Jeff Grout, Motivational Speaker, Peak Performance, People Management, Recruitment, Team-Building, Business Speaker, Jeff Grout 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.

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Background

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, 18 offices and over 350 staff.

His accumulated expertise in all aspects of recruitment means that he is often in demand as a commentator, columnist and speaker. He has appeared on television and has participated in numerous radio programmes. Jeff collaborated with the BBC in producing an interview training video and has run seminars for a number of leading companies, including Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Bank, British Airways, Merrill Lynch, Guinness and Lever Brothers.

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. He has recently completed the research for his latest book on peak performance entitled Mind Games: The Making of Champions which is to be published in June of this year.

Areas of Expertise

Jeff is now an independent business consultant focussing on 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 effective selection and client relationship marketing. Jeff also acts as Business Manager for the England Rugby Coach, Sir Clive Woodward.

Jeff has spoken to audiences in the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Portugal and the Netherlands.

His keynote speeches include:

Building High Performance Teams
The Characteristics of Success
The Adventure Capitalists
Recruiting Excellence
Creating the Right Work/Lifestyle Balance
Making the Selection Interview More Effective
The Changing Workplace
Building the Recruitment - Retention Bridge
The Making of Champions

THE MAN WHO HAS INTERVIEWED MICHAEL PARKINSON AND MANY MORE

Jeff Grout has conducted public interviews with a group of people who know first hand, and often spectacularly, about being successful. Their frank, informative and amusing insights into the mechanics of success have informed Jeff's thinking and provide rich material for his presentations.

Sir Terence Conran, Designer, Retailer & Restaurateur

Anita Roddick, Body Shop Founder

Greg Dyke, Director General of BBC

David Lloyd, Former Tennis Professional & Entrepreneur of the Year

Prue Leith, Writer, Broadcaster, Restaurateur & Cook

Jack Rowell, Former Manager, England Rugby Team

Lord Sheppard, Ex-Chairman of Grand Metropolitan

Ron Dennis, Managing Director of McLaren Motor Racing Team

Peter De Savary, Entrepreneur

Karren Brady, Managing Director of Birmingham City Football Club

Chris Wright, Chairman of Chrysalis Group, Media Company

Tony Robinson, Actor ('Baldrick' from Black Adder )

Rick Parry, Chairman of Liverpool Football Club

Harvey Goldsmith, Music Promoter

Ken Bates, Chairman of Chelsea Football Club

Sir Chay Blyth, Yachtsman, Adventurer & Businessman

Lord Archer, former Conservative Politician and Author

Michael Parkinson, Chatshow Host and Journalist

Michael Winner, Film Director & Restaurant Critic

Nicola Horlick, City Fund Manager

Tony Bullimore, Champion Yachtsman

Raymond Blanc, Chef, Writer and Broadcaster

Roger Black, Olympic Athlete and Television Presenter

Gareth Southgate , England & Middlesborough Footballer

Barry Hearn, Sports Promoter

Sebastian Coe, former Olympic Athlete and Politician

David Platt, former England Footballer and England Under-21 Manager

Jack Charlton, former Eire Football Manager/ England World Cup Winner

Michael Lynagh, Former Australian Rugby Captain

Michael Grade, TV Mogul and former Chief Executive of Channel 4

Sir Clive Woodward OBE, England Rugby Coach

Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of The Football Association

Kate Adie, Television Journalist

Gordan Ramsay, 3 Michelin Star Chef

Mo Mowlam, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Richard Dunwoody MBE, Champion Jump Jockey

Sir Steve Redgrave, Five times Olympic Champion

Tracy Edwards MBE, Round-the-World Yachtswoman

Murray Walker OBE, TV Motor sports commentator

Client Comments

"I really was impressed - a very thought-provoking and challenging presentation. Within a couple of hours of returning to my desk I'd already used a couple of Jeff's ideas."

Arthur Tanner, HR Director, Random House Group

"Jeff's talk hit the spot and benefited from the preparation done understanding our business and current issues".

Rory Mitchell, Finance Director, Balfour Beatty Rail Projects

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