Zsolt Fehér

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How to avoid becoming Don Draper

Or, how not to utilize your talent, or its potential What man would NOT want to be Don Draper? Coming to work late, spending only 5 minutes at a meeting while contributing the best ideas. Taking a three-hour lunch, drinking and smoking in the office and having women chase you, even during work hours. The most successful account manager at the firm, with minimal effort. The successful USA based AMC TV series Mad Men’s (“Mad” as in Madison avenue, the address of preference for advertising agencies in New York City in the 50’s and 60’s) central character Don Draper, who


TOP 10 HR related predictions for 2017

This post is supposed to be a joke. Or funny at least. Or maybe not? As always it’s time to look into the crystal ball and see what looks back. Anyhow: 2+1+7 is 10. So, Drumroll please! 10 – TOP 10 lists remain popular. The year 2017 will not provide HR officers with any additional time to read useless predictions.  So maybe they will glance through the TOP 10 list, which might not be totally irrelevant for them. Maybe there is no budget; maybe the leadership is too old school to understand.  9 – People continue to be people. Nevertheless,


IT is from Mars, HR is from Venus a.k.a major HR tech barriers

Cloud, Mobile, ERP integration. These are the major HR tech driver buzzwords for 2016. We can all agree that after the years of “Training” and “Coaching”, the next large (and fashionable) area of HR consultancy is developing integrated internet/computer based stuff which can help HR to work better. Dear HR leader, are you fully aware what these buzzwords mean, and why they are useful to you? Is it important for you that you store your data on a server, on your computer, or in the cloud? Is it important for you that your employees are receiving your 360 degrees survey


How Google wasted ten years of their time

Don’t get me wrong, I admire what those guys did during the last 15 years. How they changed the world of searching for information, how they have disrupted the advertising business and earning close to one quarter of every dollar spent on advertising around the globe. (Though as was told me by one of my internal sources, they have no clue how they have achieved that…) I also admire how Laszlo Bock – coincidentally a Hungarian from Romania – and his colleagues in Google’s HR department established all those points that we at Assessment Systems also follow on a day


How To Use LinkedIn To Predict Employee Performance? We Know It.

Modern media are becoming vast source of information about people just simply because people are spending more and more of their time online. According to global web index research, we spend 6 hours from our day online and social media plays an important role in it. Recruiting researchers are looking through Linkedin’s 400 million users to find ideal candidates and considering their online resume on a daily basis. But data shows that more than that could be known about candidates besides their work history. The hottest skill on LinkedIn in 2014 was “Statistical Analysis and Data Mining” which got most people hired. In HR


Time to wake up: 88% of your employees are not at the right place

Three things are really important in the HR metrics of your company: 1, employee potential, 2, employee reputation, 3, and employee performance. If an employee has low potential but high reputation, and produces results, he should be retained. Once reputation (the opinion co-workers have about that employee) becomes low, that employee is suddenly in danger. If for some reason that employee no longer delivers results he should be preparing his CV. If potential is high, than very likely that person should be counted as being in alignment in three specific parts of their personality. That means for certain jobs only 3%


Learn from digitalized companies – Meet on 24th Nov in Prague!

( from an interview with me at People Management Forum’s HR Forum July-August edition) You will be speaking at the World HR laboratory in Prague. What topic will you present? The last three years showed the importance of Big Data analysis. In practice, however, we see that this process is stopped at a certain stage. And this is a great opportunity to grab it. HR professionals should be open to collaboration with IT departments. And what’s the problem? The problem is not in technology or in data, both have good standards. But we are not yet able to go sufficiently


Assessment Systems International in Forbes

(Article: Dóra Budavári Photo: Orbital Strangers) June 2015 Page 50-52. It’s our company’s story where we talk about 1, our company’s story 🙂 2, the way how we help multinational and local companies in pharma/energy/telco/bank-insurance industry to make better people related decisions, meanwhile grow by growing human capital 2, proper HR management is important in every company level. If you run a grocery store, and you do not hire the high fit guy for yourself, you can lose the most. Quicker than any large organization, 3, the right entry level for higher education. Only students with high self esteem and


Security. What Security?

I have gone through the airport security check rigamarole at least 500 times: Notebook out, belt off, no liquids. Sometimes shoes off, sometimes all liquids in a separate plastic bag, cords out or pants down… (Well that happend only once…) It’s all for the good of passengers! Its all for the good of the passangers? Its all for the good of the world? Millions of people travelling daily. A small army of security agents are in place in every moment, with high tech equipment as well. Billions of dollars spent annually to potentially save the lives of a few hundred


California – Silicon Valley, Silicon body parts and now Silicon Wine….?

A few years ago, I took a year long sommelier (wine expert) course offered by the Gastronomic College of Hungary.  This experience was a kind of turnaround in my life, making me ask myself why I did not take this course ten years ago. Anyway, let’s enjoy whatever is ahead of us; since I completed the course I try to travel with open eyes, enjoying all that my homeland can offer, while also discovering areas like Priorat in Catalonia, Tuscany, the TBAs of Germany and many other wine regions. The last week brought me to the leading wine district of


London – Hungarian community – homecoming queens!

