Top 50 HR & Recruiting bad asses in APAC featuring – Iain MacGibbon

Welcome back to my series on the top 50 HR and Recruiting bad-asses in APAC.

Before we hear from #9 on the list I wanted to take a moment to tell you about some exciting events coming up next week. I am sure by now if you work in IT recruitment internal or agency you have heard of http://www.IT18.co.nz. If you have not yet got your tickets there is still time and so I really encourage you to go and learn from some of the amazing people. I have had the privilege of hearing some of them before and vogue for those, though I am really excited about this one as some even I have not yet seen talk.

What you might not know about is “The Wellington Recruiters Meetup.”

I got talking with Jade Shearstone, Kirsti Grant and Tracy Earl over lunch about why I was writing this blog. “To help people” and the conversation went to… “Well why are we not hosting meetups to help people who cannot afford conference tickets”

So I did and I am really lucky to have Laura Stoker and Matt Pontin speaking at our first meetup on the 23rd this month. Jump on and register as the spaces are limited. Click on the picture below to register and come and along. It’s free and we will sort out beer, wine and food for you all too.

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So hopefully it is a success in Wellington and we can emulate it in Auckland too.

So…. On to #9 who is the phenomenally talented Iain MacGibbon.

I have admired Iain and Farrow Jamieson for a while now and have heard nothing but good feedback about them all everywhere I have been. Hat tip from me too Iain as you and your team are definitely some of the good ones who lift the profile of our industry.

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Iain, what do you do in the HR/Recruiting scene?

I own a company called Farrow Jamieson where I lead a team of talented recruiting professionals in Auckland and Christchurch. While we have been operating for over 30 years I think in this business you reinvent yourself over 5+ years to stay relevant. It is one of the most dynamic industries I have ever been involved in.

Why/How did you get into the industry?

I had sold another business and was looking around when I met the owners of Farrow Jamieson. I had some exposure to the sector as my wife had been at Morgan & Banks (Hudson now) so I met the owners and while that seems like only yesterday it was almost 25 years ago. I like the interaction with Boards and CEO’s discussing how to make their businesses better. Once you have the capital sorted its down to the people you can get around you.

What is something we don’t know about you?

In the last few years I have been more strongly involved in social media than is potentially wise , so as my mate Kirsti Grant says, you probably know too much already; like Vespas, Craft beer, Fishing.

I really enjoy making bread. There’s something about the whole tactile, smell and texture that is relaxing and very satisfying.

Which people inspire you globally?

I always duck these sort of questions if possible because of the danger of the whole “false gods’ fiasco. I don’t know whether I ‘m eclectic or just ADHD because the people I admire moves around a lot.

The common thread is command of language (written and oral).

I had the mind-blowing experience of being present when Nelson Mandela spoke in Auckland. Actually he didn’t need to speak, the sheer presence of the man was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life.

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What about companies then, which inspire you globally?

Companies that reinvent themselves. Some only do it once and then fade (Nokia) others keep doing it;

Apple of course, because they have reinvented not only themselves but entire categories.

Blackberry Phenomenal patent bank from their R&D. Who knows they may even survive. During the Christchurch earthquake our Team were stranded on the 9th floor of our building for 4 hours. They were eventually rescued by crane. The city had virtually no communication networks that were working, apart from blackberry messenger. I am always grateful to Blackberry for enabling us to communicate with our people.

Staedler I used a Staedler whiteboard marker recently and will never use one of the rubbish unbranded ones again. Did I mention that I get very angry about dry marker pens when I am writing?

What advice would you give someone looking to enter this industry?

Try and learn from the best. Be confident about speaking up to clients, bosses and co-workers about what you think is right. Learn from everyone.

What is your favourite drink?

Emersons Pilsner is world-class.

But I have become a fan of One Fat Trout, mostly because of desire. My sons have told me I can only drink it after I have caught a trout. So, I get thirsty quite a bit

What are you currently reading?

I read a lot (see above, re eclectic) . Currently reading a hilarious book by John Grace Brideshead Abbreviated. A synopsis of 100 classics of the twentieth century, written in the style of each book, with a twist.

