A software engineer by training and MBA drop out by choice, it took a ten-year corporate career for me to understand how employee disengagement feels. I eventually escaped and went back to my roots as an entrepreneur where I perfected the art of treating people properly to get the best out of them.
After a series of failed businesses, I founded Reward Gateway, an HR tech firm in 2006. More and more companies were needing to get the best out of their people and we grew successfully helping clients as diverse as McDonalds to McKinsey with key aspects of their employee engagement strategy.
I was CEO there for 11 years. During that time we grew to 2000 clients in 23 countries, 400 staff in nine offices. I sold the business twice to private equity and I bought eight other companies as part of the journey.
Building that $1 billion revenue business, I learned a lot about people, leadership, company culture and how to create an environment where people can do and want to do their best work. I have the scars and grazed knees of a pragmatist and real-world practitioner.
I now spend my time sharing those stories, helping anyone I can and continuing to learn more about people, culture, leadership and the future of work.
I speak at conferences, talk to leadership teams, management groups and employees and I write my blog here weekly.
My first book Build it : The Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement is available at all major bookstores and also as a digital download on Kindle and iBooks.READ THE BOOK