I’ve engineered my business strategy so that from time to time I travel a lot. This month has been one of those times.
Key reasons that I do this:
Those people comprise three groups:
So far as I can tell, in medtech I’m one of a handful of recruiters in Europe who take the time to actually sit down with all the categories above as often as practicable everywhere from Spain to Denmark.
How’s it working out then?
Well thanks for asking.
Thanks to the art and history obsession I’ve made friends with some really interesting historians. If you haven’t made friends with any medievalists yet I suggest that you do.
The other stuff – well the time with candidates has led to many mutually useful conversations. There are people in Spain, Ireland and Cambridge who are there because we sat down and had a coffee in a draughty station concourse/noisy cafe/hotel lobby and six months later the perfect role just happened to float across my desk.
The time on site with clients? Well two decades of looking at labs, production lines and boardrooms means that I can write briefings that make sense, brief candidates and sound like I know what I’m talking about (because I do) and, stand well back, offer meaningful consultancy. It’s not a trivial briefing point just to able to explain to a candidate how to find the site.
The investors? That’s a little more confidential just now but yeah, its paying dividends. If nothing else it lets me understand that there’s often more than one way of looking at things and that some emperors do indeed walk about naked.