Can you spot a purple squirrel

 

EmeraldInsight LogoIn the research article Purple Squirrels: Hiring the ultimate game changers, Executive Search Consultant David Dumeresque explains that in order to remain competitive, business leaders must hire and retain extraordinary people who can conceptualize and deliver real and lasting change to an organization.

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Purple squirrels: Hiring the ultimate game changers

EmeraldInsight LogoDuring my 20 plus years as an executive search consultant, I have attended a number of events where I have repeatedly heard companies boast of how they hire only the very best people, the crème de la crème – those who not only have a first class degree but who are also able to think “outside the box”, be creative, etc. Paradoxically, they will then shunt candidates into a standardized recruitment process where the tests and interviews that follow have little or nothing to do with the actual positions for which these candidates are applying, or being considered.

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Strategic Direction – The chief digital officer: bringing a dynamic approach to digital business

EmeraldInsight LogoOver the last 40 plus years, businesses have benefitted from substantial innovations in computer technology.  Today, the revolution in business computer hardware and architecture has virtually come to an end and we are now witnessing the dawning of a new era: the beginnings of a software revolution.  This transformation will not only change established paradigms, it will also fundamentally change the relationships between people and business, political and economic structures.

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The corporate digital footprint: exactly who owns and controls it? The emergence of the digital director

EmeraldInsight LogoGiven the number of “baby boomers” still holding many of today’s top management positions, it may seem reasonable to accept younger managers’ plaintive cries that they are having to operate in a pre-millennium IT landscape.  Yet it’s not that these senior mangers, those we often refer to as digital Immigrants, have necessarily failed to keep up with changes in technology; in many cases it’s simply that some of the changes have been so rapid that there has been little time to analyze their strategic relevance.

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