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Entrepreneurs, Ron Arad and cross-sector career moves

It’s been an extremely busy but exciting week, in and out of our Mews. Our latest report, entitled ‘Tactics For Tough Times’ arrived hot off the press on Monday. It discusses the way that retail, consumer, leisure and luxury businesses are reacting to the challenges of recession.

Its findings back up what I’ve always believed, that entrepreneurial talent not only flourishes in any economic conditions but also does even better in a downturn. Why? Because, I believe, entrepreneurs are more able to thrive on risk and uncertainty, so this is the best time for entrepreneurs to forge ahead. (Let me know if the head of your business would like to meet to discuss its findings).

On Tuesday afternoon, I hopped onto the Eurostar to join Alma Erlich, the head of our organisational consulting division, MBS Change, at the opening of her husband Ron Arad’s solo exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Business people and trendsetters from all over the world converged to see the huge variety and diversity of his work: buildings, chairs, book shelves, ping pong tables, lamps, and a stunning new hand-bag, ably modelled on the day by Linda Evangelista.

Yesterday morning, at a discussion breakfast I hosted, a group of 20 or so business leaders explored the pros, cons, perils and pitfalls of hiring (and moving) cross sector. I see big opportunities in the near future for companies to transform their futures by looking for talent beyond the usual places. The recent outpouring of excellence from the City means there are now skills in the market that, until recently, would have been unaffordable for businesses in the sectors you and I operate in.

Are you feeling brave? Are you feeling entrepreneurial? Write and cheer me up with your stories:

Moira Benigson is the founder and managing partner of The MBS Group, one of the UK’s most influential executive search firms, specialising in the recruitment of senior executives for the retail, leisure, consumer goods and luxury sectors.

Readers' comments (1)

  • alistair leslie

    You are right about adversity being a time to prosper
    The downturn may not affect the independents as much as they are great entreprueners
    We won the DR supplier of the year smack in the middle of the last recession by taking care of customers and they responded to the support by doing even better for their customers .
    Retail has a sales problem because there are no sales staff on the floor interacting with the customer .

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