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Those who resign are traitors


Those who resign are traitors. This attitude still prevails in some companies and targets employees who quit their jobs. The reasons for splitting up, however, usually differ a lot …

Once an experienced employee resigns, an executive or a partner generally steps in to gain detailed insights into the reasons for the resignation. “In our company, there is no special program for this,” BMW manager Jela Götting says. Björn Knothe, personnel consultant and CEO of division one, explains such resignations as follows: “A connection usually exists via social networks such as Xing or Linked-In.” However, if the exit management, a term used by personnel specialists to refer to contact management, is professionally conducted during the resignation process, chances of a later continuation of the cooperation with a former employer rise. Especially during times of near full employment, the necessity to lure deserved employees back to the company after several years may arise. “If the farewell was altogether pleasant, the chances for this are certainly increased,” Knothe says. (Read more - only available in German)

Source: F.A.Z. / 11.07.2017/ "Offene Türen für Rückkehrer" von Oliver Schmale)

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division one ranks among the top 10 of leading executive search consulting firms


division one ranks among the top 10 of leading executive search consulting firms in Germany. This is what the news magazine FOCUS found out in a poll conducted with the social network Xing as well as the company Statista among 1.300 HR executives of German companies. division one has already been elected into FOCUS-Business’ TOP list for the fourth time in a row.

Only those companies were added to the selection of top executive search consulting firms which achieved exceptional customer ratings in the following categories: quality of candidate selection, service quality and price-performance ratio. This selection shows that we are on the right track with our approach and commitment to highest quality in national and international mandates. This award spurs us on to consistently improving our services for you in the years to come.

Read the FOCUS article here.



division one has been nominated for the award “Headhunter of the Year.” In the supreme discipline, executive search, division one has been rated among the top 6 of personnel consulting firms in Germany. A high-class expert jury with representatives from the media, the economy, science and organizations evaluated all submissions by personnel consulting firms. The award ceremony takes place on June 1, 2017, in the Bayerischer Hof (Munich) in the context of a festive evening gala with ensuing afterparty.

The award "Headhunter of the Year" is presented for excellence in the following categories: candidate experience, client experience, best newcomer as well as for the supreme discipline ‘executive search.’ Personnel recruitment firms with a registered office in Germany were able to apply. The award is intended to acknowledge selected personnel consultancy firms’ high quality and professionality, to showcase the pioneers and to facilitate innovations within the personnel consulting industry.


To be your own boss, and yet live like a nomad.


To be your own boss, and yet live like a nomad. To face existential fear, and yet be able to be picky at times. To have to prove yourself regularly, and yet work for attractive daily rates. 

A top manager of the company drops out overnight. How to react? Important ongoing projects need to be concluded soon, and there is no one in the company who has the necessary know-how or the needed resources. In such cases, interim managers offer the assistance to bridge the gap. Those, however, who think that an emergency is the only situation when to take on specialists on a temporary basis are quite mistaken. Although many interim managers have specialized in tackling restructuring projects and emergency situations, their assistance in reaching project goals that add value or increase productivity should not be underestimated.

Of course, an interim manager is a special kind of person. You have to enjoy continually hopping from project to project, always having to face new challenges, and needing to prove yourself regularly. As an interim manager, you need to exhibit an entrepreneurial mindset, you need to be decisive, prepared to take risks and you should always be on the lookout for new challenges.

Article only available in German.

Source: INTERIM MANAGEMENT MAGAZIN / 01-2017/ "Von der Festanstellung zum HR-Interim-Manager" von Björn Knothe)

Interim Managers – Sought-after Nomads


The interim manager is a special kind of person who enjoys moving from project to project, constantly asserting himself/herself. Those interested in this profession should have an entrepreneurial mindset and should, furthermore, possess characteristics such as decisiveness, readiness to assume risk and a constant interest in facing up to new challenges.   Most   of   division one’s candidates are interim managers with many years of experience on the executive level. They are usually in their fourties to early sixties. Interim managers are as stress resistant and as much on the move as nomads.   Interim management is a way of life. Taking this path is a deliberate decision against an occupational career. Read more (available only in German)

Source: personalmagazin / 01-2017 / from Björn Knothe)