06. Mai 2020
Will it come down to company culture to master the crisis in Life Sciences?
In times like today – you all know what I’m talking about – it becomes even more clearly how important company culture is to make it through rough times. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not a decision whether or not you have a company culture. You have a company culture either way but it’s no doubt good to be in charge of it. And these can be the times when your real company culture shows and you find out whether you are or whether you are not.
07. April 2020
Medtechs big challenge in recruiting
The great demand for medtech products and the growth of the industry is good news! As with every boom, however, this development goes hand in hand with a great need for qualified and motivated specialists who can meet the constantly growing demand. In the nature of medtech, the interdisciplinary and cross-functional way of working is inherent and that also means that the requirements and position profiles have an extraordinary range.
12. März 2020
Berlin may no longer be “poor but sexy” but it’s still a place to be – especially when it comes to Life Sciences
What is it about Berlin that makes it such a vibrant und buzzing hot spot for Life Sciences and especially Biotech in the last couple of years? It’s been experiencing steady growth and an exceptionally high level of start-up dynamics. And yes, look at it, many of the biotech companies are founded from the universities and research institutions on site. And rightfully so, since they greatly benefit from the strong science and the good infrastructure for clinical studies in the region. But not only start-ups, also global pharmaceutical companies value the know-how and the local conditions: Here they can develop and produce new active ingredients.
07. Februar 2020
Are Earlier Stage Pharma Companies Winning The War for Talent?
When you’re trying to find the best talent that gets maximum results for your company, a good place to start is looking at the assets that exist in your company to attract the best candidates. A lot of research is looking into the factors that make candidates favor one company over the other and career opportunities, room for development and sense of purpose are sure among the winning factors. But how do companies look like in a different stage to candidates that compete for talent in the same industry. IIC Partners had a look at Pharma companies in particular, with a survey regarding their experiences with their hunt for the best of the best.
08. Juli 2019
Expert insight with Anders Fogstrup: Inside corporate transformation
When it’s time to start a transformation process in a company (which nowadays is pretty much anytime), you need the right expertise in place to answer the essential questions at the right time and to manage the process from within. We talked to one of these experts about the various aspects of transformation processes and the result is this very interesting interview you can find below. Our counterpart in this insightful talk was Anders Fogstrup who is currently leading Mundipharma Germany.
20. Mai 2019
Expert insight with Anders Fogstrup: The 4 dimensions of corporate transformation
Transformation is everywhere at any time. Markets transform, businesses transform, people transform. I talked to a specialist in this area about the various aspects of transformation processes and the result is this very interesting transformation model you can find below..
29. Januar 2019
Why is diversity so important in Life Sciences?
The value of diversity has become almost a cliché – and for good reason. Yet there's still plenty of data that makes it clear we have a long way to go before the life sciences represent the population, on all levels: from board members to trial groups. The 2018 Life Science Workforce Trends Report published by the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) that I also talked about in my last article, stated diversity as one of the main new HR trends as we move into 2019.
Integrated vs Non-Integrated Executive Search Firms – my point of view
The global executive search market continues to be an interesting playing field that always evolves. I’ve been a keen observer of these developments and especially as to how Executive Search networks have started to transform. One of the keys seems to be their flexibility: the ability to adapt and change quickly – in disruptive and challenging times. But what makes the difference between an integrated and a non-integrated Executive Search Firm and what are the pros and cons? And are they actually that different after all?
Life science hiring trends that have shaped 2018 - and will remain major trends as we move into 2019
Approaching the end of the year, it’s always a good moment to reflect and anticipate. What did 2018 give us in terms of HR trends in Life Science? What is important in regards to executive search and what will continue to be important in 2019? I’ve had a look at some numbers and stats and took particular interest in the “2018 Life Science Workforce Trends Report”, that the Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI) published in 2018. Through interviews with life science executives and HR professionals in the industry as well as analyzing job postings, it clearly stakes out some of the trends that we see forming in the industry. It brings some important changes that effects how we hire – or find – life science talent.
27. Septmeber 2018
Did someone say crisis? Why executive search business grows but Life Sciences practices don’t
Recent numbers from big executive search and business consulting firms have confirmed a trend that shows throughout the industry. Even though business for executive search continues to grow the Life Sciences practices in particular don’t follow the trend. They seem to be in some sort of crisis. And, believe me, I’m the first one who can tell you why. So let’s shed some light on the issues.
31. August 2018
Mastering corporate transformation with the right leadership strategy
I often witness when I come into new search projects that many companies have a really hard time with transformation processes. Especially in life sciences, but really quite everywhere, companies are introducing new ways of working to large numbers of employees, with the goal of producing a transformation after restructuring. But my experience and also some research show that companies struggle with reaching these goals, or at least they don’t reach them quickly enough...
26. Juni 2018
Pharma developments and trends - looking into the crystal ball
We all sometimes want to have a good look into the future to anticipate where the company needs to go. I always like to read hard numbers studies are crunching, especially when they help to predict what the future holds. I came across the EvaluatePharma® World Preview 2018 which gives some interesting insights into the current state of the Pharma industry and what that most likely means for a future in the year 2024. Let’s have a look....
15. Mai 2018
When are you looking for a manager and when are you looking for a leader?
“We are looking for a manager who can be a true leader.” This is one of the sentences that can be tough to swallow. Yes, obviously, that’s kind of what everyone is looking for these days. Someone who can do it all. But is it also who you should be looking for? Many times the words manager...
27. März 2018
Matching executive candidates – high-level matches made in heaven
It’s a bit of a stretch but indeed you need some skills in human relationships to understand how to fit candidates to positions. There is nothing worse for a headhunter than to have high-quality searches and no fitting candidates or, the other way around, having great...
20. Februar 2018
Specialized vs. general knowledge – who wins the race for C-Suite positions?
A lot of times in a lot of different contexts I have mentioned in my articles, that in executive search it can be quite a tricky question whether expert or general knowledge is more important. In an industry like the life sciences especially this question pops up quite...
06. Februar 2018
What makes a headhunter good? – according to me
Filling a high-profile position, e.g. in the C-Suite, is a delicate task and often (rightfully so) involves a headhunter / executive search company. For the company that needs to fill the position, in case they don’t already have a go-to-consultant, that means they hav...
23. Januar 2018
How to look for an executive job
Throughout the many years I have worked in executive search dealing with candidates that were looking for jobs at a very high level, I have made some observations. One is that there is no generally applicable strategy for how to look for an executive job. Another is th...
05. Dezember 2017
The mindset of the C-Suite – what does it take?
Professionally I need to get into the mind of the C-Suite all the time. I not only need to understand what the decision makers in a company need but I also need to assess people’s ability to cut it in a C-level position. Both angles need a quite detailed understanding...
21. November 2017
When life and science come together – getting from innovation to commercialization
In life science businesses today the key to success seems to be innovation. At least judging from the frequency the word is mentioned in regards to thriving life science companies. Innovation for sure is important ...