#13 Sliding doors – with Russell Clements

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Russell Clements is the former CEO of SThree plc. He was their third employee in 1986 and led the Group’s IPO in 2005. He retired from SThree in December 2012 when the company had 2,200 staff in 64 offices. Russell has a degree in Government from the University of Essex, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton Business School University of Pennsylvania USA. He’s currently enjoying time as Chairman of Cube19 the thriving recruitment analytics start-up in London.

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Favourite success quote

  • Russell’s favourite success quote comes from an Italian Marxist called Antonio Gramsci, who when talking about revolution and the struggle for workers, said that revolutionaries should have a combination of pessimism of the intellect and optimism of the will. Russell thinks this translates well in regards to having the right mindset for business.

Biggest failure faced in recruitment

  •  One of Russell’s biggest failures in his recruitment career is when he had his own personal ‘Black Friday’ and three people that were due to start for him the following week, in three separate companies and in three entirely different situations all dropped out in one afternoon.

Recruitment ‘eureka’ moment

  • Russell still remember’s the ‘light-bulb’ moment of ‘getting recruitment’ as a recruitment consultant – when the penny dropped and he thought, “All right. Okay. That’s how you do it.”

The crystal ball

  • Over the next five years Russell thinks, despite all the dynamic changes going on and growth of job boards, that the recruitment industry and the current recruitment agency model as we know it will stay around.

Best piece of business advice

  • “Know your market”

Best business resource

The recruitment analytics and gamification tool ‘Cube 19

Best business book

Barbarians At The Gate‘ by Bryan Burrough

Russell’s final piece of advice – ‘Ultimately, it’s about putting the work in. Nobody in my experience, who has been significantly successful in recruitment, is anything other than somebody who works bloody hard.’

Interview Links

Find out more about Russell and contact him via his LinkedIn profile.

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