James Caan Influencer Blog

Business and career advice for people at all levels

The LinkedIn Influencer series is a premium blog programme where a selection of well-known leaders are asked to share their insights and experience. Alongside people such as Barack Obama and Richard Branson, James regularly produces posts on entrepreneurship, business growth and career advice.


Policies vs Personality

The UK general election has been a hot topic for months now and the question everyone’s asking is, do we back policies or personality? Do I vote for the person I think will be a great leader or do I focus on the party policies that resonate with me most? What I’ve been interested to hear is whether the general public are concerned with the differing policies on offer or do personality traits; ...

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Management vs Leadership. What’s the difference?

It’s the million dollar question with a million possible answers; what’s the difference between leadership and management? I have 30 years’ experience leading people so I’d like to think my thoughts aren’t redundant in the field however there are so many blogs surrounding these two concepts that it’s difficult take a fresh approach and write something impactful, but here goes… ...

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Step One: Read The Job Brief

Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you know you didn’t know and this is especially true when it comes to reading, understanding and implementing a job brief. As a recruiter, an employer or a candidate, understanding how to read between the lines of a job brief could be the difference between placing someone, finding someone, or landing the role. My 30 years of recruitment expe ...

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Are You Over-Promoted?

The term ‘over-promotion’ isn’t something we’re used to hearing but I think it’s safe to say that most of us have met somebody who’s been over-promoted. Someone who makes us think, how did you get this job!? Most blogs surrounding the subject of promotion stick to the promise that you can do anything and be anywhere if you put your mind to it. Now I’m no pessimist and I’m not sayin ...

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Who Would Vote For You?

These past few weeks I have watched with fascination as the 7 politic leaders’ battle it out to win our votes. People buy into people – that’s a fact. Without an engaging, likeable frontman or woman you’re fighting a losing battle. A leader needs to captivate their audience by encouraging trust and commitment. Great leadership is one of those things which is hard to define, and even har ...

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