An imperative issue on the minds of global CEOs is the War for Talent. The best

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What distinguishes them and their success is how they do what they do. This
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If you were undergoing a heart transplant could you compromise on the calibre
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CYCAN helped us negate the risk of appointing the wrong people in
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Regional Director: Europe, Middle East and Africa

His reflections in review 7 years post the SA hiring project.
“Hiring well is imperative in executing a business plan.”

This is the biggest issue facing leaders – to hire the best and the brightest,
quickly. Hiring should not get in the way of long-term goals and should be
driven from the top. Wrong appointments can generate a business philosophy
that’s as odds with what the leaders want. The focus at Microsoft is clearly on
being ruthless in the hiring process.

Bryan Hattingh was instrumental in establishing Microsoft in South Africa,
Nelson concludes. “Bryan Hattingh was the absolute foundation of the
South African subsidiary. The effects of what they contributed are still felt
today; the original hires are still there in key positions.

Bryan Hattingh helped me drive the strategy for the next two or three positions,
not only the first.

South Africa has been the fastest-growing Microsoft subsidiary in history, with
the best group of people.”
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