For Art’s Sake

I went to Art School, you know. I was a dreadfully self-opinionated git and made myself […]


And We’re Back

I don’t know about you, but my post-apocalypse vision was that of emerging from the smouldering […]

*Serious discussion klaxon*

After many detailed conversations with colleagues, friends and, of course, Ziggy the Office Wonder Dog, we’ve […]

On Being a Complete Cult

And so we come to some observations about the recruitment business.  To the external observer, the […]

Risk and Reward

From the beginning of time, my dad, Colin, had the Town contract to look after all […]

Welcome to the New Year

Well, I’ve had a week off, and here we are in January. I read that the […]

The Best Time of the Year

Once again, I’ve been caught out by the 23rd of December. One more shopping day to […]

On Not Getting Lost At Sea

I’ve written a few times now about navigation as a metaphor for being a decent headhunter. […]

Where Are You?

“It’s like a jungle sometimes It makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ under” Carl […]

How Not to Fall Over

My job doesn’t have that many occupational hazards being mostly indoors and behind a desk. Okay, […]

Going Forwards By Looking Backwards

A lot is going on at the mighty Snedden Campbell just now so the blizzard of […]

The Real Deal

A quick trip to the surface between projects to let you all know that I’m still […]

A Funny Thing

As soon as they enter the building, all prospective employees* of the mighty Snedden Campbell are […]

Can I Be Honest?

In September 1978 I got a lift up to Aberdeen with my pal Kenny to see […]

On Originality

These days it’s possible to fill a great many column inches on social media posts by […]


At some point over the last couple of weeks, I passed the milestone of writing this […]

Getting Medieval

Take a wander around an old church pretty much anywhere in Europe and especially in France […]

On Being Inquisitive

Headhunting and Consulting for a living can be challenging. However, I’ve learned that it is merely […]

The King of Clockwork

I’m pitching this blog to you as a business piece on how even the best idea […]

Psst! Want to Know a Secret

Would you like to save yourself some time, effort and money? Of course, you would. Read […]

A Hard Days Night

It had been a tough meeting. The kind of board meeting where questions get asked, and […]

The Absolute State of Things

The Palace of Versailles was built, in essence, to facilitate networking. It’s a big building designed […]

30 Years Later

My route into recruitment was pretty typical. I started with a high street chain who trained […]

Ars longa, vita brevis

I went to art school you know. Amongst other things, I learned that beauty is absolutely […]

The Emperor’s Clothes

These blogs don’t write themselves you know. I have to shoehorn writing all this nonsense in […]

A Day at the Beach

Here I am. Sitting by a swimming pool in the heat. Lovely, except that it’s gone […]

Stuff I’ve learned

If you want to ride fast in a group make sure you know and trust the […]

Nature or Nurture

As my children grew up, I found that school parent’s evenings slowly advanced from a focus […]

Lyres, Dammed Lyres and Statistics

In 1482 a 30-year-old Leonardo da Vinci was sent off from Florence to Milan by his […]

Winning at Life

I wrote a throwaway comment on social media the other day: “I think any “leader” unable […]

A Headhunter Hunts

I’m working up to hiring a new member of the Snedden Campbell team. Between writing a […]

The Means of Production

Every five years from the back end of the 1920s to 1991 the State Planning Committee […]

The Reality of Barriers

As an exceptionally talented stage magician, Harry Houdini had an interesting job. He was very very […]

Keeping it Real

Only twice in my time on the LinkedIn platform have I ever written anything that achieved […]

Keeping it Real

In 1969 when we all wore acrylic jumpers and underwear was made out of fibreglass, my […]

The Art of Noise

When I took my first job in the recruitment trade back in 1987 there were a […]

Who Needs Experience?

Anyway, the inspiration for this week’s piece comes from the people on LinkedIn, frequently in consultancy […]

Strategy and How to Have It

Through the final 14 years of the 20th Century, I worked for a succession of companies […]

The Importance of Knowing Where You Are

There now follows a story about climbing a hill. It is also a commentary on why, […]

Gin And the Art Of Product Life Cycle Maintenance

I was visiting clients last week. Tuesday ended in London with an investor friend of mine […]

Those DIY Unicorns

Between, water polo, #2 Son’s swimming career, headhunting and writing this rubbish I do not really […]

On Paradoxes

When I go to lunch I make a sandwich and prepare a bowl of soup. All […]

An Eye For Talent

You may have heard of Dick Rowe. If you have not, he was the A&R guy […]

If Life Gives You Green Underwear…

As it happens, I did not have a great week last week. It was a family […]

What Snedden Campbell does

In all the excitement of setting up the new website and the weekly blog, it seems […]

The Trifecta

I have mentioned before that back when Margaret Thatcher was still in charge of Britain I […]

Pharaoh Down

It’s the superficiality that gets me. Endless articles about how Bob or Janice hired the right […]

The Fashion Minefield

It’s a curious thing but the posts that I put on LinkedIn with pictures involving people […]

A labour of love

I’ve engineered my business strategy so that from time to time I travel a lot. This […]

A Thought Leader Writes

Hi! We have a special treat for you today in the shape of a guest article […]

Reality Bites

I was out with Ziggy the Ginger Wonder Pup on our local mountain on Saturday. He […]

Looking ahead

We can always look back on a rosy past where the shops were clean and tidy, […]

Psst! Want to Know a Secret?

A lifetime ago I had my last job in an industry other than recruitment. I spent […]

Once More With Feeling

I had some decent ideas for this week’s blog: An impending trip to Crete was sparking […]

Following the Herd

How I Changed My Mind   It was Aberdeen in 1995 and me and my then […]

On Hill Climbing Metaphors

Before children and sore knees, I used to climb a lot of mountains. Not for me […]

We Need To Talk

My dad was a clockmaker to trade. Pretty much the only useful business advice I got […]

A Short Dialogue About Search…

In the coffee shop two people sit opposite each other nursing Americanos. 

The Story Of The Brand

Waiting for Snedden Campbell to produce a new website and branding is a bit like waiting for a comet take a trip close to the sun.

Search Consultancy and Dentistry – the Facts

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100 years ago tomorrow

My grandfather Philip's orders for Passchendaele.

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