A New Look for DE BORD INTERNATIONAL

New look for De Bord International

Fall presents itself in a beautiful new range of colours. We decorate ourselves with our newly developed website. Since last week, DE BORD INTERNATIONAL is presenting itself in a coloured, elegant, digital look. We have further refined our proven profile and aligned our common credo to the future. We cordially invite you to browse on our new page and are eager to hear your feedback. Which may of course also be face to face. We are looking forward to the conversation with you. Very analogue. Read more

Next Ways Learning Trip in Tallinn!

Next ways Learning Trip to Tallinn

Franck Pasquet, Associate Director in charge of Digital at Arrowman Executive Search, passionate about Digital Transformations, Data, Interoperability and therefore Cybersecurity, participated in a two-day Learning Trip organized by Next Ways in Tallinn – Estonia – the first digital nation in the world. Read more

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The “augmented” CIO

The augmented CIO

Sorry for the readers who are looking for the miracle recipe to improve their resources, this article only refers to the augmented man and the skills immediately expected of him before reaching it… It aims to highlight the current expectations of companies from CIOs, CTOs and Enterprise Architects. It points out the new expectations that companies have for these profiles, that are essential to successful transformation in today’s environment of strong economic uncertainty and deep human change.

The more technologies offer new opportunities and accelerate change by fostering the emergence of agile and less hierarchical organizations, the more human qualities are highlighted by the managers and decision-makers in the Digital, Big Data and IT world. AI, DATA, IOT, Digital, Cloud, Cybersecurity, a large choice of new Saas applications and integration of flows: these are the stakes! Today, it is possible to improve the performance of the company and the monitoring of the results, almost instantaneously, provided you have the proper infrastructures with reliable and secured data. Read more

Why should you invite external members to join your board of directors?

Board meeting

Have you ever wondered why you should have and how you can select external board members? Here is Håkan Cöster’s take on it. Håkan is the senior partner of Lense & Lumen’s Swedish member firm Högström & Co Management AB

Why should I elect external board members on our board when we have managed all these years? This is a common question many family- and/or privately-operated companies ask themselves.

According to regulations in most countries, all companies should have a board of directors. However, in several companies this only exists on paper. Instead it is common that the CEO is a member together with his/her family and that a real board work isn’t performed. This often due to a fear of bringing in external board members and by doing so also giving them insight into the company. However, most of these companies would in fact, perform better if they elected external board members and carried out proper board works. If a company for example, has plans for expansion they could benefit a lot from the knowledge and experience of external board members.

Is there a risk that there will be too much bureaucracy when you elect external board members?

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The SYNNOV’s 28th Rendez-vous of Innovation on October 7th at the French Senate

Arrowman Executive Search, partner of the SYNNOV (an independent organization that promotes Innovation), participated in the presentation of Navi Radjou‘s latest book “The Guide to Frugal Innovation” and its practical illustration by Fadwa Sube’s “French Dream Town” project in China.

We warmly thank all of the participants!

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Robert Sadjak new partner at Dr Maier + Partner

Robert Sadjak new partner at dr Maier

Robert Sadjak has a lot of experience in identification and developing executives, specialists and talents.

After his successful degree of business administration he was working 15 years at big international FMCG companies in national and regional roles – 7 years on executive level. Furthermore he founded and grew a platform start-up in the HR and experience segment. These very different experiences led to a comprehensive view on people and business management.

His segment and client focus at Dr. Maier + Partner is on executive search for the first and second management level for manufacturing industries, FMCGs, grown Start-Ups and Consultancies – very often in an international context. Additionally he consults all size of businesses on growth and digitalization strategies and for brand building topics.    

Our Lense & Lumen China member Fiducia Management Consultants participated as a panelist in the HR workshop of the 2019 Greater China Day of the German Chamber in Stuttgart

During the discussion with representatives from medium sized German businesses in China, Thaddaeus Mueller shared his experience on finding the best talents for ‘Mittelstand’ clients.

Some of the key learnings & audience questions:

  • How can we use AI in recruitment processes? -> Carefully & selectively, keeping in mind important candidate character traits like ‘hands-on’ + a ‘fit into Mittelstand culture’ are hard(er) to assess via AI.
  • How can Mittelstand companies in China improve their EVP (=employer value proposition)? -> Low hanging fruit: highlight your company history in Chinese HR brochures and your jobs website. For Chinese candidates it is inspiring and impressive to see their future employer is owned & managed in the 3rd or 4th generation of a family.
  • Are graduates in China from the German dual education system undergoing the same curriculum and tests as in Germany? -> Not exactly, there is a local amendment which qualifies students in the most suitable way to succeed in the local employment market and to add value for their employers.

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Plastic and Rubber Machinery Manufacturers in China experience record low fluctuation and stable headcount growth

On the day prior to the Chinaplas opening, a newly released Salary Survey found that German and Austrian machinery manufacturers in the plastics and rubber industry saw the staff size of their Chinese entities grow steadily over the last six years.  Similarly to 2017, the majority of respondents have a staff size of above 100 employees, up from 10-50 employees in 2013 and 2015.

The survey, conducted for the fourth time by Fiducia Executive Search in cooperation with the German mechanical engineering association VDMA, tracks salary, recruitment, retention, and HR trends in China among the association’s member companies. 

Alongside growing staff size, the findings also showcase a continuously low staff turnover rate of less than 5% (compared to an industry average of 21%) as well as an increase in the use of mobile marketing for recruitment. 

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4 things you need to know about your future employees

You might as well get used to the idea and prepare yourself for the task. The generation that is currently in the process of passing through the education system and into the companies places great demands on you as a leader. For better or for worse. The Millennials are digitally native, razor-sharp and top-motivated, but they also fight some ghosts that will scare you if you are not prepared. If you are, you can use most of the ghosts constructively.

At least one thing is for sure: they are not like you and me, the generation that is heading out into the companies, and thus becoming your employees and colleagues in the coming many years. The Millennium generation, the digital natives, the pampered generation – it goes by many names. And like any other generation, the terms cover a number of characteristics that you, as a leader, need to know if you want to make sure your new employees thrive, produce, and deliver. When you plunge into describing an entire generation in this way, there are, of course, talk of generalizations. Here too. I paint with the wide brush and I admit it. But I’m not alone. The American author and lecturer, Simon Sinek, has identified four overriding features that The Millennials have in the baggage. You can hear him talk about them in the video here. The video is inspiring and there are many truths in it, but I still think it lacks something. Namely, focus on how you, as a leader, can utilize the properties that Sinek by far way only sees problems in.

Let us take the challenges one by one and look at what risks they contain – and opportunities.

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Arrowman celebrated its 15th Anniversary on June 18th, 2019!

Arroman birthday

On the evening of June 18th, Arrowman Excutive Search celebrated its 15th Anniversary in a friendly and convivial atmosphere!

Our whole team was delighted to welcome those who contribute to the success of this great entrepreneurial and human adventure.

We warmly thank all of our guests.

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