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Motivation Is Key To A Leader’s Effectiveness

July 14, 2014 – Effective leaders possess a blend of characteristics, however the number one trait that makes them successful is their ability to motivate and lead others.

A survey of 1,270 business leaders from around the world found that by a margin of 3:1, 68 percent of the survey participants said they preferred a senior executive who could motivate and inspire others more than they desired an executive who consistently performed well, which was mentioned by only 26 percent of respondents. This came as no surprise to our staff at Signature Source, since we recruit top talent for more than 42 leading global-mobility organizations and seek out candidates with great motivation skills.

In addition the survey, conducted by IIC Partners, discovered that the price of entry to a corner office remains competency. But once they settle in, a leader’s success is more about how they inspire and motivate others to perform at their peak rather than what he or she does individually. Read More

Good Leaders Give Power To Their Employees

June 24, 2014 – Trust your employees and celebrate their achievements, a winning formula for running a successful business, according to David Novak, chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, which includes KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.

In the recent edition of HR Magazine, Novak provides insight on how to unleash the power of your employees and effectively manage them while building a work environment that allows them to thrive and grow into leaders. His thoughts struck a chord at Signature Source, since we understand that for a company to recruit top talent they must create a work environment that allows employees to flourish.

Novak’s key thoughts on leadership building:

  • To engage employees, it’s important to explain the “why” behind an idea. Then ask for employee input and involvement, which translates into a commitment for all involved, working toward a common goal.
  • Remember that employees do not function at their best and most creative when working in a vacuum with no feedback. Effective leaders are sincerely interested in their employees and able to provide direct feedback on projects they are working on. Even criticism, if done in a constructive manner that will improve the outcome, is usually welcome.
  • Creating a trusting environment in which every employee has a chance to contribute fosters strong leaders and helps people become better coaches.
  • Hire employees that are “whole-brained” – analytical and creative – with ambition, passion and the ability to inspire.
  • Celebrate achievements. “When you recognize people, it says that you’re watching them, that what they do matters,” he told HR Magazine. “It keeps employees motivated and excited to come to work every day.” But instead of a gold watch, Novak likes to have some fun with awards. His individual recognition award is an over-sized pair of walking teeth for people who “walk the talk” of leadership. When he was president of KFC he gave away floppy rubber chickens and $100. “People would sometimes cry when I gave them their chickens,” he said.

Developing leadership skills

At Signature Source, we are often asked if leaders are born or made. Our answer: Both! Some people are born leaders, possessing leadership skills that can be identified in nursery school. Some people, no matter how hard they try, will never be good leaders. Then there is the middle group from which the made leaders emerge.

Novak says that to be a good leader, the person must be self-aware, to know who they are and where they have been. But key to the self-awareness is not being self-involved, which prohibits people from leading and getting to know their employees.

He says the best leaders possess an understanding that they are unique, different from everyone else, and that their strengths, weaknesses, interests and knowledge are distinctive. In addition, leaders know:

  • • They will always be a work in progress.
  • • They have to soak up everything they can, to make them better leaders.
  • • They have to remain avid learners.

If you want to develop leadership skills, Novak’s advice is to follow these steps. It was the way he reached the top of his profession. For example, when he wanted to learn how to navigate Wall Street, he took Warren Buffett to lunch at KFC. To learn leadership skills, he shadowed UCLA’s basketball coach John Wooden. He soon learned that he could compete in business minus an MBA.

“Never lose the desire to learn,” he told the magazine. “The minute you stop learning, you start dying. That’s true in business, and it’s true in life.”

Thoughts to live by!

Signature Source’s New Website Is A Critical Enhancement To Talent Acquisition Strategies And Successful Careers!

Signature Source takes pride in our position as a leader in the global relocation industry.

With the launch of our new website, we are better able to meet our goal of matching exceptional candidates with our client, the very best employers in the industry – a win/win situation for all. We are also extremely proud of the safeguards we have taken to ensure the confidentiality of anyone using our website.

The new website provides quick and intuitive navigation, creating a user-friendly environment for clients and job seekers. It lives up to our company motto: Making a difference one at a time. What sets our website apart? Read More

6 Innovative Interview Questions that Get Great Results

When developing interview questions, employers can struggle to branch out from the old, stale pile of traditional queries. If you want your interviews to produce results you can use, stay away from the “tried and true” open/closed questions and start getting more inventive. Here are several types of questions that the big companies and key industry leaders have begun using to make their interviews more than just a bump on the road. Read More

Jean Strickland, President & CEO of Signature Source, Elected to Chair of the Board of NAER

March 26, 2014 – Jean Strickland, President & CEO of Signature Source, has been elected Chair of the Board of the National Association Executive Recruiters (NAER).

“I am honored to be Board Chair of this marvelous association,” Jean says. “NAER maintains the highest professional and ethical standards, serving the best interests of its members and strengthening our profession. Members know they can turn to NAER for information, management counsel and professional development.”

Additional NAER board members include:

  • Vice chair Martin Zahra, search consultant for Shooting Search.
  • Secretary/treasurer Ellen Heffernan, partner, SJG-The Spelman & Johnson Group.

“I am thrilled to be working with this energetic board, and hoping to see our members and first time attendees at NAER’s annual convention,” Jean adds. “This year’s topic, ‘Managing Your Brand with M2E (Media, Marketing and Efficiencies)’ will offer invaluable insights to those in the executive search field.” The event takes place April 23-25 at the Hampton Inn in Columbia, S.C.

Jean’s 23 years spanning the global relocation, real estate, consulting and public accounting industries have culminated in the success of Signature Source. Her deep understanding of talent acquisition and requirements for diverse talent needed to deliver outstanding results has transformed the organization into the premier executive recruiting and consulting organization in the global mobility industry.

  • National Association Executive Recruiters
  • National Association Personnel Services
  • Foreign for Expatriate Management
  • Society for Human Resources Management
  • Worldwide ERC
  • Women Business Enterprise National Council
  • Southeast Regional Relocation Council
  • Chicago Relocation Council
  • North Texas Relocation Professionals
  • Houston Relocation Professionals
  • Tennessee Relocation Council
  • Midwest Relocation Council
  • Metro Atlanta Relocation Council