Mark Bregman's Blog – October 2010 Archive (7)

Your Intuition – Don’t Let It Be a Hiring OBSTACLE

Many CEOs claim to have exceptional intuition about hiring for their executive team. “I know in my gut if someone will be a fit,” they say. Much like the stories of gamblers, who will brag about their winnings (but not tell you about their losses), you only hear about the successful hires.

Too many executive candidates today are good salespeople. They know how to create a good first impression, and hit the CEO directly in the gut with their personality, and win the job offer. A smart… Continue

Added by Mark Bregman on October 29, 2010 at 4:31pm — No Comments


  • Failing to define job objectives - Create a Performance-Based Position Profile.
  • Basing hire on failings of previous person - Create a new basis for a new hire.
  • Inadequate pool of qualified candidates – Cast a wide net with multiple sources.
  • Unstructured or poorly executed interviews – Prepare well, use performance based questions, assign different…

Added by Mark Bregman on October 25, 2010 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Baby Boomer Butts – Kiss Them Now?

Experts disagree about whether the aging of the workforce will produce a severe labor shortage. Gray2K hasn’t happened. Even the Bureau of Labor Statistics has changed its originally dire projections, although they now say there

still will be a shortage in the US (2.4 million people by 2014).

One thing that most experts do agree on is the fact that the number of baby boomers in the workforce will double (as a percent of all workers)…


Added by Mark Bregman on October 22, 2010 at 2:03pm — No Comments

"A" Players – Essential for your Success as a CEO

Do You Have “A” Players in Key Positions?

Achievement of aggressive company objectives depends on the solid performance of key leaders who are uniquely capable of producing essential results.

Recent studies have shown that employers are developing new executive profiles as they select people to lead their company into the millennium, especially in early stage and rapid growth organizations.

These critical factors will…


Added by Mark Bregman on October 18, 2010 at 1:23pm — No Comments

The Dead Meat Theory – Why Counteroffers Don’t Pay Off

John Q. Executive walks nervously into his boss’ office to announce, “Mr. Employer, I’m really sorry to have to tell you this, but I’ve decided to accept another position. The XYZ

Company made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

Mr. Employer doesn’t miss a beat. “Wait a minute, John. We can’t afford to lose you. Tell me about this other offer.”

Almost every executive will play this scene in his or her career. When the counteroffer is put on the table, what…


Added by Mark Bregman on October 15, 2010 at 6:46pm — 8 Comments

The “Great” Recession (Silver Lining Edition)

The National Bureau of Economic Research reported this week what we’ve all heard – that the recession which began in December 2007 “officially” ended in June, 2009. The 18 month duration made this the longest downturn since the “Great” Depression. Are you having fun yet? The economy is expected to continue to grow, although many economists are predicting only 1% growth next year. In June, 2009, if you…


Added by Mark Bregman on October 6, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Justification vs. Rationalization

True Story: As Freshmen in Architectural school, we had practicing NY Architects come in weekly to critique our work. These brilliant, talented and egocentric people weren’t professors teaching us how to design; they just commented on work in progress - what we had already designed.…


Added by Mark Bregman on October 6, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments


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