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SECRETS TO SUCCESS: HOW TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE

There is a difference between being in charge, and being a leader. Becoming a boss or a manager takes work, but ultimately such promotion can actually happen in the absence of leadership. Being a boss means bearing an official capacity to professionally oversee a group of people. Being a leader on the other hand, means bearing a sense of inherent authority that influences others regardless of one’s title. Bosses learn and follow the rules, whereas leaders make them. Bosses manage people, whereas leaders inspire them. True leadership is guided by the ability to tap into people’s emotions and cultivate sincere devotion in any environment.
Being a rounded leader especially requires mastery of the ability to lead by example. Often when people find themselves assuming positions of leadership, they develop a mindset of entitlement that is triggered by superiority. This entitlement is responsible for the majority of bad habits that diminish the authority that comes with leadership. For instance, when leaders become entitled, they start to rely on delegation excessively. When leaders become entitled, they disconnect and distance themselves from their employees. Actively remembering to lead by example is the strongest way to curtail these outcomes and maintain integrity as a leader. So what does it take lead by example? It takes four basic steps:

1. Adopt a Sense of Determination
Leading by example begins with developing the sheer will to do whatever it takes in order to accomplish set goals. A strong sense of determination is what fuels success. Without determination for instance, marathon runners would never cross the finish line. Without determination, no meaningful invention would ever survive the first stages of failure. It is critical to always be prepared to challenge oneself as a leader so as to push through any obstacles that threaten your objectives. When those who follow you see determination, it emboldens them as well to join the effort and work hard to realize success. When you embrace determination, setbacks become less and less likely to cause disruption in your work.

2. Become Informed
As the saying goes, knowledge is power. The more knowledge one possesses, the more aptitude they have to make effective, beneficial decisions. It is important to have as much technical expertise as possible because this will enhance professional performance. But beyond understanding everything about your work, becoming informed about your environment and the people you encounter in it is also necessary. Learn about your colleagues. Learn their strengths and weaknesses. Learn their capabilities. The more you learn, the more strategically placed you will be to draw out exceptional performance from yourself and the people you oversee.

3. Take Initiative
Passiveness and hesitation are poisonous to leadership. The desire to lead by example must be predicated on a willingness to actually set an example. In this sense, having the willingness to take initiative is a quality that is indispensable to strong leadership. A strong leader should always be prepared to make decisive choices. A strong leader should always be prepared to show guidance when it is needed. Rather than asking the question, “Can I?” leaders should step up and ask the question “How can I?” When followers recognize initiative in their leader, it creates a sense of stability and direction in a group that keeps them grounded on their shared mission.

4. Demonstrate a Positive Attitude
Optimism is the lifeblood of good morale. When a leader projects positivity towards followers, this encourages productivity by instilling a sense of confidence among the group. Positivity is more than a display of good cheer however. Projecting a positive attitude also involves continuous, conscientious interaction with others. This means being transparent and receptive to communication from employees. It means having a willingness to treat people fairly whether rewarding them, or disciplining them. The underlying goal when it comes to optimism is being able to sincerely demonstrate genuine care for one’s team.

Transforming oneself as a leader takes courage. It takes boldness and discipline to search within oneself in order to make changes and try to improve. As daunting as it seems, change is possible. All it takes is a little courage and discipline to transcend fear of the unknown. If you are willing to be determined, become informed, take initiative and face the future with optimism, nothing can stop you from finding success.

