The Boutique Search Firm Blog

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author.

By Benoit Gateau-Cumin

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author.


December 18, 2014

“Drinking rum and Coca Cola, Workin’ for the Yankee dollar.” The good folks of the Mafia have fond memories of Havana when it was Las-Vegas-by-the-Sea: the showgirls, the fancy hotels, the nightclubs, the restaurants, pristine beaches and the illegal pleasures that come with it. The Batista régime did its utmost to encourage vice and the […]

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The Envelope Please…

September 25, 2014

“This is your captain speaking: If you were pleased with your flight, I have left envelopes on the cockpit door for your convenience. Your tips are greatly appreciated.” Friendly dinosaur Marriott made a huge announcement a few days ago: from now on, no matter what kind of Marriott product you use, whether it is a […]

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Of the pitfalls of checking references: damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

August 21, 2014

One of the basic services expected of an executive search firm (especially a retained one) is to put together valid and thorough professional and character references on short-listed candidates. Obviously, the temptation is to ask said candidates for a list of references, but isn’t that tantamount to asking a dog to sit in order to […]

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Full is Beautiful

May 14, 2014

I was recently having coffee with an otherwise outstanding and refined hotelier, who shared some of his challenges with me. The owner of his hotel was constantly urging him to keep the hotel full. My colleague felt it was unhealthy as it was pushing his people to their limits and the wear and tear on […]

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