#10 I’ve made more mistakes than most – with Tony Goodwin

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In 1993, spotting the potential of the new professional employment markets in the former Warsaw pact countries, Tony Goodwin set up his own business and named the company Antal – Hungarian for ‘Anthony’. Since then Tony and his team have developed substantial businesses in some of the most challenging emerging markets across the globe, such as Russia, India and China, through a mix of wholly-owned operations, franchises and joint ventures.  His impact on his chosen industry has been recognised through a series of major awards including Ernst & Young’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year (Business Products and Services)’ and Recruiter magazine’s ‘Best International Recruitment Agency’. 

Click to tweet: Tony Goodwin shares his incredible journey on Recruiters Live Lounge today!

Favourite success quote

  • Tony’s favourite success quote is one from former US president Abraham Lincoln “Things may come to those that wait…but only the things left by those that hustle.”

Biggest failure faced in recruitment

  •  Tony admits to facing lots of adversity but remembers one of his biggest failures was in 2001 when the dot com bubble burst at at time when 55 to 60% of his business revenues came from the technology sector. Watch the video now to find out how Tony managed to get through the very difficult situation of having to cut 22 European offices to 12 and 423 staff to 117.  He cites it as one of the most difficult periods of his life.

Recruitment ‘eureka’ moment

  • Tony still regularly feels ‘light bulb’ moments when, even when he’s being successful he thinks to himself, “That isn’t good enough, that isn’t enough.” And he pushes himself harder than anyone else could.

The crystal ball

  • Over the next five years Tony thinks that there is going to be consolidation in the industry, where really well run and managed medium sized companies (between £3/4 – 4 million) consolidate into large entities through the roll up programs of some of the larger companies.

Best piece of business advice

Business resource

The Antal Global Snapshot

Best business book

Behind the Beautiful Forevers‘ by Katherine Boo

Tony’s final piece of advice – ‘Come and join us’  

Interview Links

Find out more about Tony via his LinkedIn profile  and contact him via tgoodwin@antal.com or on twitter at @tonygoodwin.

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