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4 PRINCIPLES TO PREVENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

If you happen to see anyone wearing a teal ribbon, it’s probably because they are observing Sexual Assault Awareness month (SAAM). First marked nationally in the United States on April 1, 2001, SAAM is a time that is set aside to educate people about sexual violence and how to prevent it. This important month has ironically coincided with a series of events that bring good cause to contemplate sexual harassment in the workplace.
Since February of this year, one of the largest transportation network companies in the world, Uber, has faced multiple accusations of systemic sexual harassment and gender discrimination against female employees. Just last week as well, in the wake of harassment scandals that led to the ouster of Roger Ailes as chairman of the Fox News Channel, details emerged of the fact that Fox News has paid millions to settle five separate sexual harassment lawsuits filed against one of its star hosts Bill O’Reilly. If sexual misconduct is a problem that can plague such large and notable companies, it’s worrying to imagine how many people could be suffering in silence under circumstances that have no whistleblowers or media exposure.
Every company has a responsibility to protect the well-being of its employees – especially those vulnerable to harassment. This isn’t just an ethical responsibility, it’s an economic one. Doing business without a comprehensive policy on how to address and resolve incidences of sexual harassment leaves an organization exposed to difficulties such as interpersonal conflict and legal prosecution. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as any unwelcome conduct that is based on gender. Sexual harassment becomes unlawful when victims are compelled to endure it as a condition of employment, or when it is prevalent enough to create an intimidating and hostile environment. When it comes to dealing with harassment, prevention is far better, and far easier, than cure. The following four principles offer a guideline on how to preventatively address sexual harassment in the workplace:

Create a Clear Sexual Harassment Policy
Consulting an attorney is the best way to draft a legally sound anti-harassment policy. Companies do have free reign however to go beyond this measure and craft rules that are specifically relevant to their unique personnel. The most important goals are to: define sexual harassment understandably, have management publicly endorse the company’s policy, and make this policy readily accessible to any and all employees that work for a company.

Regularly Train Employees and Management to Practice Established Policy
Drafting an anti-harassment policy is well and good, but all the rules in the world mean nothing if they aren’t intentionally applied. Companies should take deliberate and active steps to teach employees about how reprehensible harassment is, and encourage them to reject any participation in such behavior. The more training a company provides on the issue, the more instinctively a culture of respect and decency develops throughout an organization.

React to Incidents Swiftly and Decisively
In a perfect world, teaching people rules is all it would take to avoid having to deal with transgressions. Unfortunately however incidents of harassment may occur despite best efforts to avoid them. Should any employees end up carrying out harassment, management should demonstrate no hesitation enforcing either company or statutory regulations that punish said harassment. Companies should especially be diligent to document detailed records of harassment events considering that the frequency of harassment is a determinant of whether a hostile work environment exists.

Monitor Employee Behavior Actively
When it comes to employee behavior, effective prevention starts with simple observation. Management should be careful not to get caught off-guard regarding whether or not employee dynamics are inappropriate. Every company should have an open-door policy and channels that make it possible for any employee, at any level, to report and address isolated incidents of harassment before they multiply into problematic irreconcilable conflicts. Even something as simple as regular anonymous employee surveys can call attention to sensitive situations that require immediate attention.

A company can never be too attentive when it comes to protecting its employees from sexual harassment. When people can go about their work without fear or discomfort over encountering their peers, it becomes easier to focus on what’s important. It should be a fundamental right for every person to live and work in an environment of respect and decency. Striving to accomplish this isn’t an ideal, it’s a duty.

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CREATING A POWERFUL FIRST IMPRESSION

 

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Growing up we are told to always do our best because you only get one shot at making a first impression, but we are never told what makes a good first impression. How can someone make themselves stand out if they do not have an idea on how to make a first impression? No need to worry we have some great tips to help you get the advantage you need in order to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

 

Physical Appearance:

It is unfortunate but true that when you are in a face-to-face meeting, you are initially judged on your physical appearance. Always err on the side of caution and present yourself in a conservative light.

Body Language:

From posture to facial expressions, the message being conveyed can be completely different from the intended message. The first handshake should be firm enough to show you are confident, but not so firm that it cuts circulation to the other person’s fingers. Be sure to include good eye contact while you are shaking hands.

Spoken Words:

Stay away from the slang you would use with friends or in other less formal situations.  Also avoid using too much jargon or words not typically used in everyday language, as this may cause the listener to tune out what you are saying for the mere fact that they cannot understand you.

