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I can remember my introduction to fancy work titles. I was in the company underground garage with the chairman. I saw a nice-looking Aston Martin and asked him whose it was. “Our new CFO’s.” he said, “He was Bjorn Borg’s accountant.” “What, he bankrupted Bjorn Borg?” I answered. Who was this dude? Well, obviously, he was our new chief financial officer, and from then on, directors’ titles have been given ever-more fancy names and accompanying abbreviations, to the extent that…

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Meghan Markle: HR nightmare

As we forget the reasons why we have been locked up for the past 12 months, people are getting increasingly fed up of their new, enforced work/life balance. So God bless the British Royal Family.  In times of despair, they can always be relied on to provide their subjects (including the Commonwealth) and the rest of the world, with some much-needed entertainment.  So, having previously given us the Crown, on Netflix, the world’s second most famous dysfunctional family (after the…

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Rich guy retires (sort of)

At the beginning of February, Jeff Bezos announced that he was going to stand down as CEO of Amazon.  He said: “Being the CEO of Amazon is a deep responsibility, and it’s consuming.” He is going to remain as executive chair, and plans to “stay engaged in Amazon initiatives,” but also put his energy into his “other passions, like the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin and The Washington Post,”among others. Good for him. Jeff Bezos is…

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How to live and work alongside Covid

As UK travel sanctions come into effect, exactly 12 months too late, we find the world in a state of flux, as we wait to see what is left of the universe we once knew; where are our freedoms, our joys, our work? As the virus mutates, society and the workforce need to learn to co-exist with Coronavirus, as we do with the flu and the measles. Now is maybe not the time, but when will be? We have lost…

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Y & Z: Year Zero

2020 was like being punched hard in the mouth, finding yourself sitting on your arse in the corner of the ring and everyone waving towels in your face, telling you to stay down. Where the hell did that come from? At the beginning of 2021, we can all agree that 2020 is a year we will never forget. For all the wrong reasons.  England has been put back into full lockdown mode for the next three or four months and…

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So long farewell auf wiedersehen goodbye

At 23h today GMT, midnight CET, Great Britain and Northern Ireland leave the EU Now that the separation is over and the divorce papers are signed, assets have been divided and we’ve spent a couple of Saturday’s in Ikea virtual hell buying those missing soft furnishings, let’s take a moment to check on some areas where we'll see some change from the talent perspective. There is remarkably little - probably more accurate to say nothing - written about labour in…

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X

As Trump tweets through his stages of grief, we arrive at X in our overview of coronavirus, always problematic in an A-Z. Most of Europe is in lockdown 2.0, but everyone is hoping things might return closer to normal with the announcement of the first viable vaccine from Pfizer, soon to be followed by many others. In the UK, the media is obsessed with saving Christmas, but unfortunately it is unacceptable to call Christmas Xmas, so we can’t write about…

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W: Is for acronyms

As someone’s carer prepares to become the world’s most powerful person, and the UK staggers like an arthritic drunk into its second national lockdown, we arrive at the letter W. Winter traditionally spells semi-paralysis for the UK. This year, media hysteria means an almost inevitable total lockdown will be imposed to try to rescue Christmas. Also, in the UK; an area the size of Wales has been put into a two-week complete ‘firebreak lockdown’. For once, in fact, it is…

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V: For Victory

 As the rainbows fade and peel off the windows, we come to the letter V in our Alphabetti Spaghetti of the virus that is currently holding the world hostage. At the beginning of the year, like Private Pike in Dad’s Army, I was keen to play my part when my country came calling in its time of need. Volunteers were wanted, so I bravely put myself forward. Only their organisation was worse and more hapless than Captain Mainwaring’s ever was.…

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ExecutiveSurf: how we do it

ExecutiveSurf The new deal Halve your recruitment spend Thanks for sticking with us until the last clip. How do we provide a premium class executive search service anywhere in the world and then guarantee our placement for two years for a price which is significantly lower than our competitors? Here’s our secret... It’s a combination of technology, process, the right infrastructure and ah. a little thing called belief. We are truly grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response that TaaS by…

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