Just finished The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro which was probably my most enjoyable book of the year so far.

And started implementing The Power of Scrum by Jeff Sutherland just to annoy the team at FJ

Why do you love the HR and Recruiting industry?

I feel genuinely privileged to work in an industry where we change people’s lives, every day. Who wouldn’t bounce out of bed every day when you get the chance to make magic happen. A great person gets a chance to shine and a company improves its business.

If you don’t enjoy that feeling then you shouldn’t be in the business.

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Who would be top 5 on your list?

  1. Andrew Banks and Geoff Morgan. – They changed an industry, several times.
  2. Paul Bassat, Andrew Bassat and Matt Rockman – Started Seek and changed the industry
  3. Angela Atkins and Amanda Sterling – Both pushing the boundaries and causing mayhem in HR
  4. Troy Hammond – I know its your blog and I am mentioning your name, but you are prepared to say out loud how you feel and while I don’t always agree with you I respect your right to say it.
  5. Mark Sumner and Matt Pontin – Back to my taking risks argument.

Thanks Iain.

Troy

Top 50 HR & Recruiting bad asses in APAC featuring – Ross Clennett

Hello.

As regular readers will know, I have been running this series of blog posts from my list of top 50 HR and Recruiting bad-asses and profiling the people on this list.

I am writing this post late (in my lunch break), normally I do this late at night and I write an overview on a topic that interests me.

However,  if you glance across to my twitter feed on the right of this page you will note I drank way too much Guinness last night.

So I am a bit too tired hung-over to write something.

However after re-reading Ross’s profile, I went and watched “Simon Sinek: Why Leaders Eat Last” again.

I love this talk, even though I have seen it 20 times. I recommend you go and watch it. It goes for about 45mins and so maybe not at work, though when you get home.


So #27 on my list is Ross Clennett and a guy whom I recently had a great debate. It was all good fun and so I hope you all look forward to reading his profile as much as I did.

Ross is a high performance recruitment coach and recruitment industry blogger and commentator.As a professional recruiter, between 1989 and 2003, Ross screened over 80,000 resumes, interviewed over 3,000 people and successfully placed over 1,500 people in work. Over this time he worked in London, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.

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What do you do in the HR/Recruiting scene?

Since 2003 I have run my own coaching and training business, RossClennett.com, from my home office in Mornington (60km SE of the Melbourne CBD). My clients are almost all owners of small and medium-sized recruitment agencies in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Most of my services are provided via webinar, Skype or phone. I have also been blogging every week since September 2007.

Why/How did you get into the industry?

Like many career recruiters I had no thought of recruitment as a likely career while I was studying (BEc, University of Tasmania). Like many Aussies and Kiwis I decided that London was a good post-degree option. When I arrived I went to an agency recommended by a friend of mine (Accountancy Personnel, now Hays) and the recruiter talked me into a job with them as a permanent accounting recruiter in the AP office just near Victoria station. The rest, as they say in the classics, is history.

What is something we don’t know about you?

At university I was a very committed amateur thespian and student politician and had I not gone to London after graduating, I may have had a very different life.

Which people inspire you globally?

I’m not sure inspire is quite the word I would use to describe the following people, it’s probably more respect:

  • Kevin Wheeler (US)  Kevin would be older than 99% of recruiters operating today yet he has a boundless energy to understand the trends shaping recruitment globally and he has a wonderful way of communicating that knowledge  whether by word, on stage or over  dinner with a good glass of red.
  • Greg Savage (Aus) I worked for Greg for nine years and he has been the person who has had the biggest impact on me , professionally. Even after thirty plus years in recruitment Greg still loves recruitment and has done more than anybody in Australia to raise the educational and ethical standards of our industry.
  • Geoff Morgan & Andrew Banks Geoff and Andrew showed the recruitment industry how to build a profitable and scalable public recruitment company. Their skill at doing this is evidenced by, in the fifteen subsequent year, how many people have tried to emulate their example, and almost all have failed.
  • Nigel Heap has had an extraordinary 27 year career at Hays. He completely turned around Hays in Australia and NZ  when he started as MD in the mid-1990’s and built a profit and people powerhouse. He is now applying the same skills to the Hays Uk & Ireland business, with similar results.

