#5 Raising the bar – with Kevin Green

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Kevin Green has been the Chief Executive of the REC, the professional body for the UK’s 28.7 billion private recruitment and staffing industry since June 2008. Before starting at the REC, Kevin worked for the Royal Mail where he was part of the leadership team which transformed the business from losing £1 million a day in 2003 to making over £600 million profit in 2007.

During Kevin’s tenure at the REC it’s been recognised for its excellence in service provision and campaigns, winning over nine trade association and member awards as well Kevin personally winning the trade association leadership award.

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Favourite success quote

  • Kevin’s favourite success quote is ‘The harder I work the more luck I seem to have’ originally quoted by Thomas Jefferson, early US President.

Biggest failure faced in recruitment

  •  Kevin’s worst moment of failure hit him when he was trying to push through a huge activity of assessment and change that had taken a year of planning at Royal Mail and 25% through the operational managers revolted and abandoned it, leaving Kevin with a significant and visible difficulty.

Recruitment ‘eureka’ moment

  • Kevin’s light-bulb moment came when he realised that the REC needed to put in place a compulsory test which demonstrated competence and compliance for all its members, which has meant he feels the REC is really raising the bar in terms of setting the standards for the recruitment industry.

The crystal ball

  • Over the next five years Kevin thinks the industry in the UK will see growth of over 25% and will become a £33 billion industry!

Best piece of business advice

  • “Be yourself. Be authentic. Don’t pretend to be somebody you’re not.”

Business resource

Twitter – Kevin’s a massive fan of Twitter because it helps him engage with lots of different people very, very quickly.

Best business book

Lunchmeat & Life Lessons’ by Mary B. Lucas

Kevin’s final piece of advice – ‘Develop your staff, develop your capability. Have some clarity about where you’re trying to get. Think about how you differentiate yourself. Then really talk up the industry, that benefits your organisation and the whole industry as one’.

Interview Links

Find out more about Kevin via his LinkedIn Profile and contact him on Twitter @KevinGreenREC.

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