The blog of executive recruitment

Recently everyone is talking about the future of work or new world of work which could be caused by the new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), or the new business model, such as outsourcing of non-core business activities. As a professional human resources consultant, I also frequently discuss this scenario with my clients, especially with those who are working in human resources departments and find that indeed there are some traditional and typical HR functions which are or would be replaced by external vendors providing more cost-effective services and would be disappeared from the HR departments. In the typical set up of HR department, there are so called 3-pillars organization which includes HR business partners, HR center of expertise/excellence (COE), and HR shared services. For the HR business partners team, it acts like the bridge between HR and the business unit or department which he/she works for. Once there... Read more
At executive level, quality advice on job interviews can be hard to come by. Executive-level candidates are often left to their own devices when it comes to finding a new role. Luckily, our 4-point plan should help you navigate the process… 1.Do your research • Review their financial statements. If the most up-to-date set isn't available on their site, you can access it via Companies House. • Compare the company's performance with their competitors. Where do they position themselves against them? • Use Glassdoor, LinkedIn and other social media accounts to a build a view of both the company and the industry. • Perform some basic analysis: what strikes you as unusual, negative and positive? • Give thought to the micro and macro challenges the business may face, and prepare a SWOT analysis. 2.Prepare for the ‘Tell me about yourself’ question It’s a common introduction to interviews, and yet one... Read more
At executive level, quality advice on job interviews can be hard to come by. Executive-level candidates are often left to their own devices when it comes to finding a new role. Luckily, our 4-point plan should help you navigate the process… 1. Do your research • Review their financial statements. If the most up-to-date set isn't available on their site, you can access it via Companies House. •  Compare the company's performance with their competitors. Where do they position themselves against them? •  Use Glassdoor, LinkedIn and other social media accounts to a build a view of both the company and the industry. • Perform some basic analysis: what strikes you as unusual, negative and positive? • Give thought to the micro and macro challenges the business may face, and prepare a SWOT analysis. 2. Prepare for the ‘Tell me about yourself’ question It’s a common introduction to interviews, and... Read more
I always remember the first question that my clients would ask me while we met up was how they could hire the right and fit people from the external market to take job openings and help them implement and fulfill strategies. For me, I usually did not directly respond to them what the right tools and ways were to help them hire the correct people. In contract; I preferred asking them what the tools or systems were used in their recruiting processes to find the right external candidates. My clients always replied to me that interview was the best solution to screen and find the right one. I would say their answer was partially right but partially wrong. By interviews, they could get the subjective information and data from the candidates who shared their past experiences to prove their capabilities on taking the positions successfully which the clients were hiring... Read more
Ray Li, Associate Director at Morgan Philips Group, argues that employees and jobseekers need to embrace change to make the most of their career opportunities. In an ever-changing, volatile business world, it’s no surprise that the chemicals industry, both up- and downstream, has gone through dramatic change in the last few years. The oil price fall in 2013 and 2014 has left a lasting impact on the industry.  The reaction of major players was to embark upon major change programmes including M&A, reorganisations and/or significant layoffs of staff.  For example, the merger of Dow Chemicals with DuPont in 2017 resulted in a significant restructuring and downsizing of many departments. One of the major impacts of this period of change is that in many mid to large chemicals companies senior management positions are now held by generation Y employees (those born in the 1980s and 1990s).  With them they have brought... Read more
Recently people are talking about how to help your companies survive in this VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) business world. Everyone has its own way and solutions to meet and deal with this quickly changed and uncertain environment but there is not consistent conclusion about which way is better until Dr. Linda Holbeche proposed her the “Agile Organization” concept in 2015 for the organizations to build their innovative, sustainable, and resilient businesses. As almost three years flies, this concept had been implemented in several organizations. Some of them succeeded but some of them failed. Hence; in 2018 January, McKinsey & Company released a research paper which is called “the Five Trademarks of Agile Organizations” to help the leaders and owners of any type of organization lead successful transition to an agile organization via mindset changes. But how can we specify our mindset changes to declare that we are ready... Read more
  Jenny Guo, Deputy Managing Director at Morgan Philips Group looks at the opportunities for talented professionals in the new retail economy.   “New retail” is the current buzzword in commerce.  First championed by Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group, new retail is widely tipped to replace e-commerce as the next disruptive force. According to Ma in October 2016:  “E-commerce is merely a ferry, moving stuff from one side to another.  New retail will take its place as the new frontier of development.” In China, less than two years after Ma’s prediction, new retail now has official status.  In the Two Sessions earlier this year, the very core of new retail – promoting integrated development of ‘bricks and mortar’ store sales and online shopping – was written into a government work document. For many, new retail is a logical next step in the on-demand economy where organisations seek to digitalise... Read more
Morgan Philips and The HR Forum of the European Chamber held the HR excellence Conference in Guangzhou and Shenzhen which focused on how the digitalization challenge employers to reshape skills and corporate culture. It also impact jobs and career prospects. David Ng in his presentation explained: how to handle multi-generation workforce with a blend of motivations? what are the top factors of motivation at work? what are the motives to trade-of salary increase? how do employees expect to learn digital skills? what is “success” in the digital age? click for more information:http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzIzODExMzY0Mg==&mid=504481185&idx=1&sn=e1a25c913fe7b54099a4f55a3dc2beed&chksm=72db23a445acaab2333d194daef7b3e7e5474687006847903b918fd52863108c85d2c34bfeb6#rd
June 29th 2018, the annual HR Forum of Morgan Philips was held in Lang-ham Shanghai. During the forum, we discussed around the following topics:  Digitalization and Impact on Talents in Greater China How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Help You Recruit Better HR Leadership in Digital Transformation – Panel Discussion Click for more information:http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzIzODExMzY0Mg==&mid=504481255&idx=1&sn=2dbf280d3c66451c933998df7c07712e&chksm=72db23e245acaaf46d31e2100ddf9e2fa7b2d423614a70e127168a095b6bd285017cd47455b6#rd
For 8 years now, Morgan Philips Group has surveyed Greater China-based professional and executive talents to explore what motivates their career moves and ambitions. As global economic growth started to slow and fast expanding domestic firms became attractive work places, we noted in recent years a shift of mindset towards more competitive and entrepreneurial corporate cultures. With automation and digital profoundly reshaping offerings, channels and businesses, we decided for 2018 to explore how these trends were impacting Greater China professionals and executives when it comes to their development needs and career choices. On May 9th, 2018, Christine Raynaud, CEO of博禹 Morgan Philips Greater China, was invited by AmCham Taipei to share some findings on this major talent challenge resulting from digitalization: * Digital skills – most critical and today’s readiness * Company culture – what works, what must change * Finding talent for the digital age – track record vs.... Read more