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Last month, or should we say last year, we started a new blog series, introducing you to so...
Last month, or
should we say last year, we started a new blog series, introducing you to some
of our leaders and revealing what books they’ve read that have had a lasting
impact on how they approach their roles and lead their teams here at Meet.
So, here we are
again, back on your screens with three more from our lovely leadership team…
**Psst! If you
missed part one of this series, find
Mike is brilliantly witty, incredibly considerate,
exceptionally wise, and an integral part of Meet’s fabric, being one of our
very first hires back in 2011.
knowledge is unparalleled, and over the last 11 years, he’s recruited into
almost every market we cover, for both Direct
Hire & Retained and Contract & Interim, making his skillset one of the best in the
His fruitful career
and organic leadership style led him to the US, where he launched our two Californian
offices. Nowadays, he heads up our West Coast business, focusing on operational and
strategic responsibility and ensuring our California-based teams are best
supported in all aspects of their roles.
Today, under Mike’s
supervision, our West Coast teams have grown to a strong 73 (and counting!),
with leaders developing at every level.
Want to learn a
little more about Mike’s role here at Meet? Pop
over to his bio.
The 6 Types of Working Genius recognises
two undeniable truths: that people who utilise their natural talents are much
more fulfilled and successful than those who don’t, and that teams and
organisations that help individuals tap into their inborn gifts are much more
successful and productive than those who don’t.
Split up into two
parts, Lencioni first presents his findings in a fictional yet realistic story
around Working Genius and its application. In the second half, he analyses and
unpacks the model itself.
relatable yet compelling page-turner provides personal discovery and a simple
and practical framework for maximising one another’s natural gifts, which
increases productivity, reduces unnecessary judgement, and improves overall
As soon as you begin
reading this book, you can start applying it to every kind of ‘work’ in your
life, from running a business to managing a family. The experience this book
provides will transform your work, your team, and your life. Plus, if you’re
not a big reader, you can listen to Lencioni’s concepts on the Working Genius podcast!
an easy-to-read business narrative, this book recognises that while we all may
be good at different parts of our job, we may not actually enjoy doing those
parts of the job.
a leadership team, we’re encouraged to assess who enjoys particular tasks just
as much as who is strong at certain tasks. Playing to our own ‘geniuses’ can go
a long way, resulting in a much more positive and collaborative approach to
leadership where the team experience is a much lighter working environment.
this process into our approach on the West Coast will only continue to drive
the positive reinforcement and celebratory culture that we foster. After all,
when my leaders are their happiest, they’re at their best.”
Russell first joined Meet back in 2014 as a Junior
Consultant. Nowadays, he’s known as one of the hardest-working members of the
His drive is one to
be envied, his focus inspiring, and his reliability for his clients and
candidates led him to quickly climb the ranks in our London office, achieving
multiple promotions over a two-year time period.
After covering Clinical Operations in the DACH region for a couple of years, in
2019, Russell made the life-changing decision to head across Europe and launch
our Berlin office. Once again, he proved himself an invaluable asset to the
business and continues to be a major driving force behind our European success.
Director, Russell’s proudly gone on to grow and shape our diverse Berlin team
to be quality oriented and highly attentive in supporting some of the most
innovative organisations in the DACH Life Sciences sector.
To find out more
about Russell’s Meet journey, head
over to his bio.
Author of Turn This Ship Around!, David
Marquet, is a former US Navy Captain who’s used to giving orders atop the USS
Santa Fe, a nuclear-powered submarine. Of course, in that high-stress
environment, it was absolutely essential that his men did their job well, but
the ship was plagued with poor morale, meagre performance, and the worst
retention in the fleet.
One day, when
Marquet gave his crew an impossible order, he found his men trying to follow it
anyway and realised he was leading in a culture of followers who were in grave
danger unless they changed their ways. With that in mind, Marquet pushed for
leadership at every level, and soon enough, his crew began working like never
before, with USS Santa Fe rising from the worst in the fleet to the very best.
The essence of
Marquet’s writing and the basis of his leadership approach can really be
applied to any business. It encourages each team member to take responsibility
for their actions and apply their total intellectual capacity.
As a leader, the key
takeaway from this read is that if you invest in your people and their
leadership development and focus on achieving excellence, consistent
improvement, goals, and outcomes, you and your team should collectively become
happier, healthier, and more successful.
“Turn The Ship Around! focuses on the ways in which we can create autonomy and leaders
within a team by using a ‘Leader – Leader’ model, as opposed to the traditional
‘Leader – Follower’ model of management. It encourages you to think about how
you can empower individuals to take responsibility for their actions and bring
ideas to the table.
book really resonated with me as managing a junior team out here in Berlin
without an established management hierarchy means I must be able to develop
leaders from within this group if we wish to continue our growth. That’s
probably my most important objective at the moment, and this book helps me
remain focused on developing individuals and empowering them to make decisions
rather than slipping back into a directive management style.”
Some would say George is a go-getter: a man with his eyes on the
prize who has only seen his career go from strength to strength.
So how did George
end up here at Meet?
Well, residing in
NYC had been a lifelong dream of George’s, so after graduating college in 2017,
he made that dream a reality, making his move to the Big Apple and joining the
Over the last five
years, his growth has been phenomenal. George’s intrigue in cutting-edge
science and his dedication to self-improvement and supreme service has seen him
work his way up to Division Director.
Today, he leads a
team of 16 who are dedicated to our North American Life
goals are to continue to grow and support his team and to develop Meet’s key
accounts – identifying additional solutions for Pharma and Biotech businesses
and supporting the world of Life Sciences.
For more on George’s
career and his thoughts on Life Sciences, head
over to his bio.
Slootman is one of tech’s most remarkable and accomplished CEOs, and in Amp It Up, he
shares terrific insight into his leadership approach for the first time ever!
Through his ideas,
Slootman demonstrates that the majority of leaders don’t need to make expensive
adjustments to their talent, structure, or business model in order to improve
their business performance and growth. Instead, they need to align their people
with what matters, sharpen their focus, raise their standards, and execute with
urgency and intensity each and every day.
Throughout the pages
of Amp It Up, Slootman sincerely offers the reader his
fundamental principles to guide change and break through the status quo, as
well as supplying tactical advice for organising a business around those
business acumen, if you were to take leadership advice from anyone, Slootman is
the real deal – specifically if you’re in a high-growth environment!
"Given the growth of Meet and my team, in particular, there is a lot I can relate to in Amp It Up. Although Slootman looks at things on a much larger scale, his theories and notions can still be applied and are relatable to anyone in a leadership position.
me, this book only reinforces the importance of not allowing expectations or
standards to drop during the business’s growth – something that can easily fall
to the wayside when things become so busy.”
Missed the first
part of this series? Find it here.
If you’re up to
date, make sure you pop back to the blog next month when three more from our
leadership team offer up their top book recommendations!