What about companies then, which inspire you globally?  I am not inspired easily! Again I would say that I respect a company like Atlassian for their approach to talent. My former employer, Hays, has, despite all their critics, proven to be a very successful company no matter what global market they enter (the USA remains an exception).  In the Aus/NZ recruitment industry, companies like people2people, Wavelength International, Six Degrees Executive and Madison Recruitment are all ones I admire.

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Ross with RCSA (Aus & NZ) President Robert Van Stokrom after 
day jet boating on the Dart River post 2014 RCSA International 
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What advice would you give someone looking to enter this industry?

Keep your focus narrow and simple. Don’t over complicate recruitment!

As an example I see three or four page position descriptions and I despair. If you need more than one page for a PD you are probably making things harder and more complicated than it needs to be.

What is your favourite drink?

Beer. The pale ales that come from Little Creatures, Cascade and Coopers are all excellent although I am always open to trying a beer I haven’t tasted before!

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What are you currently reading?

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. Prior to that, Influence: Science and Practice (5th edition) by Robert B. Cialdini . I also always have a music industry memoir or biography on the go. I have just finished James Freud’s (The Models) first memoir as well as a recent Bee Gees biography (by David N. Meyer) and Led Zeppelin biography (by Mick Wall).

Why do you love the HR and Recruiting industry?

It’s an industry that is more important than ever (no matter what some people say), it’s never dull, I always meet interesting people and I owe by living to it.

Who would be top 5 on your list?

(To count as a Thought Leader in my book you have to regularly either blog or speak at conferences, or both)

Greg Savage, Jonathan Rice, Rob Davidson, Craig Watson, James Elliott, Paul Jacobs

(I would love to include a few women on this list but, unfortunately, very few women in Aus/NZ recruitment blog or speak regularly, Nicole Underwood being an exception in Australia.)

I would have included Joris Luijke (ex-Atlassian) but as he now lives and works in New York  I’ll have to regard him as ineligible for a 2015 list.


Thanks Ross, you should know that I debated dropping an F-Bomb in this post, though thought I would refrain.

Please comment below who you would like to hear from next……

Bad ass HR and Recruitment folk in New Zealand and Australia

I recently read an article about HR and Recruiting thought leaders written by Glassdoor.com

It appeared to be a great list of many people I really admire in our industry. What I was really disappointed with though was APAC did not even get a mention. I know their disclaimer was “We’ve based this list solely on social profiles and online engagement.”

But c’mon is Glassdoor trying to build a global tool here? Don’t be like Facebook and leave little old NZ out of the loop.

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APAC has some remarkable HR and Recruiting folk and some I deem to be very much in the “thought leader category.”  So needless to say I was pretty annoyed at Glassdoor for not tipping their hat to anyone on this side of the world.

I am an Australian who lives in New Zealand and so have mad respect for both my birth and adopted countries and I am really inspired by what we in our industry achieve over here.

The sad thing is that every day I also recruit in the America’s and EMEA and I still speak to people and they say things like, “New Zealand, is that near London?” or “We have this company over here called IKEA, it’s an American company and I am not sure if you have it in Australia?

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For those that are reading and don’t know why I would be going on about thought leaders over this side of the world let me tell you….

There have been many amazing people come out of Australia and New Zealand rather than the film and music celebrity type people. ANZ has seen many amazing inventors and thought leaders and so please let me share some facts for you.