It is important to create a powerful first impression. First impressions are what help managers decides if you are the right fit for their company. Managers are not only looking to see if you meet the criteria for the job position but as well to see if you can represent the company as a whole. Think of it this way, your work experience is the job application, your first impression is the “extra curriculum” employers are searching for.

Take advantage of these useful tips and make a strong and powerful first impression!

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3 EFFECTIVE METHODS TO IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

You’re probably familiar with the daily routine of arriving to work, sitting down at your desk and turning on your computer. Then you go through your emails replying to urgent messages and later you begin addressing the tasks that you couldn’t finish the day before. Before you know it, you’ve spent most of your day focusing on other tasks without having the time to get started on that important project!

Whether or not you work in an office, we know it’s not easy to juggle multiple responsibilities all at the same time. Don’t worry we’re here to help. Read below for tips on how to increase your productivity by improving your time management skills:

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  • Chunk

It’s difficult to plan on starting a big project knowing you have so many other things to work on. Applying the chunk method will help you break a large project into smaller tasks but first you’ll need to create a “to do” list. When creating your list, break projects into tasks that are 15 minutes or fewer. Breaking a project into smaller chunks will prevent your brain from being on overload which in turn will help you focus on the smaller tasks. After this step you’ll need to implement the block method.

2) Block

Now it’s time to work on your project with laser focus! In this method you’ll need to block out set times to complete each chunk. The purpose of blocking out set times is to increase your focus by avoiding distractions. When setting your block times it’s important to be flexible with your schedule but not with your time limits. Unexpected events may occur and there are times when you may have emergencies so it’s important to have some kind of buffer. Use a calendar to keep track of what tasks you have completed and which ones still need work. Look at your calendar to see if you have any open spots to set specific times to work on the smaller tasks.You’re almost done! There’s still one more step to go, the tackle method.

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3) Tackle

Does managing your time feel like a never ending game of chess? We may find ourselves constantly moving tasks around at different times to get a checkmate on those important projects we need to complete. The good news is that the tackle method will enable you to complete each small task individually rather than trying to take on the entire project at once. Taking smaller steps to complete a large project will allow you to be in control and you’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment.

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Increase your chance of success through planning and time management. Prioritize and schedule your time using chunk, block, and tackle to maximize your productivity.

 

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4 EASY STEPS TO MOVE FORWARD IN YOUR CAREER

You’re at the office, clocked in and ready with your morning coffee. Before you know it, five o’clock has rolled around and you can’t help but wonder where the time went. What was supposed to be a productive day flew by with little to show for it. Often, the noise that surrounds us can derail our focus before we even realize it.

As a result, we lose track of our goals, projects take longer to complete, and it gets harder to move forward. The good news is that there are solutions! Check out the following tips to get rid of those distractions keeping you from progressing:

1) Get rid of the clutter:

Physical Clutter

Are you really going to work on that budget analysis right now? If not, you’re probably not going to touch that stack of books anytime soon. Though we might think having these things out in the open will serve as a reminder to get them done, they may actually be hindering your productivity. There may be items on your desk that get you visually overwhelmed and though you might be focusing your eyesight on a specific area, something will still draw your attention. Visual distractions can be reduced by clearing your desk, your walls, and your home of unnecessary possessions. Cleaning up at the end of each day helps you remove clutter and improves your focus.

Digital Clutter

Alright, so you’ve gotten rid of your desk clutter so we’re all set, right? Not quite yet. Organizing your mind means organizing everything! Desktop icons, backgrounds, programs, apps, along with other digital distractions get in the way of getting your work done. Organize your files into the fewest possible folders and keep your computer desktop as clean as your actual desk.

