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The London cabbie who put me to career shame

The London cabbie who put me to career shame

This is a true story. Every word. It was my last night in London after two weeks of hard work (OK, and a bit of RWC). A few beers, and into a cab. It was there, in that taxi, that I met one of the most extraordinary people I have ever encountered. The cabbie and […]

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The job decision that saved my life. A true story.

The job decision that saved my life. A true story.

In February 1942, Lieutenant Ron Savage, my father, of the British Royal Artillery, was captured by the Japanese Army as a result of the disastrous defeat and surrender of the British forces in Singapore. Thereafter began three years of the most horrendous privation, torture and brutality in Changi POW Camp, from which only a tiny […]

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Why great recruiters make dud managers

Why great recruiters make dud managers

It’s one of the biggest mistakes I have made, and many others are making it right now. Promoting your top recruiter into a manager role. Of course, a great recruiter can become a great manager. It happens. But it’s not a given. In fact it’s actually unlikely. For one very simple, but compelling reason. They […]

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My career. Multiple screw-ups, and ONE thing I got right.

I have had some major highs in a career that is now deep into its 4th decade. Lots of hard work, lots of luck, and plenty of great people, have helped me to some success, which has been fun and lucrative. And I am proud of many milestones along the way, possibly capped by the […]

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10 words you must NEVER use to describe yourself

10 words you must NEVER use to describe yourself

Who am I to tell you how you can describe yourself? Nobody. So ignore me at your leisure. On the other hand, I can tell you for free that the words you use in your résumé, your LinkedIn profile, your Twitter bio, your cover letter, and in spoken language, create a response in the reader, […]

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YOU own your career. No one else

Many people are advised that they should look for a company that ‘provides a career’. Often I hear candidates say they want to leave a job, because their current employer is not ‘looking after my career’. Sure, it’s important to work for a company where you can thrive, but you must above all understand this. […]

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