What would happen if all the Hungarians living in London would move back to Hungary at once? We could create a new district in Budapest, called New London, and give the immigrant Hungarians a special tax allowance. Can you imagine the economic effect? 200,000 estimated Hungarians living in London. Mostly talented and educated people, certainly a lot of entrepreneurs.  These are people who are ready to take on challenges, have broader perspectives, who want and are able to make changes in their lives. Can you imagine what that could bring to this country?  There would certainly be a benefit to


Confessions of a man on women in leadership, to all other men

For the betterment of the world women need to be involved. We have recently completed research in several countries, including our very own, Hungary, one of our neighbors, Romania, and two role models: the US and Australia. We focused on the differences and similarities between man and women in leadership and have compared national results to each other. There were some suprising and also obvious observations. In general (and these are correct for all countries we surveyed) female leaders are not motivated to move ahead at any price as a man might be.  Women handle stress situations less capably than


Why Social Network should have won the Oscar?

I have seen all the movies that has been shortlisted for the Academy Award. The winner, „The King’s Speech”, is simple, boring, British nonsense (with the always brilliant Rush, but he is an Aussie). „Inception” is great action, but no motivation. „The Fighter” is nothing more than „Rocky” light. „Black Swan” is nice, but I give credit for that to Natalie Portman. But here is „the Social Network”. I have waited a long time to see this, though I will admit to a bit of skepticism, and here I am blogging about it and posting the blog on Facebook. Many


The B2B rally and beyond

Started the 15th of January from Budapest, arrived in Bamako, Mali on the 30th. Drove over 9000 km on highways and motorways; on sand on the beach and in the desert; off road, as well as on some of the most horrible roads you can imagine.  We even drove on a minefield!  Met with 500 young people in Italy, Tarragona, Valencia, Tangier, Fez, Quarzazate, Kayes and Bamako. Distributed over 4000 donated bednets to the needy, represented 12 companies on a business mission to Morocco and Mali. Slept 16 hours over the first 7 days of the drive; visited garages in


When I was (I am…) 35, It was a very good year

Travelled 30% of the world, met about (oh my, It’s hard to estimate) 20,000 people personally (and 100,000 in meetings, lectures, presentations), ate and drank technically the holiest crap, and a couple of thousand euro worth of whiskey and cognac, and most precious food. Slept on a beach and in the most luxurious hotels of the planet, walked around a deserted island, and have been taken by private helicopter over Monaco bay. Gambled in all major Casinos of the world, and never got robbed anywhere yet! 🙂 Had the most happy moments of my life, by looking at Fuji mountain


I am a Samurai

During this summer in New York while participating in the UN Summit, I began to realize  that I probably am a Samurai. Having read Petri Niskanen’s book Business Bushido / Seven Values of Leadership, I am even more certain. It only took a few hours to read this book written by a Past JCI World President. It can be best described as a Nescafe style book (in the age of Nespresso, instant is not equal to cheap anymore, which is why I dare to use these words to describe what is indeed a very good book).  It includes many JCI


Nepal and the Nobel Prize

This year one very un-fashion icon looking lady, Elinor Ostrom, shared in the Nobel Prize for Economics. “The central theme of Ostrom’s work (she is the first woman to receive the Nobel prize in economics),is the governance of ’common resource pools’ such as pastures, fisheries or forests to which more than one person has access. Unlike pure public goods such as the atmosphere, where one persons use does not reduce the amount available to others, people deplete these resources when they use them. Standard economic models predict that in the absence of clearly defined property rights, such common resources will


Working for money or voluntarily – is there a difference?

Well, it depends on whether you want to stuff your pocket, but generally not. During my years of involvement in non profit management I have learned a lot. I have learned how to appreciate committed and motivated people’s work, and have seen how the outside world just simply does not understand the enthusiasm and dedication for work that volunteers don’t get paid for.  (I have to state that this lack of understanding is especially strong in countries like mine (Hungary) where voluntary work is neither valued nor understood.) I have also learned that it does not matter if you pay


My view on effective leadership and success

My colleague has just started her MBA studies. One of her first assignment was to ask some heavy question from co-workers like: What does it take to be an effective leader? Well, here is my anwer. An effective leader has to be effective at leading him/her self. First and foremost. If a leader is not able to manage himself/herself how do you expect him/her to manage others? If this criteria has been fulfilled then it is time to move further. I have to stop here for a second, because this still means nothing. Over the years we have seen how


How to tackle global challenges with JCI, yes with JCI!

You turn on the television, read a newspaper, or maintain a simple conversation with  your dad your mom or with your friends, one of the first words that comes up is „crisis”. (Sometimes in capital letters, often preceded by the word „the”. This issue seems to come up anywhere, anytime with anyone. Maybe some scientists and economists are right when they envision the ghost of catastrophe that seems to be hovering over the world, maybe not; we don’t know at this point. Should we just wait and see what is going to happen, or can we do something to prevent