Managing performance, and particularly when people are remote working, is tricky. The practical use of objective-setting to help us focus on expectations and outcomes has never been more important. Managers have been advised to use SMART objective-setting for years. Now, there is nothing wrong with this approach: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound – but does […]
Executives in Africa were delighted to be back at AFSIC this year, as Gold Sponsors of this leading Africa Investment Conference. It was exciting to see so many new businesses there looking for investment to back their exciting new ventures, ranging from electric vehicles for cleaner logistics solutions, through to innovative media businesses and start […]
Making Change Happen: Leadership Traits which Deliver the Competitive Edge. By Nicki Halle, Executive Search Consultant
Change management has never been easy, but it is arguably tougher in today’s business landscape. Achieving this in financial services on the African continent has certainly become a differentiating factor in 2021 and those who have not been quick enough to evolve are already falling behind. Critically, the pace of change is a different proposition […]
Sarah FitzMorris, Co-Founder and CEO of Executives in Africa is honoured to have been appointed to the Global Advisory Council of 100WF in order to help set up 100 Women in Finance in Africa. With nearly 20,000 members in 27 locations globally, 100WF is committed to building a more diverse and gender-equitable finance industry by […]
How can you run a truly Confidential Search? Where are the pitfalls and how can you mitigate against these?
“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” ― Benjamin Franklin We all understand that the confidentiality of a candidate’s job search is at the heart of any Executive Search or hiring process. However, the most sensitive of Searches are when the position being recruited for must be kept a secret. Benjamin […]
How does Environmental & Social Change impact Executive Pay and Incentive Pay Design? By Simon Patterson, MD at Pearl Meyer.
Am I alone in being thoroughly depressed that they have just discovered vast reserves of oil below the Okavango Delta? I don’t think so. While it will be great for shareholders for the company which made this discovery and holds the licenses to exploit the carbon, the human race shudders at the impact on the […]
How do you Take the Risk out of Senior Management Appointments? by Sarah FitzMorris – CEO & Co-Founder
Now, more than any time, Companies need to make sure they are getting Senior Management appointments ‘Right First Time’ and often within a set time period in order to achieve strategic goals. Companies are moving forward in a new world, often with new hybrid ways of working and a tighter focus on getting ROI on […]
Creating an enabling environment where teams can thrive was an ongoing conversation pre-Covid. However, while some organisations forged ahead giving it all the effort it deserves to yield the desired outcomes, inertia got the best of others. Understandably, some organisations have been very successful with their traditional cultures and structures in an environment of relative […]
“Banking is necessary; banks are not.” Bill Gates Research by McKinsey found that banks in Africa that had reset their strategy in the advent of COVID19, now face enormous opportunities in the new commercial landscape we find ourselves in. The consulting firm projected that the number of banked Africans will hit 450 million by 2022, up […]
Nearly five years after Executives in Africa placed Seni Sulyman as Director of Operations in Andela, Nigeria, it is clear he has had a huge impact on that business and the people he worked with there as he rose to become VP of Global Operations. He is a unique and talented leader, and I am […]