In the tenth issue of the AESC's magazine, Executive Talent, the AESC explores finding, culivating and retaining next-generation leaders in your organization with survey data from over 850 around the world.  

In our modern business world, the only thing we really can be certain of is uncertainty. Every day, there seems to be a new piece of news, whether it is a governmental policy, technological advancement, or consumer insight, that impacts the way organizations do business. Changes move so quickly that companies are looking for new all-stars to help right the ship and steer the organization towards where it needs to go. 

At the outset, let me clarify that this post articulates a maverick approach to the executive interview follow-up! While most of you would have read articles aplenty about polite thank you notes, a frequency which is not annoying et al, my experience suggests that the approach needs to be completely revamped!

Since 1959, executive has been a thriving profession for consultants and a competitive advantage for clients. But what are the biggest challenges facing business today and in the future? How can we transform challenges into opportunities? Executive Talent 2020 is a special report that offers input on the future of our profession. In addition to surveying clients and candidates, we also speak with AESC Members to gauge their thoughts on the future of our profession. Based on a survey of almost 200 AESC Members, we discuss the opportunities, threat and future trends in our profession.  

The 2017 BlueSteps Career Outlook Report Summary, by Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, shows that confidence in the executive hiring market has increased for management-level professionals globally. The 1,219 senior management professionals, who are also members of BlueSteps, surveyed show they understand there is fierce competition for top executive-level jobs, but that the mood among global management professionals is more optimistic especially in the roles of Board Director, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operations Officer.

The report features survey data from over 1,200 senior management professionals from around the globe, all BlueSteps members. Findings from the report include data on what industries, sectors, and geographic regions executives expect to see the most growth, with supporting data from AESC member executive search consultants.  

The latest Executive Talent, Elevating Leadership, features articles around Beating Back Bias, Distraction, Disruption and the Global Economy, Accelerating Performance, and more. Executive Talent is a report generated by the AESC each quarter on issues and topics relevant to executive search. 

When a White House policy is broad enough to affect both computer programmers and NBA players, it’s a remarkable decision. Yet that’s the impact of the executive order (EO), nicknamed the "Muslim Ban," that bars citizens from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. The order’s Constitutional legality will be decided by the courts, but what won’t be decided, in the short term at least, is the impact that the EO has on how and whom American businesses hire.

As an executive recruiter in Silicon Valley, I keep an eye on technology trends and the implications for executive talent. Read about the latest technology trends:


  • Connected economy
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data science, data analytics and machine learning
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • Customer Success
  • Healthcare IT
  • Diversity


With over 90,000 executive positions being recruited for by AESC search firms each year, understanding the executive search process can be crucial in unlocking new opportunities - particularly if you are considering your executive career options or are currently in a period of transition. During this one-hour, complimentary webinar, our panel of executive search experts shared their knowledge on how the executive search process works and how the search industry can be utilized for your career advancement.