23 06, 2017

Is Chile really a creative country?


Perhaps from our Latin American identity or simply our own idiosyncrasy, is to go out and admire in any sidewalk, fair, local market and even the formal trade, how our market strategy has been, since long ago, looking for ideas in other markets and replicating them, with a frantic speed. What started as a practice of benchmarking in fashion or technology, is now perhaps more of an engine of our economy. And the few ideas that are local, are rapidly imitated by others, with a level of impressive accuracy, which reflects not only the lack of innovation in the [...]

17 05, 2016

Talent Management: The 80/20 business success


Column by Magdalena Gili How long have we talked about Talent Management? The concept of "Talent Management" was born at the end of the 90s. Research from Mc Kinsey shows that 80% of a company's profits are generated by 20% of its workforce. This makes it difficult for an organization to attract and retain talented people; the phrase "the battle for talent" is often used. This has become one of the most key issues, ever since. Talent is the inimitable weapon, the differentiating factor in the success of the company, in an environment that tends to be global, complex, [...]

3 09, 2015

SommerGroup® achieves 2 decades!


Column by Sebastián Pedraza SommerGroup® achieves 2 decades! From my personal experience, I want to talk about how I’ve lived and shared in the steady growth of our company. I came to SommerGroup® 12 years ago; backI could sense the fierce competition that was emerging in this dynamic market and how this reality turned into a powerful challenge to differentiate ourselves. We were a group of young professionals, who were trying to make our way in an already well established industry, where our market entry had an edgy look. So we created an identity which distinguished us from the [...]

11 07, 2015

Quality of Life: a shareholder in the company


Sebastián Pedraza’s Column Quality of Life: a shareholder in the company Today, companies are putting greater importance in their decisions to the issue of quality of life and work balance. In some cases, they do this by promoting best practices, or advancement by way of certification, to officially change the company’s professional work-balance. B alancing work and family life for employees, is an important and close subject for everyone, and while relatively new in Chile, companies have begun to gradually feel the impact that the lack of work-balance can lead to: low motivation, more turnover, productivity impact, absenteeism, among [...]

7 05, 2015

Opening up borders to broaden views


Column by Ximena Rodríguez Opening up borders to broaden views Like every year, the Annual Conference of the AESC was held in New York City on the 15th and 16th of April where I met with the major companies from Executive Search / Head Hunting worldwide. The AESC, the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants, is international recognized and certifies the best practices for the industry and provides a unique ethical code that governs the conduct of member companies, so it is an honor for us to belong and participate in their conferences. In practice, this international association [...]

30 03, 2015

The leader who asked an opinion wins the cause


Consuelo Rogers' Column The leader who asked an opinion wins the cause In the minds of some people still resides the belief that a leader should not listen to and least of all ask for the opinion from his team because it is a sign of weakness or insecurity. Mistake, Feedback is crucial to both professional and organizational growth. It is no coincidence that this is best evaluation by his team in internal leadership surveys , since it is a part of the executives profile to promotes dialogue not only between employees and leadership but also among peers, fostering [...]

10 10, 2014

Under the wings of the skillful?


Informal Corporate Codes: Under the wings of the skillful? In the corporate world of big companies, administration or management has more to do with control, than with decision making. For this, there are two ways of exerting power and control over the organization: the formal, through rules and procedures, and the informal system, through codes of conduct implicit in the organizational culture. The disadvantages of this type of "informal codes of conduct" are many: They are unclear and therefore difficult to understand, are situational, and generally applied by the discretion of another and can be manipulated in favor of [...]

11 09, 2014

SommerGroup® bet “more with less”


In times of economic slowdown SommerGroup® bet "more with less" The month of September is always memorable for SommerGroup® as we are celebrating our anniversary, and this time we have fulfilled 19 years of experience in the market; a journey of profound growth in knowledge, experience, learning and positioning. While it is a day we celebrate, we cannot remain oblivious to economic climate we are experiencing and SommerGroup® assists its customers to face this in the best way during these changing times. In a dynamic labor market, we seek to move ahead reinventing ourselves year after year; we will [...]

14 08, 2014

5 kilometers


Column by Rodolfo Sommer 5 kilometers Adversity is painful and difficult, but also a source of development. It is an opportunity to bring meaning to things, be empowered, cause changes, achieve goals and grow in all areas of life. This is my experience from the field of sports and health, but can be easily applied on a work or personal level. Written in white paint on the pavement reads a sign, 5 km; after more than 7 hours on the bike, 72 miles traveled (mostly uphill and 400 in the body, on the previous days 3,172 meters in total [...]

14 08, 2014

The story of our first customer


Column by Rodolfo Sommer The story of our first customer A few days ago I got together with the person who was our first customer; we went for lunch. While we ate, I listened to him and, at the same time, my thoughts went back to the first day of our working together and how never dreamed we'd be sharing 19 years later. How was it that the first client became a friend who went from talking about work to taking about life? 19 years ago we had nothing; no brand, no experience, no methods or international alliances. We [...]