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  • How should values feature in leadership hiring?

    Look to Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer, for inspiration. According to their CHRO, Ulrika Blesert, the company’s success is not just about furniture, but about values. Founder Ingvar Kamprad’s…

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  • Build or buy your high-performing team?

    Do you need to build or buy your high-performing team? I was recently interviewed for NewlandRock‘s The Leadership Effectiveness Podcast – Hosted by Kate Thomas about building high-performing teams. Here…

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  • Five Interview Questions To Stand Out From The Crowd

    As one of the final 2 candidates for a role, how can you ask a question that not only sets you apart but also empowers you to take control of…

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  • Is a degree a prerequisite to reach the C-suite?

    I get increasingly asked whether a degree qualification should be mandatory on job specs. I think ‘no,’ but companies often resist, believing it’s a selection filter that will access better…

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  • Culture or control – what’s driving the back-to-office mandate?

    Last month, Boots’ UK CEO Seb James stated that there was “no doubt” in his mind that the office was the best place to work, as he announced that the…

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  • Identifying the X factors in onboarding success

    Onboarding new hires is critical but often overlooked, especially within scaling and more entrepreneurial companies. The natural goal for any new hire is to make as swift an impact as…

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  • Are you distracted by digital transformation?

    A recent McKinsey report highlighted that ‘’most organisations achieve less than one-third of the impact they expected from recent digital investments.’’ Does this explain the reluctance of some companies to…

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  • What one factor is influencing your next promotion?

    Leaders perceived to have the highest levels of executive presence frequently top the shortlists and make it into the C-suite. You notice I say ‘are perceived’ because determining executive presence…

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  • Does remote working mean you have no passion, attachment, or creativity?…

    L’Oréal’s CEO, Nicolas Hieronimus, recently caused a stir when he voiced his dissatisfaction with work-from-home policies during a speech at the World Economic Forum, claiming that remote working implies a…

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  • Counteroffers: the risks, rewards and realities.

    Counteroffers: the risks, rewards and realities.

    Counteroffers spark keen debate regardless of which side of the table you’re sitting on, and I frequently field questions on the subject. While I see more evidence of counteroffers delaying…

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  • Should you quit a corporate job in favour of scaleups?

    This recent post by entrepreneurial cereal brand SURREAL caught my attention this week as they achieved a landmark listing in Sainsbury’s.   The irreverent humour in their marketing campaigns somewhat…

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  • Company Culture

    Why are CEOs obsessing over company culture?…

    “At 20 years old, I didn’t know what company culture was. At 30 years old, I didn’t know why it mattered. At 40 years old, I think it’s the single…

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  • C-suite succession

    Are companies playing it safe with C-suite succession?

    According to a recent Raconteur article, internal CEO appointments hit a record high in 2023, with Boards at global, publicly listed companies seeming to play it safe by hiring more…

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  • Decoding Digital Transformation

    Decoding ‘digital transformation’ in 2024 hiring processes?

    I recently read an article about whether the term “digital transformation” was outdated. After all, it’s been around for a while. And it’s fair to say it’s met with varying…

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  • Do you have a balanced leadership team

    Do you have a balanced leadership team in 2024?

    We’ve all witnessed first-hand how a well-aligned and empowered team drives organisational success. I suspect we’ve seen the fallout from continuing with leadership that doesn’t fit and underperforms. How often…

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  • The C-suite is growing in size

    With the creation of new, specialist senior roles, C-suites are growing in size. How much more complex is this making companies to navigate? And what pressure is it placing on…

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  • Talent trends for 2024

    It has been a much more challenging year for hiring in 2023. The tech and e-commerce sectors have seen a significant correction and the retail industry has struggled with consumer…

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  • Balancing purpose with profits in the consumer and retail sector

    Purpose: the rhetoric vs reality in companies and how does it impact the hiring process. In a world increasingly attuned to environmental concerns, diversity, and inclusion, I’m, unsurprisingly, seeing greater…

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  • Expensive lesson or valuable insight about direct-to-consumer retailing?

    The Dollar Shave Club. Expensive lesson or valuable insight about direct-to-consumer (DTC) for Unilever? The DTC channel really feels like it’s gaining some traction. In the early days of DTC…

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  • Experience-centric leaders are now everything in retail

    How can retailers, and more importantly, retail leaders respond to the structural challenges facing the High Street? My view is that experience-centric leaders are now everything in retail Here’s some context:…

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  • How active should the CEO be in the recruitment process?

