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Preparing for the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

Preparing for the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

Clarendon Executive’s Claire McKee says that whilst robots are no substitutes for people, as we move further towards ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ there is a requirement for successful organisations to accept change and invest more heavily in the ‘human capital’ agenda, visionary leaders and technology advancements.

The fourth Industrial Revolution’ refers to the smart operational systems of the future that will incorporate new innovations such as Artificial Intelligence and chatbots, Big Data, augmented reality, simulation and the Cloud. Like the revolutions that preceded it, the Fourth Industrial...

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How To Prepare For Senior Job Interviews

How To Prepare For Senior Job Interviews

Interviews can be daunting at the best of times, even more so when, as a senior exec, you perhaps haven’t moved jobs in a while or are better versed in the role of interviewer as opposed to interviewee. At C-suite level, quality advice on interview technique can be hard to come by. Below, Clarendon Executive outlines some strategies to help you prepare for and shine in interview.

DO Consider Style AND Substance It’s no longer good enough just to talk about your experience in detail when it comes to interviewing for executive level positions – you also need to describe your management style, outline your vision and prove your future ability in the role. Be prepared...

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The ‘make-up’ of our boardrooms – Gender Diversity in the spotlight

The ‘make-up’ of our boardrooms – Gender Diversity in the spotlight

With the deadline looming for gender pay gap disclosures at companies with 250 or more employees, the spotlight shines once again on the wider issue of gender diversity in the boardroom - for companies of all sizes. Are businesses turning a blind eye to the issue? And what about the frustration of those that prioritise the fair representation of women, but struggle due to an overwhelming lack of interest from female candidates?
Clarendon Executive’s Joanne McAuley looks at the obstacles facing women as they climb the corporate ladder and what can be done to help create a face of lasting change for NI boardrooms.

It’s been encouraging to see a rise in executive level appointments in Northern Ireland, both in the public and private sector, being filled by women – National Museums NI, Titanic Belfast, IOD NI, CBI NI and Belfast City Council to name a few. A broader look, however, at the top 100...

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Survival of the ‘Emotionally’ Fittest

Survival of the ‘Emotionally’ Fittest

It remains an elusive concept for many businesses, yet investing in the Emotional Fitness of your company’s top executives will benefit everyone. Below Mark Latuske from Clarendon Executive examines the hallmarks of an emotionally fit or ‘intelligent’ leader, how you can improve your emotional fitness, and why we should place it high on the business agenda.

As an avid sports fan – particularly cricket – I’m always interested in how psychology comes into play and almost always ends up the determining factor in who wins and who loses. In professional sports, the difference between one athlete and another is often pretty negligible. While one...

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How to Use Psychometric Testing in Hiring

How to Use Psychometric Testing in Hiring

Psychometric testing continues to rise in popularity. In fact, over 75% of the Times top 100 companies now use some form of psychometric testing, usually during a recruitment and selection process. The technological advances in online testing enable candidates to do a test in their own time and location, meaning more efficient and cost-effective recruitment processes and potentially a much wider candidate pool. Below, Clarendon Executive’s Anne Daley explains the value of psychometrics in senior level recruitment and, with the increasing number and sophistication of online tests available how to choose what’s most suitable for your hiring needs.

Psychometric testing continues to rise in popularity. In fact, over 75% of the Times top 100 companies now use some form of psychometric testing, usually during a recruitment and selection process. The technological advances in online testing enable candidates to do a test in their own time and...

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The Future of Work

The Future of Work

“The future depends on what you do in the present” – Mahatma Gandhi Our world is changing fast and businesses clearly must adapt, but how? Clarendon Executive’s Anne Daley says when it comes to working, ‘change’ is the new norm and considers what savvy organisations should be doing now to future-proof their success.

Over the past decade the world of business has been subject to change in ways that nobody could have predicted. And as we have seen, from past times of tumultuous change (industrial revolution, world wars, global recession), those who can get comfortable with uncertainty and develop not only the...

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