2) Be smart about your e-mail notifications

We’ve all wasted time focusing on that unimportant email that somehow ends up setting us back in our whole day . You figure you’ll stay on top of everything by enabling email notifications on your desktop and next thing you know, your whole day is spent dismissing notifications – or worse – shopping that “ONE DAY ONLY exclusive sale” that ends in 4 hours, hurry before you miss out! Don’t let email takeover your life. Minimize the distractions by:

  • Turning off automatic email notifications for everyone and allowing them  ONLY for important contacts that you can’t afford to miss
  • Checking your email at specific times throughout the day
  • Having less than two email accounts
  • Unsubscribing from advertisements and newsletters that are no longer of value to you

3) Schedule phone calls

How many days have slipped out of your hands because you were bombarded with phone calls? Yes, you’re working but by constantly answering your phone, you’re taking time away from crossing out tasks on your to-do list. Avoid taking every call you receive as it comes and instead, establish a specific time each day to return calls and messages.

4) Organize your environment:

We mentioned clearing your desk of clutter but if you want to take it one step further after you’ve done this, organize your entire environment! You’re only leaving a few things on your desk at this point, so make the most of them. Organize everything in a way that will improve your productivity. For example:

  • Position important documents or supplies within your reach
  • Label your shelves
  • Use folders for different articles and files instead of having them loose in your drawers
  • Store any books or magazines in a box or a drawer
  • Sort your mail by topic or sender

 

Investing a little effort into organizing your workstation will save you time in the long run. The more organized your desk is, the less time you’ll spend shuffling through piles of paperwork and the more time you’ll have to actually progress in your career!

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DIVORCIATE FROM WORK

If you are reading this note, it’s probably because you are someone who works while still asleep, right ?. And I understand completely because the current economy is forcing people to prove their value as employees sacrificing free time to spend more hours in the office or glued to his cellphone solving problems even after they clocked out.
But now I invite you to reflect, does your professional success involve letting your personal life behind? The answer is NO.
Of course not, quite the opposite. That makes you wear and that somehow you can not be more creative, to be awake and be proactive, and it will not take you to any road of success. It is therefore important that you achieve divorce work, detach it and give balance to your life. This way you can be more productive and achieve better results.
How you manage to work healthily divorce ? Very easy then I’ll give you some tips:
•Change your daily routine which can prevent years pass without enjoy life.
•Exercise at least 3 times a week, that reduces your stress level increases your safety and energy
•Invests time for your spouse, children and parents, will give an emotional stability to meet the challenges of the hectic pace of life.
•Do not eat at your desk, do not skip your lunch hour because sooner or later these attitudes affect your health.
•When you take your vacation use that time to rest, be with your family, relax, avoid addressing labor issues, by doing so you will recharge the batteries and come back motivated to work.
•Be the first to respect your day off, turn off your cell and rest to make the most of the days to come.

Now you know, sometimes it’s good divorce work for a while and feel you have life.

Adrian Gallardo

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3 MISTAKES THAT YOUNG ENTREPENUERS MAKE TO JEOPARDIZE THEIR CREDIBILY

Building credibility is critical to the success of your business, so it is important to separate your personal life from professional field.

Being a young entrepreneur it is both a blessing and a curse. They can take risks and managing real-time business to find out where are the best opportunities. However, the curse is on the learning curve.

Mistakes are a must for young entrepreneurs step. In fact, some of the owners of the most successful businesses in the world still fail before hitting it big. However, some errors are evident.

Here are three mistakes that young entrepreneurs make to jeopardize their credibility:

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Make over sharing, i.e. they share everything on social networks.

The average Internet user spends 1.7 hours on social networks per day. For young entrepreneurs, use social media to share the monotony of everyday life has become the norm.

In Twitter they talk about a new deal. In Instagram about their jet set lifestyle. In Facebook their share about their vacation in a Speedo. Just remember that, once the information is public everyone will see it, including your investors, board members, employees and customers.

I once had an employee who decided to use his personal Twitter account to tweet about how difficult it was our client brand. Needless to say, the representatives of the brand using social media as well. Therefore, it is better to keep private life and thoughts on that, in private life.

Recruit family and friends.

Friends and money do not mix. Loans made gifts, favors and tasks become friendships often spoil.

As young entrepreneurs, our intuition is hiring we know. We want to surround ourselves with people we like and share the richness of our new businesses. The biggest mistake you can make in the growth of a company is hiring people who are poorly qualified to assume crucial roles and responsibilities. The fact that a friend graduated with an accounting degree, does not mean he should be your CFO.