    It’s more than you think…. Attracting and retaining top leadership requires more than just a great brand and package. It requires a figurehead behind it who can help shape a…

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  • Transformation Takes Time – Is Marks & Spencer back?

    Despite the cost-of-living hikes, M&S has been the star performer across UK retail in 2023, outshining rivals with stellar share price gains and a return to the FSTE 100 after…

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  • Watch Your Worth

    During recruitment processes, prospective employers evaluate current salary not just as a metric for what they might need to pay to hire you. I also regularly see opinions towards someone’s…

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  • How much does relevant industry experience count in a hiring process?

    With the recent news that John Lewis (JL) Chair Sharon White will be stepping down in February 2025, there has been hot debate over whether her lack of retail experience…

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  • Meeting The Challenge Of Succession Planning

    Succession planning represents the board’s paramount opportunity to shape a company’s future. In an era where CEO tenures are becoming shorter, and turnover rates are on the rise, boards need…

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  • Who is my successor?

    It’s remarkable how many companies I observe that hire reactively. Of course, a focus on the present to meet revenue, profit and broader operational goals is imperative. But carving out…

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  • Should we fire the CEO?….

    Retention is a top concern for many of the companies I work with globally. However, I’m always surprised at how few take the time to conduct regular ‘temperature checks’ or…

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  • Could you be hired or fired by a robot in the future?

    I’ve witnessed the transformative impact of technology on recruitment and search over the years. LinkedIn started up in 2003 and job boards entered the market a few years earlier. Both…

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  • Do introverts make better leaders?

    The business world often seems designed for extroverts – charismatic leaders who thrive in social situations. But let’s not overlook the incredible potential of introverts in the C-suite. While extroverted…

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  • Why do so many CMOs fail?

    Why do so many CMOs fail? According to Harvard Business Review, 80% of CEOs don’t trust or are unimpressed by their Chief Marketing Officers. Not surprisingly, therefore, CMOs have one…

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  • Has change management become harder?

    Has change management become harder? It was a question posed to me recently by a CEO going through a digital transformation The rationale for the question was based on the gap…

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  • Are you assessing your leaders for a digital mindset

    ‘If you’re not busy being born you’re busy dying’ When you read a quote like this, it looks scary. But digital transformation doesn’t have to mean wholesale reinvention. The point…

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  • Don’t confuse digitising with digital transformation

    Don’t confuse digitising with digital transformation when you’re hiring…. I see this countless times with companies. When you’re looking to hire a new digital leader as part of your transformation…

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  • The strategy is delivery

    Many of the searches I handle call for leaders to drive strategy. My immediate response is to ask what I would observe at that company when someone is driving strategy….

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  • Is the founder of a company always the best person to be CEO?

    Is the founder of a company always the best person to be CEO? Company founders can be inspirational – as much for what they don’t do as what they do….

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  • 6 Tips for CMOs wanting to move to the CEO role

    I recently posted a link to an article by Raconteur debating why there are so few CEOs within the UK’s FTSE 100 who were former CMOs It sparked some good debate on LinkedIn, so I…

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  • How much have you hired from outside your sector?

      A leadership team becomes really powerful when there are complementary skills and experience. I was hiring a senior marketing leader recently and the brief was all about the position…

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  • Why aren’t more CMOs getting the CEO role?

    Why aren’t more CMOs getting the CEO role? Raconteur published an article: ‘What’s stopping marketers getting the CEO role’ which got me reflecting on the numerous CMOs I’ve placed who haven’t (yet) made the…

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  • Hiring a senior leader is a two-way process

    Hiring a senior leader is a two-way process. Sure, you’re buying – but the person on the other side of the desk is buying too There is no such thing…

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  • Candidate Experience Impacts The Quality Of A Leadership Hire

    Half the people I approach on searches aren’t actively looking for a job change. The best candidate isn’t always the one not looking for a job, of course But to…

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  • How can you reduce the risk in executive hiring?

    Slow down! I’ve seen it time and again. Someone looks and sounds the part; they have a strong CV and depth of industry experience. You connect with them personally, and…

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  • Is your growth story attracting great executive talent?

