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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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ExecutiveSurf: the new deal

ExecutiveSurf The new deal Halve your recruitment spend Too good to be true. You get what you pay for. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Etc etc etc….. Suspend your disbelief for a moment. We really can deliver world class executive search at prices that don’t make your eyes water We can use headhunting as a recruitment approach for roles other than the ‘rockstar’ ‘C-levels’ We can guarantee our placement for two years. And we can do this anywhere in…

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U: Unemployment and Under Siege

The word unprecedented is banned. So, U is for U-Turn. That is what I was going to write about, but I changed my mind. Several times. But it is also for.. Unemployment. Here’s the good news: Bailiffs have been on furlough since 23rd March. The bad news? They went back to work on 23rd August. I’ll come back to them. A headline in yesterday’s Daily Mail, said: ‘Sir Philip Green's retail empire has been taking millions in government handouts while…

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ExecutiveSurf: imagine

ExecutiveSurf Imagine Halve your recruitment spend So your headhunter has survived the lockdown? Hey, maybe more than survived, maybe they actually thrived. Good for them! Smart-working no problem? Did they manage to do it all remotely? Teams and Zoom do the trick? That’s excellent news! How much of that pretty substantial cost saving did they pass on to you? Sorry I think I might have missed your answer? Nothing you say? Can I ask why not? Sorry but we’ve been…

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ExecutiveSurf: change the narrative

ExecutiveSurf Change the narrative Halve your recruitment spend The quote: 'Necessity is the mother of invention’ can probably be traced back to Plato. Who was probably in lockdown or just lost his furlough payment at the time. The Black Death of 1346 is said to have driven the invention of the printing press as the plague killed off the monks who were the only ones capable of transcribing a manuscript. The resulting glut of rags made the price of paper…

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