Australia:

  1. Everyone knows about black box flight recorders, an audio recorder in a super-strong casing that records the conversation of the pilots in a plane’s cockpit. If the plane comes down, salvage teams can listen to the recording to find out what went awry, and apply prevention measures if possible. It was invented by Australian chemist Dave Warren, who one day thought to himself, “What if the pilots could tell us themselves?” His device is now installed in every commercial plane in the world. Oh, and is actually orange. Not black. *But hey I hear ‘Orange is the new black.’
  2. For the old school recruiter. You should know that JA Birchall an Aussie bloke from Tasmania (The little island located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the Mainland) of Tasmanian stationery company Birchall, was the first person to take loose sheets of paper, cut them in half, back them with cardboard and glue the top edge. Thus creating the notepad. Every good recruiters friend before tablets.
  3. For the modern recruiter. You should know that a group of five CSIRO (Australian) scientists invented wireless LAN technology, otherwise known as Wi-Fi, which is used in more than five billion devices globally and has earned more than $430 million in royalties alone. I thank these 5 amazing Aussie men when I am at  recruiting conferences around the world.

New Zealand:

  1. Christchurch inventor Glenn Martin has developed a jet pack that enables fliers to stay aloft for half an hour. He launched the jetpack at the Oshkosh air show in the United States in July 2008 and his company is now taking orders.
  2. Kiwi scientist Baron Ernest Rutherford was the first in the world to split the atom in 1919. He was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work with radioactivity.
  3. Probably the most famous Kiwi invention of the modern world. Daredevil AJ Hackett pioneered the bungy jump, opening the world’s first commercial site in 1988, the year after he illegally leapt from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Certainly the most hair-raising Kiwi invention!

Now I do not mean to begrudge the ‘thought leaders’ of the HR and Recruiting world nor suggest that everyone is ignorant to our fair lands. We have had some amazing speakers and commentators from all over the world come and share their wisdom over here. Some of my favourites have been, Will Staney, Bryan Chaney, Laura Stoker, Matt Charney, Bill Borman, Derek Zeller, Andy Headworth and Irina Shamaeva.

So to these amazing guests and all the others I thank you, but please sit down a minute. What I really wanted y’all to come and read this for is to hear about some of the amazing HR and Recruiting peeps I love from this side of the world.

So below I give you a list of the top HR and Recruiting bad asses of APAC. 

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*Please note: I have not used social engagement tools to complete this list and chosen people I have met and admire and or people I have not met, though tip my hat off to. You can kick my ass or buy me a beer next time you see me in a bar for your entry or omission. 

APAC’s 2015 HR & Recruiting thought leaders to follow (in random.org order):

  1. Mark Mansour
  2. Paul Jacobs
  3. Marc Hammond
  4. Matt Pontin
  5. Angela Farrelly
  6. Bob Olivier
  7. Daoud Edris
  8. Kellie Egan
  9. Iain MacGibbon
  10. Simon Martin
  11. Helena Gannon
  12. Kirsti Grant
  13. Keith Muirhead
  14. Greg Savage
  15. Jade Shearstone
  16. Vanessa Payne
  17. Phillip Tusing
  18. Mark Sumner
  19. Siobhan Lyndon
  20. Elena Di Fiore
  21. Scott Brown
  22. Axel Koster
  23. Jon Rice
  24. Mathew Bosher
  25. Richard Westney
  26. Nigel Mills
  27. Ross Clennett
  28. Mel Rowsell
  29. Amanda Tolley
  30. Leslie Taylor
  31. Dale Clareburt
  32. Hassanah Rudd
  33. Tracy Earl
  34. Steven Miratana
  35. Richard Earl
  36. Troy Hammond
  37. Mark Souter
  38. Melissa Bowden
  39. Kimberley Gilmour
  40. Dan Buchanan
  41. Rob Fortescue
  42. Aaron Dodd
  43. Matt Bartlett
  44. Andrew Cross
  45. Dan Nuroo
  46. Rebecca Clarke
  47. Juhi King
  48. Jordyn Riley
  49. Warren Young
  50. Celeste Kocabay

So there it is my list of HR and Recruiting folk who kick ass and take names in ANZ. The list is more biased to the recruiters of the region as I come across them the most in the hiring of “All the People”

Comment below on other amazing recruiters and HR peeps I have left out and make me feel like a jerk.

“As always the rule is of anyone stupid to make a list, you shall be ridiculed” ~ Troy Hammond