HEADWAY Autumn 2011



  • In this edition, compare notes with others in AHEAD’s recent survey on ‘Why companies Search for candidates’
  • Meet Andrea Soenchen, Securitas champion of public sector security
  • Read below about the importance of family businesses and their hiring challenge
  • Book review: Nudge: improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness
  • And finally, what alphas can learn from nature: why nice chimps can still be champs.

Why companies Search for candidates
When a raft of other recruitment options is available, why do many companies decide to search proactively for their candidates? Maybe because of skills shortages in the market? Or maybe when other methods have failed? Instead it is the fit of resulting candidates that is the most important reason today, according to the latest AHEAD survey.
In the driving seat of public transport security
It’s 3 years since German engineer Andrea Soehnchen was appointed to the role of Strategic Development Director for public transport security at the Securitas international business centre in Brussels. HEADWAY hears about her passion for her work and the ongoing challenges in this high profile field…
Family comes first
It is perhaps no surprise that the accolade of Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 in Flanders has just been awarded to Vic Swerts, CEO of sealants manufacturer Soudal, a Belgian family business that has gone from strength to strength in the home market and internationally. See www.soudal.be.
Book Review - Nudge: improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness
Every day, we make decisions on different topics such as the meals we eat, personal investments, career steps, … unfortunately, we often choose poorly.  The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder.  Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy.
Why nice chimps can still be champs
What business can learn from nature…and vice versa

In nature it is widely assumed that being the biggest and the meanest is the only way to become the alpha male with a choice of mates.  However in enlightened chimpanzee society, it appears that being nice can be equally powerful.

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