    Vision statements can be very polarising. I spoke with one senior executive recently who described her company as ‘full of unbridled ambition, but completely and utterly unattainable’. It was fair…

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  • 7 Steps To Supercharge Your Hiring Strategy

    Hiring the right senior executives is hard – particularly when the candidates who have the ability to drive your business success aren’t easy to access. HR functions are typically run…

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  • The Great Retention

    The Great Retention of 2023

    What will be the most pressing demands in the executive hiring space in 2023? Following the digital advances of the last few years coupled with the impact of staff attrition,…

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  • What Impression Are You Creating Through Your Hiring Process?

    Your hiring process isn’t a democracy Goldman Sachs became famous for running incredibly long hiring processes, sometimes stretching to 15 meetings. If one hiring manager said no then it was…

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  • How To Manage A Career Gap

    How Do You Manage a Career Gap or ‘Blip’ on your CV?

    More than ever I’m meeting very capable senior executives with a gap or ‘squiggle’ on their resume….. Firstly, it’s important this isn’t perceived as a negative that dents your confidence….

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  • 7 Key Steps To Hiring A New Leader

    Can they do the job? Do they want the job? Will they fit the culture?’ I landed on this basic framework early in my recruitment and search career. It’s admittedly…

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  • 4 Key Observations On The Hiring Landscape in 2022

    I’ve not seen a time when companies need expertise in hiring, development, and retention of their people more than they do now. Here are 4 reasons why: Kicking off BartonRock…

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  • What Is Disrupting Our Top Tech Talent To Join The Great Resignation?

    “The pause button was pressed. Executives want to keep their skills current and companies are struggling to keep up” In the world of digital and tech the impact of the…

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  • 3 Types Of Digital Leader

    The Three Types Of Digital Leader

    Buying behaviour is altering faster than ever before with e-commerce set to be the biggest business disruptor. Between 2019 and 2023 online spending will almost double from US $3.5 trillion…

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  • Chief Data Officer

    Is The Chief Data Officer The CMO of the Future?

    With almost every CMO brief I now take, there is an emphasis on data literacy. That doesn’t mean the shortlist should be full of data scientists, but companies are increasingly…

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  • THe Great Resignation Podcast

    What Is Disrupting Our Top Tech Talent?

    How Can You Protect Your Top Digital Talent from The Great Resignation? I was recently a guest on Kate Thomas’ Leadership Effectiveness Podcast where we discussed the impact  the Great…

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  • Developing Executive Presence

    7 Steps To Developing Your Executive Presence

    A characteristic that so many of my clients seek in senior leaders is executive presence. No more so than in roles that influence digital change and company transformation. It’s also…

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  • Why Do Most CMOs Fail?

    How Can CEOs Reduce CMO Failure?

    In my new video series ‘Success in The C-Suite’, I offer seven recommendations to companies and individuals alike to build a winning formula for CMO hiring.  In this clip, I…

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  • Why Do CMOs Fail?

    Why do so many CMOs fail? According to Harvard Business Review, 80% of CEOs don’t trust or are unimpressed by their chief marketing officers. Not surprisingly, therefore, CMOs have one…

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  • Guy Day - 8 Questions To Shape Your 2022 Digital Agenda

    8 Questions To Shape Your 2022 Digital Agenda

    Working within the digital executive search field offers valuable insights into the thinking of business leaders especially when it comes to digital transformation. Many of my clients are grappling with…

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  • Midlife Career Change

    Are You Ready to Make a Midlife Career Leap?

    The pandemic created a pause. A time for all of us to reflect and expand our thinking on what we really want to do moving forwards, how we want to…

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  • Online Experience

     The ‘New Retail’ Revolution Meets FMCG

    If you haven’t heard the term ‘new retail’ yet, then you will soon. The pandemic forced a rapid online shift in online buying behaviour, but this term was first created…

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  • Lady With Arms Crossed

    Are You Recruiting For Your Culture of The Future?

