Magazine article Management Today

Denis Waxman: If I Had to Start Again

Magazine article Management Today

Denis Waxman: If I Had to Start Again

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Both of my kids are successful academics, and when I hear about their Oxford life I think I would like to have done that. But I never had the patience, and I'm not intellectually bright enough. I didn't get any qualifications from school.

I fell into the world of recruitment, largely through want of anything better to do. I'd just come back from a couple of years on a kibbutz in Israel, back in my idealistic days, with the objective of earning enough money to go away again. I ended up as an assistant at a recruitment agency in London, and got bored quickly because I was never given any work. I told the boss this, figuring he'd tell me to get on my bike, but instead he set me up at a desk. I soon found I had a flare for it. I started talking to another guy and we decided to set up on our own, and the company just grew from there.

For two years I could only afford a two-line advertisement in the Telegraph. It read like a text message - all the words were abbreviated to make sure it all fitted in. …

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