In PWCs 20th annual CEO survey, it's no surprise that digitisation, skills gaps and innovation have come out as top concerns for CEOs.
CEO are hiring for softer skills - leadership, collaboration and creativity - skills which are notoriously hard to recruit. At Collingwood we support our clients to recruit these softer skills, and to develop them, by using proven, empirically validated, peer reviewed products and services which predict performance. I'm just surprised that so many other places don't use a similar process and support model. Why wouldn't you when these skills are so critical for success?
However, it’s interesting to note that the skills they prize most highly are the “softer”, more people-orientated skills such as adaptability and problem-solving (both rated as important by 98% of UK CEOs), leadership and collaboration (both 96%) and creativity & innovation (93%). However, while UK CEOs regard these softer skills as the most important to their organisations, they also say they’re among the hardest to recruit. The three skills that UK CEOs find most difficult to bring into their organisations are, firstly, leadership, which is rated as difficult to recruit by 85%, compared to 75% globally and just 45% in Germany; secondly, creativity & innovation, rated as difficult by 78% in the UK and 77% globally; and, thirdly, adaptability, rated as difficult by 71% in the UK, 61% globally and only 27% in China.