    How often do you question your company culture and the impact that has on your recruitment decisions? The impact of Covid-19 on company culture and how we grow and develop…

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  • How Has Data Changed The Role Of The CMO

    How Data Has Streamlined the Role Of the CMO

    Just a few years ago the technology, sales & marketing functions would have all be clearly defined. With the avalanche of data now available, these roles have become inextricably blended,…

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  • Gender Diversity Image

     Addressing The Gender Diversity Challenge Within Data & Tech

    “It is reported that the UK is maintaining its lead as one of the world’s premier centres for tech of all kinds, a recognised hotbed for tech talent, where the…

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  • Agile Leadership Style

    Do You Hire Your Leaders On Gut Feeling Or Evidence?

    In this challenging time of change and uncertainty the need for strong and effective leadership in the workplace has never been more important. In this article I interview Kate Thomas…

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  • Woman using digital app

    Digitally Designing Our ‘New Normal’ Tech Experience

    Our interactions have changed. Not just over the last 18 months with each other, but also with how we interact with businesses, organisations, retailers, and brands. Our dependence on our…

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  • A Pandemic of Redundancies? – A Recruiter’s View

    With restrictions now easing and businesses able to take a more positive approach to recruitment again, I am conscious that many senior executives have still not found their way back…

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  • The Art & Science of Customer Loyalty – An Expert’s View

    The retail landscape & psychology behind customer behaviour in 2021 has shifted beyond anything experts could have predicted. Whilst the ongoing pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated the growth of online shopping,…

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  • Insurance; Marisa Murton; Digital Careers

    The Data Opportunity In Insurance

    In this week’s episode, my guest is insurance sector data scientist, Marisa Murton who spent much of her career with UK insurance group, Aviva. Marisa now runs her own data…

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  • Retail Loyalty – on the line now as never before

    In this week’s episode, my guest is Global Loyalty Leader, Bryan Pearson. Bryan, who is Canada-based, is also an author, thought-leader and contributor to as well as adviser to…

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  • High effective digital leaders

    Highly Effective Digital Leaders

    In this week’s episode,  my guest is Kate Thomas, Founder of Leadership Effectiveness company, NewlandRock.   We discuss ‘Highly effective digital leaders’   In particular the challenges digital leaders face in companies today…

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  • Launching and growing digital product

    Launching & Growing New Digital Products

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers, my guest is Karen Plumb, former Director of Commercial and Digital Marketing at Premier Inn in the UK and part of Whitbread. We…

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  • Highly effective digital leaders

    7 Recruitment Trends within Digital

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers, I talk through seven trends I’m seeing within digital jobs, recruitment and executive search. 7 recruitment trends within digital This covers: • 2020…

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  • NewlandRock leadership effectiveness

    NewlandRock launch in leadership effectiveness

    LONDON, 11th January 2021. Guy Day, Founder of BartonRock, announced today that sister company NewlandRock has been launched to specialise in leadership effectiveness. Focusing across the UK and internationally, NewlandRock’s…

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  • Digital is not a silver bullet

    Digital is not a silver bullet

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers, my guest is Ben Rhodes, former-Group Marketing Director of Royal Mail in the UK. We discuss: Digital is not a silver bullet for…

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  • Managing Cyber Risk

    Leading through crisis with former-NCA Head

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers, I continue my discussion with guest, Jim Stokley who is former Deputy Director for the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit. We…

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  • Managing Cyber Risk

    Managing Cyber Risk with Former-NCA Head

    Cyber risk is a considerable challenge for companies today. In this week’s episode of Digital Careers, my guest is Jim Stokley who is former Deputy Director for the National Crime…

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  • Humanising Data in Business

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers, my guest is Daryl D’Cruz who is Founder of data consultancy Hexdon. We discuss: Humanising data in business. In this episode we cover:…

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  • Purpose as part of digital transformation

    Purpose and 20 transformative companies

    When reflecting on purpose in the context of company transformations, it reminded me of a recent podcast I ran on Digital Disruption: buzzword or reality? where we explored the validity…

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  • Digital disruption - buzzword or reality

    Digital Disruption, buzzword or reality?

