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Changing the Talent Pipeline to Improve Diversity16 February 2018

The push for change and more diversity on boards and senior leadership teams is the cause of much commentary in the market lately. Just how committed are we in New Zealand to achieving this? Luminary Search’s Carol Dallimore shares her observations and reflection on a complex topic, here.

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Practical Tips for Effectively Implementing Wellness Initiatives – Featuring Four Key Employers17 January 2018

In our latest whitepaper, ‘What is Workplace Wellbeing? The New Zealand Perspective’, we took a look at how wellbeing initiatives are being implemented across New Zealand workplaces. As part of our research, we spoke to representatives from a number of prominent organisations, all of whom are at different stages of their wellness journey. Read their insights here.

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Why Reflection is Key to a Successful Career Move15 December 2017

It’s that time of year again where we all start to think about making changes, and this can often include a desire to look for a new role. If a new job is on your wish list for 2018 then before doing anything, ask yourself: have you REALLY thought it through? OCG’s Julie Cressey shows the value of self-reflection when planning that all important career move.

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Is It Time to Reconsider Fringe Benefit Tax on Medical Insurance and Motor Vehicles?08 December 2017

It has been thirty-two years since Fringe Benefit Tax was introduced in New Zealand. While at the time it assisted in widening the tax-base and increasing equity, is it now harming the public good rather than helping it? Luminary Search consultant, Chris Gilchrist, explores this issue.

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The Importance of Workplace Wellbeing17 November 2017

With workplace wellbeing becoming an increasingly hot topic in recent years, we partnered with the Resilience Institute to look into the state of workplace wellbeing in New Zealand. The result is our latest whitepaper: ‘What is Workplace Wellbeing? The New Zealand Perspective’. OCG Group General Manager, Greg McAllister, shares some of our key findings here.

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Executive Silence: How Poor Communication at the Top Lets the Rest of Your Business Down15 March 2017

There’s no doubt that high-quality and consistent communication lies at the heart of strong leadership. However, if you and your executives are unwilling to have those courageous conversations, how can you expect the rest of your business to do so?

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Time to Rethink Remuneration16 December 2016

With employee engagement emerging as a top workplace priority, employers’ approach to remuneration has changed. But has this been successful? Luminary Search consultant, Chris Gilchrist, explores whether it’s time to rethink remuneration.

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Quake Update14 November 2016



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The Ageing Workforce – An Untapped Resource04 November 2016

As more baby boomers enter retirement age and the ratio between the numbers of workers to the numbers of retirees’ rockets, why should New Zealand business be concerned?

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Talent Management – Four Generations in One Workplace04 November 2016

What our research into talent management made clear is that there is a disconnect between employers and employees when it comes to priorities. With four generations now firmly entrenched in the workplace, much has been said about the need for new management strategies that cater to a multigenerational workforce.

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Flexible Work Design- A Strategic Imperative04 November 2016

One of the key points emerging from our talent management research was the notion of workplace flexibility and flexible working. All indicators point to the fact that flexible work design is here to stay.

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The Rise of the Contingent Workforce04 November 2016

Following on from flexibility, our research on contingent workers produced some surprising results. Firstly, the sheer number of them that we were able to survey. Out of all of the employees we surveyed, 41% defined themselves as a contingent worker.

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The More Things Change… - The Irreplaceable Value of Executive Search Firms20 October 2016

What do LinkedIn, job boards and internal recruitment teams all have in common? They were meant to signal the end of executive search. However, they haven’t. Luminary Search Consultant, Chris Gilchrist, explores why.

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Broadening Your Horizons: Considering Overseas Candidates for Senior Roles Can Pay Dividends23 September 2016

Have you ever considered sourcing from offshore for roles other than the CEO role? Has it taken too long and been mixed in terms of success? Maybe it is worth trying again...

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Trust and Communication: Building a Better Performance Relationship with the CEO 04 August 2016

The performance relationship between board and CEO is business-critical, and it’s often cited as a significant issue. Luminary Search Partner, Chris Gilchrist, explores how the CEO feedback loop can break down and what can be done to fix it.

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The Powerful Importance of Being a Mindful Leader15 March 2016

In the last decade, a new style of leadership based on positive psychology has begun to emerge in businesses around the world; mindfulness. So how can this make you a better leader?

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The Boardroom’s Digital Dead Zone01 March 2016

It’s no surprise that digital disruption is a term frequently heard in board meetings, however are the board members themselves suitably equipped to deal with this change?

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Why the Traditional Executive Search Model is Broken24 September 2015

In recent years, the discussion surrounding Executive Search has shifted dramatically. Once regarded as the best possible option for recruiting executive leadership roles, the industry has become muddled as concerns surrounding cost per hire, return on investment and general practicality reach the surface. These issues all encompass a common theme: Executive Search is finding it necessary to adjust rapidly to technological and social changes, economic changes and client expectation shifts in order to survive.

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Deadline looms for businesses to adapt to new flexible reality21 July 2015

The first-ever New Zealand survey about changes to the flexibility provisions in employment law highlights the growing risks for employers who are either unaware of their obligations, or are reluctant to comply with the new requirements. The study, undertaken by recruitment group OCG Consulting and Diversitas, an Auckland-based diversity consultancy, found that 68% of people would consider leaving their current role if offered a comparable job but with greater flexibility.

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Shifts and emerging trends in the industry07 June 2015

In the past few months, I have been making my way around the market talking to some of New Zealand's leading companies introducing Luminary Search which is our new brand focussed primarily on Chief Executive, general management and Executive suite roles across private and public companies. The feedback has been very positive and there appears to be an appetite for some change in this sector. There have been some shifts and emerging trends in the industry, particularly over the last few years and I thought you may be interested in some of my observations. If you wish to discuss any of these or some of your current challenges feel free to give me a call.

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Talent Management: The Next Wave23 February 2015

Today’s workforce is more dynamic and more demanding than ever. As the global economy stabilises, employers are increasingly shifting their focus from cost reduction to talent retention, engagement and development. Effectively managing valued talent may well be the competitive ’tipping point’ for organisations.

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The Invisible Unemployed: An Untapped Talent Pool19 February 2012

Highly skilled senior candidates are increasingly finding themselves unemployed and overlooked for roles, often labelled as “over qualified, or too senior or not the right fit. Are we being too myopic in our view?

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