Agile Career Podcast Recruitment

Agile-Podcast Recruitment


  • Agile Career Podcast Recruitment
  • My first recorded interview with Gunter Richter, Business Consulting Practice Head at Adatis and the owner of this excellent podcast series.
  • My episode focuses on my career changes from a Recruitment to People Team professional and tactics to ensure success.
  • Overview of the key stages of my career and development.

Detailed Summary

60 minute interview recorded with Gunter Richter – Owner of Agile Podcast. Going through my career and the choices I have made. The utilization of key skills and tactics to make these transitions. Covers my career from University, Hardware/Telephony Sales, Agency Recruitment, CIPD Studies and Inhouse Recruitment. More recently developing an interest in coaching, taking courses and becoming a practicing Life-Coach and Mentor.

Key Takeaways:
Be prepared and planned for chance meetings and networking opportunities.
Don’t underestimate the power of networking.
Seek first to understand and then be understood.
It is important to understand and demonstrate the difference between features and benefits.
Always keep your skills current.
Identify your limiting beliefs as the first step to overcome them.
Share your knowledge with others.
When looking for new roles, do your research and homework about these roles.
Network and connect with others in similar roles that you are looking for.
Be resilient because you may get turned down at some stage.
Plan and organize your day.
Practice gratitude and positive affirmations.
  1. There is no longer anything like “employed for life” and, whether by design or default, careers don’t often follow a straight line.
  2. Our environment is constantly changing, so how do we ensure that we have the necessary skills to deal with this constant change?
  3. The Agile Career Podcast is a great place with tools to take you on the journey from “employed for life” to “employable for life”. Gunter provides tips, insights, and strategies to help you build the transferable skills that you’ll need.

This article uses material from The Agile Career Podcast “AgileCareer Podcast”, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


7 Habits Of Effective People


  • One of the greatest personal growth/development books of all time.
  • Produced by Steven Covey in 1989.
  • 7 basic habits to follow that are still relevant in business and relationships 32 years later in 2021.

Book Summary:

Focuses on the alignment to 7 powerful timeless habits: Be Proactive, Begin With The End In Mind, Put First Things First, Seek First To Understand, Think Win/Win, Synergy and Sharpen The Saw. Book focuses on the Character Ethic. Building and nurturing this in us to internally build a permanent set of values and characteristics. It can take a while to put these habits into action. But once these are engrained and implemented they are extremely powerful in the longer term. Very different than many other books from the late 80’s and 90’s which focus on more quicker to implement superficial techniques and faking it. These don’t identify, tackle the beliefs and poor programming that many people may internally have.

This article uses material from https://franklincovey.co.uk/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-people/7 Habits of Effective People, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


Man’s Search For Meaning


  • Best selling book by Dr. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian Jew and Psychiatrist.
  • Personal account of his incarceration and survival within a series of Nazi concentration camps.
  • Book provides some great lessons for life and how to develop an attitude to tackle life challenges.
  • Really good book for those going through a challenging time in their life and seeking perspective.


Dr. Viktor Frankl’s great book charting his incarceration and survival within a Nazi Jewish prisoner camp. A book that helps to demonstrate his use of Psychology, purpose focused mindset and asking himself what events are asking of himself on a daily basis. During his time in imprisonment he developed the mantra of being able to exercise control in his response to some of the most repugnant situations known to man. This led to him being able to maintain his purpose and freedom. Despite his liberty being taken away he was able to grow his freedom internally within his mind. To have greater intellectual vision and freedom than his Nazi capturers. 
  1. Viktor was the founder of Logotherapy (literally “healing through meaning”) a meaning-centered school of Psychotherapy.
  2. Considered the Third Viennese School of Psychotherapy. Following the theories developed by Sigmund Freud and Alfred Adler.

This article uses material from the Wikibooks article “Mans Search For Meaning“, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Circles Of Influence and 6 Morning Habits


  • Circles of Influence is adapted from Julian Rotter’s great work.
  • The more we focus on what we can control and influence daily the more empowered and positive focused we become.
  • 6 Morning Habits is based on Hal Elrod’s research based on successful business people and sports professionals.

Video Summary:

Locus of Control as a principle was originated by Julian Rotter in 1954. It considers the tendency of people to believe that control resides internally within them, or externally, with others or the situation. Note that, like other preferences, this is a spectrum. Some people have a wholly internal or external Locus of Control, but many will have some balance for both views, varying with situation.

6 Morning Habits are adapted from Hal Elrod’s work:

1. Commitment to some Yoga, meditation or stillness

2. 5-10 minutes each morning writing down our goals and objectives for the day

3. Chanting an affirmation to ourselves in the mirror on what our long term objectives and major weekly goals are reiterated each day

4. What are the top 5 most important things we need to do each day? 

5. Review of three things that went well the day before, some gratefulness on what’s good in our lives or achievements from day before. It’s often easy to lose sight of the good things if we are not reflective daily.

6. Some exercise for 15-20 minutes each day helps to keep us fit, increase our serotonin levels and improve our mood. Other benefits is that it helps to make us feel more in control and boost our confidence.

This article uses material from Locus of Control Julian Rotter which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

7 Questions To Help You Move On


  • These are simple questions to help move your mind to a positive objective state after dealing with a challenging moment.
  • Adapted from Paul McGee’s S.U.M.O book.

Video Summary:

The 7 Question Framework that can be used after an event or situation to help us to evaluate, make sense and positively move on from the event. This enables us to adapt, improve our mood, perception and grow.

This approach is adapted from the Albert Ellis’ ABC Model which is a major part of his Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). REBT served as a sort of precursor to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The ABC Model is now a treatment commonly used in CBT interventions.

This article uses material from S.U.M.O. Shut Up, Move On – S.U.M.O (thesumoguy.com) which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Shut Up And Move On (S.U.M.O)


  • Contemporary book with humor, easily accessible personal growth and mentoring book written by Paul McGee from Manchester.
  • Focuses on 6 core/chapters and features some really easy to grasp visual principles.
  • A book that I have borrowed on a long term loan from my old C.O.O 🙂
  • Really useful for anyone needing to cultivate some positive change in their thinking, outlook and actions within their life.

Summary Of Chapters:

1. Change Your T-Shirt, adapting your attitude and taking responsibility for your response and results. Moving away from Blame Someone Else (B.S.E) thinking.

2. Beach-Ball, listening to others empathically and seeing their perspective before answering.

3. Fruity Thinking, positive thinking, internal questioning frameworks to mentally process and overcome life’s challenges.

4. Carpe-Diem/Learn-Latin, has a focus on tackling biggest challenges each day.

5. Hippo Time message is that it is ok to have down moments, but being aware of these moments. Not staying in this space, utilizing techniques to shift our mind and mood from these dark periods.

6. Ditch Doris Day/Que Sera Sera – establishing vision, visions and SMART goal setting.

This article uses material from S.U.M.O. Shut Up, Move On – SUMO (thesumoguy.com) which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.