It’s not what you say,

it’s where you say it.

It’s not what you say,

it’s where you say it.

Who He Is: President, Wyatt & Jaffe, Minneapolis
Companies He's Worked With: General Electric, Gateway Inc., Maxtor Corp., First Data Corp.
Where You've Heard Him: Regular contributor, NPR Marketplace

State of the market: There's a crusade going on in my business to invoke the mantra that things are getting better. Watch the third quarter. They're hoping it's a self-fulfilling prophecy. I call it the "Tinker Bell effect": If you think she's alive, she'll come back to life. But the return to really aggressive...

One afternoon in February 2003, Gateway Chief Executive Ted Waitt was supposed to interview a promising candidate for the top human-resources spot at the struggling personal-computer maker. But an intense session with his senior lieutenants lasted 30 minutes longer than expected.

Moments before Mr. Waitt emerged from his meeting, the contender walked out and took a company-provided limousine home. She felt annoyed "because she was kept waiting for Ted," says John Heubusch, Mr. Waitt's former chief of staff. "I remember being really shocked."...

Many people find that one of the most difficult parts of any job search is talking about money. When the conversation turns to compensation, many job applicants get nervous or uncomfortable and are reluctant to talk about the kind of salary and benefits they expect for a position. These mistakes can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career. Here are the three most common ones -- and tips on how to avoid them....

Last week, Chinese billionaire Gao Dekang stepped down as CEO of Bosideng International, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of down jackets. Two weeks ago, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel was removed after the retailer disclosed a security breach. Mozilla’s embattled chief executive Brendan Eich resigned after a revolt among...

BusinessWeek's list of the World's Most Influential Headhunters pulls back the curtain on the often-mysterious business of executive recruiting. See abridged profiles of our first 100 in this slide show, and check out longer profiles of each individual. Also, search by geographic focus, companies they recruit for, and industries of specialization in our table...

When a house sits on the market for a while, we tend to think the people who passed on it rejected it for a reason. The same goes for a job, especially an executive-level one.

If a CEO position stays open for too long, it could indicate a couple of things, none of them all that promising to a potential candidate....