Jeff Grout was, until 2000, UK Managing Director of Robert Half International, the largest specialist recruitment consultancy in the world. A graduate of the London School of Economics, he joined Robert Half International as a Recruiter at the age of 28, after an eclectic career as a van driver, passport office administrator, cleaner, world traveller and local government town planner.
He remained with Robert Half International for almost 21 years and built up the UK operation from two offices and 12 staff into a business with a domestic turnover of £65 million, 19 offices and over 350 staff.
He is co-author of the book The Adventure Capitalists, which is based on public interviews with 12 leading entrepreneurs and aims to offer an insight into the ingredients of business success. The sequel entitled My Brilliant Career features the subjects of subsequent public interviews with high achievers from the fields of business, sport and the media.
He has written the complete insider’s guide to the job market entitled Kickstart Your Career, and a book on the strategies and tactics for successful recruitment entitled Recruiting Excellence. His book Mind Games examines the psychology of peak performance whilst What Do Leaders Really Do? examines the practical realities of leadership in a variety of fields. His latest book Murder Without Motive? re-examines his father’s first murder case as a young detective.
Formerly Business Manager to Sir Clive Woodward, Jeff is now an independent business consultant focusing on leadership, people management, team building, peak performance, recruitment and retention issues.
He holds a number of corporate advisory and executive coaching appointments and also runs various management training workshops on leadership, team performance, effective selection and client relationship marketing.
Listed in the ‘100 Best Business Speakers in Britain’ Jeff is in considerable demand as a motivational business speaker, conference chairman and interviewer. He has spoken for a wide range of organisations including Henley, Ashridge, Birmingham and Cardiff Business Schools, the Danish Centre for Leadership and companies such as Amazon, British Airways, BT, Deloitte, Facebook, LinkedIn and Waitrose.
Jeff has spoken to audiences in the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal and the Netherlands.
His presentations include:
- Building High Performance Teams
- What do Leaders Really do?
- The Characteristics of Success
- Recruiting Excellence
- The Nature of Entrepreneurship
- Successfully Leading Change