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers, my guest is John Murnane who is an Enterprise Technology leader having worked for companies such as Infra, VMware, EMC and most recently…

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  • Digital careers

    Digital Careers Guest Compilation

    In this Digital Careers special episode, we have taken an excerpt from each of my previous 8 guests to produce a compilation: Digital Careers and Recruitment Advice Special. All guests…

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  • Open to work digital

    ‘Open to work’ digital candidates: a unique opportunity

    Some of those individuals ‘open to work’ are amongst the most talented and exciting out there. Candidates not just in the UK, it’s Asia, Europe and the US. We’re currently…

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  • The changing b2B buyer journey

    Changing B2B buyer engagement within Tech

    ‘Changing B2B buyer engagement within the tech sector’ In this week’s episode of Digital Careers Meets, my guest is Sydney-based Head of Marketing & Sales Development for Dynatrace in Asia-Pac,…

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  • Countering Amazon's threat in grocery retail

    Countering Amazon’s Digital Advance in Grocery Retail

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers Meets, my guest is US-based Founder of Tomorrow Retail Consulting and former Walmart e-commerce China leader, Jordan Berke. We discuss: ‘Countering Amazon’s advance…

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  • Digital detox

    Time for a digital detox?

    What are the benefits of a digital detox? In my job, apart from advising on digital hiring, I often act as a sounding board for senior executives. Sometimes it’s broader…

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  • Hiring Digital Entrepreneurs

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers Meets, my guest is Sydney, Australia-based Richard Spencer, Digital Entrepreneur and now Chief Customer Experience Officer for Business Australia. We discuss: ‘Hiring Digital…

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  • Digital culture

    A digital future does not include disconnecting with your people

    I listened to an Economist Podcast recently, where novelist Martin Amis described the life of a writer as being based on solitude and not on community. He highlighted that his…

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  • Digital influences within logistics

    The Digital Influences within Logistics

    In this week’s episode of Digital Careers Meets, we discuss: ‘The Digital Influences within Logistics’. My guest is Steve Thompsett, Chief Customer Officer, Asia-Pacific for DHL’s supply chain business. In…

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  • Digital hiring

    Digital Hiring: 5 things visionary leaders should do

    In my ‘Thoughts’ episode from the Digital Careers podcast last week I discussed 3 themes from conversations I’m having with my C-suite clients. To re-cap they were: (1) Dealing with…

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  • New retail and digital's time to shine

    New retail and digital’s time to shine

    In this week’s episode of ‘Digital Careers Meets’, we discuss: ‘New retail and digital’s time to shine. What does this mean for FMCG?’. My guest is Sharon Hill, E-Commerce &…

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  • Digital themes

    Three themes from conversations with C-suite clients

      Three themes from the C-suite Recently, I’ve read countless articles stating: ‘The most visionary leaders continue to invest through downturns’. I agree and so too it seems does Andy…

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  • Customer loyalty in a post-COVID world

    How Customer Loyalty will change in a post-COVID world

    In this video, my guest is Paul Smitton, CEO at Asia Miles, part of Cathay Pacific, and we discuss: ‘Customer Loyalty in a post-COVID world’. In this week’s episode of…

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  • Response to artificial intelligence

    Digital executives’ response to artificial intelligence

      Digital executives’ response to artificial intelligence As Andrew Moore, Head of Google Cloud AI said in his 2019 Harvard Business Review article: “Sooner or later, every technology transitions from…

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  • How data has changed the job of the CMO

    How data has changed the job of the CMO

    In this video my guest is Gareth Jones, former-Chief Marketing Officer for ebay UK and we discuss: ‘How data has changed the job of the CMO’.   In this week’s…

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  • Gender diversity within data and technology

    Digital Careers meets Shan Flynn – senior HR professional

    In this video, my guest is Shan Flynn, experienced international human resources professional and we discuss: ‘How gender diversity within Data & Tech can be resolved’     I was…

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  • Digital Careers podcast launches

    Following the launch of BartonRock, I’m pleased to also release my new podcast series: ‘Digital Careers‘ which offers insights and advice on advancing your digital career as well as making your…

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  • eBook: 5 Steps to Hiring Great, Data-Savvy Digital Leaders

    It’s sobering to think that since 2000, over half the companies in the Fortune 500 have gone bankrupt, have been acquired or dropped off that list, largely due to the…

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  • BartonRock digital recruitment

    BartonRock launches digital search firm

    LONDON, 9th Sept, 2020. Guy Day, Founder of BartonRock, announced today that he has launched a boutique executive search firm specialising within digital. Focusing across the UK and internationally, BartonRock’s…

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