It is essential to the success of our companies hire people to compensate for our deficiencies. For example, if creativity is not your strength, try to find the best creative director. Most likely it’s not your sister.

They have overconfidence.

As Charles Darwin said: “Ignorance breeds confidence more often than knowledge”. When you find success at an early age, there is a tendency to develop an ego.

They look around and see that the market doubles the average age competitors to do business. It is a mistake that tend to do when you are sitting quite some time among the competition. Do not let your own arrogance in the way. Remember, there will always be a larger, more successful company than yours.

It is important to learn from those around you, do not throw them. Building credibility is critical to the success of your business. I am aware of the mistakes you’ve easily avoided and that can undermine your authority.

As Steve Jobs said, “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. “

Do not let your age define your work, let your work speak for itself.

SOURCE: www.entrepreneur.com

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HOW TO LAND A JOB BEFORE GRADUATION

According to the New York Federal Reserve, 86% of students choose to go to college to improve their job prospects, but 44% of graduates are underemployed. And student debt makes the need to get a job upon graduation even more important. According to Student Loan Hero, Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 43 million borrowers. The average 2015 graduate had over $35,000 in student debt.

That puts a lot of pressure on students in their final year of school. And the pressure mounts as graduation day approaches. Here are some activities that will help you land that ideal job faster. In fact, if you take action before graduation, you’ll be ahead of the pack. Students who wait until June to start applying face more competition from all the other May grads.

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According to the New York Federal Reserve, 86% of students choose to go to college to improve their job prospects, but 44% of graduates are underemployed. And student debt makes the need to get a job upon graduation even more important. According to Student Loan Hero, Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, spread out among about 43 million borrowers. The average 2015 graduate had over $35,000 in student debt.

That puts a lot of pressure on students in their final year of school. And the pressure mounts as graduation day approaches. Here are some activities that will help you land that ideal job faster. In fact, if you take action before graduation, you’ll be ahead of the pack. Students who wait until June to start applying face more competition from all the other May grads.

1.Get clear on your goals. Don’t seek a job, pursue the right job for you. If you aren’t focused and clear, you will seem almost good enough for a lot of potential roles but perfect for none. Although it seems counterintuitive, the more you focus, the more opportunities you will have and the easier it will be to search for and find that perfect gig. Put strategy before action!

  1. Get your digital house in order.This helps jobs find you. When you build a stellar profile with all the right keywords, you can be found by hiring managers seeking to fill jobs you don’t even know exist. In addition, when hiring managers are pursuing you, your online profile will be evaluated. If it isn’t compelling and differentiated, it will likely eliminate you from the running – even if you are the perfect candidate. To make your virtual brand shine, follow these steps:
  • Evaluate your current online profile. Google yourself and see what comes up. Make sure it positions you for the role you seek and doesn’t do anything to turn off hiring managers and recruiters. Remove all digital dirt – unflattering, inappropriate or irrelevant content. Try to keep your online search results 80% professional, 20% personal.
  • Build or refine your LinkedIn profile. Use a quality headshot (no selfies!), a compelling headline (include all the keywords you want to be associated with) and an authentic and differentiated summary (use as many of the 2,000 characters as you need to tell your story and capture the interest of the reader). Use the Experience section to highlight proof of the skills and accomplishments you tout in your Summary.
  1. Network like crazy.There’s truth to the phrase “Life is who you know.” Most hires are made through a network connection. Make building and nurturing your network a priority. Here are some actions to take:
  • Join relevant professional associations and attend live functions. Get to know as many people as you can. Volunteer so you have access to more members. Be prepared to talk about who you are and what you want.
  • Connect on LinkedIn with all your fellow students, professors, internship managers, etc. Don’t leave school without a complete set of connections. Start to use LinkedIn as your single contact management system.
  • Join LinkedIn groups focused on the type of role you are seeking. This is a way to network with tens or hundreds of thousands of relevant connections.
  • Follow thought-leaders in your area of expertise on Twitter. Get to know them. Find a mentor who can help you with your job search.
  • Follow target companies that interest you on LinkedIn and pay attention to what they are publishing on their company page.
  1. Take action.Do some job searching every day. You may be preparing for finals and moving out of your dorm, but effective job searching takes a consistent and steadfast effort. Do something every day that will help you land that all-important first job. Put job searching at the top of your daily do list.

