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'If I ever felt unable to do something within the business I set about learning how to do it...'

Hilarie Geary, founder and managing director of Executive Connections

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

Hilarie Geary: 'I believe strongly in surrounding yourself with good people and am of the firm opinion that you need to care about those who work for you to get the best out of them'
Hilarie Geary: 'I believe strongly in surrounding yourself with good people and am of the firm opinion that you need to care about those who work for you to get the best out of them'

'As Executive Connections nears its 25th anniversary in the professional recruitment business, I've learned a great deal but recognise that there's always lots more to learn.

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"Throughout my career I have worked a lot on the basis of 'I'll try it once' - whether it is expanding into a new market, opening a new office or implementing a new strategy or structure. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I harness exploration and experimentation and have learned to trust my gut more and more.

"I believe strongly in surrounding yourself with good people and am of the firm opinion that you need to care about those who work for you to get the best out of them.

"Small things such as acknowledging everyone's efforts in our monthly internal newsletter or getting everyone involved in the build-up to events mean it is an engaging place to work. I've also learned that if you have the knowledge and experience to enhance your core service offering you can have more involved and lasting relationships with clients.

"While recruitment is our main focus we are also committed to helping clents with a range of other HR-related issues - from market advice and salary reviews to HR counselling and legislative tutorials.

"If I ever felt unable to do something within the business I set about learning how to do it. This is one thing I learned very early on and that I encourage within my employees.

"The workplace has changed beyond recognition since the early nineties. In recent years, we've firmly focused on upholding the company brand. We know it's working as customers come back to do business with us again and again.

"Like most businesses, technology has had a profound impact on us. Social media in particular has meant that new recruitment tools and attraction strategies continually need to be identified and exercised.

"Employee engagement is also evolving. I never thought I'd be hiring for a 'Head of People' role -but this has brought tremendous benefits and created an environment that is fun and engaging. And the more engaged and stimulated our employees are, the more they give back. From highly talented millennials to older experienced people like me, we've created an environment where we all learn from each other."

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