The vast benefits of establishing diversity among leaders in organizations is well documented and acknowledged across the globe. Organizations are more able to achieve success when their leadership teams match the diversity in their workplace, communities, customers, markets and stakeholders.

There are many high profile examples of companies who are publicly committing to increasing their levels of diversity. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, recently led the way at a special orientation session for the recipients of its WWDC Scholarship Program, stating that “I think the most diverse group will produce the best product, I firmly believe that.”

AESC chats with Glenda K. Brown, Managing Director, BlueSteps & Global Partnerships, about why contrary to popular belief, the holidays could still be a good time to land your next executive position.

The prevailing wisdom is that the holidays are a bad time for executives to search for a job. Do you agree?

I don’t particularly agree. There are a few reasons that it can actually be an opportune time for executives to conduct a search.

As a Director or VP, one of the key questions you need to ask yourself is, do I really have a passion to advance to a C-level executive position? You cannot allow yourself to be purely driven by money or status, but rather ask the question, “Will I be happy, and fulfilled, in reaching the C-suite?” From the time we start our careers, we all naturally want to be at the top of the heap, but unfortunately, for many, achieving this objective results in a material decrease in job satisfaction.

BlueSteps recently hosted an #ExecCareer Chat on the topic of international executive job search, featuring Jon Barron, from Gaines International, an Allen Austin company, and John Ryan, from TRANSEARCH International.

Some of the questions asked included:

How much time and effort do you put into checking out a prospective company before accepting an offer for a potential position - let alone applying to an organization?

Executives already know that a large percentage of success when hiring new employees is how well they fit into the company culture. But how does a prospective employee learn what they need to know to determine if they are a good fit with any one organization?

1. If the company is local, drive to their offices and do a little surveillance.

Perhaps the only task harder than reaching a C-level position in the first place is recapturing that rank after you’ve had to step down a rung on the corporate ladder. Yet that’s the dilemma many executives have faced in their careers and usually not by choice.

How did this happen to me?

One or more factors probably play a key part in this situation, including:

BlueSteps chats with AESC executive search consultants about the latest trends for CFOs and finance executives. In this article, we focus on whether or not it's possible for CFOs to make the transition to CEO. Download the full white paper, "Executive Search & Career Forecast: Inside the Chief Financial Officer Role" for more.

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In today’s increasingly globalized business environment, the demand is growing for internationally minded executives who can produce results across a variety of markets and cultures. It can be argued that there has never been a better time to pursue an expatriate career as finding and developing these individuals is a key priority for multinational firms. However, searching for the right position abroad presents its own set of challenges. Below are some tips to keep in mind.

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For more on this topic, register for the "Career Transition Planning: Finding Your Next Opportunity" webinar.

As an executive, career planning is critical to your professional success, and a vital step for anyone seeking to expand their options, regardless of whether they intend to make a career move now or in the future. Planning your career transition in advance gives you the opportunity to understand and analyze a full range of options and adequately prepare ahead of time.

If you are a seasoned executive in today’s job queue, you are no doubt being sensitized to the quandary of age discrimination. From the lunch lady in Springfield, Illinois to the CEO of a men’s haberdashery, companies are betting on youth to preserve their vitality and inject new blood to ramp up their corporate circulation. A recent Google web search on “Age Discrimination” yielded 15.5 million results while the news category alone showed 753,000 hits. I suspect that the topic will continue to be one of great concern and importance as Baby Boomers, (those born between 1945 and 1964) and Gen X’ers (born between 1960 and 1980,) come face to face with their mortality and the trend to jettison old cargo.