Human Nature. Mentoring the next generation - a challenge to the SA creative industry. There is no doubt that South Africa's advertising industry is already present on the world stage. The Rainbow Nation is home to the world's most-awarded campaign (TBWA's Trillion Dollar Zimbabwean Campaign), a D&AD Black Pencil and many Cannes accolades. In fact, success through the years by SA agencies such as Net#work BBDO, King James, Joe Public, Bester Burke Slingers, Ogilvy and more contributed to South Africa's 2011 ranking as the 13th most-awarded country at Cannes.
Prepare for the future But are those leading the industry doing everything possible to prepare for the future and to ensure a continued and well-established presence on that world stage? It has been nearly a year since I spent a month immersed in the South African ad industry. Job Descriptions and the "Experience-Needed" Syndrome - Tammy Johns.
Globally, one in three employers struggle to find employees with the skills and experience necessary to meet their needs, and almost one-third cite a lack of experience as a key barrier to filling their open jobs.
Despite the serious shortage of some skills, the disconnect between employers and job seekers is not surprising given how many job descriptions fall victim to the “experience-needed syndrome.” This ailment manifests itself in two ways. In one, job descriptions for entry-level positions ask for experience, which shuts out many young workers. Scott Gerber - Young Entrepreneur, Media Personality, Author, Speaker & Founder of YEC. Why Social Marketing Is So Hard - Nilofer Merchant. The Right Entry Point for Emerging Markets - Scott Anthony. By Scott Anthony | 9:06 AM March 12, 2012 I recently participated in a spirited panel discussion with Bruce Brown, Procter & Gamble’s Chief Technology Officer, and Erich Joachimsthaler, Vivaldi Partners’ managing director and CEO.
The topic — part of a series on innovation sponsored by Singapore’s Economic Development Board and coordinated by Harvard Business Review — was “What’s the Right Entry Point for Emerging Markets: Target Customers at the Bottom or the Middle of the Pyramid?” I kicked off the discussion by arguing that many companies ought to start in the middle. After all, the World Bank estimates that the number of middle class consumers in emerging markets will jump from 420 million today to more than 1.2 billion by 2030. In Asia alone, spending in that market tier will surge during that time period from $5 trillion to $30 trillion. East Meets West: Who Has Better Leaders? - Scott Edinger. By Scott Edinger | 11:50 AM February 15, 2012 I recently returned from a trip to Beijing where I was working with senior managers to develop leadership skills in one of the largest companies in the world.
This is a truly global firm, with headquarters in China and the U.S., and most of its leaders are native to their respective countries. As part of the process, I was using a 360-degree feedback instrument to provide insights on the strengths of each leader, which in this context provided something of a cross-cultural view into how employees feel about their leaders’ effectiveness. Why Some Ads Go Viral and Others Don't - Video. How Employers Can Help Solve the Skills Gap - David Smith. In my consulting work with large, multinational companies, I see a pervasive anxiety among managers who have trouble finding people for skilled positions, no matter what industry or region.
At the same time, employees are just as stressed about the growing skills gap, Accenture research shows, and most of them are unclear about which skills they need to advance their careers. There’s a lot at stake here. The mismatch between the skills that companies need and the capabilities of people applying for job openings can result in delays in product releases, lower customer satisfaction, and loss of revenue. For instance, at one U.S. medical-device maker, a planned new heart defibrillator had to be scrapped after five years of expensive effort because the company’s quality engineers did not meet federal requirements — due to their inadequate knowledge and skills. American companies need to get creative about addressing the skills challenge. It's Harder than Ever to Be a Senior Executive - Boris Groysberg.
By Boris Groysberg | 2:30 PM February 13, 2012 The job of the senior executive is much more complicated today than it was a decade or two ago — and that trend will continue, especially if you hope to play on a global stage (which is a nearly universal condition these days for many companies).
The Market that Needs a Market Maker - Tammy Johns. By Tammy Johns | 10:07 AM February 16, 2012 Do you wonder why there were an average of 8 million jobs posted online in the U.S. every month of last year, while 13 million people continued to search for work during the exact same months?
The reason is that the U.S. — along with just about every other country — is suffering from a talent mismatch: employers cannot find individuals with the skills and capabilities they need, where and when they need them. The problem is not just one of location and timing, however. There is no mechanism that reliably signals which skills employers need so that individuals and schools can develop those skills.
The New Path To the C-Suite. Managing Yourself: Making It Overseas. When Alan, a rising star at a U.S.
-based manufacturer, arrived in Beijing to take a position as the general manager for consumer products in China, he was energized and excited. He’d been charged with leading the firm’s expansion in what his bosses kept telling him was the fastest-growing market in the world. Though his predecessor had warned him that some internal tensions were interfering with the company’s growth efforts in the country—in particular, that marketing and sales were making promises that the operations and distribution groups couldn’t meet—it seemed like a relatively easy problem to resolve. Insight Center: The Next Generation of Global Leaders - Sponsored by Accenture. S 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself (with bonus article "How Will You Measure Your Life?" by Clayton M. Christensen)
Why We Use Social Media in Our Personal Lives — But Not for Work - Tammy Erickson. By Tammy Erickson | 12:05 PM February 16, 2012 “We’ve spent a fortune on collaborative technology, but no one is using it … or if they are, it’s for purely social, non-productive activities.”
Sound familiar? It’s a lament I’ve heard many times from organizations over the past several years. Most leaders are sold on the tremendous potential new collaborative technologies present to change the way work gets done: increasing productivity, stimulating innovation, and enhancing employee engagement. Is the Next Karl Marx a Management Consultant? - Justin Fox. By Justin Fox | 2:30 PM January 25, 2012.
How to Innovate When You're Not the Big Boss - John Beeson. By John Beeson | 11:20 AM February 15, 2012 A few years ago, Brad Anderson, then CEO of Best Buy, told me something both provocative and profound.
We were discussing what he looked for in selecting someone for a C-suite level role. Among other skills, he wanted to find executives who had the wisdom to know when the organization needed to be fundamentally changed and shaken up — and when the organization needed time to incorporate prior changes. Understanding Female Talent in Emerging BRIC Markets - Sylvia Ann Hewlett. By Sylvia Ann Hewlett | 9:46 AM January 30, 2012. Privilege: A User's Guide - Gianpiero Petriglieri - HBS Faculty. By Gianpiero Petriglieri | 10:41 AM January 25, 2012 Have you ever been confronted with your privilege? I recently was, when a former INSEAD student told me that his MBA class would recognize my teaching with an award. It meant a lot, and I promised on the spot to attend the graduation ceremony and accept the honor in person.
I was away from campus, so I made travel arrangements and decided to treat myself to an evening in Paris before the event. Prepare for an Interview by Thinking Like an Employer - Bill Barnett. By Bill Barnett | 2:39 PM January 26, 2012 People have different natural talents at interviewing for jobs. The Best Global Leaders are Local Leaders - Ndubuisi Ekekwe. By Ndubuisi Ekekwe | 8:36 AM January 25, 2012. An Introvert's Guide to Networking - Lisa Petrilli. By Lisa Petrilli | 9:15 AM January 25, 2012. Develop Leaders the Montessori Way - Ambiga Dhiraj. By Ambiga Dhiraj | 11:39 AM January 25, 2012 When it comes to employee development, most companies traditionally follow the 10/80/10 rule: The top 10 percent are promoted, the middle 80 percent are nurtured and the bottom 10 percent are let go.