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Grow Up

Grow Up

07 May 2015

Growing up is something that we all consider we do without thinking about, probably because physically, at least, we all grow up. Many of us however take significantly longer to grow up emotionally indeed some never get there at all. We have all told others to grow up at some point whether that was a spouse, our children or a work colleague. How often have we looked at another and thought, “they really need to get their act together!” As Jenny Brown...

A National Shame

A National Shame

07 May 2015

There has been an increasing discussion in the media regarding the appalling rates of domestic violence throughout Australia. I was personally shocked to recently read that every week, on average, one Australian woman is killed by a current or former partner. In NSW alone last year more than 27,000 (that’s right 27,000) domestic violent assaults were reported to police. That is an average of 74 assaults in NSW alone per day. In the first 4 months of 2015, 34 innocent Australian women have...

Maximising Performance

Maximising Performance

28 April 2015

Begin with the end in mind As a sales person, you cannot get to your destination, unless you know where your destination is There are 4 key components of backward thinking: Your goals must be in writing If goals are not in writing, they’re dreams Dreams don’t often come true, but goals in writing often do Here is an example of working backwards and a Recruitment Consultant putting their goals in writing A WRITTEN PLAN, WITH SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES Second component to success through backward thinking is to have...

Big Man, Big Heart, Big Success

Big Man, Big Heart, Big Success

16 April 2015

It has recently been announced that New Zealand’s World Cup-winning lock turned Leicester captain Brad Thorn is set to finally retire at the end of the English season. I have long admired Thorn’s success in the various codes and clubs he has played at and there are some excellent life lessons he can teach. When I think of Brad Thorn I think of a disciplined, hardworking, understated, team man who has repeatedly demonstrated what he is capable of “on the field” and...

General Insurance Market Conversations

General Insurance Market Conversations

09 April 2015

As part of my role as an Executive Recruiter in the General Insurance market I have daily conversations with experienced senior candidates regarding the state of the General Insurance market and the challenges currently being faced by most Insurers and Brokers. On review there are 5 themes that have consistently come out of most of the conversations I have with clients and candidates over the past year. These themes are not necessarily good or bad, they are simply a reflection of...

Crazy Teenage Girls

Crazy Teenage Girls

01 April 2015

Bit of a different blog this week but one I felt was worth sharing given Easter is upon us, a time when we spend with our families. I am the very proud Dad of 3 wonderful daughters. The eldest of which is a teenager. Teenage girls are notoriously hard to read. As a recruiter, getting to the heart of what someone is trying to say is sometimes difficult (candidate or client). We often hear people without truly listening to them and putting...

Get Jacked

Get Jacked

26 March 2015

Jack Daly, author and sales genius, says he was formally educated as an Accountant but did his real learning as a 13 year old when he worked as a caddy at a local private country club. Daly says it didn’t take him long to realize that the people he was caddying for every weekend all had nice cars, big homes with pools, and a lifestyle far better than what his own parents had. Daly said he saw this an opportunity to learn...

Innovate or Die

Innovate or Die

19 March 2015

This week I am coming to you from sunny Orlando Florida where I am attending the annual Executive Forum – New strategies for a new era in staffing, conference. I had the pleasure today to attend a Keynote Speech by Gary Hamel a Business Strategy Expert. The Wall Street Journal recently described Gary as the world’s most influential business thinker. The message in Gary’s speech was that to be a successful business in 2015, everyone in the business has to innovate and...

Experience Counts For Nada

Experience Counts For Nada

12 March 2015

Having worked in recruitment my entire career (22 years), and placed a few candidates and worked on a few roles over that period, one thing has become blindingly obvious and that is that previous “years” of experience in a particular area is a very poor indicator of someone’s future success in that area and certainly does not guarantee they will be a great employee. It is my belief that companies and hiring managers could benefit massively by making their businesses more...

Too many cooks spoil the broth

Too many cooks spoil the broth

09 March 2015

The old aged recruitment scenario has raised its ugly head a couple of times for me personally in the last few months. Remember the saying “too many cooks spoil the broth”? Well, in short whoever came up with this was a wise man (It supposedly originated from the 16th century according to Google). The scene: You receive a phone call from your client asking for your assistance in sourcing a candidate for a role. Instantly you are on cloud nine. You take a...

Mercy

Mercy

04 March 2015

The concept of mercy is a topic which will no doubt get a lot of coverage in Australia over the coming days as two young Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, move closer to the dreadful fate of facing an Indonesian firing squad in a paddock on a remote island in Indonesia. The facts of this case have been well documented and one of things not being questioned is the guilt of these two young men. The crime they committed was...

Is it Time for a Salary Review?

Is it Time for a Salary Review?

03 March 2015

With the New Year has come lots of questions from my Broking network, 'Am I being paid fairly?' This got me thinking and I put together a salary review based on 100 Broking candidates in my Sydney/Melbourne network. The figures below are based on annual salaries and are averages: · Broking Assistant (Non Tier 1 qualified): $45,000 - $50,000 + Superannuation · Assistant Account Executive (Tier 1): $50,000 - $60,000 +...

Selling The Invisible

26 February 2015

I am a shareholder in two companies, the first one, Kennedy Reid, is a recruitment firm that firmly sits within the “service industry”. The second Bullion Cellars is a high end wine business that delivers a “product”. How we sell each business intrigues me and led me to reading an excellent book a few years ago called, “Selling The Invisible” by Harry Beckwith. As a career recruiter I am all too aware of the difficulties of selling services but it was Beckwith’s...

And the winner of the best Northern Beach in Sydney is…

26 February 2015

Having grown up and surfed Sydney’s northern beaches since I was about 15 years old. (Holy crap that is 30 years ago), a couple of weeks ago I decided to spend a whole Sunday with my wife and three daughters stopping at every beach on Sydney’s Northern beaches for a swim and of course an obligatory “group selfie”. The goal of this quest was to show my kids the beauty of all the beaches in Sydney’s north which I regard as...

How Do I Stop The Dance Of Fear?

How Do I Stop The Dance Of Fear?

19 February 2015

Over the past 30 years there has been a whole industry developed around personal development / inspirational literature and all the add-ons that come with it. Some of this material is average, some excellent but most, I think, is well intentioned. Occasionally a writer in this space will get my attention based on their honesty and willingness to expose their own vulnerabilities whilst not making large and silly promises like, “reverse the aging process”, or “break free from fear and you’ll...

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We currently have specialist practices assisting clients in Insurance Recruitment, Office Support Recruitment, and Call Centre Recruitment.

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