Perhaps the most exciting opportunity has come along at just the right time for members of the Class of 2016 – the LinkedIn Students app. LinkedIn took insights from their database of 400+ million members to help job seekers discover jobs that are a best fit for them (matching the student’s major with companies that tend to hire from the soon-to-be alma mater, and drawing on career paths of recent alumni with similar degrees). LinkedIn calls it “your personal job exploration guide, providing tailored jobs related recommendations based on real data from the career paths of hundreds of millions of successful professionals.” This tool is something you can access daily, and it will help you take regular steps toward securing your ideal job. Learn more about it here: https://blog.linkedin.com/topic/linkedin-for-students

Landing your first job is pivotal moment in your career. Good luck as you embark on the journey of a lifetime!

SOURCE: www.forbes.com
CONTRIBUTOR: William Arruda

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100 WOMEN MOST POWERFUL WOMEN OF THE YEAR

Women have an important role to play in structural reforms in Mexico; some already in positions of responsibility in key sectors.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

MEXICO CITY (Expansion) –

Expansion publishes its annual ranking of the 100 most powerful women in Mexico in an effort to give visibility to the role of women in positions of high responsibility.

In this list, only 6% are company presidents and 16% are CEOs. However, it highlights that 30% of the names are new to the ranking.

The edition of this year adds to the efforts of the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society that will be held on 27 and 28 April for the first time in Mexico City, and is expected to gather more than 500 national and international to discuss female equality in a country that is undergoing major structural reforms leaders.

Currently, only 4% of CEO positions in Mexico are held by women, according to a fact Research Center of Women in Senior Management (CIMAD). Expansion in the list, only 6% are company presidents and 16% are CEOs. However, 30% of the names are new in the count.

Transnational corporations, mainly American capital, employ most talented female C-Suite listing, compared with only 31% who hire Mexican companies.

The sectors that stand these women are financial services (11%), chemicals and pharmaceuticals (9%), food (7%), and automotive (7%), in contrast to aerospace, petroleum, steel and metallurgy, in the which only 1% of them in each deals.

As for areas within companies in which more developed are legal, legal, and regulatory affairs (19%), marketing (17%), administration and finance (13%), human resources (11%), operations (6%), commercial (3%), innovation (5%) and social responsibility (3%).

One of the most striking cases of this edition is to Gayle Schueller, CEO of 3M, who holds the cover of this issue and in his first time in this count, occupies the number four position. It is of American origin and has a degree in physics and a degree in materials science and engineering. He has worked in more than 30 countries and recognizes that it has found “a variety of problems, depending on each region, in terms of gender equality.”

In this edition, Claudia Janez, president of DuPont Mexico, scale 14 places in the ranking, to be located on the site 51. Among the achievements of this executive are handling the separation of two businesses of DuPont (now Chemours) that were established in 2015 and be part of an overall restructuring of over 700 million. In 2015, he converted to Mexico in the Latin American country with the best results in operating costs.

Lourdes Quiroz this year occupies the 38th position after a comeback from 10 steps with respect to 2015. She is the director of HP IncMi consumer, business segment generated 35% of revenues of the multinational in Mexico. It is also responsible for the financial results of several categories totaling more than 80 products and represent 400 million dollars for the company.

These are just some of the stories that make up the ranking by Expansiónpara to inform the executive who are timoneando large companies operating in Mexico. All of them are evaluated under a method that considers the compensation they may have on the current position (Hay Group Korn Ferry provides such compensation), and also evaluates their professional and academic career, as well as other activities such as membership of an association or chamber.

Source: Expansion Magazine – Mexico.

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