Ever since humanity invented “tomorrow” as much as 160,000 years ago the day after today has held a special place in our pantheon of excuses for not doing something now. After all, to quote Orphan Annie, “How I love you, tomorrow! You’re always a day away.” In other words, tomorrow actually never arrives. It lingers just over the chronological horizon, anticipated but never actually experienced…
Introduction: The Market for Executives
At the Barrett Group we have seen 32 clients receive offers or land senior executive positions in the last four weeks—all of them at compensation levels much higher than those quoted below by Indeed (an on-line jobs market). So we believe that the market for executives is strong, particularly the unpublished market where three-quarters of our clients typ…
With apologies to George Gershwin, it is summer time in the northern hemisphere and while many executives think finding their next executive opportunity must wait until the fall, our clients know better—and they make it look easy. In fact, some three dozen of them landed employment contracts or attractive offers during the past month!
They earned exciting titles such as:
Frankly, it may be impossible to separate several related industries fairly. This is why we bundle Financial Services, Banking, Insurance, Accounting, Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Capital Markets under the general umbrella of Financial Services.
As one source puts it: “Over the past two years, the financial services industry has demonstrated its ability to successful…
Chili Pepper Blues and Your Professional Future
Some like it hot. For example, I love chili paste on virtually anything, ideally the Huy Fong product with the rooster on the bottle. Others prefer Sriracha. But we spicy food lovers are likely to be disappointed as “Crop issues due to severe drought in Mexico have plagued the red jalapeno chili pepper crop and resulted in nationwide shortages …
Some years ago I was rushing from one business obligation to another, winding my way on icy, winter roads through northwestern Germany. My mind was on the business, the challenges, possible solutions, and, of course, on the road. Suddenly, as I rounded a curve and started down a hill, I saw movement through the snowy woods on my right in the corner of my eye. I couldn’t actually look at it righ…
Its a wonderful week!
Imagine—eight senior executive clients landed or received offers in the latest week! Due to our careful attention to client confidentiality, we cannot tell you their names, of course, but we can tell you more about their results.
They landed with titles including CEO, Head of Transformation, Vice President (three execs), Senior Director, Transportation and Logistics Mana…
Introduction to Industry Update: Manufacturing
At its peak in 1979, manufacturing accounted for 22% of non-farm employment in the US. It now totals about 9%, equating to approximately 11% of GDP. [See source.] Recovery from the pandemic and the resultant surge in consumption helped bring renewed life to this sector. This momentum so far seems to be continuing in 2023. Government subsidies to s…
Remember the childhood game of “telephone” where at one end of a line of kids someone would whisper a message in the next child’s ear? One by one the kids would pass the message down, whispering it each time, until it arrived at the other end. More often than not, the final message was completely different than the initial message, garbled as it was in transmission.
That is a good metaphor for…
Introduction – Human Resources
In researching this Industry Update, we encountered numerous assertions that now is the time for Human Resource executives and professionals to really shine.
One source put it like this:
“I’ve worked in the HR industry now for a quarter of a century, and by my estimation this is the most exciting – and the most challenging – time to be in the field. Since the…
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