Net Net: Promoting innovation and managing change
Net Net: Promoting innovation and managing change

Where's The Hiring, Mr. Hiring CEO?

Half full versus half empty. Certainty versus uncertainty. Jobs versus spending.

Businesspeople seated side by side
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Those are a few hiring battles Gary Burnison trying to reconcile as the CEO of Korn/Ferry International, the world's largest executive recruiting firm.

“It's this virtuous circle or vicious cycle, depending on how you want to look at it,” he told me after he broke KFY's earnings on Worldwide Exchange. “Out of income comes spending, out of spending comes jobs, out of jobs comes more spending.”

For that spending, Burnison has told me before (like almost every other CEO guest host who sits next to me on set) and tells me again that in order to create jobs, there needs to be more certainty.