research of 500 automotive executives found that they have yet to solve digitization in the industry.

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